Dunowen House, the 18th century former home of Jimi Hendrix bass guitarist, Noel Redding, has been announced as one of six new members in the prestigious Ireland’s Blue Book for 2019. The launch was held in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin (also a Blue Book member) and hosted by the wonderfully entertaining Marty Whelan. The reception was also a celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the founding of the Blue Book.
Kela & Stephen Hodgins, who bought and developed Dunowen five years ago, have been running the property as a luxury private holiday rental and event business, catering for group holidays, celebrations, luxury hen parties, retreats and intimate weddings. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route, 8km from Clonakilty town and close to Galley Head, the 9 bedroom country house estate is surrounded by some of Ireland’s most stunning coastal scenery.
“We are absolutely thrilled to become part of the Blue Book family after a relatively short time in business. Stephen and I gave up our day jobs and life in Dublin to move with our family and start what has become a fabulous adventure for us. To be listed alongside some of Ireland’s most successful and iconic properties is such an honour and a real confidence boost. I think it’s also great for Ardfield and Clonakilty as the Blue Book is fantastic at promoting members worldwide” says Kela.
Also announced as new members were Ballyfin Demesne Co. Laois (also pictured above), Bishop’s Gate Hotel Derry/Londonderry City, Cahernane House, Killarney, Co Kerry, Butler House, Kilkenny City and The Hideaway at Dromquinna Manor, Co Kerry were revealed as new members of this exquisite collection for 2019.
Welcoming the new properties, Ireland’s Blue Book Chairperson, Simon O’Hara comments, “As we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Ireland’s Blue Book, I am delighted to welcome these 6 fine properties. Not only do they provide wonderful locally sourced food and luxurious accommodation, but their charm, history and individuality make them a highlight of any Irish journey or occasion. I feel privileged to continue my role as Chairperson for 2019 as we look forward to an exciting year ahead for Irish tourism”