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August 6, 2014updated Oct 23, 2015

Ashford Castle

By Chris Boyle

Aerial View / Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres in County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodland and water. With a rich history dating back to 1228, and previous owners including the Guinness family, Ashford Castle has entered an exciting new chapter as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

It features 82 beautifully appointed guestrooms and offers a range of fine country sports including horse riding, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course, and Ireland’s first school of falconry. You will find several dining rooms and bars, along with a traditional afternoon tea service. Head Chef Stefan Matz, twice voted Ireland’s Chef of the Year, provides top-class cuisine using the finest local ingredients.

Top Suite: The Reagan Presidential Suite 

Living Room / The Reagan Presidential Suite

Total number of rooms in suite: Two, can also be combined with two additional suites

Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of bathrooms: Two full

Suite style: Traditional elegance with an array of original furnishings and artwork

Number of suites in hotel: Two Master Suites and three Junior Suites

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Key selling points: The exquisite split-level Master Suite has an original fireplace and 15-foot-high ceilings throughout with spectacular floor-to-ceiling views of Ireland’s second largest lake, Lough Corrib. The suite achieves a warm and inviting ambience with a soothing color palette of green and cream, a striking four-poster canopy bed, and individually sourced antiques such as the French mahogany and gilt bureau plat desk from Christies Louis XV style. If guests wish, they can occupy the two other adjacent rooms to create a private three-bedroom wing of the castle.


  • Square footage: 734
  • Nightly rate: From $2,250


General Manager Niall Rochford

Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo, Ireland


Health and Beauty Services

Master Bedroom / Kennedy Suite

Indulge your senses and let the natural aromas of pampering treatments relax and restore you in total luxury in the Health and Beauty Rooms. Enjoy a range of massages, marine therapies, facials, tanning treatments, nail care, and makeup, plus a range of gentlemen’s treatments. 

Signature treatment: Secret de Beaute

Health and Beauty Manager Stephanie Keane,



Top Restaurants and Bar

George V Dining Room / Ashford Castle

George V Dining Room: The elegant setting of the George V Dining Room offers top-class cuisine together with exceptional service.

Cullens at The Cottage: Open seasonally, the restaurant offers relaxed dining in the setting of a traditional thatched cottage.

Prince of Wales: The traditional and elegant bar features comfortable seating and a full selection of cocktails, liquors, and brandies.

Manager Robert Bowe,


Estate Activties

Fishing / Ashford Castle

With archery, clay pigeon shooting, cycling, and endless walking routes, the activities go on and on!

Falconry: Home to Ireland’s School of Falconry, enjoy an unforgettable experience where you will fly beautiful Harris hawks in the spectacular grounds of Ashford Castle. You don’t need any experience and all ages are welcome to try the unique art of falconry.

Fishing: Lough Corrib provides wonderful brown trout, salmon, and pike fishing from traditional wooden boats, handcrafted by our Ghillie, Frank Castello. Full day trips include a delicious picnic lunch on an idyllic island, and the chance to cook your catch!

Horse riding: The equestrian center offers horse riding for all abilities–whether you’d like a riding lesson, a walk through the woodland, or a canter alongside the Lough.

Kayaking: Have fun on the water with the Guided Ashford Adventure Pedal and Paddle experience.

Tennis: Enjoy playing with friends or family on the outdoor Tennis Courts or book a lesson to improve your technique!

Ashford Castle Golf Course: A wonderful nine-hole golf course is perfect for all golfers to hone their skills.

Weddings: Hold your wedding day in the spectacular setting of Ashford Castle for an unforgettable day.

Children’s Activities: With a wealth of estate activities from horse riding and falconry to fishing and cycling, there is plenty to keep the entire family entertained. Children can also enjoy movies, games, and even a LEGO room service menu.

Awards & Ratings

  • Travel + Leisure – World’s Best 500 Hotels – 2014
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards Voted 9th Best Hotel in Ireland 2014
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold List – One of the Best Hotels and Resorts in Ireland – 2014
  • World’s Best Awards – Ranked No.4 Top Family Hotels in Europe – 2013
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold List – Voted No.1 Irish Hotel – 2013
  • Ireland Food Guide – Recommended – 2011, 2012, 2013


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