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Gold List 2009

Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo 

Cong, County Mayo

Tel: 353 94 954 6003

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)
Also featured on the: Gold List for 2005, Gold List for 2006, Gold List for 2007, Gold List for 2008, Gold List for 2010, Gold List for 2011
Amenities: Golf, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

Overall Score: 92

  • Rooms: 88.2
  • Service: 94.3
  • Food: 88.3
  • Location: 95.5
  • Design: 93.9
  • Activities: 86.8
Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.



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