- Ashford Castle is a jewel in the crown of historic Irish hotels and a member of the prestigious National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World Collection.
- With elements dating from the 13th century and an idyllic lakeside location, Ashford Castle is truly spectacular and its location in the west of Ireland means Connemara is on your doorstep.
- Dating to 1228, Ashford Castle fits everyone’s fantasy of a medieval fortress.
- Indulge in a table d’hôte menu of modern Irish and international cuisine in the elegant George V dining room, or savor more casual bistro fare at Cullen’s.
- Experience fine dining in George V Restaurant built over 100 years ago.
- A vast array of outdoor activities are available within easy walking distance of the castle’s front door. Try your hand at archery, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and many more activities in the estate.
- Ashford Castle has 82 traditionally decorated guest bedrooms, many of the rooms still have their original features, offering fantastic views across the ancient Lough or the river.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Ashford’s nine-hole parkland course, designed by renowned Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett, is complimentary to guests. Club rentals, including a sleeve of balls, caddy cart and tees, are available.
This family farm offers an opportunity to watch Border Collie Sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep.
Located on the River Corrib, overlooking the Spanish Arch, the museum explores the history of Galway, a major port city.
Founded in 1216 by Cathal Crovderg O’Connor, this abbey is an important sacred Irish historical site. It will celebrate its 800-year anniversary in 2016.
Opened in 1960, this theme park offers traditional rides but also includes a camp ground, zip lines, archery and kayaking.
Ireland’s largest aquarium presents information about the country’s diverse marine ecosystem.
This restaurant located in Neale is known for its excellent service and hearty cuisine; try the chicken with brie on a bed of mash. Main St. Neale, Mayo.
The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years. At the top, there is a modern chapel where mass is celebrated and confessions are heard.
Visit the modern exhibition galleries at spectacular Turlough Park House, which is surrounded by expansive gardens and a lake.
Ashford Castle is a jewel in the crown of historic Irish hotels. With elements dating from the 13th century and an idyllic lakeside location, Ashford Castle is truly spectacular and its location in the west of Ireland means Connemara is on your doorstep. Ashford Castle dates from the 13th century and elements of the original structure remain. Added to through the course of history the castle is now an amazing amalgam of architecture with the French style chateau parts added in the 18th century and then Victorian additions added later. What is left for the lucky guest is a hotch-potch of Architectural detail and a fabulous 5 star hotel that has been open as a luxury destination since 1939.
Its location on the banks of Lough Corrib in the heart of the famed region of Connemara makes it the perfect base for exploring the relatively unspoilt West of Ireland. The hotel manages to appeal to couples seeking rest and relaxation and a romantic setting as well as families keen to explore the area and partake in an array of amazing outdoor activities. Everything from water-skiing, fishing and boating on the lake, to golf, horse-riding, biking and hiking not to mention a wonderful list of treatments available in one of the three treatment rooms.
Ashford Castle has 82 traditionally decorated guest bedrooms, many of the rooms still have their original features, offering fantastic views across the ancient Lough or the river. All of the rooms and suites are well equipped with modern amenities including internet, movies and music on demand and a fully interactive TV.
Recently refurbished in an individual and elegant style, enjoy the comfort of a luxurious Corrib Room. With luxurious king-size beds and fully interactive plasma screen TVs with movies and music on demand, you’ll enjoy a host of thoughtful touches for a memorable stay.
Corrib Lake View Rooms
As part of our recent refurbishment programme, upgrade to an immaculate Corrib Lake View Room to experience elegant traditional style at its finest. The height of comfort, each is an individual statement of design inspiration, some featuring wonderful gilt and cream painter tester beds and unique furnishings to provide guests a stylish sanctuary in which to relax. Decorated with a variety of colour palettes to suit all tastes and preferences, they are an ideal choice.
Stay in a delightful Deluxe Room with wonderful views of the Ashford Estate. Our newly designed Deluxe Rooms offer the latest in comfort and style with a spacious relaxation area, beautiful furnishings and outstanding attention to detail. A host of thoughtful touches will ensure you have a stay to remember.
