For centuries Ashford Castle has overlooked the shores of Lough Corrib, as one of Ireland's most magnificent castles and one of the most luxurious resort hotels in the world.
Ashford Castle's long and distinguished history dates back to 1228 when the Anglo Norman de Burgos family founded it. The castle changed hands throughout the years whose owners including the Guinness Family adapted its appearance from defensive castle, to French Chateaux to Victorian Neo Gothic. During its time Ashford Castle has hosted Presidents and Princes, Ronald Reagan in 1985 and Prince of Wales George V in 1905. The then future King of England was so enamoured with Ashford that he extended his original stay of a few days to 3 months.
Ashford Castle has stood the test of time well, inside the castle's imposing structure, Ashford's richly decorated interior speaks of centuries of care and excellent craftsmanship. Wonderful oak panelling, exquisite antiquities and fine antique furnishings adorn the many nooks and crannies, and the leisurely drawing room and refined Prince of Wales Cocktail Bar.
Ashford Castle's luxury accommodations are hugely spacious and all individually designed, with elegant period furnishings, sumptuous marble bathrooms and all the comforts of gracious living. Each bedroom commands fantastic views either across the graceful gardens, the flowing river or the wide waters of Lough Corrib.
Dining at Ashford Castle is a world-renowned culinary experience. The George V Room offers elegant dining amid period decor with a world-class menu of modern Irish and International cuisine. From May to September, the Connaught Room, a more intimate venue, offers the utmost in gourmet cuisine specialising in French a la Carte. All of which is prepared to the highest standards, from a Michelin Star Chef.
For a more traditional and casual dining experience, Cullen's Cottage is located on the grounds, less than a 2 minute walk from the castle.
Evening entertainment is provided in the atmospheric Dungeon Bar with resident entertainers providing traditional Irish music, ballads, poetry and storytelling.
Ashford Castle offers a huge range of activities, from walks within the 350 acre estate, golfing on Ashford's 9-hole course, to fishing for trout and salmon on Lough Corrib and lake cruises. Ashford Castle also has one of the most advanced Equestrian Centres in the country and has Ireland's first Falconry School offering the rare opportunity to handle birds of prey. For rainy days, Ashford has a health and beauty centre equipped with whirlpool, steamroom and sauna and a full range of beauty treatments using exclusive Yonka products. Or you could pass the time in the castle with the daily showings John Ford's 1950's classic "The Quiet Man" filmed in and around the nearby village of Cong.