Recently fully restored to its historic splendour, the Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, has received countless accolades, and was recently voted the N°1 resort & inn in Great Britain and Ireland.

The loving restoration comes down to the simple fact that the property had been purchased by the Red Carnation group – a family owned business. At the heart of this love story is the group’s Founder and President, Bea Tollman – a woman and leader greatly respected and much adored by all those who have the pleasure of knowing her as a guest, as a colleague, as part of the Red Carnation Hotel family. Over a career spanning six decades, Ms Tollman has built an award-winning collection of 17 ve and four star boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Ireland, Geneva, Florida and South Africa. World-renowned properties within the collection include The Milestone Hotel in London; The Oyster Box Hotel and Spa in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban; the Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva and this, the iconic Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, which is currently Hotel of the Year, as voted by members of luxury travel company Virtuoso.