Lake View Deluxe Rooms
Discover the attention to detail in our Lake View Deluxe Rooms – newly refurbished to the highest standard with views over the magnificent Lough Corrib, providing refined traditional style and luxurious comforts in abundance. Complete with a spacious seating area, they are ideal for admiring the exquisite surroundings.
Our exceptional Junior Staterooms showcase immaculate attention to detail, seamlessly blending suitable traditional style with modern conveniences. With fabulous views and exquisite four-poster beds, guests are assured a luxurious and memorable stay. Some offer a split level sitting area and each is individually designed from rich regal reds to soft neutral shades to suit your preference.
Our Staterooms are grand statements of traditional elegance and comfort, combining all the modern amenities you could wish for. These wonderfully appointed rooms are generously proportioned and feature high ceilings with views of Lough Corrib. Each Stateroom is located in the oldest part of the castle, dating back to the 13th and 17th centuries. Most contain feature four-poster beds and original fireplaces with exquisite antique furniture.
Named after US Senator Ted Kennedy, who stayed at Ashford in the early 1980’s, the Kennedy Suite is located in the oldest wing of the castle and features an impressive selection of antique furniture including a 19th century walnut bed, an early 18th century Spanish Armoire, and an early Victorian Rosewood centre table. The Kennedy Suite enjoys spectacular views over Lough Corrib and can be combined with the Reagan Presidential Suite to complete a private three bedroom wing of the castle.
Reagan Presidential Suite
Named after President Reagan, who stayed at Ashford in 1984 as a personal friend of former owner John A Mulcahy. The Reagan Presidential suite is located in the oldest wing of the castle, boasting an original fireplace, a stunning antique George III style four poster bed, original portrait art, individually sourced antiques and spectacular floor to ceiling views of Lough Corrib. This split level suite offers two bathrooms and can be combined with two adjacent rooms to complete a private three bedroom wing of the castle.
Deluxe Queen Family Rooms
Our spacious Deluxe Queen Rooms consist of two Queen size beds with a comfortable relaxation area. Overlooking the magnificent Lough Corrib and the Parterre Gardens, they are perfect for couples or families (suitable for two adults and two children under the age of 12 years) as they are well equipped with a large bathroom with a separate shower and marble sinks. Many of our rooms are also interconnecting and this is guaranteed at time of reservation. Children are well looked after, and will receive robes and slippers and many other thoughtful extras including juice and cookies on arrival.
The hotel has two restaurants, a relaxed drawing room and a cocktail bar. George V castle restaurant offers a fantastic menu created by Chef Stefan Matz. Dine like a Lord or a Lady underneath Waterford Crystal chandeliers. Cullen’s at the Cottage restaurant is a more relaxed country restaurant in a thatched roof cottage that serves up an international menu. While Cullen’s at the Dungeon offers a more traditional menu. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in The Drawing Room, which offers the best views across the beautiful Lough Corrib. To relax in style why not sample some cocktails, liqueurs or brandies in the finely decorated cocktail bar.
George V Dining Room
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.
As its name would suggest, the unique setting located on the lower ground floor of the castle invites diners to enjoy a range of satisfying 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.
The Castle Wine Cellars
The Wine Cellars at Ashford Castle offer private wine tastings and wonderful wine dinners in the secret passageways of the castle, which were unearthed during recent renovations. The old servants’ entrance was originally a coal bunker and walkway underneath the castle, where the servants used to come in and get their coal buckets to take up to the rooms. It has now been transformed and the 16th Century tunnels provide three unique private spaces with a cosy ambience and soft lighting and using a Coravin system for tasting expensive bottles without having to take the cork out, keeping the wine fresh for longer.
The long established tradition of Afternoon Tea has been wonderfully preserved at Ashford Castle since 1868 – you’ll notice the original silver tea set displayed in the Connaught Room, which was presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1896. With spectacular views from the comfort of the castle’s elegant interior, take your time to savour every delicious moment.
Ireland’s 800-year-old quintessential castle hotel, has announced a new and exciting partnership with Midleton Very Rare Whiskey and Waterford Crystal to launch a bespoke cask specifically for Ashford Castle, along with crystal whiskey tumblers and carafe bearing the Ashford logo. The project is a natural partnership between three well-known Irish brands with similarly exceptional standards. In addition to a complete restoration of Ashford Castle, the project also added a wine cellar, billiards room and cigar terrace. Long a whiskey aficionado, owner Stanley Tollman has a particular interest in this project and has been involved in it from inception to finish.
