The legendary Ashford Castle has just been voted the most luxurious hotel in the world. Let Baroque Travel arrange your stay in Ireland in this historic establishment
Luxury Las Vegas travel network Virtuoso has just voted the super plush, historic Ashford Castle in the west of Ireland as the top hotel in the world out of 1,100 properties around the globe. The hotel, which is located on the outskirts of an Irish town called Cong, was meticulously restored to its former glory by UK Red Carnation Hotels owner, Beatrice Tollman. Virtuoso is an invitation-only luxury travel networkcomprising more than 9,000 global specialists.
The magnificent 12th Century castle, which cost more than 40 million Euros and more than two years to restore, was once owned by the Guinness family.
Today it is a magnificent luxury hotel set on a lush 350-acre estate with 82 exquisite rooms and suites, as well as a 32-seat cinema and a billiard room. In addition, all 820 castle windows were replaced.
The castle is still in the process of being restored – when the final renovations are complete, it will also boast an indoor swimming pool and spa. It will also once again be one of its country’s most exclusive hotels, which hosted numerous celebrities over the years, including Hollywood stars and politicians. This is the first time that the award, which announced at the beginning of August, has ever been given to an Irish hotel.
Mrs Beatrice Tollman, who was born in South Africa, headed up the design team for the restoration of the hotel, which also comprised her daughter Toni and architect Philippe Bonino. The result is magnificent, with sumptuous rooms and suites decorated with exquisite pieces of antique furniture, fine fabrics and some very unique features.
The hotel is already becoming renowned for its unrivalled service, not to mention its warm Irish hospitality. Guests are greeted by a bagpipe player on arrival… and that’s just the start of their incredible journey, which includes fine dining and a wealth of activities such as fishing, falconry, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, archery, cycling and tennis. There’s also a private nine-hole golf course.
Ashford Castle celebrates its 75th anniversary this year as well, so this new award just adds to the hotel group’s celebrations. The hotel is also a part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, and has received numerous accolades since it opened its doors to guests this year.