Through the grand stone gates, a royal adventure begins. This remarkable 800-year-old castle, widely recognized as Ireland’s top castle destination and once home to the Guinness family, is exceptional in every sense. Set in 350 acres of woodland on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo, the property has received multiple awards and accolades. Enjoy extraordinary dining experiences and fine Irish cuisine, watch hawks soar at Ireland’s first school of falconry, and restore inner peace at the state-of-the-art spa.
Once the Estate of Lord Ardilaun and the Guinness family, Ashford opened as a luxury hotel in 1939. In 2013 Ashford Castle became part of the Red Carnation Collection, which began a loving restoration project and now offers 82 bespoke bedrooms and a lakeside Hideaway Cottage.
The Ashford Estate offers an extensive range of activities including Orvis fly fishing to Ireland’s first school of falconry. Evocative of an elegant and bygone age and yet perfectly adapted to the needs of this modern one, Ashford is the oldest castle hotel in Ireland, and Ireland’s only Forbes Five-Star Hotel for the second consecutive year.
Guinness Boat House Experience
This former boathouse dates back to the Guinness era and is situated a stone’s throw from The Castle on the shores of Lough Corrib. Surrounded by private gardens and lakefront views, guests enjoy the luxurious comfort and relaxation of this beautiful space, with soothing sounds of lapping lake waters. For your privacy, access is through secure gates.
The Boathouse will capture your heart and make you feel immediately at home. On arrival, you will be greeted at The Castle and escorted to The Guinness Boathouse. A welcome basket awaits along with a fully stocked bar. To complete your Country escape, bicycles are available for your use and guests can also avail of the hotel and its 350-acre estate’s amenities.
Dine alfresco on the pier, weather permitting! The lake reflecting the stars in the evening is a memory that will stay with you for a lifetime. Enjoy private dining or any of the dining facilities available on the Estate. Enjoy a luxurious Irish luxury holiday cottage like no other. With a concierge service available 24 hours a day.
Located by a 7-minute walk to the castle is the Lodge at Ashford Castle offering a slightly less formal and casual experience. Originally built in 1865 for the Estate Manager of 800-year-old Ashford Castle, the elegant white-washed Lodge has views to rival the best in the world. The Lodge offers country house charm, pairing warm Irish hospitality with a modern appeal.
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