Win a break in The Lodge at Ashford Castle

The Lodge at Ashford CastleSet in the grounds of Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo, with which it has been in common ownership since 2014, The Lodge enjoys one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland, with views down Lough Corrib and, adding interest in the foreground, Lisloughrey Quay with small boats in the harbour and its old stone buildings set against wooded hills.

The heart of the hotel is a fine period house which was once home to the General Manager of Ashford Castle. Behind it, new accommodation has been added discreetly, built around an attractive landscaped courtyard; to the side, a bright and airy function room is well-designed with direct access to a bar and other public areas, and also to the lawn at the front of the house, making a wonderful setting for weddings and other special occasions.

The most desirable of the 64 bedrooms is in the old house, where two suites with views down Lough Corrib each have a free-standing bath in the room, one of them copper; however most rooms are in the new development and include 24 large suites; all have wall-mounted flat screen TV and various extras and, more importantly, the benefit of big, very comfortable beds and tip-top quality pillows and bedding.

Wilde's at the LodgeWilde's at the Lodge:

Named after local legend Sir William Wilde (father of Oscar) this smartly appointed 60 seater award-winning restaurant is in four rooms on the first floor, with lovely views of the lough and quay.

As the evening draws in, warm lighting creates an atmospheric setting for what promises to be an unusually interesting meal.

Talented and inventive, Head Chef Jonathan Keane grew up in Connemara and a love of the great West of Ireland foods clearly informs his cooking.

Menus inspired by the availability of local produce change with the seasons, adding an extra dimension to the dining experience as - through each dish and his suppliers list - Jonathan introduces guests to his chosen ingredients from land and sea, and the people who produce or supply them.

While accomplished, the style is refreshingly simple with no unnecessary cheffy flourishes: the message is in the ingredients.

The lucky winner of this free competition will have a short break for two people (subject to availability, valid to 30th June 2018), to include:

•   1 nights accommodation in a Deluxe room
•   Full Irish breakfast next morning
•   Dinner for two in Wildes Restaurant
•   A bottle of house red or white wine

Read more about The Lodge at Ashford on their website.

To enter the competition simply tick the answers to the questions below, you must be a logged in member to enter (if you are not a member click here to join, it's free):

Question 1. Where is Butler House located?

Question 2. When was Butler House originally restored by the Irish State Design Agency?

Question 3. Where is the Butler House Afternoon Tea served?
Kilkenny Castle
Butler House Tea Room & Pantry
Kilkenny Design Centre
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