The 800-year-old castle was awarded in the categories of Best Local Gastronomy, Best Luxury Eco Accommodation, Best Sustainable Historic Hotel, Best Sustainable Pet-Friendly Hotel, and Best Sustainable Accommodation in Ireland.
The awards are organised by Quartz Inn Hotels and were created to encourage a more eco-friendly and responsible future for the tourism industry.
The judging panel included Francisco José Rodriguez Mora, head chef at the Trout at Tadpole Bridge; Katie Ellam, CEO of Book Eco Hotels; Jolanta Dziewit, director of sustainability at iVisitKrakow.com; Branislava Grbic, global sales manager at Rosewood Hotel Group; Roeland Verhamme, CEO and founder at Expect Me; Lidiia Tkachenko, director and co-founder of Quartz Inn Hotels; and Ignacio Merino, head of strategic partnerships at FreeTour.com.
“Congratulations to Ashford Castle for their outstanding success,” said Jolanta Dziewit, director of sustainability, iVisitKrakow.com.
“Their unwavering commitment to sustainability exemplifies a distinguished standard for the industry, setting the stage for a more responsible and eco-friendly future.”
Red Carnation Hotels
Since its acquisition by Red Carnation Hotels in 2013, the castle has undergone restoration and preservation efforts, with a focus on local craftsmanship and supplier engagement.
Ashford Castle became the first hotel in Ireland to achieve the GREENMark Plastic Smart Standard Award, eliminating single-use plastics.
The establishment claims to actively support local communities through volunteer programmes, contributing over 215 hours in 2022.
Ashford Castle has also prioritised food sustainability, with on-site foraging, home-grown vegetables, and honey from estate apiaries.
Additionally, Ashford Castle has managed a commitment to waste reduction through partnerships with Winnow, the commercial food waste solutions provider, since 2020.