When you want to experience the best in service, food, ambiance, Ashford Castle has been delivering this promise for many many years. Its many awards and celebrity visits offer testimony to this. Ashford Castle is the place of dreams. The main gate, winding road through the forest, the towers, lake, the gardens are all breathtaking.
Built in 1228 and once the estate of the Guinness family, the legendary 5-star Ashford Castle Hotel was one of the first luxury Castle Hotels in Ireland. Located beside the Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle is a top Mayo Hotel and one of the best examples of a Castle in Ireland. Opened as a Hotel in 1939, Ashford Castle Hotel in Mayo has welcomed many Heads of State as well as International Personalities over the years. The timeless classical interiors and award winning cuisine, combined with an array of Sporting Activities such as Fishing, Falconry, Golf, Horseback Riding and Cruising on the Corrib has resulted in Ashford Castle Hotel being awarded.
Awards speak for themselves, Best Resort Hotel in Europe by readers of Conde Nast Traveller 2010, Top 10 Resort Properties in Europe by Travel & Leisure 2010, Number 1 Resort Hotel in Ireland voted by Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Awards 2008 & 2009.
You can enjoy in Ashford’s public rooms amongst the fireplaces, rich wood-coffered ceilings, Waterford chandeliers, enormous Chippendale mirrors, period furniture, and fine art objects. The elegant and comfortable deluxe guest rooms boast fireplaces and carved antique furniture.
For a pre-dinner drink, try the formal Prince of Wales Cocktail Bar, built in the late 1800s in honor of a visit by the Prince of Wales the future King George V of England, or a relaxed and fun option is the Dungeon Bar, complete with evening entertainment. The George V dining room (jacket and tie required) offers elegant dining, while the intimate Connaught Room (open May-September) presents a tasting menu based on fresh local produce, with wine pairings.
Fantastic views, more than 300 acres to walk, the fantastic falconry experience, tennis and an adequate 9 hole golf course make this a fantastic experience for romance, celebrations or just pure relaxation.