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The Cottage Is A Renovated Wing Of An Old Victorian Gate Lodge Of Ashford Castle

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 BR 2 BA historic building

We welcome you to Ashford Old Schoolhouse in the beautiful surroundings of Ashford Estate and Cong village between Loughs Corrib and Mask. Enjoy the stay in our historical cottage built by the Guinness family in 1853. Surrounded by endless woodland walking and cycling paths and bordering the beautiful grounds and gardens of Ashford Castle hotel. Cong village with pubs and restaurants is just a 20 minute walk through the estate.

We are glad to offer professionally guided fishing for brown trout and Atlantic salmon. We provide a full angling service which includes guiding, boat rental and fly-fishing tuition. There is lots to do in the area for the whole family - horse riding, zip lining, golfing, falconry, archery and boat trips all within 5 minute walk. The area of Cong and Connemara is stunning for sightseeing, hill walking, beaches and little villages with cosy pubs. Kylemore Abbey, Clifden, Galway city and Westport all within less than an hours drive

Accommodation is situated in renovated wing of old Ashford Castle gate lodge with separate entrance, garden and parking. Double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/living room with wood burning stove downstairs. Triple bedroom with 3 single beds upstairs and a bathroom upstairs. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

More Details

Frank and Kersti Costello
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
29 June, 2017

About Frank and Kersti Costello

Frank is a second generation gillie. Frank's father Jim started guiding 1939 for Ashord Castle. Frank continued his profession since 1993. Frank is Board Failte approved marine and countryside guide and also Orvis endorsed fishing guide.

Frank and Kersti Costello purchased this cottage in 1917


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Cong, Ireland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 single bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

The Cottage Is A Renovated Wing Of An Old Victorian Gate Lodge Of Ashford Castle
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

We hope to return

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for just one week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It is in a perfect location for hopping up to Sligo or down to Galway. And it is a great neighborhood for walking, as the house sits next to back gate of Ashford Castle, with its extensive grounds. Frank and Kerstie are great. My husband signed up for fishing lessons with Frank and thoroughly enjoyed himself. We hope to go back and do it again !

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Such a lovely time

  • 5 of 5

Thanks very much Kersti and Frank- we had a lovely time. ( the scones were fabulous! ). Hope to see you next year, if not sooner.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Home away and the owners made this trip one of my most favorite. Coming back soon!

Thank you .

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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As beautiful as it looks, and more!

  • 5 of 5

I don't remember the last time I slept so soundly! While my

8 year old--presenting me at 5:50 am the first morning with an egg fresh from the chicken coop--did shorten my morning wake up ;) I will affirm that this place was absolutely magical. From the gorgeous gardens (thank you, Kersti!), beautiful wooded trails--connecting to both stately castle and friendly town--to the neighbor's sheep whose "baa's" at bedtime tell you it is time to sleep, we were missing it before we left. Frank as both host and fishing guide was genuine, competent and generous with his time and we were delighted to feast on brown trout caught the same afternoon by our girls under his tutelage. The photos--both interior and exterior--along with descriptions of the Old Ashford Schoolhouse, only begin to reveal the beauty of this place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our relaxing stay in Cong.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the Ashford Old Schoolhouse and it was wonderful. It was a short walk into Cong and the grounds of the castle are a fabulous place to take a stroll. The cottage became like home and our hosts, Frank and Kersti were just lovely. It was a truly peaceful and relaxing getaway. We quickly became regulars at the Hungry Monk Cafe in Cong for breakfast and/or lunch. The pubs in Cong regularly had live music in the evenings as well as good food and drink of course. Our only plans for the week were to go on an Extended Hawk Walk at the Ireland School of Falconry just a two minute walk from the cottage and to go fishing with Frank who is a local guide. The Hawk Walk is fantastic. One of the best things we have ever done. The weather made it tricky to get out and fish but Frank came through one afternoon and found us a beautiful brown trout. Probably the most memorable fish ever and we live on a lake. The whole week was just great and all the people we met were so nice and helpful. We didn't have a car but really didn't need one. This was our 2nd trip to Ireland and we can't wait to get back. Cheers!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

We had an extended stay at the Old Schoolhouse which proved to be the perfect home away from home for our travels around Ireland. The village of Cong and the Ashford Castle Estate is a magical place to explore and we felt at home the moment we arrived. Everything one needs is a quick walk away-shopping, pubs, restaurants, walking trails, and some of the nicest people in the world. Activities (fishing, horseback riding, archery, shooting, running and walking trails to name a few) are plentiful and right on the doorstep of the cozy cottage which was well maintained, spotless and has everything one needs to be comfortable. Hosts Frank and Kersti were exceptional, quick to offer information and suggestions when asked, but never intrusive. We look forward to returning to the fairytale setting and to the friends we made in Cong.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
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Nearest Airport
62 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
252 Kilometres
Dublin port
Nearest Golf
0.5 Kilometres
Ashford castle
Nearest Train
42 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Lydons Lodge
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
The Chalet pebble beach
Car: necessary

Surrounded by old castle gardens, woodland and lake shore

endless tracks for horse riding, walking and hiking

boat rental and owner fishing guide

situated on the edge of Connemara

40 minute drive to Galway and Westport

1 hour drive to Clifden


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Cong, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
winter 2017
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017/18
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
New Year 2017/18
30 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 16 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2018
17 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
early summer
14 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early autumn
1 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices include electricity, heating, firewood for fireplace, bedlinen and towels
Booking deposit €150
Minimum rate €350
€100 per night rate available for stays of 4 night or more, only off-season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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