Ashford Castle is like a giant jewellery box; all plush red velvet, gold and hidden gems. The historic castle has been around since the 13th century, presiding over the inky depths of Lough Corrib and countryside with a stately air.
WE’RE ON an early morning pony and trap ride around the impressive grounds of Dromoland castle. Sean our driver tells tales of secret clocks and optical illusions, of a castle nearly lost for a bet and a beloved horse buried in the grounds.
I am sleeping in Richard Branson’s bed, although, I hasten to add, not when he is in it. Ulusaba is Virgin Limited Edition’s South African safari lodge, situated in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.