Ashford Castle Is the Versailles of Ireland—and You Can Stay There
The former home of the Guinness family is as grand as ever, after 15 months of upgrades. Set in a 13th-century castle—one of the oldest in Ireland—the hotel began welcoming guests again in March. The 82 rooms were meticulously updated with Connemara marble and drapes from the fabric makers for Versailles. And in one of the public spaces, a mid-19th-century Jacobean revival carved oak fireplace was carefully preserved. On the estate’s 350 acres you can ride horses, play golf, fly-fish, shoot clays, or learn to fly a hawk at the hotel’s falconry school, then relax in the new billiards room and 32-seat cinema. From $330.