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In this big wide world, there are castles. Many of them. And then there are Castles. Around the globe, it's not uncommon for hotels to label themselves as castles without being truly deserving of the word. Ashford Castle is not one of these hotels: this imposing property is as castle-like as it gets, from the sweeping manicured lawns, to the authentic suit of armor greeting guests in the foyer, to the turreted towers. But cascading over all this grandeur is a sense of the warmest Irish hospitality one will ever know.
Ashford Castle has been around since 1228 when the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family first built a castle on this location and then lost it after being defeated by the O’Connors in the 16th century. It is a stunning pile of dramatic limestone, part French-style chateau from 1715 and part Victorian dating from 1852. The castle sits on a 350-acre estate with a stunning lakefront location on picturesque ....
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