Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ashford Castle Awarded Top Honor In New Issue Of Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report

Readers of Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report have selected luxury Irish hotel Ashford Castle as one of their "Top 20 Family Resorts" around the world in the September 2015 issue of this exclusive resource for unbiased travel information.  The Andrew Harper recognition comes on the heels of last month's designation by Virtuoso, the highly respected grouping of America's leading travel agents, of Ashford Castle as "Hotel of the Year" for 2015.
Castle adventures abound for children of all ages at Ashford Castle, with activities such as Ireland's first falconry school, riding at the equestrian center, visiting the games room, tennis, archery, clay pigeon shooting, tree-climbing, zip-lining and bike riding.  Fluffy bathrobes and slippers await the little ones and knights-in-training will receive a sword and sheath for swashbuckling, while aspiring fairies and princesses will be gifted with a tiara or fairy wings.  A new, 32-seat cinema that shows family films and a Lego room service menu are additional entertainment options.  Top quality babysitters are always available.
"We are so pleased to have received this recognition," said Niall Rochford, General Manager of Ashford Castle.  "The hotel has long been a favorite of American travelers and known for being family-friendly. Our warm, welcoming staff works to make sure that even the littlest guest has a memorable experience and we take delight in seeing little faces light up at some of the extras we offer, such as both personalized cookies and story books at bedtime.  We continually strive to come up with creative and fun ideas for families." 
Andrew Harper's Reader's Choice awards showcase subscribers' favorite hotels and resorts worldwide.  The results are based on the annual independent Reader Survey in which Andrew Harper's discerning readers vote for the best hotels, resorts, safari lodges and cruise ships around the world. Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report is a leading source of information about luxury travel, having provided candid and insightful reviews to its subscribers for more than 35 years.  For a full list of winning properties, visit
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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. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, it features 82 guestrooms 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. For more information please visit

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