Lovingly restored with an oak wood ceiling and balustrade original to the Guinness period, this double aspect reception hall creates the perfect first impression upon entering Ashford Castle. Our guest services team are on hand to ensure guests enjoy the Ashford estate to its fullest, and the castle’s Irish Wolfhounds are often present to greet our guests.
The Oak hall also houses a library of over 800 antiquarian books including an extensive collection of reference works from the late Victorian period into the twentieth century including the ninth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, a rare complete set of the Cambridge Ancient History and Edwardian reference works such as a complete set of Hulme's "Familiar Wild Flowers". Perhaps the most valuable book is an early edition of "Lough Corrib: its shores and islands; with notices of Lough Mask" by Sir William Wilde - the father of Oscar Wilde. The book is an early and complete history of the local area and includes sketches of Ashford Castle by Willy Wilde, the brother of Oscar Wilde.
The Oak Hall also features a 19th century suit of armour, a gift shop and museum and a painting of Lady Ardilaun, which has always hung above the chess set and is one of the most popular pieces in the castle.