Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

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Ashford Castle

Through the grand stone gates, a royal adventure begins

Unrivalled service, warm Irish hospitality and five star luxury await at Ashford Castle, part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection and a member of Leading Hotels of the World.  Situated in a spectacular 350 acre estate, discover sumptuous rooms and suites, splendid interiors brimming with antique furniture, fine fabrics and unique features at every turn.

Ashford Castle – We could get used to this 

Who wouldn’t be swept up in the fantasy of medieval castle life? Especially consid- ering this place is now packed with modern five-star amenities.  

Ashford Castle – This place is enormous 

Built in 1228 by Anglo-Normans, the castle has received numerous add-ons and extensions over the years, including a French-style chateau in 1715 and Victorian buildings by the then-owners, the Guinness family, in 1852. Nowadays it’s a spec- tacular 83-room hotel with a cinema, spa, golf course, tennis courts, fishing, lake cruises, horse-riding, clay-shooting, archery, zip-lining, tree climbing, and of course, falconry. We’re not even kidding.  

We don’t know where to start 

Considering the sumptuous, spacious and elegant design of the rooms and suites at the hotel it’s amazing anyone makes it outside to partake in all the activities. Each room has been lovingly realised with antique furnishings, bespoke beds and carpets, chandeliers and one-of-a-kind works of art. There’s 24-hour in-room din- ing available, an in-room bar, cable TV with on-demand movies, as well as deluxe toiletries and plush bathrobes and slippers. You will never want to leave.

Ashford Castle – Ancient walls & storied rooms

This 800-year-old castle is truly remarkable, a grand, historic structure with national significance. The former home of the Guinness family, it has hosted countless notables over the years, including The Prince of Wales (who later became King George V) and President Ronald Reagan. Red Carnation’s impeccable five-year restoration, drawing on local experts and artisans, has reaffirmed Ashford Castle’s status as one of the most prestigious hotels in Europe – a true celebration of past, present and future.

Sleep Beautifully

Each of the 83 rooms, suites and Hideaway Cottage at Ashford Castle represent traditional elegance and finesse. Following extensive refurbishment, many of the rooms and suites have been individually and lovingly designed, combining the castle’s original features with the latest modern luxuries. Meticulous attention to detail can be found in the unique works of art, carefully sourced antique furniture and sumptuous fabrics with custom designed carpets, bespoke beds, feature lighting, exquisite towelling and Egyptian Cotton bed linen.

On the shores of Lough Corrib

Private hideaway boathouse serves as the ultimate romantic retreat, and pays homage to the heritage of the estate.

A private hideaway

Perfect for a romantic weekend getaway, Ashford Castle’s Hideaway Cottage allows you to relish the tranquility and natural beauty of the estate. This charming, diminutively sized property is positioned right on the shores of Lough Corrib and serves as the ultimate romantic retreat.

Refurbished to the highest standards, the cottage pays homage to the heritage of the estate thanks to historic touches such as original stonework and fireplace lintels from the castle. This former boathouse dates back to the Guinness era and is situated a stone’s throw from the Castle, surrounded by private gardens and with private access through secure gates.

Ashford Castle – Dining

George V Dining Room

Dine like royalty

Ashford Castle has been hosting distinguished guests for almost 800 years – one of the most prominent being the Prince of Wales, who subsequently became George V of England. In honour of his visit in 1905, the Guinness family built a special dining room which still bears his name proudly to this day.

The graceful setting, with rich, panelled walls and twinkling Waterford Crystal chandeliers bestows a grand sense of occasion. Relax and enjoy exceptional dishes from the kitchen of acclaimed Chef Philippe Farineau, recently awarded two rosettes by the AA Hospitality Awards, combined with much loved recipes of Beatrice Tollman and complemented by a fine selection of wines from Head Sommelier Paul Fogerty.

Recently, George V Dining Room earned Wine Spectator’s 2020 Best of Award of Excellence.

Whet your appetite

Choose from dishes such as Slow Roasted Rib of Beef from carving trolley served with a homemade béarnaise sauce and a red wine and shallot jus. To end your meal, an array of tempting desserts await, including a decadent chocolate Bavarois made using their own chocolate, Legend, created in collaboration with Valrhona and served with estate grown crabpear gel, chocolate cremeux, pear and vanilla sorbet and salted chocolate crisp.

Please note a dinner jacket is required for gentlemen in the George V Dining Room.

„I believe the dining experience begins before the guest even arrives – it has to provoke a sense of anticipation and showcase our exceptional local produce in its finest form.“

Chef Philippe Farineau

ASHFORD CASTLE EXECUTIVE CHEF

The Dungeon

As its name would suggest, the unique setting located on the lower ground floor of the castle invites diners to enjoy a range of dishes from the bistro-style menu with a focus on traditional Irish cuisine beneath the historic curved stone ceiling. Together with a relaxed ambience, it makes for a wonderful and memorable dining experience.

Cullen’s at the Cottage

The perfect seasonal setting

This traditional thatched cottage – which used to be Cong Cinema, showing films on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And the first place to show The Quiet Man even before it was shown in Hollywood – today provides a relaxed dining experience. With a casual dress code, enjoy international and local dishes inspired by owner Beatrice Tollman. Including delicious signature dish ‘Chicken Peri Peri’. It is slow cooked in rotisserie oven in the main dining area. So mouth-watering aromas greet you as soon as you enter the restaurant.