The Cigar Terrace
On a rooftop corner of the castle, through the sumptuous Billiards Room, discover the Cigar Terrace with fantastic views overlooking the River Cong and beyond. With a feature awning, locally made in the village of Cong, and low glass tables with wrought iron chairs, the Cigar Terrace is a beautifully designed space with a flagstone floor in which to relax and enjoy a whiskey, cognac or cigar, or simply to enjoy relaxing in a wonderful setting overlooking the river Cong. Enthusiastic cigar connoisseur’s will delight in Mr Tollman’s limited cigar collection Including a millennium edition from habanos in a commemorative ceramic jar, Montecristo “A”, Cohiba Esplindidos and Partagas Lusitanias; and an impressive selection of beverages are available from the Billiards Room including a selection of finest single pot still whiskey, which is regarded as the real Irish whiskey and is a whiskey style unique to Ireland.
The Billiards Room
Retreat to the Billiards Room and enjoy a game of billiards, sink into comfy chairs with a glass of your favourite tipple or enjoy delicious Cuban and Irish tapas served daily from 5.00pm – 10.30pm. Relax with a newspaper and catch up on the day’s affairs. Open to residents only from 3.30pm, the traditional elegance of the Billiards Room, with its grand assortment of antique furniture and furnishings is a most welcome addition to the castle. A selection of Mr. Tollman’s limited edition cigars are available.
The Prince of Wales Bar
Built in the late 1800s, the bar is to this day reminiscent of its captivating past, with its opulent fabrics, fine wood panelling, traditional furnishings and original fireplace creating a warm and welcoming ambience – the perfect place to enjoy your favourite tipple or a pint of Guinness. in 1905 the bar was visited by the Prince of Wales, who subsequently became George V of England.
The Connaught Room
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.
You’d expect fine wine to be a priority at a property of Ashford Castle’s calibre, and you won’t be disappointed when you look through the fabulous list we’ve put together for the enjoyment of our guests. Robert Bowe, who has been responsible for the wine cellars at Ashford Castle, has witnessed the incredible development of wine in Ireland.
If you are planning a special meeting or celebration and want to mark the occasion in style, then Ashford Castle offers a number of spaces to suit your preferences and requirements. From intimate dining to grand banqueting, we’ll create the ambience you desire with a host of personal and thoughtful touches to make the event one you and your guests will remember fondly.
Five beautiful treatment rooms, including a couple’s room, have been expertly designed to induce a sense of serenity the moment you enter. With breathtaking, elevated views over Lough Corrib, the new Gym is far from your average workout space. Floor to ceiling windows draw the spectacular scenery inside, where you’ll find the latest Life Fitness equipment, and discover unique wellness technology. Within the striking bronze conservatory, the spa provides the Relaxation Pool an area of calm and tranquility with the relaxation pool consisting of seated jets for relaxation.
Within the striking bronze conservatory, the spa provides the Relaxation Pool an area of calm and tranquility with the relaxation pool consisting of seated jets for relaxation and for a more energising work out use the resistance swimming jets or sit back and be mesmerised with the exquisite features of seashell chandeliers and the Tree of Life Mural – stretching the length of the relaxation pool, symbolising ‘Irish Celtic Mythology’.
The spa at Ashford Castle, recently awarded ‘Overall Spa of the Year 2018’ by Irish Tatler, is dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through treatments and spa journeys, personalised for each of our guests by exceptionally skilled therapists. Our commitment to wellbeing focuses on essential ancient wisdom with modern expertise. Guests leave feeling nurtured, purified, pampered and relaxed.
With breath taking, elevated views over Lough Corrib, the new Gym is far from your average workout space. Floor to ceiling windows draw the spectacular scenery inside, where you’ll find the latest Life Fitness equipment, and discover unique wellness technology with the PureFlow™ Fitness session designed to combat fatigue and improve endurance, performance and recovery.