Dating back to the 13th century, Ashford castle is simply breathtaking. This former home of Ireland’s most famous family is set on 350 acres of emerald Irish landscape. Part medieval, part Victorian, the castle’s huge stone façade of turrets and towers makes quite the impression on its callers. And, what a legacy of notable callers: John Lennon, King Geroge V, Oscar Wilde, Brad Pitt, Ronald Reagan, the prince and princess of Monaco, and more.
Your castle stay offers all the bucolic enjoyments of country life, combined with the most luxurious hotel experience possible. There are outdoorsy country activities like clay pigeon shooting, zip-lining, falconry and fishing. But then, there are seven restaurants, two bars, a cigar terrace, a hammam spa and a luxury lakeside terrace. Each interior conveys aristocratic luxury, with the refined sophistication that only comes with centuries of class.
In 2015, Ashford castle won ‘best hotel in the world’ in Virtuoso Travel Week, third best hotel in Travel + Leisure magazine, and in 2012 third best resort in Europe by Condé Nast Traveller.
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