A gorgeous spa and regal rooms wow guests at this boutique castle hotel.
Anchoring a 350-acre estate of rolling, emerald-green hills, Ashford Castle has been a County Mayo landmark since its original construction in 1228. The imposing stone façade shelters a wealth of accommodations and amenities, made all the more appealing by warm, welcoming hospitality. The 82 guest rooms and suites (along with the charming Hideaway Cottage) pamper with a mix of historical details and modern features, including original art, antique furnishings, interactive plasma-screen TVs, Bluetooth speakers and comfy robes and slippers.
The expansive grounds are ideal for recreation; the property maintains golf and tennis facilities, ziplines, riding trails, shooting and archery ranges, and a falconry school. Housed in a stunning, conservatory-style building, the spa features a relaxation pool flanked by a soothing Tree of Life mural, a hammam, a steam room and a terrace overlooking the lake. Food and drink venues are plentiful, from the formal George V Dining Room, serving classic fare, to The Dungeon, offering bistro-inspired Irish cuisine. The castle is a top choice for corporate getaways, and weddings are accommodated with a selection of gorgeous indoor and outdoor venues.