800 years of unrivaled prestige
- 83 bedrooms
- Three restaurants
- Golf course
- Tennis courts
- Cinema room
- Clay pigeon shooting
- Horse riding
- Lake cruising
Found on the utmost tip of Lough Corrib, the glorious Ashford Castle sits right on the border of County Galway and County Mayo in an awe-inspiring 350-acre estate. With a rich history spanning nearly 800 years, the extensive refurbishment of Ashford Castle truly encapsulates the very best of Irish heritage with traditional elegance and finesse. This carefully restored castle is part of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World and seeks to support the local community and suppliers.
The hotel’s 83 rooms and suites are decorated with a royal colour palette of deep greens and brilliant reds. Some suites offer expansive views of the largest lake within the Republic of Ireland while regal four-poster beds along with original portrait art will effortlessly transport you to a fanciful world of ancient charm.
You can tantalise your tastebuds with creative Irish cuisine in one of the three restaurants and experience fine dining fit for a king in the regal George V Dining Room. Or, for a more relaxed atmosphere, head over to the charming Connaught Room for afternoon tea while admiring the magnificent views across the gardens and Lough Corrib.
You won’t be short of activities during your stay; make use of the prime location on Lough Corrib with kayaking, fishing and lake cruising. Or take the comfort of the castle out with you, on a luxury powerboat charter. On the vast estate, you’ll find a pristine golf course, tennis courts and there’s the option to try sports such as archery and clay pigeon shooting. Inside, be sure to experience the glamour of the big screen in the state-of-the-art cinema room, before being pampered like a silver screen star yourself in the award-winning hotel spa.
Ashford Castle was a crumbling shadow of its former self when it was purchased by the Tollman family in 2013. They committed to using local resources to restore its glory, and so a crew from a small area construction company spent two years on that scaffolding, placing double-glazed windows and repointing centuries-old stones under the gaze of a conservation architect who kept the original features intact. They discovered hidden details behind old walls, added artwork and antiques, and appointed every inch of the place to fit the castle’s distinguished cultural heritage. They created a true palace, as well as thriving relationships with local residents.
A supporter of the local community
Aside from supporting two historic churches in the area, the castle is helping fund a community centre for the nearby village of Cong.
National Geographic: Unique Lodges of the World
Ashford Castle is part of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, which includes some of the planet’s most treasured places while helping to protect them for generations to come.
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