Review: Ashford Castle, Ireland



Sophie Ritchie discovers pampering bliss during a spa-filled stay during a pretentious Ashford Castle in Ireland

Whilst stumbling opposite superfluous pots of bullion during a finish of enchanting rainbows is unfortunately zero some-more than fiction, engagement a stay during Ashford Castle is a subsequent best thing when it comes to anticipating pristine bullion in Ireland.

We arrive on a (rare) glitteringly balmy Friday afternoon, and as a cab glides by a immeasurable drift towards a Pemberly-like building, a palace itself is not alone in welcoming us. Waiting energetically with matching lucent smiles, we find an huge way of staff station outward a hotel to hail us eagerly. Such a welcoming feels like something out of a Hollywood film – though as I’m shortly to realise, a lot of staying during Ashford Castle can feel like fantasy.


Inside a grey mill walls, luxury awaits. With intemperate decorations, crimson red interiors and huge chandeliers, walking into Ashford’s opening is considerable adequate in itself. Once a intemperate home of a Guinness family, a building dates behind to 1228, and was recently painstakingly easy to a former excellence by Red Carnation Hotels. It’s pleasing – a arrange of place that immediately has we peering around in awe.


Upstairs, my available Stateroom apartment creates even some-more of an impression. Creature amenities wait –  a four-poster bed, resounding fire, lush chairs, issuing fate – all surrounded with stylish decorations, engaging books and small extras that make a space feel like it’s intemperate adequate for a likes of royalty. It’s a room to marvel at. It doesn’t come as a warn therefore, when we after learn that George V was lustful of a revisit – in fact, Brad Pitt, Felicity Hoffman, Barbara Streisand and Ronald Reagan have all reclined within Ashford’s walls.

Ideal for those who adore aged propagandize charm, each singular one of a 68 guest bedrooms (plus 14 staterooms and suites) have been delicately refurbished. The courtesy to fact is apparent with a artistic fabrics and strange design – though it’s interconnected with complicated touches, consider I-luv speakers, electronic blinds and mood light dimming options.

The Ex-spa-ience


I’m here to relax, and so a sauna is a must. Award-winning and considerable in a possess right, a staff here know their things – if you’re a spa-seeker, this is one for a bucket list. Voted Ireland’s Best Hotel Spa 2016 during a World Spa Awards, it’s a balmy space that aims to mangle divided from tradition, recommending some-more than a common treatments to tailor to guests’ specific requests and ailments.


Built in a figure of a distinguished bronze conservatory, a sauna echoes an ambiance of pacific peace – we can simply spend an whole afternoon here though realising. Must-try treatments embody a World Weary Traveller, a flesh warming seaweed hang that aims to assuage high highlight levels, palliate painful muscles revitalise a senses with absolute low hankie massage.

The massages here are generally excellent, and a beautiful mosaic-flecked pool and additional diagnosis bedrooms make a ideal spots for wiling divided a hours with a potion of champers in one palm (and nominal treats in a other).

Charm, cuisine and culture


Ashford Castle places importance on soundness and pointing – all here is tailored to a top quality. From sourcing internal mixture for dishes to regulating a excellent fabrics for interiors – a sum have been delicately chosen, and a outcome is exquisite. Even a sporting staff for outside activities have Olympian pasts.

There’s countless venues here to smooth your appetite, though dining during the Prince of Wales grill is ideal for something special. Serving dishes combined by acclaimed Chef Philippe Farina, who was recently awarded dual rosettes by a AA Hospitality Awards, there’s a plentitude of fresh, anniversary options only watchful to be savoured. Expect some-more chandeliers, truly glorious use and a really calm stomach.

The verdict
First determined in a 12th century, this grand palace stays each bit as pretentious 800 years later. Offering distant some-more than only a room or a facial, a stay during Ashford Castle is not one you’ll be forgetful in a hurry.

Make it happen
Where: Ashford Lodge, Abbey St, Castletown, Cong, Co. Mayo, F31 CA48, Ireland
Price: Rooms start from £289. Click here to book or phone 00 353 94 954 6003

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