We loved, loved, loved Ashford Castle! What an amazing experience! From the time we pulled into the carpark, to the time that our car left the estate, we were made to feel like royalty. I honestly thought that they had mistaken one of us for someone famous, although there is nothing remarkable about either of us!
The castle is surrounded by a high stone wall. We found the big gated entrance, which was closed. A man at the gate approached our car & asked our names. Once given our name, he consulted his clipboard, was happy that we indeed were expected, & we were allowed to proceed into the castle grounds. What an amazing & impressive view greeted us on the other side of the gate! The drive up to the castle was about a mile, through stunning grounds of sweeping lawns, magnificent trees & gardens & a gorgeous bridge over a beautiful lake; & there up ahead, looking tall, proud & magnificent is the stunning Ashford castle. We are greeted by a splendidly attired gentleman, who offers not only to park our tiny, little hire car, but to unpack the car as well. We are now greeted by name by all the staff, who were expecting us, as the man on the gate had obviously radioed ahead & given our names.
We were shown to a table where we were seated across from another gentleman who then proceeded to check us in & inform us that they were giving us an upgrade to a suite.He then took us for a tour of the castle, explaining about dining options etc & then we were escorted to our magnificent suite. Amazing room, bathroom & views to die for!
A large & very comfortable King size bed. Large TV with interactive internet, although it was an extra to use the internet on the TV. A lounge with lounge chairs & even a trouser press.
The room had everything! Large beautiful bathroom! All very comfortable. The best thing though was the view! If I was confined to bed, or a chair, that would be the room of my dreams! You could spend hours watching the comings & goings of the wildlife on the lake, the people fishing or taking a boat trip. So interesting & relaxing!
The next 2 days we continued to be treated like royalty by every member of the staff. Nothing was too much trouble! Best service I have experienced anywhere! The room & the castle itself was spotlessly clean & very well maintained. The breakfast was included in our accommodation package & it was fantastic! We could order anything off the menu, but we really didn't need to because everything that you could possibly want was on the huge buffet. The atmosphere & the views in the fabulous dining room are wonderful & the service was impeccable! Did I mention that the food was delicious! This was great value for money!
Over the 2 days that we spent at the castle, we walked around the extensive & magnificent grounds & we walked into the nearby, cute little village of Cong via the castle grounds.There is so much to do & see! Unfortunately, we had no time to partake in any of the many activities that the castle offers, which included all the sports that you could possibly expect, plus lessons in falconry, fishing & archery & of course, golf! I also didn't get to use the spa, so I can't comment on that either.
This is a wonderful place to come & be spoilt & totally relax & get involved as much or as little as you wish, in all that the castle has to offer. It would have been lovely to have stayed here for a week or more. My husband would have loved to have a game or three of golf & I could have used the spa. Oh well, maybe next time, although it's a long way from Australia!
So glad that we stayed here! It was a perfect way to end our wonderful trip around Ireland & such great value!
Thank you to all the Ashford Castle staff for giving us such wonderful & lasting memories!
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