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Take a leap of faith at Ashford Castle in 2016

Ashford Castle is urging ladies to take a ‘Leap of Faith’ in 2016 with a romantic new proposal package, encouraging potential brides-to-be to propose to their partner in honour of Leap Year. Ashford Castle, named the World’s Number 1 Hotel (Virtuoso, 2015), offers a luxurious five-star experience like no other, nestled in the heart of the West of Ireland. With its authentic charm, opulent setting and lavish surroundings, there could not be a more idyllic setting to propose this life-changing question.

Traditionally, the legend around the Leap Year story claims that St Brigid asked St Patrick to grant permission for women to propose marriage, after single women complained to her that their suitors were too shy to propose. St Patrick agreed, initially granting women permission to propose only once every seven years. When Brigid persisted, he supposedly acquiesced and allowed proposals every four years, but only on leap day. The folk tale goes on to say that Brigid then bent down on one knee and proposed to Patrick. Sadly he refused, kissing her on the cheek and offering her a silk gown instead. The Irish tradition therefore dictates that any man refusing a lady's leap-day proposal must give her a silk gown.

The two-night Leap of Faith package is available throughout 2016, with prices starting from €1,265 per room. This romantic package includes:

  • 2 nights in a beautifully appointed Deluxe room
  • House Champagne on arrival at the hotel
  • A magnificent Full Irish breakfast each morning
  • A fine dining experience in the George V Dining Room, with the sensational five-course Table d'Hote dinner menu
  • A relaxing B|Africa B|Harmonized treatment in the couples’ suite at the newly opened Spa at Ashford Castle
  • For the special proposal, the couple will experience a private screening of the movie Leap Year in the hotel’s Cinema, before the surprise proposal appears on the cinema screen!

As an extra special touch, if the happy couple returns to Ashford Castle for their honeymoon and books a two-night stay, they will receive the third night at a 50% discount (subject to availability). Take your Leap of Faith in 2016 at Ashford Castle.

To book your stay visit www.ashfordcastle.com or phone + 35 (0) 94 954 6003.