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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 an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
12 December, 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 County Galway

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
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


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The Cottage Is A Renovated Wing Of An Old Victorian Gate Lodge Of Ashford Castle
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
South Elgin, Illinois

Beautiful cottage, very homey and comfortable, spacious with great views.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely accommodations next to Ashford Castle. Comfortable, nice views. We wish we would have visited in the summer to take advantage of local fishing. Enjoyed day trips to Galway and Westport. My kids LOVED the loft upstairs, was perfect getaway where we could all have a bit of space to ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: 29/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sun City West

Spectacular! Very peaceful, ample space, comfortable furniture and beds. Convenient to Cong .

  • 5 of 5

Frank and Kirsti are excellent hosts. They provided everything we needed or asked for. Can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 10/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful place....

  • 5 of 5

A really magical place, full of history and charm. The owners were so warm and genuine. We couldn't have asked for a better experience for our family. We will cherish our time at the old school house for years to come.

  • Review Submitted: 05/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect secluded house

  • 5 of 5

My family (two adults, two kids age 7 and 9) stayed here and it's a lovely house, on the edge of both Ashford Castle grounds and also some open and wild lands. Main sounds are birds, sheep, and a couple chickens. There's one bedroom with a door, and then three smaller beds upstairs in the loft. There's also a bathroom upstairs, so the loft area is pretty big.

Plus it's exciting to drive through the Ashford Castle gate and cross the bridge to get onto the property. It's a 10 minute walk to the castle and then another 10 to the village of Cong.

We loved our time here!

  • Review Submitted: 19/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nebraska, USA

Histoical but modern

  • 5 of 5

After traveling for a few weeks, we were ready to relax a bit. This was our second stay and we enjoyed it as much as our first! Frank and Kirsti are wonderful hosts. They were very helpful, but also let us enjoy our time. The home is very clean and modern without losing its historical charm. Also, it is very cosy and comfortable and very easy to cook a dinner with a nice kitchen. The village of Cong is very quaint with good food and very friendly people. We hope to be back in another few years. Thank you for having us, we appreciate your hospitality! The McCoy's

  • Review Submitted: 28/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO USA

The Ashford Old School House

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week and absolutely loved it. The cottage is so warm and cozy and everything you need is provided by the Costello's. It is central to all the places we wanted to visit and of course being on the Ashford Castle grounds was a wonderful bonus. We frequented the village of Cong which is within walking distance and enjoyed the local people so much. Kersti and Frank were available for anything we needed but the cottage was also very private. A wonderful holiday spot we would highly recommend. My husband was able to spend a day fishing with Frank and thoroughly enjoyed being out on beautiful Lake Corrib.

Sonya & Terry Mccarthy.

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 County Galway

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
october 2018
6 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
Halloween 18
27 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
winter 18
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 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
Minimum rate €360
€100 per night rate available for stays of 4 night or more, only off-season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made

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