Keeping the Castle

Ashford Castle's ravishing makeover.

Words: Lee Tulloch, Photography: Tony Amos
Connaught room
Medieval, French Chateau, Victorian Gothic styles
Lough Corrib, dock
Ferry brings guests to the hotel.
Lobby; Prince of Wales bar
George V
Garvan and Cronan
outside Connaught room; George V dining room
high tea in the Connaught Room
high tea
Opulent interiors
Prince of Wales bar
Guest suite
Lough Corrib, dusk
walled garden
Formal gardens
Formal gardens
Walled garden; gate
Thomas teaching archery
Hawk; forest
Falconry school
Hawk and head dresses
Stables; riding path
On the grounds
Walking to Cong
By the bridge at Cong; bicycles at Ashford
Ashford's resident gillie
Martin, George V dining room
Kennedy suite
Kennedy suite
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Restoring and revamping an 82-guestroom Irish castle hotel takes buckets of money and more than a little courage. How wonderful, then, that the Tollman family of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection had the wherewithal and commitment to give this much-loved but run-down dowager a sumptuous, sexy makeover.

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