The Lodge at Ashford Castle
There are two special properties on the Ashford estate. The castle is a larger-than-life phantasmagoria, superbly run by a great team, with the kitchen under the control of Philippe Farineau.
But we are choosing the smaller property, The Lodge, because it is more affordable – though the Castle do offer many good value deals out of season.
But The Lodge is running with a full tank right now, and the team’s work makes for a formidable destination. Manager Colin Brown, chef Jonathan Keane, food manager Alison Ruane and cocktail wizard Sebastian Rosinski are all on top of their game, and the entire outfit exudes such confidence that the Lodge is well-nigh irresistible. Mr Keane’s cooking is svelte, luxurious and smart, and paired with excellent wines, it’s authoritative and delighting. Lovely lodges offer loads of space, and don’t forget to take a close look at those funky trees out front.
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