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Originally in 1865 the home for the Estate Manager of Ashford Castle Estate, today the original lodge building contains the hotel's Quay Bar and Wilde's at the Lodge Restaurant. The 24 deluxe bedrooms and 26 suites are divided between the main house and the new courtyard.

Also the owners of Ashford Castle, Red Carnation Hotels is meticulously working to preserve Ashford’s history and charm while enhancing its guest facilities and levels of luxury and comfort. Restoring The Lodge at Ashford Castle to the name that best reflects its relationship with this impressive Estate is one element of this journey, and guests staying at The Lodge will also benefit from the experience of everything Ashford Castle itself has to offer.

Situated on the outskirts of the charming village of Cong, The Lodge at Ashford Castle is the ideal destination for those seeking a cosy hideaway retreat which is still close to the heart of everything the region has to explore. Only 40 minutes drive from Galway and neighbouring Westport and Connemara, the hotel is superbly located for an adventure of exploration or an opportunity to simply sit back, relax and completely unwind.

With enchanting views of Lough Corrib, The Lodge at Ashford Castle seamlessly combines handsome period features with sophisticated contemporary elements that continue to the modern courtyard wing housing 50 bedrooms, with a number of exceptionally elegant suites. The hotel bedrooms have rich deep pile carpets, super king beds with goose down duvets and pillows, bespoke furniture and the latest flat screen technology.  Traditional sash windows not only add an extra dimension of character but also allow guests to breathe in the pure West of Ireland air, a refreshing start to any day.

The Lodge has a reputation for inventive cuisine by Head Chef Jonathan Keane, an interesting and authentic experience showcasing the very finest local produce, including using an array of herbs and vegetables for their very own polytunnel.

Other activities in the area include fishing, cruising on the Corrib, nature walking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding as well as falconry. At The Lodge at Ashford Castle the whole family will be entertained indoors and out, no matter what the season.

The Lodge is steeped in history and traditions and maintaning the sustanability of this beautiful building is a main priority. The inititaves are aimed at enhancing guests experience of the West of Ireland, from visits to the local farm who supply our milk, to tours of our polytunnel, to biking around the Estate. Including the guests in the experience seems to be the best way of bringing their attention to the issue and making it as memorable as possible. 

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