1 Ashford Castle, County Mayo
Ashford is one of Ireland’s superstar castles and rightly so. Originally built in the 13th century, and once owned by the Guinness brewing family, it’s become a global icon of luxury accommodation. This five-star hotel has won countless awards and accolades since it opened its doors to guests in 1915, including Best Resort Hotel in Europe from Condé Nast Traveller.
Besides its opulent interior, the estate is a vision during the fall when its magnificent ancient woodlands explode with color. We suggest long walks in the crisp air, maybe a round of golf on the 9-hole course (which used to be the deer park) and even a cruise on the estate’s lake. Then it's time to retreat back to your fortress for a sumptuous afternoon tea.