At the front of the building you will now discover a beautifully manicured garden and extended patio area. Proving a spectacular area to enjoy lunch, sip a cocktail and take in the magnificent views of Ashford Castle in the distance… The perfect place to watch the world go by after a walk through the gardens or a round of golf.

Open seasonally, from March through to October, Cullen’s is just a short stroll over the bridge from the castle. Booking in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment.

This restaurant is open to guests and residents staying at the castle but it has limited capacity.

The Drawing Room

Relax overlooking Lough Corrib

As you enter The Drawing Room you’ll immediately be struck by the breathtaking views across the manicured lawns out across the expansive Lough Corrib. The ideal setting for morning coffee and light lunches from the bar menu. Simply sink into comfortable chairs to enjoy fine hospitality in total comfort.

Whether you’re enjoying a romantic break, catching up with family and friends or hosting a relaxed meeting, The Drawing Room lends itself perfectly for the occasion.

Stanley’s

Discover an authentic American diner

A warm Irish welcome with an American twist awaits at Stanley’s. Where a beautiful mahogany-and-marble counter bar overlooks a stunning open kitchen.

Expect lively conversation as you watch Chef prepare the very best signature dishes.  Including the Patty Melt hamburger, the grilled Black Monterey Jack cheese sandwich and the Elvis sandwich. A combination of peanut butter, banana and streaky bacon that should be tried at least once.

Striking green-and-white fabric wallpaper meets mahogany walls. A portrait of Elvis Presley by renowned artist Mr Brainwash is set on a beautiful mirror that stretches the width of the room. With only nine leather-and-copper stools, Stanley’s is intimate and fun, with diner classics given an Ashford Castle twist. The original orange freeze drink is infused with Irish tea. While omelettes and bagels are made all the more luxurious with Ashford caviar and Alba truffle.

The Connaught Room

The epitome of elegance

The lough-facing Connaught Room provides a delightful space in which to enjoy private dining or a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea – a ritual that extends back to 1868 at Ashford Castle, when Lord and Lady Ardilaun would take Afternoon Tea to discuss the events of the morning and the plans for that evening.

The Connaught Room is flanked with floor to ceiling windows commanding spectacular views of the Castle’s manicured gardens and the magnificent Lough Corrib. The room captivates guests with its inspiring Donegal Crystal chandelier, panelled oak walls and a hand carved fireplace.

The menu offers guests a delightful selection of speciality teas, delicate finger sandwiches with traditional fillings, warm scones and handmade pastries.

The Connaught Room is the venue of regular wine dinners.

Afternoon Tea service is currently only available to residents staying at the castle.

Ashford Castle – A vast playground

For hundreds of years, the grounds of Ashford Castle have provided space for thrilling estate activities for its owners and their friends. Successive generations of the de Burgo, Bingham, Browne and Guinness families have created one of the finest sporting estates in all of Ireland, if not the world.

The expansive 350-acre Ashford Estate lends itself perfectly to a range of activities. From country classic pastimes such as horse riding, fishing, falconry and shooting. To more modern activities such as golf, cycling and kayaking. So whether you are the active type or prefer to relax and soak up the scenery, you are spoilt for choice at Ashford Castle.

Ancient wisdom meets modern expertise

The Spa at Ashford Castle was awarded ‘Ireland’s Best Hotel Spa’ in 2020 for the 5th year in a row by World Spa Awards. Also voted ‘Best in Sustainability’ in the 2019 Irish Tatler Awards. They are dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through treatments and spa journeys. Personalised for each of their guests by exceptionally skilled therapists. Commitment to wellbeing focuses on essential ancient wisdom with modern expertise. Their guests leave feeling nurtured, purified, pampered and relaxed.

Ashford Castle – Magical weddings at an iconic Castle

With rooms and suites tucked away in turrets, plush beds and incredible views, there’s no doubt why Ashford Castle wins the award for the most romantic hotel in Europe time after time. For the perfect day that you will remember for years to come, it’s hard to imagine a more magnificent venue.

Having welcomed royalty, heads of state and celebrities, experienced Events Team are equipped with all the skills, talent and enthusiasm required to make every moment utterly magical. Ashford Castle is the ultimate wedding destination.

Majestic & dramatic

A successful event requires a suitably impressive and remarkable venue – and Ashford Castle is the perfect choice. As the castle swings into view, with its mighty towers and battlements. Surrounded by emerald lawns and sparkling waters, one cannot fail to gasp in astonishment.

Once inside, the grandeur of the interiors, the splendour of the furnishings, the sheer sense of history and the warmth of the welcome is nothing short of bewitching.

Ashford Castle – Give the gift of luxury

Shopping at Ashford Castle is an experience in itself.

Mrs Tea’s Boutique & Bakery

Discover Mrs Tea’s Boutique and Bakery. Stocked with seasonal produce, beautiful items by local artisan suppliers, freshly baked treats, and a wonderful selection of gifts.

The Boutique

Explore the exclusive Boutique at Ashford Castle, hidden in the heart of the grounds. The Boutique stocks a collection of the finest Irish jewellery and clothing.

The gift shop

Take a piece of the Castle home with you, with Ashford collection available exclusively through online gift shop.