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November 11, 2010

An Ashford Castle Christmas

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Cong, Ireland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

This Christmas, Ashford Castle decks the halls to welcome guests for an unforgettable stay on Ireland’s Western Coast. As part of its yearly festivities, Ashford Castle is offering guests a three-night Christmas package highlighting the best of Irish cuisine, music and traditions. Recently voted ‘Top Resort in Europe’ by readers of Condé Nast Traveler (November 2010), Ashford Castle is the ideal place for couples, groups and families to gather and rejoice during one of the most festive times of the year.

The three-night offer includes:

December 24 – Christmas Eve
Guests arrive at Ashford Castle and are welcomed with mulled wine and mince pies – an Irish Christmas tradition! As the evening unfolds, guests will be served afternoon tea in the Drawing Room before being welcomed by General Manager Niall Rochford to a special cocktail reception featuring Chamber Music by Ireland West Quartet. Building up to a visit from Santa Claus himself later in the evening, guests will dine at the renowned George V Restaurant before being serenaded with Christmas carols by the St. Mary’s Church Choir and jazz entertainment.

December 25 – Christmas Day
Christmas Day at Ashford Castle starts with a hearty Irish breakfast at the George V dining room. The day is filled with a variety of activities, including: Golf Stableford over nine holes; a cruise on the picturesque Lough Corrib with traditional music and hot whiskeys; and the annual Christmas Treasure Hunt on the golf grounds. As the sun goes down, guests are invited to cocktails in the Drawing Room with the Ireland West Orchestra before the evening’s Gala Dinner at the George V. The day’s celebration will conclude with dancing to Keith McDonald & The Show Band and midnight mulled wine and mince pies.

December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day
After dancing the night away the previous evening, guests start St. Stephen’s Day with a Jazz Brunch in the George V restaurant with music from the Larry Hingerton Jazz Band. On this day, guests can choose to participate in a variety of activities which include a cruise on Lough Corrib, a cooking demonstration in the castle’s kitchen, and a guided tour of the grounds led buy local historian Mick Maye. The evening will culminate with St. Stephen’s Day dinner in the George V Restaurant with entertainment by the Molloy Brothers, and Ashford’s resident entertainers in the Dungeon.

December 27
Guests can enjoy a leisurely Irish breakfast before bidding farewell.

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