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12 Irish hotels to visit before you die

It's the delicious dozen - 12 hotels in Ireland you can recommend to anyone, anytime.

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Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo.

Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo.

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Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo.

From castles and stately homes to heavenly havens that have no TVs or Wi-Fi, we asked our top travel writers to round-up the best of the best Irish hotels... in no particular order!

Ashford Castle, Cong, Co Mayo

Staying in a castle could sound like a decidedly Gothic experience, but not at this welcoming resort. Founded in 1228, the original castle buildings (with added extensions in the late 19th century) are stunning, but it's the homely feel and friendly, local staff that make Ashford Castle a premier destination. Gorgeous views over the lakes and gardens combined with fine dining, luxurious rooms and a convivial atmosphere in the bar at night all add to the feel of good old-fashioned hospitality. A recent purchase and refurbishment by the Tollman family's Red Carnation collection has upped the ante still further - in August 2015, it was voted the world's best hotel.

Details: 094 954600; ashford.ie


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