If you want to travel about 800 years back in time, you need to visit the picturesque halls and grounds of Ashford Castle. It is a magnificent castle that was built in 1228 and is set on 350 acres of sprawling woodlands on the shores of Lough Corrib (Corrib Lake).
The ancient Irish castle has been converted into a 5 star hotel that offers 82 guestrooms, staterooms, and suites. Ashford is closed for the final phase of its restoration program on the castle, however it is reopening its doors after a complete historical restoration on March 27th, 2015.
Ashford castle frequently plays host to foreign dignitaries, celebrities, and even royalty. The castle was also home to the first School of Falconry in Ireland. Another great feature of the hotel is that their services, tours, activities, and events will vary based on the time of year that you visit. They offer many activities including equestrian outings, falconry lessons, fishing, golfing, skeet shooting, spa treatment, boat trips, tennis, and luxury yacht charters.