Ashford Castle Hotel
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Set on 350 acres along the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle dates back to 1228. Once home to the Guinness family for 70 years, it is now entering a new chapter as part of Red Carnation Hotel Collection.
This 13th century Castle is located at the north end of Lough Corrib and less than an hours drive from Galway city. Once the Estate of Lord Ardilaun and the Guinness family, Ashford opened as a luxury hotel in 1939. In 2013, Ashford Castle became part of the Red Carnation Collection, who began a loving restoration project and now offers 82 bespoke bedrooms and a lakeside Cottage. Dining options include formal in the George V, to casual in the Dungeon or Cullen’s at the Cottage, or private dining in the Wine Cellar. There is a 32 seat cinema, a library, Spa, billiard’s room, Cigar terrace, and beautiful public lounges with complimentary high-speed WiFi throughout.
The Ashford Estate offers an extensive range of activities including Orvis fly fishing, and Ireland’s first school of falconry. Evocative of an elegant and bygone age, and yet perfectly adapted to the needs of this modern one, Ashford is the oldest castle hotel in Ireland, voted Best of the Best by Virtuoso in 2015, and Best Resort in the UK and Ireland by Travel Leisure 2016.