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The Cottage Is A Renovated Wing Of An Old Victorian Gate Lodge Of Ashford Castle

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 BR 2 BA historic building

We welcome you to Ashford Old Schoolhouse in the beautiful surroundings of Ashford Estate and Cong village between Loughs Corrib and Mask. Enjoy the stay in our historical cottage built by the Guinness family in 1853. Surrounded by endless woodland walking and cycling paths and bordering the beautiful grounds and gardens of Ashford Castle hotel. Cong village with pubs and restaurants is just a 20 minute walk through the estate.

We are glad to offer professionally guided fishing for brown trout and Atlantic salmon. We provide a full angling service which includes guiding, boat rental and fly-fishing tuition. There is lots to do in the area for the whole family - horse riding, zip lining, golfing, falconry, archery and boat trips all within 5 minute walk. The area of Cong and Connemara is stunning for sightseeing, hill walking, beaches and little villages with cosy pubs. Kylemore Abbey, Clifden, Galway city and Westport all within less than an hours drive

Accommodation is situated in renovated wing of old Ashford Castle gate lodge with separate entrance, garden and parking. Double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/living room with wood burning stove downstairs. Triple bedroom with 3 single beds upstairs and a bathroom upstairs. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

More Details

Frank and Kersti Costello
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

About Frank and Kersti Costello

Frank is a second generation gillie. Frank's father Jim started guiding 1939 for Ashord Castle. Frank continued his profession since 1993. Frank is Board Failte approved marine and countryside guide and also Orvis endorsed fishing guide.

Frank and Kersti Costello purchased this cottage in 1917


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ireland in Europe

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking


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The Cottage Is A Renovated Wing Of An Old Victorian Gate Lodge Of Ashford Castle
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Friendly hosts and a great property

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage full of charm and character on magnificent grounds with lovely hosts near by who are warm and welcoming. A short walk away from horseback riding, archery, zip lining, and a falconry school. Beautiful Ashford castle is also a short walk away. We had 3 children with us and they loved the chickens on the property, fighting over eggs each morning. A great place for families who like to hiking and outdoor activities.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting Holidays

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely holiday in the beautiful Schoolhouse cottage. The beds were comfortable, and the kitchen was well appointed. We had everything we needed for holiday dinners. Frank and Kersti’s hospitality made our stay perfect. We arrived at the cottage, and Frank had a cozy fire going and the cottage was decorated for the holidays. Kersti made Christmas scones for us. From walking through the beautiful forests to enjoying activities at the castle, we had an enchanting holiday, and the Schoolhouse was a comfortable home for our visit.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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South Elgin, Illinois

Beautiful cottage, very homey and comfortable, spacious with great views.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely accommodations next to Ashford Castle. Comfortable, nice views. We wish we would have visited in the summer to take advantage of local fishing. Enjoyed day trips to Galway and Westport. My kids LOVED the loft upstairs, was perfect getaway where we could all have a bit of space to ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sun City West

Spectacular! Very peaceful, ample space, comfortable furniture and beds. Convenient to Cong .

  • 5 of 5

Frank and Kirsti are excellent hosts. They provided everything we needed or asked for. Can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful place....

  • 5 of 5

A really magical place, full of history and charm. The owners were so warm and genuine. We couldn't have asked for a better experience for our family. We will cherish our time at the old school house for years to come.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect secluded house

  • 5 of 5

My family (two adults, two kids age 7 and 9) stayed here and it's a lovely house, on the edge of both Ashford Castle grounds and also some open and wild lands. Main sounds are birds, sheep, and a couple chickens. There's one bedroom with a door, and then three smaller beds upstairs in the loft. There's also a bathroom upstairs, so the loft area is pretty big.

Plus it's exciting to drive through the Ashford Castle gate and cross the bridge to get onto the property. It's a 10 minute walk to the castle and then another 10 to the village of Cong.

We loved our time here!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
62 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
252 Kilometres
Dublin port
Nearest Golf
0.5 Kilometres
Ashford castle
Nearest Train
42 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Lydons Lodge
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
The Chalet pebble beach
Car: necessary

Surrounded by old castle gardens, woodland and lake shore

endless tracks for horse riding, walking and hiking

boat rental and owner fishing guide

situated on the edge of Connemara

40 minute drive to Galway and Westport

1 hour drive to Clifden


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices include electricity, heating, firewood for fireplace, bedlinen and towels
Minimum rate €360 for 3 nights minimum

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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