Blairs Cove is special. The views down Dunmanus Bay from the house are so stunning that you will always recall the first time you arrived here. The room itself is the Chartres Cathedral of Irish dining: high, wide and handsome, lit by natural light, candlelight and the warm blaze of a roaring fire. The hors d’oeuvre table and the piano are respectively laden with the commencement, and the conclusion of your dinner and the impact when you first see this sumptuousness is immense: the room seems to telescope the last five hundred years of history, architecture and culinary arts into the most enticing place to eat in West Cork.
Philippe and Sabine de Mey have been joined in the running of this great institution by daughter Ann, and her husband, Chris, and their energy and ambition sets the seal on one of the great Irish hospitality experiences.
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