In honor of Leap Year this February 29th, Ashford Castle has created a special package to make the proposing even sweeter.
The legend around the Leap Year story claims that St. Brigid of Kildare, a fifth-century Irish nun, asked St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, 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, but initially he granted 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 woman's leap-day proposal must give her a silk gown. At Ashford Castle, the perfectly romantic place to get engaged, they are confident that all the men will say "Yes!"
The two-night "Leap of Faith" package includes:
• Two nights' accommodations
• Full Irish breakfast for two daily
• Five-course Table d'Hote dinner menu in the George V dining room
• "B|Africa B|Harmonized" treatment in the Ashford Castle Spa couples' suite
• Film screening of Leap Year movie in Ashford Castle's cinema
• Secret proposal on the big screen in the cinema
• House Champagne on arrival
From January through March and November through December 22, 2016, the package is priced from €1,265 (approx. US$1,387) per person, in a Corrib Lake View Room. In April and October, the package is priced from €1,290 (approx. US$1,413) per person, and from May through September, from €1,775 (approx. US$1,944). And, if the couple returns to Ashford Castle for their honeymoon and book two nights, they will receive the third night at a 50% discount (subject to availability).
For more information about Ashford Castle, visit: www.ashfordcastle.com.