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As travel restrictions implemented due to COVID-19 begin to ease up worldwide, you may be anxious to book your next vacation. But why settle for an average hotel upon your triumphant return when you can stay at not one, but two castles? To celebrate their July opening, Dromoland Castle and Ashford Castle, both American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts properties in Ireland, are offering a package where you get to stay at both of Ireland's grandest estates.

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The two properties have long had a close relationship. Both are historic castles that have evolved into five-star hotels and are just 90 minutes away for each other. So, over the years, many quests would take it upon themselves to hop between the two. Plus, travelers can golf, learn the ancient art of falconry, take a horseback ride through the woods, sip an artisanal cocktail, or relax at the spa at both spots. 

"We're thrilled to offer guests a chance to come experience Ireland's countryside at two of its most storied castles," said Mark Nolan, General Manager at Dromoland Castle. "At Dromoland Castle, we have 450 acres where guests can explore, play golf, ride horses, and learn the history of the estate which goes back to 1,000 years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kings of Ireland."

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Of course, the castles are in a prime location for off-property exploring as well. You can watch the sunset from The Cliffs of Moher, explore the quaint fishing villages of Connemara, traverse the moon-like landscape of the Burren, and pluck fresh oysters from the sea.  

"Ashford is a natural partner for us as many guests will want to see two different parts of Ireland, where we are in County Clare, and Ashford in County Mayo," said Nolan. "We know guests will have an incredible experience at both properties."

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Ashford Castle General Manager, Niall Rochford, added, "Dromoland and Ashford Castles have a long-standing collaborative relationship, and we are happy to once again partner with our friends there to bring the best of Ireland and Irish castles to our guests."

Rates start at 1,800 euros ($2,020) for two nights at Dromoland Castle and two nights at Ashford Castle. Booking before July 10 will add extras including 20% off spa treatments and greens fees, and a complimentary upgrade.


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