Where: Co Mayo
Not only is Ashford a castle – pretty cool in itself, you might think – but it’s one of Ireland’s most spectacular. The rooms here come complete with opulent canopied four-poster beds, dazzling chandeliers and sheening suits of armour. Plenty of the apartments boast sensational views over Lake Corrib – which flows down to the Atlantic at Galway – as well as access to a huge range of facilities, from golf and falconry to fishing, archery and kayaking. And be sure not to miss a trip down to the Dungeon, the atmospheric on-site restaurant that serves Irish classics beneath a stone ceiling decked with heraldic flags.