County Mayo, Ireland
Originally built in 1865 for the Estate Manager of 800-year-old Ashford Castle, our elegant white-washed Lodge has views to rival the best in the world. Windows frame inspiring vistas out over placid Lough Corrib, one of Ireland’s largest lakes, backed by the rolling, emerald hills of Connemara.
The Lodge offers country house charm, fine dining in Wilde’s Restaurant and an exceptional collection of estate activities. This is one of Ireland’s finest wedding destinations, pairing warm Irish hospitality with a modern appeal.
The hotel will reopen 2nd June. We very much look forward to welcoming our guests back to the Ashford Estate.
Just 10 minutes’ drive from the hotel the charming coastal suburb of Hout Bay is encircled by mountains, with the sparkling Atlantic Ocean on its doorstep. The large harbour retains plenty of work-a-day charm, and is home to a yacht marina, craft market, fish stalls and wide beach for walking. The suburb is also home to a number of excellent restaurants, from pan-Asian cuisine at Cheyne’s to beachfront family-friendly dining at Dunes.
In the heart of leafy Constantia, the striking Norval Foundation celebrates contemporary African artists and global creativity with an impressive roster of exhibitions across its indoor gallery spaces and outdoor sculpture garden.
This weekend market on the quayside of Hout Bay harbour is a colourful celebration of homegrown creativity, hosting artists and artisans, chefs and crafters from across the city. There’s a strong ethos of sustainability and upliftment in the make-up of stalls here, with a focus on nurturing start-up businesses from within the local community.
One of the largest bird sanctuaries in Africa is situated just a short drive from The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Across four hectares of lush garden the World of Birds is home to 3000 birds and mammals across 400 species, housed in more than 100 walk-through aviaries and enclosures.
South Africa is home to the oldest winemaking tradition in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1659, and the Constantia valley is home to some of the country’s oldest estates. With granitic soils and cooling sea breezes the acclaimed cellars here are especially famous for their Sauvignon Blanc, white blends and elegant Old World red wines. The museum at Groot Constantia, a National Monument, is particularly worth a visit.
The wide-open sands of Noordhoek beach, framed by the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain National Park, are the perfect location to get back in the saddle. Giddy up for a gallop along sparkling white sands in the company of expert local guides. Riders of all skill levels are welcome.
The Foodbarn Restaurant & Deli is a much-loved local eatery in the Noordhoek valley, helmed by acclaimed chef Franck Dangereux. The Foodbarn offers a relaxed fine-dining experience, while the Deli is all about artisan breads, great pastries and excellent coffee. Stop in for a lazy lunch, or a quick break on your peninsula exploring.
South Africa’s rugged coastline is home to dozens of lighthouses, but Slangkop Lighthouse at Kommetjie, an hour’s drive from the hotel, is entirely unique. Built in 1914, it is the only metal lighthouse in Africa.The tower’s light shimmers 33 nautical miles out to sea