Ashford Castle, one of Europe's most prestigious hotels and wedding destinations, has been ranked number 12 on the Condé Nast Gold List for 2016. Once home of the Guinness family, the magnificent five star Ashford Castle, is set in 350 acres, on the shores of Lough Corrib in the West of Ireland.
Dating back to 1228, the castle recently entered a new chapter in its history, as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Meticulously managed, visitors from all over the world can now experience hospitality at its most welcoming when staying at Ashford Castle.
Widely regarded as the most luxurious destination hotel in Ireland, Ashford Castle offers beautifully appointed suites and elegant dining rooms, serving fine Irish cuisine along with a renowned Afternoon Tea service, led by Head Chef Philippe Farineau.
The picturesque estate provides a range of fine country sports including horse riding, fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course and Ireland's first school of falconry.
Following an extensive multi-million pound restoration programme led by Red Carnation founder, Beatrice Tollman, daughter Toni Tollman and Architect Philippe Bonnio; Ashford Castle now features: a 32-seater Cinema, a Billiard Room, Cigar Terrace, Mrs Tea's Boutique & Bakery, Museum, Library and the all-new Spa, Gym and ozone-filtrated Pool. An abandoned underground tunnel has been transformed into a wine cellar to be used for private parties and wine tastings.