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Ashford Castle ReopeningLuxury Returns to Ireland - Ashford Castle Reopens
After a $75 million gut renovation, the famed Ashford Castle in County Mayo Ireland is reopening this April. It’s been the start to many a storybook romance, regardless of the less than storybook endings, like in the case of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. But the luck of the Irish has certainly been with Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith, and Victoria and David Beckham, whose lavish weddings at Ashford both prove fairy tales do come true, even at the rarified celebrity strata.
Ashford is an 800-year old castle, so as you can imagine, an upgrade was in order. Don’t expect a steel and glass modern structure, as the famed architects tasked with the restoration maintained its antique-filled, deeply opulent, Irish castle feel. But do expect a brand new movie theater, billiards room – isn’t that what you’d imagine Dukes do in their free time – and a decked out spa and ozone swimming pool. To add to the authenticity of the experience, there’s of course falconry and the favorite Irish pastime – golf. Not that you need any excuse to toss back a Guinness, but the reopening of Ashford and the return of luxury travel to the Irish countryside could just be the reason to add Ireland to your summer destination list.