Ashford Castle

The magnificent five star Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib.

Dating back to 1228, the castle now enters a new chapter in its history, as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. With 82 guest rooms, a wealth of activities and thoughtful touches, enjoy acclaimed Irish hospitality on a grand scale.

Setting the Standard:

  • Fully restored to its historic splendour
  • 68 unique guest rooms with spectacular views
  • 14 luxurious staterooms and suites H
  • ome to Ireland's first School of Falconry Regular host to royalty, dignitaries and celebrities
  • 350 acres of ancient woodland
  • Fine Irish cuisine and fish fresh from the lough
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout

 

Each of the 82 rooms and suites at Ashford Castle represent traditional elegance and finesse. Following extensive refurbishment, many of the rooms and suites have been individually and lovingly designed, combining the castle’s original features with the latest modern luxuries. Meticulous attention to detail can be found in the unique works of art, carefully sourced antique furniture and sumptuous fabrics with custom designed carpets, bespoke beds, feature lighting, exquisite towelling and Egyptian Cotton bed linen.

Corrib Rooms

Recently refurbished in an individual and elegant style, enjoy the comfort of a luxurious Corrib Room. With luxurious king-size beds and fully interactive plasma screen TVs with movies and music on demand, you’ll enjoy a host of thoughtful touches for a memorable stay.

Corrib Lake View Rooms

As part of our recent refurbishment programme, upgrade to an immaculate Corrib Lake View Rooms to experience elegant traditional style at its finest. The height of comfort, each is an individual statement of design inspiration, some featuring wonderful gilt and cream painter tester beds and unique furnishings to provide guests a stylish sanctuary in which to relax. Decorated with a variety of colour palettes to suit all tastes and preferences, they are an ideal choice.

Deluxe Rooms

Stay in a delightful Deluxe Room with wonderful views of the Ashford Estate. Our newly designed Deluxe Rooms offer the latest in comfort and style with a spacious relaxation area, beautiful furnishings and outstanding attention to detail. A host of thoughtful touches will ensure you have a stay to remember. 

Staterooms

Our Staterooms are grand statements of traditional elegance and comfort, combining all the modern amenities you could wish for. These wonderfully appointed rooms are generously proportioned and feature high ceilings with views of Lough Corrib. 

Each Stateroom is located in the oldest part of the castle, dating back to the 13th and 17th centuries. Most contain feature four-poster beds and original fireplaces with exquisite antique furniture. The Staterooms also boast large bathrooms and some include pedestal claw baths.

Junior Staterooms

Our exceptional Junior Staterooms showcase immaculate attention to detail, seamlessly blending suitable traditional style with modern conveniences. With fabulous views and exquisite four-poster beds, guests are assured a luxurious and memorable stay. Some offer a split level sitting area and each is individually designed from rich regal reds to soft neutral shades to suit your preference.

Lake View Deluxe Rooms

Discover the attention to detail in our Lake View Deluxe Rooms – newly refurbished to the highest standard with views over the magnificent Lough Corrib, providing refined traditional style and luxurious comforts in abundance. Complete with a spacious seating area, they are ideal for admiring the exquisite surroundings.

Rooms feature wonderful antiques such as a German Baroque stumpwork silk decorated tester bed made for Friedrich Christian Freiherr von Spee in the late 17th Century; a Louis XV painted and parcel gilt trumeau mirror circa 1750; and satinwood and rosewood cross banded writing tables circa 1900, used as bedside tables.

Suites

Our Suites offer comfortable king size beds and sofa beds as well as a large private dining space which adds to the spacious feel and opulent elegance. With views of the River Cong or Lough Corrib, The Junior Suites, some of which have been recently refurbished, are the epitome of graceful style, combining traditional style with modern amenities.

Reagen Presidential Suite

An exquisite split-level Presidential Suite with an original fireplace and high ceilings throughout with spectacular floor to ceiling views of Ireland’s second largest lake, Lough Corrib. A warm, inviting ambience is achieved through soft ecru silks on the walls, lush beige green silks and soft green upholstery and bespoke carpet hues of the above colours.

Located in the oldest wing of the Castle, the Reagan Suite features original Portrait art displays, beautifully adorned chandeliers and a cream and green painted serpentine scrolling foliate four poster bed sourced from Christie’s, George III style.

Individually sourced antiques include a French mahogany and gilt bureau plat desk from Christie's, Louis XV style and a wonderful walnut and seaweed marquetry secretaire “chest on chest” along with a fine George III mahogany break front wardrobe in the bedroom.

Marbled His and Her bathrooms along with impressive wet rooms, under floor heating, air conditioning, WiFi, heated towel rails and electronic sun blinds compliment this wonderful experience. It’s possible to occupy two other adjacent rooms to create your own private three bedroom wing of the castle with one entrance door. Please ensure you request this suite at time of booking.

Family Rooms

Our spacious Family Rooms consist of two Queen size beds with a comfortable relaxation area. Overlooking the magnificent Lough Corrib and the Parterre Gardens, the Family Rooms are well equipped with a large bathroom with a separate shower and marble sinks - ideal for families. Children are well looked after, and will receive robes and slippers and many other thoughtful extras including juice and cookies on arrival.

