What a fantastic hotel, complete with the experience of being there while a TV production crew was filming the new series, "Reign", about Mary, Queen of Scots. The management reassured us that the filming would have no major affects on our stay. They were right. It made our "Downton Abbey" like-experience even more thrilling! The service was impeccable, as echoed by other reviewers, and the grounds and building are in wonderful shape, given the age of the castle. We were able to easily walk into the quaint village of Cong for sightseeing while our husbands golfed on the 9 hole course. Hotel staffers met our every need and request, including a last minute tee time and late night red wine mishap which could have ruined my dress. The meals were excellent, especially the chef's 5 course pairing menu. Their homemade Irish sausage at breakfast was the best on our 12 day trip. Don't miss the proffered 2 hour boat tour that takes you to St. Patrick's 5th century church ruins. The only drawback was the unusual heat wave--the castle is not air conditioned and our pretty 4th floor room, despite a fan, was warm and stuffy a couple of nights. A memory-filled stay and well worth the cost.
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- Also Known As:
- Ashford Castle Hotel Cong
- Ashford Castle Ireland/Cong