Your royal adventure begins when you enter through the grand stone gates of our remarkable 800-year-old castle. As Ireland's first and only Forbes Five Star Hotel and the former home of the Guinness family, Ashford Castle is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The hotel has reopened, we very much look forward to welcoming you back to the Ashford Estate.
The extraordinary characters of the Castle passionately care about each and every guest, while our spectacular surroundings, exquisite interiors, delicious cuisine and unique local partnerships bring this corner of Ireland to life in the most beautiful way. We were so proud to be voted “Best Of The Best” by Virtuoso and to be recognized with countless other awards that pay testament to our remarkable team and their tireless efforts to create unforgettable experiences.
Unrivalled service, warm Irish hospitality and five star luxury await at Ashford Castle, part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. Situated in a spectacular 350 acre estate, discover sumptuous rooms and suites, splendid interiors brimming with antique furniture, fine fabrics and unique features at every turn.
Led by General Manager Niall Rochford, with over 18 years of service, Ashford Castle is a proud part of the family-owned and run Red Carnation Hotel Collection and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. We are a family of passionate people, with a warm, inclusive ethos that embraces every aspect of our guests’ experiences. Our warm and welcoming team provides the perfect introduction to genuine Irish charm, and every one of us is deeply committed to giving the very best in all we do.
This 800-year-old castle is truly remarkable, a grand, historic structure with national significance. The former home of the Guinness family, it has hosted countless notables over the years, including The Prince of Wales (who later became King George V) and President Ronald Reagan, and served as the striking backdrop for 1951 movie, The Quiet Man. Red Carnation’s impeccable five-year restoration, drawing on local experts and artisans, has brought these ancient walls and storied rooms back to glorious life.
Best of The Best
We are proud of our many accolades, which include our recent award as a Forbes five-star hotel, the only hotel to achieve such a status in Ireland. We have also been voted 'Best Of The Best' by Virtuoso and won countless other awards that pay testament to our remarkable teams and their tireless efforts to create unforgettable experiences
An Extraordinary Estate
Located in 350 acres of beautiful manicured gardens, verdant forests and woodland rich with birdlife, all overlooking the shores of rippling Lough Corrib in County Mayo, our estate boasts various activities, from Ireland’s first and finest falconry school, to horse-riding, golf, fishing, tennis, off-road driving, zip-wiring, tree-climbing and cosy movie nights in our stylish private cinema.
We believe strongly in sourcing fresh produce from our skilled local producers, as well as growing much of our ingredients in our own gardens. These are transformed into delicious works of art in the George V restaurant at the skilled hands of Executive Chef Philippe Farineau, which is presided by Martin Gibbons and Robert Bowe, who have 75 years between them. Afternoon Tea is a real occasion, while our variety of dining experiences include wholesome Irish dishes in the characterful Dungeon. Artisan cocktails are served in The Prince of Wales bar and wine tasting can also be enjoyed in the 16th century cellars.
Discover creative Irish cuisine inspired by the finest seasonal ingredients from the West of Ireland and produce foraged from the Ashford Estate, alongside an extensive wine cellar kept in the Castle's secret passageways.
We pour our creativity into every exquisite room and suite, inspired by our unique, historical surroundings to create rich and layered interiors. Rare, hand-chosen antiques complement silk-lined walls, curated artworks and silk curtains that frame the views of our verdant grounds and the lake beyond. The elegant suites are masterpieces, named after some of our most famous past guests, from Senator Kennedy to President Reagan.
Our many accolades include Tatler magazine’s Spa of the Year, and we are proud of our deeply serene, genuinely restorative treatments, which draw on ancient, holistic healing practices and modern expertise. The tranquil surroundings include a beautiful mural by artist Jane du Rand glimmering above the relaxation pool, while our state-of-the-art facilities include an invigorating Hammam, steam room and gym with breath-taking views over the lake.