Creative Irish cuisine, inspired use of the finest seasonal ingredients from the West of Ireland and an extensive wine cellar make any stay at Ashford Castle a gourmet’s delight.

Chef Philippe Farineau, gives fine expression to the dishes offered in the four main dining rooms – whether it’s fine dining in the grandeur of the George V Dining Room, casual dining in the comfortable setting of Cullen’s at the Cottage or Cullen's at the Dungeon, or a delightful Afternoon Tea in the elegant Connaught Room.

George V Dining Room

Ashford Castle has been hosting distinguished guests for almost 800 years – one of the most prominent being the Prince of Wales, who subsequently became George V of England. In honour of his visit in 1906, the Guinness family built a special dining room which still bears his name proudly to this day.

The graceful setting, with rich, panelled walls and twinkling Waterford Crystal chandeliers bestows a grand sense of occasion. Our resident pianist plays softly in the background while you relax and enjoy exceptional dishes from the kitchen of acclaimed Chef Philippe Farineau, combined with much loved recipes of Beatrice Tollman and complemented by a fine selection of wines from Chief Sommelier, Robert Bowe. 

Cullen's at the Dungeon

As its name would suggest, the unique setting located on the lower ground floor of the castle invites diners to enjoy a range of satisfying dishes from the bistro-style menu with a focus on traditional Irish cuisine beneath the historic curved stone ceiling. Together with a relaxed ambience, it makes for a wonderful and memorable dining experience. 

Cullen's at the Cottage

This traditional thatched cottage provides a relaxed dining experience with international and local dishes inspired by our owner Beatrice Tollman. 

Open seasonally, it’s just a short stroll over the bridge from the castle.

Wilde's at The Lodge

Discover Wilde’s Restaurant at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, serving fine contemporary Irish cuisine in a stunning setting.  Our sister property is located a short distance from Ashford Castle - either a 20 minute stroll or we can arrange transportation. 

Under the inspired direction of Jonathan Keane, recently described as “one of the country’s most exciting chefs” and with many award nominations to his name, it has become a popular destination not just for local foodies but visitors from afar. 

Jonathan creates a variety of delicious dishes that showcase the unique flavours and textures of the finest local produce, from succulent Irish beef and lamb to fish and seafood fresh from the waters of Galway Bay and the Connemara coastline.

Prince of Wales Bar

Built in the late 1800s, the bar is to this day reminiscent of its captivating past, with its opulent fabrics, fine wood panelling, traditional furnishings and original fireplace creating a warm and welcoming ambience – the perfect place to enjoy your favourite tipple or a pint of Guinness. in 1905 the bar was visited by the Prince of Wales, who subsequently became George V of England.

Offering a full selection of cocktails, liqueurs and brandies, sit back and relax and enjoy the finest Irish hospitality. 

The Connoaught Room

The lough-facing Connaught Room provides a delightful space in which to enjoy private dining or a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea - a ritual that extends back to 1868 at Ashford Castle, when Lord and Lady Ardilaun would take Afternoon Tea to discuss the events of the morning and the plans for that evening.

The Connaught Room is flanked with floor to ceiling windows commanding spectacular views of the Castle’s manicured gardens and the magnificent Lough Corrib. The room captivates guests with its inspiring Donegal Crystal chandelier, panelled oak walls and a hand carved fireplace.

The menu offers our guests a delightful selection of speciality teas, delicate finger sandwiches with traditional fillings, warm scones, hand-made pastries and cupcakes decorated with lovingly hand-picked wild flowers from the Estate by our Head Pastry Chef, Paula Stakelum. 

The Drawing Room

As you enter The Drawing Room you’ll immediately be struck by the breathtaking views across the manicured lawns out across the expansive Lough Corrib. The ideal setting for morning coffee and light lunches from the bar menu, simply sink into comfortable chairs to enjoy fine hospitality in total comfort.  

Whether you’re enjoying a romantic break, catching up with family and friends or hosting a relaxed meeting, The Drawing Room lends itself perfectly for the occasion.

Afternoon Tea

The long established tradition of Afternoon Tea has been wonderfully preserved at Ashford Castle since 1868 - you’ll notice the original silver tea set displayed in the Connaught Room, which was presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1896. With spectacular views from the comfort of the castle’s elegant interior, take your time to savour every delicious moment. 

The Afternoon Tea menu offers guests a wide selection of speciality teas or perhaps a glass of Champagne, delicate finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and home-made jam, not to mention our tasty pastries and cupcakes. It’s the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon with friends.

 

For hundreds of years, the grounds of Ashford Castle have provided a vast playground for its owners and their friends. Successive generations of the de Burgo, Bingham, Browne and Guinness families have created one of the finest sporting estates in all of Ireland, if not the world – which is proudly continued to this day.

The expansive 350 acre Ashford Estate lends itself perfectly to a range of activities, from country classic pastimes such as horse riding, fishing, falconry and shooting, to more modern activities such as golf, cycling and kayaking. So whether you are the active type or prefer to relax and soak up the scenery, you are spoilt for choice at Ashford Castle.

Activities: 

  • The Spa
  • Fishing
  • Falconry
  • Clay Shooting & Archery
  • Cycling & Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Horse Riding
  • Lake Cruising
  • Luxury Charter
  • Tennis
  • Traditional Boat Trips

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