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“A magical place that you never knew existed”

Ashford Castle is a magical place that you never knew existed. Dating back to 1228, Ashford Castle has a remarkable history. Formerly the Estate of Lord Ardilaun, the Guinness family purchased the property in 1852. However, it was not until 1939 that Ashford Castle became a five-star luxury hotel. Now, Ashford Castle is open to any luxury traveller keen to experience world-class Irish hospitality and five-star luxury. Discover exquisite interiors, delicious cuisine, a nine-hole parkland golf course, and a state-of-the-art spa. This is one of Ireland’s top destinations for a luxury golf break in Ireland, and one of the best five-star hotels in Ireland.

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Ashford Castle

Located in the ruggedly beautiful County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, Ashford Castle is perfect for a peaceful luxury golf break. The castle sits within a stunning 350-acre estate overlooking Lough Corrib. The castle’s charm and the reputation for privacy and seclusion is no secret. High profile celebrities such as John Lennon, Brad Pitt and Kanye West are just some of the guests who have stayed within the castle’s ancient walls in recent times.

Each of the 83 rooms and suites at Ashford Castle represents traditional elegance and timeless luxury. Following careful refurbishment, all of the rooms and suites have been individually and lovingly designed. Each combines the castle’s original features with the latest modern luxuries. There are several room types available – Corrib rooms, deluxe rooms, lake view rooms, and deluxe queen family rooms. As with the rooms, meticulous attention to detail can also be found in each of the suites. The suites are complete with unique works of art, carefully sourced antique furniture, bespoke beds, feature lighting, and private dining spaces. Every suite also enjoys breathtaking views over the River Cong or Lough Corrib.

For a truly intimate experience why not consider The Cottage? This former boathouse dates back to the Guinness era and has been lovingly restored. The unique design includes reclaimed materials such as stone and old fireplace lintels from the Castle Estate.   Hand-crafted parquet flooring, original artworks, lush fabrics and a blue Murano glass chandelier adorns the ceiling. On arrival, you will be greeted at The Castle and escorted to The Hideaway Cottage. A welcome basket will await at The Cottage, along with a fully stocked bar. To complete your Country escape at The Cottage, Jack Murphy Jackets and Wellingtons are yours to take home, bicycles are available for your use throughout your stay, and you can even dine alfresco on the pier – weather permitting!

Ashford Castle is also home to a picturesque 9 hole golf course. Spanning 2996 yards, this par 35 parkland course is perfect for golfers of all abilities keen to hone their skills. The course was designed by the renowned Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett. The legendary Irish golfer, Christy O’Connor Senior started his illustrious career at Ashford Castle in 1947 before going on to participate in 10 Ryder Cups. Green fees are complimentary to hotel residents and Ashford Castle provides the latest Titleist clubs. However, should you wish to explore your options beyond Ashford Castle, you will be pleased to know that the castle is surrounded by some of the finest Links Golf Courses in the world. Connemara, Carne, Enniscrone and Sligo will be on your doorstep. 

Gastronomy is a highlight at the hotel. Ashford Castle boasts an impressive portfolio of restaurants and bars showcasing Ireland’s seasonal produce in truly sumptuous surroundings. Resident chef Philippe Farineau creates dishes to suit every occasion, from haute cuisine in the George V Dining Room, to delicious hearty comfort food in Cullen’s at the Cottage. Dramatic and atmospheric as its name would suggest, The Dungeon is a unique setting located on the lower ground floor of the castle serving traditional Irish cuisine.  For a uniquely All-American experience, why not visit American Diner style Stanley’s. A warm Irish welcome with an American twist awaits at Stanley’s, where a beautiful breakfast bar overlooks a stunning open kitchen. Striking green-and-white fabric wallpaper meets mahogany walls, and a portrait of Elvis Presley adds to the flair of this fun and friendly diner.  

