Ashford Castle is a luxury hotel for families nestled along Lake Lough Corrib in a 350-acre setting. Shannon International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away, while Knock Airport is 40 minutes away. The picturesque towns of Galway, Westport and Connemara are also within 40 minutes. In this region of western Ireland known for its wilderness, huge dark mountains dominate the fields of reddish moors. The many lakes and torrents that traverse the plains, make up a breathtaking landscape. In 2016, the hotel was voted ‘Best Resort in the UK and Ireland’.
Built in 1228 as a medieval fortress, with impassable walls and high towers, Ashford Castle is the oldest building of its kind in Ireland. Formerly owned by the Guinness family (world famous for their incomparable beer), the castle was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1939.
Its 83 individually decorated rooms and suites (which include the sumptuous Hideaway Cottage) have been restaured in 2013. A reminder of another time, the rooms present a classic style, marked by historical details restored in the purest Celtic tradition, as well as all the modern comforts of a world-class hotel.
Designed for families, the spacious Deluxe Queen Rooms consist of two Queen-size beds and a relaxation area. These rooms dominate the splendid Lough Corrib lake and the flowerbeds of the garden. They can accommodate two adults and two children under 12 years. Moreover, many other rooms are connected together, to facilitate families’ time at the hotel.
Gastronomes will appreciate the traditional cuisine of the George V Restaurant, whose name pays tribute to the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1905. Large crystal chandeliers, precious wooden walls and thick carpet gives the restaurant a cozy atmosphere that is very ‘Irish’. Cuisine is based on the use of local products: fish caught in the lake, game hunted on the plains, matured beef, raised on the neighboring land.
The Dungeon is a less formal restaurant with medieval decoration. Its chef serves refined bistro cuisine that’s centered on Irish gastronomy.
The Prince of Wales Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a pint of Guinness or a good whiskey near the large fireplace.
A multitude of Victorian-style reception rooms are available for guests to share a private dinner or take the famous ‘Afternoon Tea’ in a relaxed atmosphere.
Furthermore, a wine cellar set in a long stone tunnel dating from the 16th century offers the opportunity to indulge in tastings of great wines in a unique atmosphere.
In addition, the hotel has a 32-seat cinema room, a large library, a billiard room, a cigar terrace, a hairdresser and a state-of-the-art spa. A fitness room, equestrian center and tennis courts will keep you in shape. Parking is free and access has been adapted for disabled guests.Book Best rate garanteed