By Alyssa Bird for Architectural Digest.
(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.
The hotel's Connaught Room serves a traditional afternoon tea.
One of the hotel's staterooms.
A guest room at the hotel.
A stateroom bath.
The grand lobby.
A Lake View deluxe room.
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