With origins dating back to the 13th century, magnificent Ashford Castle has witnessed a rich and storied history, evolving from a medieval fortress to a grand retreat. Throughout the years, the castle has hosted royalty, nobility, and prominent figures, earning a reputation as one of Ireland's most iconic and celebrated landmarks.
Red Carnation’s impeccable five-year restoration, drawing on local experts and artisans, has reaffirmed Ashford Castle’s status as one of the most prestigious hotels in Europe – a true celebration of past, present and future.
Our dedicated team creates a cosseting experience that make guests feel truly valued. Discover what makes Ashford Castle so special.
Led by Managing Director Niall Rochford, with over 30 years of service, every member of our team is empowered to make a difference.
We were delighted to be featured on the BBC's Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, and for the Castle to be described as 'magical' by Giles Coren.
"When Ashford Castle was purchased by The Red Carnation Hotel Collection in 2013, it marked another extraordinary time in the history of the estate. We were privileged to be given the opportunity to restore the castle to its former glory and ensure it could be enjoyed by future generations.
Having been General Manager for almost 20 years, I was particularly proud of the devotion shown by our team during the restoration, especially by those team members who have served the hotel for close to 50 years. Their loyalty and dedication to Irish hospitality is exemplary and the reason we have so many lifelong guests.
Ashford Castle has been the recipient of many notable awards. The accolade of being awarded Ireland’s only Forbes Five-Star hotel and the first Irish winner of Virtuoso ‘Best Hotel in the World’ in 2017 are two I am extremely proud of, for both the Tollman family and our team.
More recently, we have been recognised for our sustainability endeavours, demonstrating our commitment to providing an environmentally conscious five-star experience. We have deep roots in our community and promote the rich traditions of the craftspeople, food producers, musicians, and artists which make our corner of the west of Ireland so unique and authentic.
It is my honour to be a custodian of such a respected building and lead a team committed to genuine Irish hospitality. It is my privilege to share Ashford Castle with you, our distinguished guests."
- Niall Rochford, Managing Director