Ashford Castle featured in Andrew Harper’s 2018 grand awards

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Ashford Castle featured in Andrew Harper’s 2018 grand awards

Ashford Castle featured in Andrew Harper’s 2018 grand awards

Ashford Castle, Ireland’s iconic 13th-century 5-star castle hotel, today announced its inclusion as a top-rated hotel by Andrew Harper, a travel editorial brand that recommends the most exceptional hotels and travel experiences worldwide. Ashford Castle was featured in the January 2018 Grand Awards special edition issue of The Hideaway Report, Andrew Harper’s member-exclusive monthly publication.

Andrew Harper inspires transformative high-end travel through honest, independent reviews of the world’s top 1,000 hideaways and hotels. All of Andrew Harper’s recommended properties possess exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place. In 2017, editors flew more than 125,000 miles, visited 16 countries and stayed in close to 150 hotels. Of those, very few were selected to be recommended hotels and fewer still get the honor of a Grand Award. The highlights of the year are reflected in this special magazine edition of The Hideaway Report.

Andrew Harper’s team of editors evaluate properties using decades of travel experience, well beyond a checklist, to distinguish the truly enchanting from the merely excellent. Ashford Castle is delighted to be among the top properties recommended during the past year of travel.

“We are honored to be among the top-rated hotel’s by travel expert Andrew Harper,” said Ashford Castle’s General Manager Niall Rochford, “and it is testament to not only the unique and beautiful property that we have but to the amazing team at Ashford Castle that provides an unbeatable guest experience to all who visit.”


About Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres in County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains. It features 83 guestrooms, suites and a Lakeside Cottage, and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian centre, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course and Ireland’s first school of falconry. Several dining rooms and bars, along with a gracious afternoon tea service are among the amenities. It is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.

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About The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is a collection of family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. From Ireland’s recently restored Ashford Castle to South Africa’s iconic Oyster Box, each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition that offers a unique character and unsurpassed service. Boasting a peerless reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings, Red Carnation Hotels are proud to deliver warm, thoughtful and highly personalized service to every guest, every time.

For more information about these award-winning hotels and the rest of the Red Carnation Collection, please to go to

About Andrew Harper
For close to 40 years, Andrew Harper has sought out unparalleled hotels and hideaways in the most enchanting destinations worldwide. Andrew Harper editors travel anonymously and pay full rates for all travel-related expenses, allowing Andrew Harper to do what no other travel company does today: Publish reviews with an unyielding commitment to independence and objectivity. Each month Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, The Andrew Harper Collection and aspire to show readers the best the world has to offer so they, too, can have their own transformative travel experiences.

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report:
A member-exclusive monthly publication dedicated to giving discriminating reviews and recommendations on the best travel experiences around the world.

The Andrew Harper Collection:
The definitive resource for planning your next adventure. These regional guidebooks include restaurant recommendations, seasonal tips, touring maps, notes on not-to-miss experiences and, of course, the perfect place to stay.

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