The elite Blue Book has added Castle Grove Country House in Letterkenny to their collection for 2018, marking a great achievement for the Sweeney family.

Ireland’s Blue Book recognises the finest Irish country house hotels, historic manor houses, castles and restaurants.

Just three venues in Donegal are part of the association, while Castle Grove is the latest of the beautiful and unique properties to join the collection.

Castle Grove

Eimear Thomas of Castle Grove said this is a special day for the family, particularly her mother Mary T Sweeney: “As a beacon of excellence, we have always aspired to be included in the Blue Book of Ireland, and we are delighted to have been accepted to the membership today.

“Castle Grove being part of the prestigious Blue Book has been long term ambition of Mary T.  She is delighted with this achievement and considers it a pinnacle of success of her career,” Eimear said.

The Sweeney Family

The Blue Book describes Castle Grove as ‘a breath-taking country house hotel offering the best of Irish hospitality as well as being rich in history.’

The directory shares intriguing elements of the building’s story and history, up to the modern day:

“The current house was built in 1695 by the Grove family after the original house was burned down during the siege of 1690. Castle Grove has marked its place in the history books as hosts of the introduction of Irish historical political leader Daniel O’Connell, which led to him becoming MP.

“In 1989 The Sweeney family transformed Castle Grove into the luxury 4-star country-house hotel it is today, while being careful to maintain the character of the original house and grounds.

“It is the ideal location to explore the lush countryside and stunning scenery that Donegal has to offer, and is an ideal starting point for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way.

“Guests who prefer not to journey too far from the house will find plenty to do – exploring the expansive grounds and gardens, or dining on sumptuous food in the award-winning restaurant.”

Castle Grove dining room

Castle Grove will soon join the select 52 establishments of the Blue Book. Other Donegal venues in the collection include Rathmullan House and Coolmore Manor House in Rossnowlagh.

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