• Cyril McAree


The Lodge at Ashford has been announced as Hotel of The Year by judges of the prestigious Irish Hotel Awards. The Lodge at Ashford Castle was announced as the winner in the 4-Star Hotel category as a testament to its excellence in hospitality and service.

The charming country house, located on the grounds of The Ashford Estate, also won the title of Fine Dining Hotel of The Year, a title which Executive Head Chef Jonathan Keane and the team at Wilde’s Restaurant are especially proud of.

Speaking about the two accolades, Peter Fergus, Hotel Manager of The Lodge at Ashford Castle said:

“It’s fantastic to be recognised for our efforts in food and hospitality and we are over the moon to have won 4-Star Hotel of the Year and Fine Dining Hotel of The Year as part of this year’s Irish Hotel Awards. We at The Lodge at Ashford pride ourselves on offering each guest a comfortable and enjoyable stay, with the highest standards of service and the quality of our food given special importance.

“Wilde’s Restaurant follows the ethos of ‘Local Food with Imagination’, with this in mind, we use only the freshest seasonal ingredients, sourced from Ireland’s best producers and go above and beyond to be as sustainable as possible by using foraged produce grown right here on the grounds of the estate. These awards could not have come at a better time as we prepare to reopen our doors on July 16th to welcome guests from across Ireland.”

The winners of the Irish Hotel Awards were announced earlier this week following independent and anonymous assessments at each establishment, pre-COVID-19 lockdown.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle:

Steeped in history, The Lodge dates back to 1865 when it was originally built as the home of Ashford Castle’s Estate Manager during the Guinness family’s ownership. Now a 4-star hotel, guests at The Lodge can expect modern amenities blended with the old-world charm.

Friendly staff are always on hand to assist guests, ensuring a relaxing and luxurious stay in the west of Ireland.

Guests can choose between a private fine dining experience at Wilde’s Restaurant or intimate and informal meal at The Quay Bar & Brasserie. Each menu is carefully crafted by Executive Head Chef Jonathan Keane.

Each room is beautifully furnished, equipped with the latest technology for utmost comfort. Super-king beds, goose down duvets and pillows, luxury toiletries and plush bathrobes are available in all rooms and suites.

In line with the phased reopening of the country, The Lodge at Ashford will welcome guests back from July 16th. The health and safety of both customers and staff are being given the utmost priority, so guests can rest assured they are in good hands. Staff have been meticulously trained and appropriate arrangements have been made to allow for social distancing in all dining and public areas.

The Irish Hotel Awards

The Irish Hotel Awards is sponsored by AIB Merchant Services & Yes Chef Magazine recognising and rewarding excellence in hospitality and service across Ireland. It is the only awards programme that takes an all-Ireland approach to its work with the hospitality industry.


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