Ireland’s iconic Ashford Castle, the newest member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, reopened on April 17, 2015 following a two-year, $75 million restoration.
The restoration process respected the castle’s 800-year-old history while adding brand new amenities such as a 32-seat movie theatre, billiards room, cigar terrace, luxury lakeside cottage, boutique wine cellars for private dining, a children’s games room and WiFi throughout the hotel.
Its 82 guestrooms and suites and all public areas have been redesigned and decorated with individually-selected antiques, original artwork, sumptuous fabrics and bespoke carpets.
The outdoor areas and facilities across the 350-acre estate have also been significantly enhanced. These include Ireland’s oldest and most established School of Falconry; an equestrian center; a nine-hole golf course; tennis courts; and the only Orvis-endorsed fishing property in the country.
The final piece of the restoration is the addition of a spa complete with five treatment rooms, indoor ozone-filtrated swimming pool and gym set, which is scheduled to open in July 2015.