Happy New Year & New Decade!
I’m a great one for putting things on the long finger, waiting for the right time to do that one thing I promised I’d do. Well, as we come to the end of 2019 and the last few hours of the decade, there’s probably no better time to look back on the highlights of our year here in Dunowen. We’ve had so much to be thankful this year in West Cork and hope that 2020 brings with it many more exciting opportunities for our business, our family and friends.
Our First Year as Ireland’s Blue Book Members
At the beginning of 2019 we were honored to become one of the newest members of Ireland’s Blue Book, a prestigious group of historic and characterful hotels, country houses and award winning restaurants. Opening Dunowen House in 2014, with no prior experience in the hospitality business was a huge leap of faith for us. To be invited to join the Blue Book family after a relatively short period of time means the world to us and gives us the confidence to keep doing what we’re doing here at Dunowen. It has built our profile and business both domestically and internationally, spreading the word about our wonderful little corner of West Cork!
Wonderful Intimate Weddings
2019 was the year we hosted five intimate weddings in one year, a big jump for us! We definitely saw an increase in the number of couples inquiring about smaller boutique wedding alternatives for up to 30 guests. It was so lovely to work with each couple to create a wedding that was memorable, fun and unique for each of them…from the vintage china, to the locally grown flowers, West Cork produce for the menu and some traditional Irish entertainment. Some couples stayed for a week with family and friends, tying the knot in a civil ceremony on site and making the most of their time in West Cork. Others chose to use Dunowen as the base for their celebrations, while getting married in one of the charming local country churches.
We look forward to hosting more in the year ahead!
Coastal Living in West Cork
On dark Winter evenings it can be hard to remember clear blue skies and calm seas. But even in these Winter months, we make the most of our amazing coastal location – year round wild swimming, longs walks on the local beaches, summer kayaking expeditions, whale watching and fishing adventures. No matter the time of the year, there is always beauty and vibrancy in those changing seascapes, the wild waves and the clearest of Wild Atlantic air.
Sea air and salt water are my cure for everything – the world always seems a better place after a swim in Sands Cove or Red Strand, a walk on Inchydoney or a climb across the sand dunes of Long Strand. This will still be on my 2020 daily To Do list!!!
We feel so blessed to have met such amazing guests over the last few years and 2019 was no exception. From the extended families and groups of friends that come every Summer for vacations, to the weekend hen party or birthday celebrations – so many of these are guests that have stayed multiple times or have recommended Dunowen to others. We really appreciate your loyalty and are so delighted to hear you’ve enjoyed your stay with us. We love that you keep in contact with us and promise to return again and again….sure you’re like family at this stage!!
Wishing you and yours the very best for 2020. Looking forward to seeing you again at Dunowen House!
Kela, Stephen and family xxxx