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You Can Stay in This Gorgeous Irish Castle

04/30/2015 11:20 am ET | Updated Jun 30, 2015

By Alyssa Bird for Architectural Digest.

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(Photos: courtesy of Ashford Castle)

Few settings are more majestic than that of Ashford Castle, a 13th-century stronghold turned hotel presiding over 350 lush acres on the shores of Lough Corrib in western Ireland. The 82-room property recently reopened after a head-to-toe refurbishment, its volumes now enriched with custom-made wall coverings, antique artworks, and windows and period furnishings dressed in Brunschwig & Fils fabrics. The interiors weren't the only spaces to receive the royal treatment: The tennis courts, falconry center, nine-hole golf course, and gardens have also been meticulously spruced up. From $240/night; ashfordcastle.com.

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The hotel's Connaught Room serves a traditional afternoon tea.

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One of the hotel's staterooms.

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A guest room at the hotel.

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A stateroom bath.

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The grand lobby.

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A Lake View deluxe room.