The Lodge at Ashford Castle was one of 23 leading LGBTQ, inclusive and accepting winners selected from hundreds of diversified finalists.

‘The team at The Lodge are delighted to accept this award and to have been recognised by GayTravel as a welcoming and inclusive hotel. We are so proud of our long-established partnership with GayTravel and of our reputation as an exceptional wedding venue, and we are so looking forward to celebrating many more weddings with our LGBTQ guests as soon as we are able to.’

The  2020 Gay Travel Awards presented by announced their winners earlier this month. The Lodge at Ashford Castle is the esteemed winner of the “Wedding Hotel” category.  Notable competitors were Boston Harbor Hotel in the U.S., Castlehotel Schönburg in Germany, and Hotel Cala di Volpe in Italy.

Now in its fifth year, the Gay Travel Awards’ mission is to recognize and reward select accommodations, destinations, and transportation companies worldwide. These distinguished organisations lead by example and help inspire other companies and brands to follow their spirit of diversity and LGBTQ inclusiveness.

They also strive to continuously improve their amenities, safety protocols, and service excellence.  GayTravel Chief Visionary Officer Steve Rohrlick said, 'During these unprecedented times and with the pandemic raging, many travellers are restricted from travelling. The Gay Travel Awards affords us a moment to focus on the industry’s best as a prologue to a time when it’s safer to get back out there. For our exemplary LGBTQ inclusivity, along with their warm and welcoming staff, The Lodge at Ashford Castle takes the cake! On behalf of GayTravel and LGBTQ travellers worldwide, we heartily congratulate them for topping the ‘wedding’ category!’