Ashford Castle (Cong, Ireland)
Reopened in March 2015 after a year-long renovation, Ireland’s oldest castle — built in 1228 — also doubles as one of its most beautiful and beloved hotels.
It’s unsurprisingly grandiose, decked out in Connemara marble and adorned with brocade silk, crystal chandeliers and antiques. Its 82 rooms are individually furnished, though most have four-poster beds, fireplaces and claw-foot tubs. Though the castle is a destination in and of itself, it’s also conveniently located on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second largest lake.
Ashford Castle, Ashford Castle Estate, Cong Ireland;