With the magnificent 13th-century castle rising above the 350-acre estate in County Mayo, Ashford Castle is truly exceptional. And as the only hotel in Ireland to achieve two prestigious Five-Star Forbes Rankings, having this week earned the coveted award for its spa, it’s also truly luxurious. But that’s not the only reason why Ashford Castle is the ultimate Mother’s Day getaway. From the stunning location and historic rooms to the lavish amenities and world-class service, Ashford Castle promises to treat your mom like royalty this Mother’s Day. 

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aerial shot of Ashford Castle in Ireland


The Spa

Having recently been named as the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Ireland (only ten properties in Europe have achieved this status), you won’t find a better place to relax and rejuvenate than The Spa at Ashford. There’s a relaxation pool with jets, a steam room, and a terrace overlooking the peaceful Lough Corrib, along with an extensive treatment menu including massages, body wraps and facials. Beyond the classics, you’ll find heated stone beds and crystal therapy treatments. You’ll be in expert hands with skilled therapists and they only use organic products from the iconic Irish brand, VOYA. 

The soothing atmosphere has been perfectly crafted with low lighting, gorgeous decor, wall-to-wall windows, and a stunning mural depicting the Celtic tree of life by South African artist Jane du Rand. Our pick for your mom this Mother’s Day getaway? Go with the 60-minute Ashford Castle Ritual. From the warm Elemis massage and frangipani hair mask, to the therapeutic scalp massage, Superfood Pro-Radiance facial with Hydra Gel eye compresses, and pressure-point foot massage, this is the ultimate full-body experience.

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The Spa at Ashford


The Bedrooms

The best Mother’s Days ensure mom gets a good night’s rest and Ashford Castle certainly delivers here. Each room and suite is designed with impeccable taste and attention to detail. From the plush beds and luxurious linens to the antique furnishings, the bedrooms exude timeless elegance. Every room offers breathtaking views of the castle’s expansive grounds, Lough Corrib, or the River Cong, making for an unforgettable stay for your mom.

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bedroom at Ashford Castle


The Dining

Your mom will dine like royalty at Ashford Castle, with a variety of dining options and locations. Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast in the regal George V Dining Room, where you can savor both traditional Irish and international dishes. For a more casual atmosphere, visit the cozy Dungeon, where you can enjoy bistro-style fare, including Irish-inspired dishes.

The Dungeon at Ashford Castle


In the evening, indulge in a fine dining experience at the renowned Cullen’s at the Cottage. You also have the option to enjoy farm-to-table delicacies at the Chef’s Table. Here, the estate’s Executive Chef uses only the freshest ingredients from Ashford’s gardens and local producers. No Mother’s Day getaway would be complete without a traditional afternoon tea in the elegant Connaught Room, where you can enjoy a delightful selection of sandwiches, pastries, and teas. If your mom has a sweet tooth, be sure to sample some of the signature pastries at Paula Pastry, the new pâtissier & chocolate concept located on Ashford Estate.

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dining room at Ashford Castle


The Grounds

Ashford Castle’s remarkable 350-acre estate offers a range of opportunities to get some fresh air in the great outdoors. You can wander through the immaculate Victorian Walled Garden, go on a lake cruise, or take a peaceful stroll along the shores of Lough Corrib. If your mom has an adventurous side, you can go horseback riding, cycling, fishing, clay shooting, try archery, or have a round of golf on the nine-hole course.

horse riding at Ashford Castle


You can even get acquainted with the falcons at Ashford’s Falconry, the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland. Whether you roam through the ancient woodlands or explore the 800-year-old castle that has been home to royals and the Guinness family, you’ll cherish this enchanting experience with your mom.

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gardens at Ashford Castle


The Services

Ashford Castle prides itself on exceptional service. From the moment you arrive, the dedicated staff will make your mom feel like a queen. Ask your concierge to arrange an experience, or relax in the on-site cinema, or billiards room. You can even go wine tasting in the underground wine cellar. Whatever you do, your mom is sure to feel appreciated with a Mother’s Day getaway at Ashford Castle.

wine cellar at Ashford Castle


You can enjoy a luxurious three-night stay at Ashford Castle as part of our Ultimate Ireland luxury tour. The experience begins with a royal welcome as a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge to the estate. Your stay includes dinner at the exceptional Cullen’s at the Cottage and a unique falconry experience. You’ll also enjoy a tour of the castle to see the beautifully restored castle interiors and original artwork and antiques.