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Here's what it's like inside the best hotel in the world (it's in Mayo)

Eh, is breakfast included?

We are honoured to have been announced 'Hotel of the Year' at his years @virtuosoltd 'Best of the Best' Awards. An amazing accolade which is attributed to a hardworking staff force who are passionate about delivering impeccable service. #VirtuosoWeek #virtuoso #hoteliftheyear #bestofthebest #accolade #award #gong #ashfordcastle #ashfordestate #ashfordrestored #numberone #luxuryhotel #luxurytravel #ireland #mayo #galway #cong Source: ashfordcastle

MAYO’S ASHFORD CASTLE has just been named the best hotel in the world.

So in true DailyEdge.ie fashion, we’ve gone for a proper nose around inside (and outside).

Here’s what we’ve learned…

There’s a cinema

They show up to three films every day and hold a nightly screening of The Quiet Man. We can only imagine how much the popcorn costs, never mind the few Maltesers to lob into it.

Did you know we show up to three movies a day in our #cinema? Classic films available exclusively for our guests, and of course a nightly #screening of #TheQuietMan! We even have #popcorn and #sweets to enjoy! #exclusive #cinema #movies #screen #screenings #luxuryholiday #familyfriendly #vacation #holiday #cong #mayo #castle #irishcastle #ireland #discoverireland #film #classicfilm #leadinghoteloftheworld #RCHexperiences #RCHfamily Source: ashfordcastle

One guest said:

The staff went out of their way to put Frozen on for us.

The cold never bothered us anyway.

And a billiards room

Although we're closed, just picture yourself playing snooker in our new Billiard room. Roaring fire, wing back chair and a glass of aged whiskey... Now head over to www.ashfordcastle.com and book your spring stay! #snooker #billiards #luxuryhotel #irishcastle #irishhotel #leadinghotel #discoverireland #visitireland #ireland #cong #countymayo #castle #interior #rchexperiences #gamestoom Source: ashfordcastle

And Irish wolfhounds

Bailey's going to be jealous! #ashford_wolfhounds #ashfordcastle #puppylove Source: samam78

Who have their own Instagram account

Their names are Cronan and Garvan.

Cronan's nose#wolfhounds #dogsofinstagram #ashfordcastle #irishwolfhounds #irishdogs #pamperedpets Source: ashford_wolfhounds

And this is Gandalf the cat.

Garvan watching Gandalf the cat eating his food!! #irishwolfhounds #ashfordcastle #wolfhounds #dogsofinstagram Source: ashford_wolfhounds

There are double sinks

Bathroom at Ashford Castle. #ashfordcastle #public #bathroom #luxury #hotel #marble #night #diner #at #the #restaurant @ashfordcastle Source: clairebrugel

And baths like this

Tub with a view @ashfordcastle #luxurytravel #bathtub #view #RCHotels Source: ashfordcastle

Like, is it hewn from one lump of wood? Or is it simply witchcraft?

Bedrooms like this

Relax into one of our staterooms, perfectly designed as your home away from home. #LHW #luxuryhotel #luxurytravel #hotel #castle #irishcastle #ashfordcastle #ashfordestate #cong #ireland #LeadingHotel #fivestar #stateroom #bedroom #beourguest #sofa #grandfatherclock #comfort #relax Source: ashfordcastle

Beautifully decorated family bedrooms, why shouldn't the whole family travel in style! #bedroom #familyroom #familyfriendly #vacation #summerholiday #irishcastle #castle #luxurytravel #luxuryhotel #fivestar #LHW #LeadingHotel #bed #interior #chandellier Source: ashfordcastle

And not forgetting  the view

This could be you! Big bed, beautiful view, luxurious surroundings. To book your relaxing break call reservations on 00353 (0)94 954 6003. #ashfordcastle #ashfordestate #ashfordrestored #bedroom #luxuryhotel #luxurytravel #relax #view #vista #beautiful #fivestar #LHW #leadinghotel #castle #castlehotel #ireland #mayo #galway #cong Source: ashfordcastle

Greenery inside and out! Our beautifully designed suites perfect for a relaxing, stress-free vacation. #ashfordcastle #ashfordestate #green #suite #loughcorrib #fivestar #interior #sofa #luxury #luxurytravel #mayo #galway #RCHexperiences #RCH #LeadingHotel #LHW Source: ashfordcastle

It’s very castle-y

Look at that fireplace.

