Taoiseach Enda Kenny & Beatrice Tollman Reopen Ashford Castle
Enda Kenny, T.D. (Irish Prime Minister) and Beatrice Tollman
Following a 2-year restoration program, the
iconic Ashford Castle was officially re-opened on 17APR by Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. He was welcomed on his arrival by Beatrice Tollman, President & Founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, of which the Castle is now part of.
Once home to the Guinness family for over 100 years, the Castle has welcomed royalty, celebrities and heads of state including George V (then the Prince of Wales), President Ronald Reagan, Brad Pitt, John Wayne, Fred Astaire, Barbara Streisand and John Travolta.
New amenities of the Castle include a 32-seat cinema, billiard room, cigar terrace, boutique and retail space, a state-of-the-art spa, children's games room, wine cellars for private dining and a luxury lakeside cottage expected to open in July. Each of the 85 guestrooms and suites and all existing public areas have been enhanced and decorated with a range of antiques, original artwork, fabrics and bespoke carpets. The outdoor areas and facilities located within the 350-acre estate include falconry, an equestrian centre, clay shooting, golf, tennis, cycling, fishing and water sports on Lough Corrib. To support the improved facilities at the hotel, the staff levels have been increased to 300.