Private Trip Ireland |Exquisite Ashford Castle
Nestled into the stunning Mayo countryside is the impressive 350 acre, 800 year old, Ashford Castle. This medieval castle is now a five-star luxury hotel on the shore of Lough Corrib and was once owned by the Guinness family. The castle was built in 1228 on a monastic site by the Anglo-Norman House of Burke. After passing through many hands over the centenaries, the castle was finally bought by Red Carnation Hotels in 2013. In recent years the castle underwent intense restoration and re-opened it’s doors in April 2015. Your Irish personal chauffeur will treat you like royalty, driving you to and from the castle in a luxury vehicle.
The walls of the second floor gallery are lined with photographs of prominent guests who have stayed at the castle. The medieval building has hosted many important guests including King George V, John Lennon and Oscar Wilde, whos father William owned an estate near the Castle. The sheer aesthetical magnificence of the castle was recognised by film director John Ford, and in 1951, the film The Quiet Man staring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara was filmed on the grounds of the castle. A deluxe trip to Ireland must include a stay at this glorious castle.
The Castle Hotel has 83 remarkable rooms including 6 suites and a lakeside cottage. The richly dressed rooms are a refined traditional design, each room magnificently styled with ornate beds and chandeliers while the comfort of the guest dominates each room.
Opening in June 2016, the stylish Lakeside cottage is the definitive private romantic retreat for those wishing to avail of a Luxury Deluxe Honeymoon Tours Ireland package. Exquisitely designed rooms include a stunning fireplace, a private deck with unequalled views of the lake.
Ashford Castle offers a great selection of dining experiences including four dining rooms; George V Dining Room, The Dungeon Restaurant, Cullen’s at the Cottage, Wilde’s at The Lodge, The Castle Wine Cellars, or how about Afternoon Tea in the stylish Connaught Room? Either choice you make means you will be delighted you stayed at Ashford castle during your private trip to Ireland
A wine tasting is the perfect way to complete a luxurious stay at an Irish castle. Ashford Castle offers private wine tastings and wine dinners in the secret pathways of the castle offering a snug atmosphere. There is an vast wine list from which to choose vintage wines and global selections. There are a number of other dining and refreshment rooms to enjoy at the castle including the Billiards room, where you can enjoy a game of billiards or a relaxing drink in a outstanding room furnished with antique furniture.
There is also a Cigar Terrace, The Inglelock Room & the Connaught Room for private dining. Additionally, The Prince of Wales Bar is ideal to enjoy a pint of Guinness while The Drawing Room is perfect for enjoying afternoon coffee. You have your Irish personal chauffeur ready to drive you anywhere safely after your dining and wine sampling.
If you enjoy Afternoon Tea, the elegant Connaught Room offers this service with astronomical views of the grounds. Guests can choose from a vast array of specialty teas, finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones with cream & home-made jam coupled with pastries & cupcakes.
The Spa at Ashford Castle
The Spa, housed in a striking bronze conservatory, is an idyllic setting to enjoy a bit of pampering. The spa is the epitome of Zen and tranquility and boasts an array of features including magnificent chandeliers and a unique mural, called the Tree of Life, spanning the length of the pool.
There are five incredible treatment rooms, a steam room and a fitness centre. The Spa uses Africa, Voya and Elemis in its wide assortment of treatments including massages, holistic therapies, facials, hand & feet treatments, hair & eye treatments, body therapies & wraps and finally scrubs. A deluxe tour of Ireland to a Ashford castle is luxury all the way!
We are sure that whatever treatment you choose at the spa it will leave you invigorated and up to trying some of the many activities that the castle has to offer guests. The grounds of the castle offer the perfect backdrop to try your hand at horse riding, fishing, falconry and shooting or if you’d prefer you can golf, cycle or kayak. A stay at Ashford Castle offers guests an array of extraordinary experiences that they will savour for the rest of their live. The staff at the castle go above and beyond to ensure that your stay at Ashford Castle is the most memorable luxury Irish vacation you will ever experience bar none.
That completes our tour of the Ashford Castle and just one of the spectacular places to tour in Ireland, there is so much to see and do in our wonderful country. If you would like further information on a Luxury Tour of Ireland, or would like more information on any of our tours then please click the Enquire button below:
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