Consistently recognized among the best resorts in Europe, this 26,000-acre estate lords over Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second largest lake, and offers magnificent views fit for royalty. First realized by the de Burgo family in 1228, revitalized in the 19th century by Lord and Lady Ardilaun, and later owned by the Guinness family, the smooth blend of ancient history with luxurious modern amenities has made Ashford a world-renowned hotel.

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Ashford Castle is comprised of several deluxe room options, all complete with finely-detailed classic furnishings and stunning views of Ireland’s greenery. The Staterooms are considered the castle’s gems – located in the oldest section of the castle, these large rooms feature high ceilings, antique four-poster beds, and original fireplaces. Marble baths are fitted with claw-footed tubs, and interactive technologies provide all the modern comforts amidst the medieval surroundings. From writing desks to trouser presses, each room is sure to transport the modern traveler into a world of bygone Ireland.

Ashford Castle Ireland boasts various exquisite dining options that are suited for an array of culinary palates. Highlighting fresh ingredients sourced straight from the estate itself, guests can indulge in a large menu featuring fish, lobster, steaks, and other traditional dishes. Seasonal casual dining is also possible in the quaint thatched confines of Cullen’s at the Cottage. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks can found at one of the two on-site bars or in Lady Ardilaun’s favorite room, the elegant Drawing Room.

The centerpiece of the castle grounds is Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second-largest lake. Its glistening waters allow for remarkable fishing, watersports, and leisurely cruising. Guests are welcome to tread the wild shores as the hunters of old did, sampling outdoor activities like archery and clay-pigeon shooting. There is no more peaceful way to explore than by a horseback tour of the countryside, and guests can even learn the medieval art of falconry with skilled bird of prey handlers. In addition, the property offers a challenging nine-hole golf course designed by renowned Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett. For visitors looking to relax, health and beauty rooms are available to enjoy. One of Ashford’s most unique activities is the famous Woodland Walk through hundreds of majestic oak, beech, and chestnuts planted during the restoration of Lady Ardilaun’s remarkable garden, keeping the beauty and antiquity of Ireland’s countryside alive.

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