“Arriving at Ashford Castle fulfills every fairy tale fantasy: the turrets, the battlements, the moat, lake and manicured gardens all seem to call for the presence Snow White or Beauty and the Beast. But one makes admirable do with one’s companions, other privileged guests, a chat with Dingle the owl, a lesson in Falconry, a gorgeous room and a divine dinner.”
Begun in the 13th century, Ashford Castle in County Mayo, is located in western Ireland less than an hour’s drive north of Galway. The country seat of the Guinness family, the castle was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1939. In 2014/15 it underwent a massive and tasteful renovation by the Red Carnation group, transforming a lovely hotel into one that is exquisite and sumptuous and luxurious beyond compare. Ashford Castle is renowned for its exquisite location, perfect-yet-friendly service, extraordinary cuisine and its brand-new pool, spa, wine cellar, and Hideaway Cottage. Ashford specializes in a variety of outdoor pursuits, including cruises on Loch Corrib, fishing, golf, horseback riding, clay shooting, falconry and archery.