County Mayo, Ireland
As Ireland's first and only Forbes Five Star Hotel and the former home of the Guinness family, Ashford Castle is truly a once-in-a-lifetime luxurious experience.
The imposing St Peter Port building began life as a home for local merchant, Nicolas Le Mesurier, who built his residence in the early 1700s in a scenic spot overlooking the harbour.
Prior to becoming a hotel in 1858, The Old Government House was the official Governor’s residence for the island and the Bailiwick. During World War Two, the property was occupied by Germany and became their General Staff Headquarters.
Led by General Manager Andrew Chantrell, we are the only five-star hotel in Guernsey and a proud part of the family-owned and run Red Carnation Hotel Collection.
We are a family of passionate people, deeply committed to giving the best in all we do. Our warm, inclusive ethos embraces every aspect of our guests’ experiences, creating the perfect welcome in this beautiful, balmy corner of the British Isles.
Exceeding expectations at every turn, our historic hotel has a team who take genuine pride in delivering impeccable service.
Overlooking manicured gardens with views across St Peter Port and beyond to the sea, enjoy delicious cuisine, a traditional Afternoon Tea, exciting cocktails, and relaxing moments of rejuvenation.
We pride ourselves on our carefully designed and memorable experiences for guests to enjoy. From outdoor pursuits to healing therapies, our knowledgeable team ensures every stay is as seamless and personalised as possible.
The Old Government House Hotel has maintained an excellent reputation for superb dining and a remarkable cellar for longer than anyone can remember. Using an abundance of fresh local produce, our Executive Head Chef has created a collection of delicious seasonal menus for our guests to enjoy.
"In 2008, The OGH - as it is now affectionately known - was purchased by Red Carnation Hotels and I was offered the honour to move to Guernsey and take up the position of General Manager. I am proud to be able to work with a committed team who thrive on continuing a long tradition of hospitality in this fine house.
Built in the early 18th century for a local merchant, the house was bought in 1796 to provide a permanent residence for the Lieutenant Governor. For 46 years, successive Governors lived here until it opened for the first time as a hotel in 1857.
I love nothing more than bringing the history and heritage of the house to life for guests. We are so grateful to live and work on such a beautiful island, to be surrounded by the sea, and to have the opportunity to enjoy all that it offers. There is nothing better than taking a cliff walk from St Peter Port to Fermain Bay, or enjoying fish and chips on the beach at Cobo Bay whilst savouring the sunset.
We are thrilled to have partnered with Dave Bartram, a local guide and manager of Le Société Guernesiaise’s herd of six steers. Dave treats our guests to a stunning tour and is also beekeeper to our hotel's own hive.
I very much look forward to welcoming you to The Old Government House Hotel and introducing you to our beautiful island."
- Andrew Chantrell, General Manager