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Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo

$400 or more
Ireland, Europe
Cong , County Mayo
Tel: 353 94 954 6003
From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 92.0
  • Activities: 89.7
  • Design: 96.8
  • Food: 90.3
  • Location: 94.2
  • Rooms: 87.7
  • Service: 93.5
This 13th-century castle—once a Guinness family home—has "idyllic, expansive" grounds with manicured gardens near the River Cong. While guest rooms "could use some renovation," public areas are "out of a museum." Dinners of County Mayo lamb and shellfish at George V require a jacket and tie and are "phenomenal and plentiful." Nearby Lough Corrib has fine salmon- and trout-fishing, while on-site falconry is "an unexpected highlight."

(83 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Golf, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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