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January 29, 2014

Red Carnation Hotels Acquires Second Hotel in Ireland

By Chris Boyle

LisloughreyLodge_The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is delighted to announce a second Irish hotel in its growing portfolio – Lisloughrey Lodge, County Mayo.

The property sits within the 350 acre estate of Ashford Castle , which was acquired by the luxury boutique hotel collection in June of last year and is currently undergoing a glorious renovation program to reinforce its position as Ireland’s most luxurious destination hotel.

The Lisloughrey Lodge will be rebranded as The Lodge at Ashford Castle and will complement its sister hotel by providing a nearby alternative to the castle while enabling guests to enjoy the benefits and facilities of the castle’s sprawling estate.

Available activities include fishing, golf, falconry, clay pigeon shooting and horseback riding, as well as numerous water sports on Ireland’s largest lake, Lough Corrib, which the properties overlook.

The Red Carnation Hotels is an award-winning collection of five- and four-star hotels spearheaded by president and founder Beatrice Tollman.

Mrs. Tollman will personally oversee the implementation of the collection’s excellent standards of service, comfort and attention to detail at The Lodge at Ashford Castle.  Already extremely popular with the weddings market, the four-star Lodge at Ashford Castle is expected to attract a younger audience than its “Grand Dame” neighbor.

With the acquisition of The Lodge at Ashford Castle, the ambitious refurbishment program at Ashford and further investment from the likes of Emirates Airlines, who this week announced the increase of its schedule of weekly flights into Dublin, there is a palpable optimism around Ireland’s tourism industry.

Jonathan Raggett, managing director of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, commented: “The Lodge at Ashford Castle is another fantastic addition to our portfolio and, given its location within the Ashford estate, it makes total sense for us to bring it in the Red Carnation Hotels fold.

“We are fully committed to supporting the local community, increasing staff levels at the hotel by recruiting locally, and using local suppliers and artisans as the source of our food, amenities and décor. We have a fantastic relationship with Tourism Ireland and are delighted to be able to invest in this vibrant and beautiful destination.”

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