Introducing: Ashford Castle

Introducing: Ashford Castle

This week we’re proud to feature one of Ireland’s most iconic properties: Ashford Castle.

And we couldn’t be prouder to have this exquisite property as a part of our family, since it was acquired in 2013 by our sister company, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

History of Ashford

Ashford Castle’s rich history dates back to the thirteenth century, when it was it built by the Anglo-Norman House of Burke.  It remained in the hands of the Burke family for more than three centuries before being passed between several different proprietors, including the famed Guinness family.

Under ownership of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness – who purchased the property in 1952 – Ashford Castle was extended to include several Victorian style additions as well as more than 20,000 acres of land.

The castle remained in the Guinness family until 1939, when it was sold off to the Irish government. Over the years it operated as a hotel, gaining worldwide recognition which culminated in 1951 when it served as the backdrop in the film The Quiet Man starring John Wayne.

In 2013, the castle was acquired by Red Carnation Hotels and underwent extensive renovations that rendered it one of the finest properties in Europe.

Visiting the Castle

The five-star luxury hotel ranks as the #1 property in Ireland on Trip Advisor and is frequented by important figures from around the world including presidents and royalty.  Of course, all guests of Ashford Castle will feel like royalty with world-class accommodations, superb dining, and an array of noble activities to choose from including horseback riding, falconry, archery, and tennis, just to name a few.

To find out more about Ashford and Red Carnation’s collection of hotels, visit

Part of the Travel Corporation Family

Both Red Carnation Hotels and Grand European Travel are proud to be a part of The Travel Corporation, an international, family-owned travel group with 26 award-winning brands. To learn more about the Travel Corporation, please visit

Dreaming of exploring Ireland and staying in castles on your next vacation? Check out our Secrets of Ireland guided vacation, complete with exclusive stays in three unforgettable castles throughout the country.

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