Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland
A thirteenth century castle buried deep in a wooded parkland is not the setting for a fairy tale, but the home of exclusive Ashford Castle. Standing impressively on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo, Ireland, Ashford is a monument to a fascinating history of a bygone age. Once the Guinness Family estate, the Castle has since opened its doors as an exclusive luxury hotel in 1939. Where else could one spend the morning learning how to fly a hawk at the School of Falconry, escape to the Walled Garden for a romantic picnic lunch, and relax into the afternoon with a soothing massage at the Spa? Filled with family heirlooms, rich furnishings and priceless objects d'art, Ashford presents the chance to enjoy the splendor of a bygone era in comfort and style.
Follow the pursuits of a true country gentleman when at Ashford. The 350 acre estate offers a variety of activities to entice guests to enjoy the great outdoors. Learn the art of falconry, try your hand at fly fishing, or cast your line on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong and fish for salmon. Explore the beautiful wooded countryside between the shores of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, trek into the mountains of Connemara towards the West from horseback, or find Ireland's national pastime of golf alive and well on the estate's 9-hole 2996 yards par 35 parkland course. After such diversions enjoy a treatment or two at the Spa before dressing for dinner at one of four unique dining experiences, each with their own imitable style and ambience. Surrounded by refined elegance and historic grandeur, guests of Ashford will feel that perhaps they are living a fairy tale.
Location of Ashford Castle
Nearest Airport: GWY
Amenities for Ashford Castle
- General Information
- 83 Guest Rooms
- In-Room Amenities
- Meeting Rooms
- Private Estate
Reviews for Ashford Castle
Lovely castle but it's also a hotel so unless you are staying overnight I wouldn't go especially to visit. Everything is really expensive (soup of the day was cheapest thing at â‚¬9.50). You're better off heading to Kylemore Abbey. However, it is located in the village of Cong where "The Quiet Man" was filmed.
My husband, myself and my teenage daughter and her friend spent two nights in Ashford Castle which was definitely not enough time. This property is absolutely amazing. We had two rooms with a Lough Corrib view. Each room is decorated different and fully electronic. Our rooms were beautiful and the beds were so comfortable. The bathrooms have heated floors if you so wish. Check in was very personalized and easy. We were offered welcome drinks which were delicious. We were then given a short tour of the property on the way to our room which I thought was a nice touch. We took the hawk walk which was incredible. Mel was our guide and she was wonderful. Very passionate about her job and she made the experience unforgettable. We then tried our hand at clay shooting. None of us had done this before and it was a lot of fun. Our guide was very patient and helpful. My husband and I also went on a walk with the wolfhounds one morning which was great fun. It was a great hike through the woods. We also went to the cinema and watched The Quiet Man. Loved the popcorn and sweets. I wish we had more time to try some of the other activities. Breakfast was very good. There was a good selection of foods in the buffet and you can also order off the menu. Our waitress both mornings was Eleanor. She was wonderful. Very pleasant and couldn't do enough for us. We also ate at Cullens which i would highly recommend. I initially had a reservation at the Dungeon on our second nigh, but another guest told me their meal was only ok there so I switched. Great atmosphere and we really enjoyed the food. The service the second night was very slow and the manager apologized and gave us dessert on the house. We will definitely return to Ashford Castle.
delzi - Garnet Valley, PA
I cannot say enough great things about this hotel. Although we were only there for one night I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for an amazing experience. The staff goes above and beyond to make your stay memorable. My husband attended a falconry class while I got a massage in their onsite spa. We finished the day with afternoon tea before we reluctantly had to move onto our next city. We will definitely be back!
I had the pleasure of returning to Ashford castle but this time it was for a family wedding. With relations joining us from America, it gave me pride to show off such a beautiful piece of Ireland. Wonderful attentive staff and customer care sets this majestic castle apart from others. It's what will ensure that we will all return. Thank you Ashford castle and staff for a truly memorable and special weekend. The picturesque village of Cong is a must to wander over to for a pint of the black stuff. It's not hard to imagine John Wayne strutting his stuff on the set of 'The Quiet Man' which was filmed here.
alanwilkey - Dublin, Ireland
Ashford was my first stop on my visit to Ireland. What a wonderful warm place to start my journey. The property is a medieval castle that has gone through a number of different owners through the years. It is currently run as a top notch hotel in Cong, County Mayo, about one and a half hours from Shannon. The first thing one will absorb at Ashford is that it doesnâ€™t look like a hotel. I absolute hate the clichÃ©, but it is what one will associate as Downton Abbey. The staff is warm, professional and efficient. The brief check in process is then followed by staff who will walk you through the property, pointing out amenities along the route to your room. The room is very tasteful, perhaps a smidgen small, though the bathroom is lovely and makes up for any room shortcomings. There is ample closet space. My room had a lovely view of the Lough Corrib (Lake). The common spaces are old world, with an airy parlor, a cozy lounge/bar, and a tea room. The afternoon tea is wonderful, albeit expensive, perhaps a bit â€˜taking advantageâ€™ of the revenue opportunity as there are not a lot of dining options in the area, other than fairly plebian local venues. The one area I would say Ashford falls short is in dining. The breakfast buffet is very lovely indeed, generous and well represented by an array of offerings. The formal dining room, George V, is very nice also, but the food is fairly middle of the road, pricey without delivering the requisite wow. The more casual Dungeon was probably the weakest link. If you wish to venture into town, casual restaurants are available. Some may feel staying at the Ashford, they cannot go down market. I would have tried local options had I discovered them earlier in my two day visit. The grounds of the Ashford are spectacular, with formal gardens, wonderful paths to meander and enjoy nature. There is a School of Falconry which was a great experience if you are willing to spring for the tariff. But definitely a memorable experience. I loved my visit to Ashford Castle. It is an experience I will always remember, because it is not the type of place one is likely to visit on a regular rotation.
Fazbear - New York City