Two historic Irish hotels join forces

Friday, March 12, 2021.

Live a life of luxury for four nights with a 5-star stay at Ashford Castle and the Merrion Hotel

Two historic Irish hotels join forces for an unforgettable Town and Country Escape

Can’t decide whether to head to the country or enjoy a city break this year – now you don’t have to as two of Ireland’s finest five-star hotels have partnered to launch a Luxury Town & Country Staycation package.

The spectacular Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo and the opulent Merrion Hotel in Dublin’s City Centre have teamed up so guests can enjoy the best of both worlds with a two-night stay in The Capital before heading West for a further two nights.


The Luxury Town & Country Staycation is priced from €3,470 for two people sharing for four nights. As part of the package, guests will enjoy a two-night stay in one of Ashford Castle’s Deluxe rooms, with a five-course dinner in the hotel’s George V dining room on one evening of choice.

The package includes one activity on the grounds of the Ashford Castle Estate with a choice of Horse Riding, Archery or Clay Pigeon Shooting. A one-hour history tour of the castle and wine tasting for two in Ashford Castle’s historic wine cellars is also included.

At The Merrion Hotel, guests will stay in a main house deluxe room for two nights, with dinner included on one night in The Merrion’s two-star Michelin restaurant, Patrick Guilbaud.

This package also includes a full body massage or facial for two in The Merrion Spa as well as tickets to visit one of Dublin’s top museums, with a choice between; The Little Museum of Dublin; EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum or MoLi – The new Museum of Literature in Dublin.

A chilled bottle of champagne will await guests on arrival at both hotels with a full Irish breakfast on each morning of the trip. Complimentary bike hire is also available at Ashford Castle and The Merrion so guests can explore their surroundings and take in the sights and sounds of the cityscape and countryside.

In a joint statement, Peter McCann, General Manager at The Merrion, and Niall Rochford, General Manager at Ashford Castle said;

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people living in Ireland to explore what is right here on their doorstep this summer and enjoy both a city and a country break. Domestic travel is very important for Ireland’s hospitality industry this year and this partnership allows guests to sample two of Ireland’s finest five-star hotels. We may be rivals on the GAA pitch, but we are partners in hospitality, and this offer is a great example of how businesses can support one another while also giving guests a unique experience that they will never forget.”

The offer is available from June – October 2021 and the prices are based on two people sharing across consecutive dates, in each property. Bookings for the Luxury Town & Country Staycation can be made through either hotel.


Rigorous arrangements have been made by both properties to allow for social distancing in all dining and public areas. Staff have been meticulously trained to ensure that guests can relax knowing that they are being looked after to the highest of standards that go beyond government and health regulations.


Sitting on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle is surrounded by ancient Irish woodland and beautifully manicured lawns, where guests have been enjoying exceptional levels of hospitality for more than 80 years.

Exquisite interiors, unique artwork, sumptuous fabrics, and chandeliers decorate the 83 individually designed bedrooms. The great outdoors is part of the estate’s quintessential charm with over 25 activities on the estate grounds to choose from.

Dining is always an experience at Ashford Castle where the team of executive chefs selects the finest local, seasonal produce to create their culinary magic in each of Ashford Castle’s unique restaurants. 

Part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Ashford Castle is the only hotel in Ireland to have earned a 2021 Five-Star Forbes Travel Guide Ranking for the second year in a row.


The Merrion, located in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre, is one of Ireland’s most historic five-star hotels which dates back to the 1760s. The hotel features a beautiful contemporary Garden Wing, with 142 bedrooms and suites arranged around two 18th century style gardens.

Guests can pull a pint of creamy Guinness in The Cellar Bar, take Art Afternoon Tea in The Georgian Drawing Rooms, study The Merrion’s private collection of 19th- and 20th-century art, or relax in the tranquil surroundings of The Merrion Spa.

The Merrion has a choice of two restaurants; the only two-star Michelin restaurant in Ireland, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, offering formal gourmet dining, or The Garden Room overlooking The Merrion’s tranquil gardens, with an all-day casual dining menu.               Email [email protected] or call 094 954 6003.               Email  [email protected] or call 01 603 0600



*This offer is priced at €3470.00 in total for two people sharing.

The Town & Country Luxury package is available from June – October 2021.

Offer is subject to availability at the time of booking, terms and conditions apply:

  • The stay in both properties must run consecutively
  • Payment for the four-night stay will be settled in full at the first property that you stay in
  • Transport between both properties is not included
  • The cancellation policy for this booking is 48 hours prior to arrival at your first property

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