It seems to be every kid’s (okay, probably just little girls) dream to stay in a castle, and it took well over fifty years for me to realize that dream. On my recent trip around Ireland, one of the treats was spending two nights at Ashford Castle.
This is a “medieval castle that has been expanded over the centuries and turned into a five star luxury hotel near Cong on the Mayo-Galway border, on the shore of Lough Corrib in Ireland. It was previously owned by the Guinness family.”
My travel partners and I were treated to a scenic boat ride over to the Castle including being greeted by a bag piper. As you can tell, it was a beautiful day.
To be honest, I didn’t quite feel like I deserved all of the pampering, but wow, it sure was fun.
Down this hall was a private cinema room. I snuck in and sat just to see how it felt.
And check out my bedroom! Beside a tea service in room, there were fresh apples and bottled water. At night when I’d return to my room there was a small box of chocolates on the pillow, a special satin “rug” with plush hotel slippers laid out at the bedside, and a fresh bottle of water (my choice of still or mineral) I felt like a princess, and, of course I devoured those chocolates first.
The grounds were pristine and perfectly trimmed, and a walk over the bridge took me to a quaint tiny town (once built for a John Wayne film The Quiet Man, in 1950) where I snuck into a pub and had a Guinness.
Unfortunately, I missed the daily 10:00 a.m. visit from two real Irish Wolfhounds at the castle, who were said to be huge. These dogs can be 32-34 inches and since they are long, if they jump up on a six foot tall man, they will look him right in the eye. This picture of the entrance to the castle adorned by the “gentle giants” will have to do.
I left the castle having fulfilled a dream and loving every minute of it!
Until next time, make it a great one!