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Ashford Castle

Address: Cong

Neighborhood: County Mayo

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Phone: 011-353-94-954-6003

Website: www.ashford.ie

Expert Review

A quintessential Irish castle experience awaits visitors to this 13th-century estate (built in 1228) on the fringes of western Ireland's evocative Connemara region. Once a summer haunt for the Guinness clan, the Ashford Castle in Cong is all turrets, towers, and drawbridge on the outside, but the interior radiates refinement, with Waterford Crystal chandeliers, fireplaces, exquisite period furnishings, and objets d'art in common areas. The castle's 350 acres of landscaped gardens and wild forests along the shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake, provide many options for outdoor adventures, including golf, horseback riding, learning an ancient art at the School of Falconry, or country rambles. The castle is around 40 minutes’ drive from Galway or Westport.

Tags: luxury | expensive | castle

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