  • No. 3 in Top 10 Resort Hotels in the U.K. and Ireland – Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best’ Awards, 2019
  • Best Hotel – National Hospitality Awards – in association with Hospitality Ireland, 2018
  • Overall Spa of the Year – Irish Tatler Spa Awards, 2018
  • No. 12 in the Top 30 Resorts in Europe – Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, 2018
  • Best Spa Runner Up – Global Spa & Wellness Awards, 2018

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General Information Facilities Perfect For Board Basis Options
Check-in Time: 15:00 9-hole golf course Couples Breakfast
Check-out Time: 12:00 7 restaurants, bars, and wine cellars Anniversaries
13th-century castle 83 rooms and suites Families

Sample Holiday Itinerary

Day 1

Enjoy the journey to the Castle as the Irish countryside rolls past your windows. Once the gates to the hotel open it will be hard to not be impressed by the grandeur of Ashford Castle, as you drive up the private road. On your approach, you may even catch a glimpse of two of the most cherished members of staff – Cronan and Garvan the Irish pure-bred wolfhounds. An effortless check-in is guaranteed and you will be shown to your room or suite by a member of the fantastic hospitality team. If you happen to be staying in the Cottage, you will also receive a welcome basket upon arrival.

Ashford Castle is perfect for a luxury golf holiday, family holiday, or special occasion. This means that there will be countless ways to spend your first day at the five-star hotel. Swing into action on the 9-hole golf course for a few rounds of fun on a summers evening. As a guest of the hotel, green fees are complimentary and you will be able to hire everything you need upon arrival. If it’s the first day of your family holiday, why not treat the children to a woodland zip wire course? Or perhaps they would like to try their hand (literally) at falconry? The opportunities for fun at Ashford Castle are endless and there is something for everyone. To celebrate a special occasion the extraordinary dining options are the best way to commemorate an anniversary. From intimate dining to grand banqueting, Ashford Castle can create the ambience you desire with a host of personal and thoughtful touches to make each moment memorable. 

After a fun-filled day, spend your night in The Billiards Room. Enjoy a game of billiards as you sink into a comfy chair with a glass of your favourite tipple. The room is ideal for a late-night drink in a relaxed cosy setting. A selection of Mr Tollman’s limited edition cigars can be found here too. Should you get peckish, Cuban and Irish tapas is served daily until 10:30 pm. 

Day 2

Start your day with a glorious breakfast before treating yourself to a spa day. You deserve it. The Spa at Ashford Castle was recently awarded ‘Overall Spa of the Year 2018’ by Irish Tatler. Discover tranquillity in the relaxation pool. Unwind in one of five beautiful treatment rooms. And cleanse the mind, body and soul with a hammam session which can be added to any treatment during your time at the spa. Ashford Castle is one of the few luxury hotels to offer gentlemen’s treatments and treatments for under 16s. This means that the whole family can be pampered like a prince, or princess and leave feeling reinvigorated. Some of the gentlemen’s treatments include the Elemis Skin IQ+ facial and Voya Essential back treatment. Whilst under 16s can choose from a range of fairy tale inspired options such as the Rapunzel hair mask, or hour-long ‘Get Ready For The Ball’ experience.

After nourishing your body and soul, it’s now time to nourish your stomach! We recommend the afternoon tea on day 2. Afternoon tea is a mainstay at all of the Red Carnation Collection Hotels and Ashford Castle is no exception. The Lord and Lady Ardilaun traditional afternoon tea is a mouth-watering delight with finely-cut finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and jam, and delicious pastries. This is no ordinary afternoon tea, as every single element has been elevated to new heights. From the vanilla-scented eclairs with raspberry and caramelia cremeux, to Irish wagyu beef with Pommery mustard and cucumber on malt sourdough, every mouthful will be pure joy. As you would expect from a five-star hotel, vegan options, vegetarian options, and gluten-free options are available too. The tea list is equally impressive with a range of teas available to suit all tastes. Irish breakfast tea is always a popular choice. However, it’s possible to try several different teas throughout. Ashford Castle’s friendly team of waiters and waitresses will be able to make expert recommendations for each stage of the afternoon tea experience.

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