July 17, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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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
Ashford Castle is an experience that everyone should have at least once. It's hard to review it without gushing, but it is an amazing place, so welcoming and friendly and fun. The castle itself is stunning, especially after its recent renovation, and the grounds and gardens are magnificent, breathtaking really. We had dinner here as a birthday treat, and everyone, from Martin the maitre d', to all the waiting staff, is so friendly and warm in their manner. There's nothing stuffy at all about Ashford, it's a true pleasure to dine there. The service is impeccable, the food, of course, is delicious and the wines are excellent. They didn't even know it was my birthday until we were having pre-dinner drinks in the bar, but that didn't stop them from presenting me with a delicious specially-prepared mini birthday cake at the end of our meal. The staff even sang happy birthday! Utterly perfect.
This was another stop on our Remington Steele pilgrammage, where many of the exterior Season 5 shots were taken. For us there was sentimental value and some nice photos. But if you're not staying here, you won't get within spitting distance of the castle itself. The gardens are lovely and nice to walk through.
Jeff P - San Juan, Puerto Rico
We stayed here our last night on our Irish Vacation for my husband's 50th birthday. From the moment we checked in to the moment we checked out, we were well-attended to. Everyone was delightful, the castle and grounds were amazing, and we absolutely enjoyed our falconry lesson. What a thrill it was to have the hawks fly back to us no less than 25 times in our hour lesson. The 2.75 hour boat cruise to the island was wonderful as well, and the tour was excellent. We definitely plan to return and stay longer!
907JLeMay - Anchorage, Alaska
The outside of the castle is a stunning sight to see but unfortunately you are not allowed inside without being a guest of the hotel. You pay at the main gate and take a long windy drive towards the castle where you can park in guest parking. There is a beautiful little cottage (now a shop) and gardens on the walk and you make your way over the bridge to the castle. The castle gardens are lovely but honestly slightly underwhelming. A nice walk to get some air but you are limited to where you can go near the castle which is disappointing.
Lisa W - Saskatoon, Canada
there are enough amenities on site that you could simply spend all day at the castle. but then you'd miss the crazy driving, the Glebe Stone circles, Kelly's cave, the Corrib Lake cruise, and quaint Cong. so stay two nights so you can do it all. stay longer if you want to throw in the Burren and Moher. i recommend staying longer, any excuse to stay longer. bring elastic waisted pants
james s - calgary