Following Two Year Renovation Ashford Castle officially opened by Prime Minister of Ireland

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Ireland's iconic Ashford Castle, and newest member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, officially opened on Friday, April 17, 2015 by Ireland's Prime Minister With a total investment of $75 million, Ashford Castle reopens following a two-year project re-establishing it as one of Europe's finest luxury hotels.

The delicate restoration process was undertaken by Red Carnation with reverence for the 800-year-old Ashford Castle's history, while adding brand new amenities such as a 32-seat movie theater, billiards room, cigar terrace, luxury lakeside cottage, boutique wine cellars for private dining and a children's games room.

Each of the 82 guestrooms and suites and all public areas have been artfully decorated and redesigned with a range of individually selected antiques, original artwork, sumptuous fabrics and bespoke carpets all complemented by the latest technologies including Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. The outdoor areas and facilities across the 350-acre estate have also been significantly enhanced. This includes Ireland's oldest and most established School of Falconry, an equestrian center, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and the only Orvis-endorsed fishing property in Ireland. The final piece of the intricate renovation is the addition of a magnificent spa complete with five treatment rooms, indoor ozone-filtrated swimming pool and gym set to open in July 2015.

To support the upgraded facilities of Ashford Castle, the staff levels have been greatly increased, boosting employment within the local area. All staff members have undertaken Red Carnation's training and development program to ensure that service throughout the hotel is impeccable.

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April 17th, 2015

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