Glin Castle in Limerick and the Wilder Townhouse in Dublin are the two newest additions to Ireland's Blue Book for 2020, joining locations like Beleek Castle, Glenlo Abbey and L'Ecrivan Restaurant. 

Described as a "romantic collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Manor Houses, Castles and Restaurants", Ireland's Blue Book collects the most luxurious, beautiful and unique locations in Ireland each year and presents them in all their swoon-worthy glory to the world. 

The newly elected chairperson Laura Bowe will be making the announcement at the collection's AGM in Ballymaloe House in Co Cork, as well as announcing which properties would be leaving the collection in 2020. 

Newport House and private rental Killadangan House, both in Co Mayo, will be leaving, bringing the collection to 56. 

Glin Castle

Glin Castle is owned by owned by Catherine FitzGerald and actor Dominic West, and was the stately spot where Taylor Swift allegedly spent last Christmas.

The sprawling 13th castle has been in the Fitzgerald family for 700 years, as they are the hereditary Knights of Glin, and can be rented out for exclusive private rentals, events, golf tours and small weddings.

Focusing on Irish country house cooking, tradition is heralded in every part of the hotel, with guests free to take part in clay pigeon shooting, archery, history discussions and whiskey tastings set to Irish music - as well as the odd bit of yoga. 

Peppered with trinkets and heirlooms both bespoke and authentic, the castle marries modern comforts with notes from the past. Its 15 rooms feature four-poster beds, while the FitzGerald war cry "Shanid Abú" can be found inscribed here and there. There's even a secret door hidden behind a bookcase, because what's a castle without one of those? 

Staying in a piece of history doesn't come cheap, though: prices start from €5,500 per night, or €24,500 for a week in its Shannonside walls.

It's also celebrity-approved, as the medieval castle has hosted Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull and others. 

The Wilder Townhouse

Located right near the city centre, the Wilder Townhouse is a €9.5m restored Victorian building on Adelaide Road by Frankie Whelehan. Dating back to 1839, the building's striking red brick exterior contrasts interestingly with the sophisticated and modern interiors, decked out in bright colours, slick white walls and plush velvet finishes. 

The Art Deco-style residents' bar, The Gin and Tea Rooms, is particularly lush, with high velvet stools, a gleaming bar and atmospheric low lighting. 

It has 42 stylish rooms, ranging in size from 'Shoebox' to luxury suites, and rates start at around €160 per night. Pitched as the perfect spot for business travel or a romantic city getaway, the hotel is only five minutes' walk from Stephen's Green.