Ashford Castle in Cong has been sold for an undisclosed price to the UK-based Red Carnation Hotel group who say they will grow the workforce and also embark on a a refurbishment programme that will “restore this illustrious hotel to its former glory”.
Red Carnation Hotels’ Managing Director Jonathan Raggett continued: “We look forward to working with Ashford’s General Manager Niall Rochford and his excellent team, and also to seeking the best local talent to grow the workforce. We will be working with local suppliers and partners on a refurbishment programme that will restore this illustrious hotel to its former glory, and build on the fine reputation that the hotel already enjoys.”
Mrs Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotels, is delighted to announce the company’s acquisition of the five-star luxury hotel Ashford Castle in the west of Ireland.
The South African-born hotelier, last year’s recipient of the Hotelier of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards, commented: “We are thrilled to have Ashford Castle as part of our collection and welcome the whole team to the Red Carnation family. Like the rest of our hotels, Ashford Castle is an iconic property, in a unique location and with a reputation for luxury and excellence, and we are delighted that we will be bringing some of Red Carnation’s signature touches to it.”
Red Carnation Hotels is an award-winning collection of five and four star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Florida, South Africa and now Ireland.
Red Carnation Hotels is part of The Travel Corporation, an international, family-run travel group now in its fourth generation, with 26 award-winning brands including Trafalgar, Brendan Vacations, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Insight Vacations. The Travel Corporation’s Irish office is based at 27 Merrion Square, Dublin.
The sale was handled by Joint Receivers and Managers, Luke Charleton and David Hughes of Ernst & Young.
The property was marketed by Savills Hotels and Leisure and contracts exchanged for the sale on 21st May 2013.
Sean Greene and Norman Fitzgerald of Eversheds Solicitors, Dublin acted for the joint receivers.