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HERO Ireland Ashford Caste Exterior

LOCATION

Situated on the shores of island-spotted Lough Corrib, between counties Mayo and Galway, Ashford Castle is a magnificent sight. An arched bridge skips over the river to a huge jumble of grey stone with extensive crenelations and turrets. It’s just as show-stopping on the inside, with modern furnishings and classic décor inspired by an almost medieval opulence.

While you’ll want to remain, Rapunzel-like, locked in your sumptuous tower, the 350 acres of prime Irish countryside outside the window will help you let down your hair. Kayak the lake, arrange horse rides, experience falconry, play golf, shoot clays—the possibilities seem endless.

It’s the same for dining, with all tastes and styles catered for. Settle down for a mesmerizing fine dining experience in the George V room or a foot-long chili dog on the button-back green leather seats of Stanley’s diner, or something in between, all served with disarming Irish charm.

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

Its connection to the Guinness family makes this stay unique, but beyond the stout, the spa, and the sporting experiences, the castle also excels in Irish cultural encounters. Learn stone carving or meet a traditional Irish storyteller through a program run by the castle to help preserve the traditional Irish way of life.

The hotel also lays claim to what is widely regarded as the country’s best spa. With your personal therapist on hand, you’ll experience tycoon-level pampering.