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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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  • If you want to see luxury, old world charm - you have to visit Ashford Castle. Tea is scrumptious, the gardens truly amazing and the staff, like you have never encountered before. I am going back in M...  more »
  • We have been unfortunately during a rainy day. The place is still lovely, impressive. Spacious gardens, stately buildings. A lot
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  • We only went into the Estate and the grounds, not yet the castle. But that in itself was beautiful. With lovely walks and great place for a 20 month old to run around in the woods.  more »
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  • 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.
  • The grounds of the castle are breathtaking. It definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Pictures don't do it justice for sure...
  • Beautiful castle on the outside. For non-hotel reservation guests it was 10 Euro to enter per person. There is a lot to do on the grounds, so I'd make time to do some of the things to make the entry fee worth the visit. unfortunately I didn't have time to partake (shooting, falconry, zip lines, etc). However, I was able to look around and take some photos. Beautiful and vast grounds. The gardens that I saw were very well maintained, although not as bountiful as I had expected. Either way, it's worth a visit if you are in the area!
  • 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.
  • The beautiful grounds here used to be enjoyed by the public but, after changing many hands and eventually getting into the hands of hoteliers, that is no longer the case. You must pay to enter the grounds- whether that means you are rich enough to stay at this place or if you buy a ticket to walk around the hotel grounds. Only certain hours are allowable for non-guests to be there. The other Hotel- the lodge- is accessible by all and is pretty. There is a very fancy restaurant upstairs that pretends to be much more special than it really is and a tiny bar downstairs. The whole place to me feels like it tries very hard to pretend like it is beyond five star while not having the amount of people it needs to accomplish that. If I had a LOT of money, I could afford to stay there and enjoy the grounds and hotels but, honestly, if I had that much money, I would go somewhere else.