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Ashford Castle's new billiards room


New York - January 15, 2015: Recently named one of the world's top hotels by Conde Nast TravelerAshford Castle has added a brand-new billiards room and 32-seat cinema to its long list of on-site amenities. Currently in the midst of a meticulous enhancement and restoration, the former home to the Guinness family is in the final stages of this multi-phase project with a grand reopening on March 28, 2015.

Ashford Castle's state-of-the-art cinema


In keeping with the castle's grandeur, the new owners, the Tollman family of Red Carnation Hotels, have included carefully selected artwork, antique furniture and carpeting from the finest auction houses including Christie's and Lots Road. Multi-colored fabrics from Brunschwig & Fils, the same fabric makers for the White House and Palace of Versailles with upholstery from world-renowned, London-based A.T. Cronin Workshop adorn each space. For an ultra-luxe finish, award-winning Kai velvet curtains and wall fabrics complete the look.


Period piece highlights in the billiards room include a mid-19th-century Jacobean Revival carved oak fireplace and overmantle with Tudor roses and acanthus motifs and a royal-stamped, full-sized mahogany and satinwood cross-banded billiards table from Thurson & Co. Ltd. with Edwardian-era mahogany scoreboard. The table and scoreboard were previously owned by world-champion billiards player Joe Davis who held the title for 20 straight years.  


Vintage film posters from around the world hang throughout the cinema room, including from John Wayne's action film Chisum and the Italian version of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry. Hot popcorn is delivered on request and candy dispensers are also available and fully stocked for those with a sweet tooth.


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Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres in County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains.  It features 82 guestrooms and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian center, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course and Ireland's first school of falconry. Several dining rooms and bars, along with a gracious afternoon tea service are among the amenities.  


Ashford Castle is a member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, an award-winning collection of five- and four-star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Florida, South Africa and now Ireland. Each property has its own individual character and unique location that reflects the local environment, culture and cuisine. They all share the qualities that win Red Carnation so many prestigious awards - splendid luxury, generous hospitality, inventive and traditional cuisine, private art collections, passionate service and loyal staff committed to creating richly rewarding experiences for all their guests. For more information about these award-winning hotels and the rest of the Red Carnation Collection, please go

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