View of Ashford Castle across Lough Corrib

Letter From the Editor: March 2017

By Andrew Harper

The Hideaway Report | March 1, 2017

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The main reason for my recent visit to Ireland was to see precisely what changes an expenditure of $75 million had wrought at Ashford Castle, a historic property in County Mayo that has long been a favorite of Hideaway Report members (and of affluent American travelers in general). I am pleased to report that the refurbishment has been a triumphant success. The fabric of the building, parts of which date to the 13th century, has been completely restored, the interior is now sumptuous, and the treatment rooms of a splendid new spa look out across the serene waters of Lough Corrib. During our stay, we also ate superbly well, thanks to the talents of French chef Philippe Farineau, who combines classical technique with outstanding local ingredients.

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