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Connemara and County Mayo Hotels

Ashford Castle

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  • Ashford Castle, Cong

    The Leading Hotels of the World

  • Ashford Castle, Cong

    Ashley Morrison/The Leading Hotels of the World

  • Ashford Castle, Cong

    Ashley Morrison/The Leading Hotels of the World

  • Ashford Castle, Cong

    The Leading Hotels of the World

  • Ashford Castle, Cong

    The Leading Hotels of the World

  • Ashford Castle, Cong

    Ashley Morrison/The Leading Hotels of the World

Pros

  • Baronial flamboyance
  • No-expense-spared facilities
  • Regal grounds

Cons

  • So luxurious you are cut off from the normal hubbub of Irish life

Updated 04/28/2014

Fodor's Review

Massive, flamboyantly turreted, Ashord is the very picture of a romantic Irish castle and this famed mock-Gothic baronial showpiece, dating from the 13th century, and rebuilt in 1870 for the Guinness family, has been wowing visitors like President Reagan, John Travolta, Brad Pitt, and Pierce Brosnan—who got married here—ever since. Nearly bigger than the neighboring village of Cong, it is strong on luxury and service, yet maintains a relaxed atmosphere in which guests of all ages feel totally at ease. It is currently in the midst of a three-phase upgrade, which will leave it more luxurious than ever. Kids immediately associate the castle with Hogwarts; ask about the multi-generational family packages. Deluxe guest rooms have generous sitting areas, heavily carved antique furniture, open fireplaces, and extra-large bathrooms. Standard bedrooms in the discreetly added wing are smaller, with marble bathroom fittings and Victorian-style antiques. The suites in the original castle building

are vast, with double-height windows and Georgian antiques, and are blissfully comfortable. The Prince of Wales Cocktail Bar (named for the one who visited in the 1890s) is the venue for elegant pre-dinner drinks. The cuisine, by distinguished chef Stefan Matz, is stylish and unfussy. The hotel makes the most of its superb location at the head of Lough Corrib, and the surrounding formal gardens are possibly the most neatly manicured outdoor space in Ireland. The riverbank has been landscaped to facilitate angling, but don't miss the chance to walk with a hawk on your arm at the onsite School of Falconry.

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Hotel Award Winner | 2011

Hotel Information

Address:

Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Phone:

094-954–6003

Website: www.ashford.ie

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 72 rooms, 11 suites

Updated 04/28/2014

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Mar 29, 2011

Ashford Castle Review

Quite stunning to visit. The grounds are gorgeous with many photo ops. Allow 1 hour at least. The falconery school was doing a tour at the time we were there and it was very interesting. The castle is beautiful to have lunch and look around, and the golf course seems to be top knotch. We did not stay here, so I will value the room at a 4 just to fill it out. They have a boat ride that we would have enjoyed, but we were in a time crunch.

If the weather is nice, I would suggest allowing time for it.

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