It is stunning to be fair. Image: Flickr

The voting was done by a leading US travel magazine.

Ashford Castle in Co Mayo has been voted the number one resort hotel in the UK and Ireland by readers of a leading US travel magazine.

It topped the vote in Travel and Leisure magazine, with readers praising its beautiful property and the “magical experience” of the 13th-century retreat.

Seven other Irish hotels made the top 10 list with Ballyfin in Co Laois and Wicklow’s Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa among those to feature.

Tourism Ireland says the accolades are extremely welcome as the industry looks to plan for the recovery of overseas tourism.