With a regal air to match its monumental setting, Ashford Castle is a sumptuous place that relishes in hosting guests with sheer extravagance. Decadent surroundings, lavish decor and impeccable service and facilities are the hallmarks of a stay.
Old Ground Hotel
Starting life as an 18th-century manor house, the Old Ground Hotel is centrally located, right in the heart of Ennis. This attractive, vine-covered property has a notable history with connections to past political intrigue.
Owned by a private art collector, the Old Ground Hotel has a rich collection of both modern and classical art. This is displayed throughout the corridors, warm and inviting lounges, and the contemporary bistro, stately restaurant and traditional bar.
The elegant rooms here, adorned with a palette of pleasant blues, cream and gold, are spacious, chic and contemporary in style with dark wooden furniture and rich fabrics. Some higher category rooms offer a bird’s eye view of the cathedral or the vibrant streets of Ennis.
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Rooms are elegant and spacious, featuring dark wooden furniture, crisp white linens and a splash of character in the rich hues of the bedspreads which range from pale cream and gold to ocean blues. Some higher category rooms feature imposing wooden beams and offer sweeping views over the narrow, winding streets of Ennis. All rooms have a shower over the bath, except the one disabled-accessible room which has a walk-in shower. The rooms also feature complimentary Wi-Fi and televisions with international coverage.
The Old Ground Hotel is centrally located right in the heart of Ennis on a narrow street lined with brightly-painted shops. Close to many pubs renowned for their traditional music and the fast-flowing River Fergus, it makes a good base for exploring the dramatic scenery of County Clare or for taking a trip to Georgian Limerick.
Food and drink
The hotel has two restaurants, the contemporary Town Hall Bistro which serves a creative, modern menu, and the more formal Brendan O’Regan Restaurant which features traditional fare with a contemporary twist. Both are well regarded locally and open all day. Decorated with dark wooden paneling and portraits of local landowners, the Poet’s Corner Bar is a vibrant spot popular with Ennis locals and offers live music in the summer (every day except Monday).
Facilities and activities
A garden is situated in the front of the hotel and provides a pleasant place to sit in the summer.
A well-located property with beautiful artwork lining the corridors, we love the Old Ground Hotel for its lively local atmosphere in the Poet’s Corner Bar.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A dramatic building set amid extensive woodlands and its own golf course, Dromoland Castle offers a sumptuous stay from the moment of arrival with exquisite dining, lavish decor and remarkably spacious rooms.
An unassuming, traditional inn-style hotel in the heart of beautiful Adare, the Dunraven Arms offers comfort and relaxation surrounded by understated beauty.
Eighteenth century charm meets boutique elegance at No.1 Pery Square, a characterful townhouse hotel in the heart of Limerick’s Georgian Quarter. Boasting unique design and genuine Irish hospitality, it makes a memorable base for exploring.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the stately Georgian streets of Limerick, its formidable riverside castle and the fascinating Hunt Museum with a private guide who can bring the story of this historic city to life with a wealth of detail about its heritage and people.