A hotel that’s hosted Princess Grace of Monaco, Brad Pitt and John Travolta, Ashford Castle’s guestrooms are suitably grand. From the imposing the Kennedy Suite, which hosted American Senator Ted Kennedy in the 1980s to sumptuously decorated bedrooms with sweeping views of the ancient Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle’srange of accommodation is nothing short of extraordinary. Created for couples looking for ultimate seclusion and the chance to immerse themselves in the staggering natural beauty of the Ashford Estate, the Hideaway Cottage at Ashford Castle is a particularly special choice for guests visiting the hotel.
Wander through the ancient woodland and you’ll find what was originally the castle’s boathouse and is now the Hideaway Cottage. This charming, diminutively sized property is positioned right on the shores of Lough Corrib and serves as the ultimate romantic retreat. Refurbished to the highest standards, the cottage pays homage to the heritage of the estate thanks to historic touches such as original stonework and fireplace lintels from the castle. No attention to detail has been spared inside, from the parquet flooring (crafted by hand, antique walnut armchairs and aqua blue Murano glass chandelier hanging above the bed to the thoughtful selection of original artwork that adorns the walls. Decorated in the same luxurious and impeccable style as the main building, the cottage has the same opulent ambience but with the added benefit of total peace and quiet, other than the sound of the water lapping outside at the lough.
Designed with an entrance hall, spacious bedroom and spectacular marble bathroom, guests staying at the cottage have access to a 24-hour concierge and can dine privately at the residence, which includes the option of a romantic dinner on the pier (if the weather allows it) or a candlelit supper at one of Ashford Castle’s acclaimed restaurants, which are just a few minutes’ walk away.
Furthermore, Ashford Castle’s Hideaway Cottage is the ideal base for exploring the Estate’s sprawling grounds. Guests at the cottage are kitted out with Jack Murphy Jackets and Wellington boots as well as bicycles for the duration of their stay, so they can really make the most of the surrounding 350 acres. Take advantage of the cottage’s proximity to Lough Corrib with an idyllic lake cruise or try your hand at a more active water-based activity, such as stand up paddle boarding. Back on dry land, guests can enjoy zip lining and tree climbing in the woodland or simply take a gentle stroll through the castle’s historic gardens.