Ashford Castle Hotel – Cong Co. Mayo, Ireland
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Ireland’s Ashford Castle dates back to 1228 AD. Once the estate of the Guinness family, opened as an hotel in 1939. Since then, this castle hotel has been voted “ Best Resort “ in Ireland by Conde Nast in 2008, and 2nd Best Resort in Europe.
Sure to delight, the Ashford Castle Hotel staff will welcome you as their guest during their 70th anniversary. Ireland Castles are a part of irish history and are a must for every Ireland vacation trip. Make your Ireland vacation one to remember with luxury room accommodations at Ashford Castle Hotel Hotel. This castle is located in Cong Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Ashford Castle Hotel has been voted one of the best hotels in Ireland by the most discerning guidebooks, one of the top 50 resort properties in all of Europe.
Hammond Tours is pleased to arrange for you to stay at Abbeyglen Castle Hotel as part of your Ireland driving tour, chauffer driven private guided tour, Ireland group tour, custom Ireland vacation itinerary.
Luxury guest accommodations at Ireland’s Ashford Castle Hotel offer a beautiful balanced experience between history and modern amenities. Located on the West Coast, this 13th-century, five-star castle sits on the northern shores of Lough Corrib, ½ hour from Galway City. The Castle is equidistant from both Ireland West and Galway airport. Once a country estate of the Guinness family, it was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1939 and now offers 83 guest rooms.
Ashford Castle has earned a reputation for providing guests with exceptional rooms and suites.
Each guest room is individual. Many Ashford Castle Hotel rooms retain their original castle architectural features, complimented by modern amenities including Broadband connectivity and Interactive TV.
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Ireland History – Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle was founded by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family following their defeat of the native O'Connors of Connaught. The de Burgo family would build several such castles throughout the province, but Ashford would remain their principal stronghold. After three and a half centuries under the de Burgo's, Ashford Castle passes into the hands of a new owner in the 1500’s. Following a fierce battle between the forces of the de Burgo's and those of the English Lord Bingham, governor of Connaught, a truce is agreed and the castle falls to Bingham who added a fortified enclave within its precincts.
In the 1700’s Ashford estate is established by the Oranmore and Browne family and they add a french style chateau is to the architectural splendor of the castle. In the 1900’s this historical Irish castle is then retained by the Iveagh trust on behalf of the Guinness family until it is bought by Noel Huggard in 1939, who then establishes this spectacular example of Irish architecture as a "First Class Hotel". Hollywood director John Ford comes to the west of Ireland to film the John Wayne movie classic "The Quiet Man" and many of the films starring actors stayed at Ashford Castle Hotel. The Castle is later bought by John A. Mulcahy who oversees its complete restoration and expansion, doubling its size, building the golf course and developing the grounds and gardens. In 1985 a group of Irish American investors purchase Ashford Castle. And in 2008 Ashford Castle was purchased by Galway Entrepreneur and Hotelier Mr Gerry Barrett.
Activities on this spectacular Ireland estate include golf, fishing, cruising and the ancient art of falconry, whilst treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room are found in the castle.
There are four dining options available in the castle from timeless classical cuisine in the George V restaurant to a snack menu in the Drawing room.
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