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This Irish hotel resort is the best in the UK and Ireland*

*According to one travel magazine’s awards.

ASHFORD CASTLE HAS been named the best resort and inn in the UK and Ireland by Travel and Leisure magazine readers.

The Mayo resort took the prize over some of Britain’s most exclusive resorts.

Once home to the Guinness family for over 100 years, the five-star property and its 350 acre estate contains a number of outdoor activities, as well as Ireland’s first falconry school. It features 83 guestrooms, a nine-hole golf course and three bars.

Following a three-year restoration of the 800-year-old building, the hotel reopened to guests in April 2015, modernised while retaining the original features.

The restoration process included the addition of new facilities such as a 32-seat cinema, a billiard room, cigar terrace, wine cellar and conservatory which houses a spa, gym and pool.

Ashford Castle - Lobby The lobby of the hotel. Source: Photographer: Kelvin Gillmor

General Manager Niall Rochford said the award was an honour.

“We are honoured to be recognised by Travel + Leisure readers amongst the “World’s Best” in 2016. The number one resort & inn accolade in Great Britain and Ireland is a fantastic acknowledgement and a true testament to the lasting impression an experience at Ashford Castle has on our guests.”

Ashford Castle is owned by boutique hotel chain Red Carnation Hotels.

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