The Vibe: One of Ireland’s most magnificent stately homes, neo-gothic Adare Manor has emerged from a glorious renovation with the aim of being Ireland’s most impressive luxury hotel.
The Area: Adare is a pretty village in County Limerick. Shannon Airport is 30 minutes away.
The DNA: 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. The hotel closed in January 2016 for an 18-month restoration and expansion with a new 42-bedroom wing and ballroom. Also 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.
Suite-Me-Up: The Signature Suites come with a separate bedroom and views of either the French Gardens, River, Beechwalk or Golf Course. Despite the classic design, films on demand and room controls are accessed via tablet.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 104 rooms, including 8 suites (43-116m2) (463-1,249 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1992 • architecture: ReardonSmith Architects (London) (extension) • interior design: David Collins Studio (London), Richmond International (London) • bathroom amenities: Acqua di Parma ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible