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First Look: Inside Ashford Castle's €3,000-a-night 'hideaway' cottage

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Published 18/08/2016 | 01:00

Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo.
Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo.
Ashford Castle's Hideaway Cottage
Ashford Castle's Hideaway Cottage (bedroom)
Ashford Castle's Hideaway Cottage (bathroom)
Hideaway Cottage bedroom at Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle Hideaway Cottage (entrance)
Hideaway Cottage bedroom at Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle
One of the newly refurbished rooms at Ashford Castle, recently voted the world's best hotel
Ashford castle's new pool
The new spa, housed within a bronze conservatory, at Ashford Castle.
One of the newly refurbished rooms at Ashford Castle, recently voted the world's No.3 hotel

What do you give the estate that has everything? Why, a private cottage for five-star couples, of course.

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Ashford Castle's spanking new Hideaway Cottage, the final piece of its multi-million euro restoration project, has been unveiled.

Set in the estate's former boathouse on Lough Corrib, the renovation includes one opulent bedroom, an entry hall and a lavish marble bathroom.

And the price? B&B for two starts at a cool, €3,000 per night.

Ashford Castle's Hideaway Cottage
Ashford Castle's Hideaway Cottage

To put that in context, the same budget would buy a family of four a week at an all-inclusive, 4-star resort in peak season on the Costa del Sol... with flights.

The cottage is set away from the castle, with 180-degree lakefront views, but guests can also avail of the hotel and its 350-acre estate's amenities.

Millions of euro have been poured into the upgrade of Ashford Castle since it was acquired by the Tollman family for its Red Carnation collection in 2013.

New additions include a 32-seat cinema, as well as a pool and spa, with all rooms substantially refurbished and all 820 windows replaced.

Ashford Castle's Hideaway Cottage (bedroom)
Ashford Castle's Hideaway Cottage (bedroom)

Last year, it was voted world's best hotel at the Best of the Best Awards during Virtuoso Travel Week, a luxury travel show in Las Vegas.

Rooms at the castle itself start from around €550 per night in September, rising to €3,000 a night for its presidential suite.

Guests at the Hideaway Cottage, the design for which includes original stone and fireplace lintels from the estate, can also dine privately.

Hand-crafted parquet flooring, original artworks, lush fabrics and a blue Murano glass chandelier give the small building a sumptuous feel, the castle says.

Ashford Castle's Hideaway Cottage (bathroom)
Ashford Castle's Hideaway Cottage (bathroom)

Custom furniture pieces include French Empire marquetry chests of draws; a 20th century, four-fold European canvas screen; art by Louis Icart and a late 19th century pair of walnut armchairs covered in tapestry by Brunschwig & Fils.

Guests get their own bicycles, too.

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