The 104-room Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland has reopened following property updates: the hotel’s largest such in a quarter of a century.
The hotel originally closed in January 2016 for an 18-month restoration. Though representatives for Adare could not disclose the project cost, the restoration involved internal finishes, furniture and woodwork, and repairing external stonework and windows. Perhaps most notably, the expansion added a new 42-bedroom wing and expansive ballroom, both of which are clad in limestone. Architects UK-based ReardonSmith designed.
Originally commissioned by the 2nd Earl of Dunraven in the 1830s as a personal project, the manor took nearly three decades to complete. It remained in the Dunraven family until the early 1980’s when it was sold and transformed into a 5-star hotel.
Part of the latest updates to the manor include a transformation of the great hall reception area. Functioning as a lobby for guest relations and check-in, a black marble fireplace serves as the room’s centerpiece, carved with intricate heraldic designs. Armchairs and ottomans cluster around the hearth along with velvet and mohair with hand-knotted silk and wool Tibetan rugs on the floors.
The Oak Room’s oak –paneled dining area, which specializes in sustainable seafood and Irish meats and game, has also been restored. Additionally, the manor’s 18-hole, par 72 golf course has been reimagined by golf course architect Tom Fazio, and will debut in spring 2018.