We've teamed up with Ireland's Blue Book to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to win a €400 Ireland's Blue Book Voucher so you too can treat yourself this Christmas.
Leaving your house in the dead of winter can feel like a herculean task, especially when the weather is gloomy and there's ice on the ground. But getting away sounds like the perfect antidote for our mounting seasonal affective disorder: we want a holiday, and we want it now.
While we would normally recommend a beach break as a nice way to deal with the weather, there's something to be said about destinations that pull off the winter wonderland look spectacularly. We're talking about places that offer impressive holiday decorations, lively Christmas atmosphere, and readily available fireplaces. If a city looks quaint enough to be featured on a holiday card, we can (maybe) overlook the frostbites.
From a romantic country house to a historic castle, Ireland's Blue Book is waiting to make your Christmas dreams come true. With a choice of 56 elegant Georgian Manors, Stately Castles, Historic Hotels, Luxury Boutique Hotels, Designer Lodges and gourmet restaurants, there is a winter break for everyone. For those looking for a gourmet getaway or seeking a scenic retreat, there is somewhere special for them in the Blue Book. For those desiring a more active break, there is fishing, golf, cycling and equestrian pursuits. Included in the collection are also some indulgent spas for those looking to be spoiled.
Offering the perfect places to switch off and escape from it all, Ireland's Blue Book includes the five-star Merrion Hotel, Dublin; Park Hotel Kenmare, Co. Kerry; Glenlo Abbey, Co. Galway; Hayfield Manor, Co. Cork; Mount Juliet Estate, Co. Kilkenny and Ballyfin Demesne, Co. Laois. Also included are Gregans Castle, Co. Clare; Dunbrody House, Co. Wexford; Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork; and Dublin restaurants L’Ecrivain, Chapter One, and Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.
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Often seen as a less than personal choice, gift vouchers get a bad rap but not when Ireland's Blue Book enters the equation. Giving someone the gift on experience in one or more of Ireland's romantic country houses, historic hotels, castles and restaurants is the most thoughtful gift of all.
An Ireland's Blue Book voucher gives the choice of elegant Georgian Manors, Stately Castles, Historic Hotels, Luxury Boutique Hotels, Designer Lodges and gourmet restaurants meaning this really is a gift everyone will enjoy.
Vouchers are available in denominations of your choice from €100 upwards and may be used as payment or part payment for a stay or a meal in any Blue Book House or Restaurants. Vouchers come in a gift folder along with a complimentary copy of the Blue Book.
What's more, you can arrange for Ireland's Blue Book voucher to be sent directly to the giftee. Oh, and they never go out of date meaning if your friend or family member is not just a luxury seeker but a forgetful one at that, a Blue Book voucher really is the perfect gift.
Not quite sold? Well, how about trying it out for yourself? We've teamed up with Ireland's Blue Book to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to win a €400 Ireland's Blue Book Voucher so you too can treat yourself this Christmas.
To be in the chance of winning a €400 Ireland's Blue Book Voucher to beat the winter blues, simply answer the question below.
This competition is open to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland residents aged 18 or over unless any other age restriction is specified or implied. Closing date 13/12/2019.