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Ashford Castle, Cong

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4.6/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
Ashford Castle is a medieval castle that has been expanded over the centuries and turned into a five star luxury hotel near Cong on the Mayo-Galway border, on the shore of Lough Corrib in Ireland. It is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World organisation and was previously owned by the Guinness family.Early historyA castle was built on the perimeter of a Monastic site in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman House of Burke.After more than three-and-a-half centuries under the de Burgos, whose surname became Burke or Bourke, Ashford passed into the hands of a new master, following a fierce battle between the forces of the de Burgos and those of the English official Sir Richard Bingham, Lord President of Connaught, when a truce was agreed. In 1589, the castle fell to Bingham, who added a fortified enclave within its precincts.Dominick Browne, of the Browne Family (Baron Oranmore) received the estate in a Royal Grant in either 1670 or 1678. In 1715, the estate of Ashford was established by the Browne family and a hunting lodge in the style of a 17th-century French chateau was constructed. The double-headed eagles still visible on the roof represent the coat of arms of the Brownes.
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  • Even if you are not staying at the Castle, you can still walk around the grounds and sign up for some of the activities, like the Falconry, or the Zip Lining, or Horseback riding, or canoeing. The gar...  read more »
  • This was a really nice castle, however the outside is the better experience. Beautiful gardens, views, walks etc. It is an extraordinary building but to get inside you need to either be staying there ...  read more »
  • We visited Ashford castle and the grounds are beautiful. When we tried to get inside, they stopped us and asked what we were doing. They would not let us inside the castle. A bit annoying. 
  • The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. They were very responsive to our needs during our stay. The rooms and the grounds are extremely well kept. The spa is lovely but the services are quite overpriced (a manicure for €80!) The George V restaurant is quite expensive for dinner, but the food and service are both out of this world and thus it was well worth the experience. HIGHLY recommend the hawk walk at the falconry!!! Well worth the money and our experience with the hawks was once in a lifetime. Overall we lived or stay at Ashford Castle and would highly recommend it to all.
  • I'd rate more than excellent if I could. The service was incredible, the rooms wonderful and the grounds impressive and well maintained. Service was seamless and unobtrusive from luggage transfer to check in and out. The hotel has kept to the castle theme. The resident rooms are individually decorated with modern amenities. We had dinner in the George V dinner room. The food and service was excellent. We would have liked to try the Dungeon (traditional Irish food) but unfortunately was fully booked. We didn't have time to try the falconry however we've heard from family that it is a wonderful experience. The village of Cong (Quiet Man fame) is just a short and beautiful walk away. We enjoyed the walk along the river and woods.
  • Best Hotel I have ever stayed at! The staff was excellent and catered to every need. The food was to die for and the views were spectacular. I recommend this hotel to anyone who can make it.
  • This is a must! Absolutely dreamy. Everything from the surreal castle, amazing service, fantastic food and drink will leave you wishing you could stay longer!
  • Love this place. Refurb went really well. Best 5 star in the country by a long long way. A must see and stay hotel.
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