Ashford Castle is located in Cong on the shores of Lough Corrib in co. Mayo. This is a 5-star luxury hotel that has won numerous global awards. The oldest section of the castle dates from the c.13th Norman castle that once belonged to the De Burgh family. Sir Arthur Guinness, who had inherited this super pad from his father Benjamin started adding to it with the help of architect Joseph Fuller. It was sold in 2007 for €50 million to a Galway-based property investor Gerry Barrett and a few years later, it was put on the market again for €25 million!. It was voted the best resort in Ireland and the third-best in Europe by Condé Nast Traveler. In its time the castle has played host to many notable guests, including King George V, John Lennon, Oscar Wilde, Ronald Reagan, Ted Kennedy, Brad Pitt, Prince Rainier of Monaco, and Princess Grace. In 1951, Cong and the castle were used in many scenes of what would become a movie classic, The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.