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Ashford Castle, Cong

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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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  • Built by Guinness bros, now part of places to stat. It's magnificent and elegant with Tons of activities. Don't miss the river cruise. Stay in the loge for half the price and enjoy all the amrnities. ...  more »
  • Had a wander around the grounds of Ashford Castle recently with my partner. Lovely way to spend a few hours on a sunny day. Beautiful flowers, water features etc.  more »
  • From 1st impression, it's grand. Old & New sections are identifiable after some history. Cabinets of gold & silver serving items, grand features of polished wood, it ticks the box of the Castle expect...  more »
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  • This was a magical experience staying in a castle. The service was incredible. It made you feel very welcome and exclusive. It made the guests feel comfortable that only residents were allowed inside the castle. The spa was also wonderful and very reasonably priced. We enjoyed excellent massages. We would have loved to have stayed longer with all of the activities they offer!
  • I stayed here once before it was taken over and done up and I loved it. It had a relaxed non stuffy atmosphere and was just a nice place to be. I went back early 2017 for afternoon tea with my wife and daughter and I have to say I wouldn't go back. Getting stopped and questioned who I was and why I was I here became annoying after the second time. And because we arrived a little early we got SENT outside to " enjoy the gardens " IN THE RAIN. Had enough of the gardens so decided to have a nice relaxing drink at the bar with my family. Walked in got questioned again who am I why am I here told to wait the got seated in a really awkward area where staff had to squeeze past. For the price the afternoon tea was nothing to write home about. The relaxing atmosphere is gone unless you arrive by helicopter and have a suite booked they don't want you. We only wanted afternoon tea and it felt like we bothered them. The castle is looking lovely and it's clear loads of money has been spent on the place but the relaxing pleasant atmosphere has gone and that's a shame.
  • Absolutely THE finest hotel I've had the pleasure of staying in. If you lift a finger, the staff is right there to lift it for you. The food in the Dungeon was superb and the maitre d' and waitress were impeccable. We truly felt like royalty there. The grounds are fantastically kept and amazing to walk. Cong us such a quaint village too. We are definitely going back!
  • We did not go inside the Castle/Hotel, only the grounds & gardens. In fact we hadn't even planned to go in, we stoped to take a pic at the gate with the guard, got to talking to him & decided to ck it out. It is simply gorgeous, one of the best garden landscapes we've seen. The road going back to the castle grounds is inspiring at every turn & then the Castle sitting there so grand with the lake behind & trees of all kinds, gardens & fountains everywhere, it's indescribable. Didn't have much time so we were running around trying to get as much in as fast as we could. Can't wait to go back & really take my time to see all the fine details. All the guards & staff we came across were friendly, we'll informed of the history & willing to answer/assist you in any way. I gave it a 4☆ because you can't go into the Castle unless you are staying there. Would love to have a tour of the Castle itself.
  • Amazing. If you go during off peak it is unrivaled. The staff was welcoming, polite, and professional. They were all just great people. I don't like hyperbole, but this was the best stay outside of my own home that I have ever had. Seriously.