Splendour falls on castle walls

Ashford Castle in Co Mayo offers palatial luxury underpinned by personal attention, writes David Ness.

5th May, 2012
Horse riding at Ashford Castle in Co Mayo.

Luxury, ah luxury. In this day of value breaks and age of three-for-two deals, it seems like heresy to say it, but there are still a few of us left that hanker after luxury in its purest form.

In my youth, I had no concept of staying in a five-star hotel, indeed, of staying in any type of hotel. Holidays were truly a foreign concept. I was 26 before I had my first family holiday proper.

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