Ashford Castle

Ireland, Europe

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    Lakeside castle with a welcome fit for a king

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    Lakeside castle with a welcome fit for a king

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    Lakeside castle with a welcome fit for a king

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    Lakeside castle with a welcome fit for a king

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    Lakeside castle with a welcome fit for a king

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    Lakeside castle with a welcome fit for a king

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    Lakeside castle with a welcome fit for a king

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    Lakeside castle with a welcome fit for a king

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    Lakeside castle with a welcome fit for a king

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    Lakeside castle with a welcome fit for a king

Why we choose Ashford Castle

Take a trip back in time in this luxurious 13th century Irish castle

  • The signature George V restaurant serves a five-course Table d’hôte menu
  • It’s the oldest castle hotel in Ireland
  • The onsite School of Falconry specializes in falconry sessions using Harris hawks

The best of old—really old—and new is what makes Ashford Castle unique among luxury destinations. Of course it’s been outfitted with state-of-the art technology, but what you’ll notice most is old-school charm in the form of original 1200s architecture, Waterford chandeliers and Rococo gilt mirrors. Even Lady Ardilaun’s gardens have been restored to their 1800s heyday, with trees and flowers replanted according to old property maps. No wonder Condé Nast Traveler readers voted it “Best Resort Property in Ireland 2012.”

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We suggest

Soak up the regal atmosphere in a Stateroom with a four-poster bed.

What you need to know about the hotel

Ashford Castle combines ancient intrigue and essential modern comforts

  • Staterooms are located in the oldest part of the castle, and one of the best once housed the Guinness family’s private chapel
  • The Castle’s nine-hole parkland golf course, ideal for golfers of all skill levels, integrates imaginative natural features and hazards
  • The Ashford Equestrian Centre, which includes a large indoor school and outdoor jumps, lets you explore the countryside on horseback

Built in 1228, the ancient Ashford Castle has been reborn as a renowned countryside resort, keeping the jaw-dropping splendor of the past and incorporating everything you look for in a posh hotel. For example, many of the 83 rooms retain original features, but they’re all equipped with musts like broadband connectivity and interactive TV. When choosing a room, we recommend a stateroom with a four-poster bed for pure ambience alone.

Where is it and what's nearby

Located on the northern shores of Ireland’s Lough Corrib on a 350-acre estate

  • A guided bike tour is a great opportunity to see the Cong area and absorb its history, heritage and spectacular landscape
  • The 13th century Ballintubber Abbey, founded by an Irish king, has offered Mass for 781 years without a break
  • Athenry, a medieval town with an arts and heritage center, is the only Irish walled town whose still-intact walls are visible as you approach

Ashford Castle is in the Connemara region of County Galway. This area, between a lake and the Atlantic, is known for breathtaking scenery dominated by the rocky mountain range of Twelve Pins. Many of the attractions are focused around its astounding ancient connections and outdoor landscape, including fishing, walking and mountain climbing trails, golf and archaeological and historical sites.

How to enjoy Ireland

A tour of the southern counties of the Emerald Isle will reward you with postcard perfect dramatic views and plenty of thatched pubs in which to enjoy a pint, a chat or a sing along

  • Share Dublin’s city streets with local residents Bono and his U2 band mates, actor Gabriel Byrne and poet Seamus Heaney
  • Track the Ring of Kerry for some of Ireland’s most beautiful wilderness, ancient monuments and romantic castles
  • No visit to Dublin would be complete without a trip to the Guinness Brewery and tasting rooms

You may want to start your trip with a kiss of the Blarney Stone. Puckering up your lips against this, frankly difficult to reach, rock on the battlements of the Blarney Castle near Cork is supposed to bring you great eloquence. You’ll be glad of this if you stop for some light refreshment in a pub. No matter how unassuming it may look on the outside, many locals to do like to indulge in a bit of craic while sipping a pint.

For exquisite crystal, visit Waterford. For exquisite views, try the Killarney National Park and the Torc Waterfall. Or trace the coastal roads of Connemara and Galway where the wind lashes the rocks and throws the scent of wildflowers into the air. Back in Dublin, explore the nation’s rich cultural heritage by tracing the haunts of literary greats such as WB Yeats, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.

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    When to visit Ireland

    Enjoy St Patrick’s Day in the nation’s capital for parades, traditional Céilí music and impromptu parties. Celebrations take place all over the country too. From the parade and street entertainment in Waterford to the music and dancing in Limerick.

  • We say

    A luxurious lakeside castle on the West Coast of Ireland.

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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with Ashford Castle, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade upon arrival subject to availability
  • Daily Irish breakfast for up to two in-room guests, in restaurant
  • One complimentary Full Body Aroma Luxe Massage per room, once during your stay

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