@ #AshfordCastle Source: jaaaaax

And that chandelier

Ashford Castle is absolutely amazing #ireland #ashfordcastle #congireland #resort #vacation #interiordecorating #breathtaking Source: lurlenelacrone

#ashfordcastle #ireland #interior #castle #mayo Source: laurenmkross

Afternoon tea involves macaroons, lots of macaroons

Shield your eyes, GBBO contestants. Don’t look directly at them!

Tasty macaroons @ashfordcastle http://byrosalia.com/2015/07/20/ashford-castle-fabulous-tea/ #ByRosalia #Blog #UkBlogger #AshfordCastle #RedCarnationHotel #RCH #Love #Life #Ireland #Travel #Delicious #Perfect #Enjoy #Foodies #Tea #AfternoonTea #Pastries #Macaron #Macaroon Source: blogbyrosalia

You can have a drink here

The Prince of Wales Bar, some might say the best room in the castle! We can't wait to reopen the doors and the cocktail menu. #bar #cocktails #cocktailbar #mayo #castle #drinks #finedining #interior #green #whiskey #wine #lounge #fivestar #luxuryhotel #leadinghotel #ireland #discoverireland #visitireland Source: ashfordcastle

Bedtimes come with rose petals

#ashfordcastle #turndownservice #honeymoon #bed #flowers Source: tishlife

And breakfast in bed comes with all the trimmings

#breakfastinbed #ashfordcastle #lux #ireland Source: tishlife

Grub grub grub

Elderflower & Raspberry lolly, elderflower custard, freeze dried raspberries and lemon curd. Perfect summer time desserts from @paula_pastry in the George V. #foodie #food #dessert #pastrychef #finedining #lolly #summerfood #tasteofrch #georgevrest #yum #foodporn #elderflower #raspberry #lemoncurd Source: ashfordcastle

Wild Turbot and Killala Seaweed. Visit George V Dining Rooms for excellence in fine dining, local produce and impeccable service. #trout #fish #seaweed #dine #food #foodie #foodporn #finedining #castle #castlehotel #fivestar #leadinghotel #LHW @listentoyourpan #yum #GeorgeVRest #localproduce #irishfood #irishproduce #gardentoplate #tasteofRch #mayo #galway #Cong Source: ashfordcastle

Not to mention what they lay on for weddings

We had to share these beautiful images from a recent wedding at the castle. An exquisite marque was erected and dressed by the fabulous @teamcowieproductions. A true fairytale wedding. RG: @teamcowieproductions: The wedding dinner was an extension of the enchanted wooded forests, in a gorgeous candlelit tent overlooking Lough Corrib. It was magical! #wevellainlove #michelleandzach #teamcowie #tablescape #weddinginspo #ireland #destinationwedding #letusplanyourparty #ashfordcastle #wedding #whitewedding #fairytale #irishwedding #castlewedding Source: ashfordcastle

“Little treats after a long hike”

We’ll say! The hotel has its own lemonade!

Little treats after a long hike! #ashfordcastle #homemadelemonade #cupcake #treats Source: carlyasmyth

“Beautiful photo of one of Ashford Castle’s boat houses….”

ONE of the boathouses.

Beautiful photo of one of Ashford Castles boat houses along the Corrib #RG @margaretteslens: Ashford Castle. Cong, Ireland Source: ashfordcastle

And there’s a school of falconry. Of course

#WCW Goes out to the baddest falcon in the game, my girl Joyce. #wevellainlove #michelleandzach #AshfordCastle ❤️ Source: paulvizcaino

The most incredible place I've ever stayed. #ashfordcastle #Ireland Source: societemember

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