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Smart Deals: Ashford Castle, Ireland

Ashford Castle

By Everett Potter

The phrase “Irish castle” covers a lot of ground — was the edifice in question really a castle, or just a grand retreat for an Anglo-Irish family — but it strikes a chord in many Americans, of Irish descent or not. Ashford Castle in County Mayo was once the fishing lodge of the Guinness family. It feels like a rambling house –  a very big house, granted — with grand bedrooms and four poster beds and certain staff that might have served as extras in Father Ted. The floors squeak, the paneling is dark, the paintings are important and the grandeur is palpable. You could imagine spending a week here, going fishing on the island-dotted Lough Corrib, which it overlooks. Taking a falconry course. Sipping Guinness and reading an Elizabeth Bowen novel while looking at the changing sky and the fountain that frames the view. Oh, and paying homage to The Quiet Man, which was shot here and in the neighboring village of Cong. There may not have been any knights on the premises, but John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara stayed here — American royalty, in other words. A stay here is, in short, magical. And with a stronger dollar, a bit more affordable than it once was. The Bed & Breakfast package runs 226 euros, about $315, for two people, based on double occupancy. Visit Ashford Castle

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  1. Carl Veaux
    June 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm — Reply

    Like to win a trip to Ireland ,Wife is Irish.

  2. Carl Veaux
    August 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    Will be near Edinboro 1st week of October Actually, near St. Andrews..Does the train from Edinboro stop near the castle . stop near the castle?Do you offer fishing packages?My wife and I would be visiting

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