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Afternoon Tea on the Ermerald Isle

There are few customs in which the Irish spirit of welcome is better exemplified than afternoon tea, and no visit to Ireland is complete without partaking in it. From a remote 800-year-old castle in the countryside to a modern institution in the heart of Dublin, these are more than luxury hotels—they are precious emblems of Irish traditions, hospitality havens, some of which have been welcoming guests for centuries. Immerse yourself in the culture, revel in the luxury, and let yourself be whisked away by this Irish pastime, where the quest for beauty, gentility, and enjoyment is a daily pursuit.

ASHFORD CASTLE

Cong, County Mayo, F31 CA48

+353 94 954 6003 • ashfordcastle.com

Once you pass through the giant stone archway entrance, you can see it in the distance—a sprawling castle of medieval origins and Victorian additions set against a spectacular backdrop of forest, mountains, and the sapphire waters of Lough Corrib, a sight sure to take your breath away. A beaming gentleman in a racing green top hat and matching coat will greet you at the moat and motion you toward the main entrance, flanked by two life-size bronze Irish wolfhound statues. In the heartland of County Mayo, Ashford Castle is an oasis for the outdoor enthusiast. From golf and archery to tennis and zip-lining, Ashford Castle is renowned for its activities, yet one long-established tradition remains a guest favorite. Lord & Lady Ardilaun Traditional Afternoon Tea, named for Guinness family members who once inhabited the estate, has been wonderfully preserved at Ashford Castle since 1868. Guests enjoy tea in the cozy Connaught Room overlooking Lough Corrib, under a sparkling Waterford Crystal chandelier and aside a stately fireplace. Bottles of Champagne chill in a bucket, ready to be poured. Enjoy treats made with the finest seasonal ingredients from

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