Adare Manor

Aristocratic luxury in the Irish countryside

Presiding over hundreds of Irish countryside acres, the secluded Adare Manor exudes both Old World extravagance and fun. Built in 1832 on the crest of the Gothic Revival, its chateau styling with gargoyles, four towers, 52 chimneys and 365 leaded windows sits in rural splendor.

Studded with Augustus Pugin-designed (the architect behind the new Palace of Westminster) fireplaces, the former ancestral home of the Earls of Dunraven carries a regal air, but it’s a friendly destination, welcoming locals and guests alike. Walls whisper céad míle fáilte —a Gaelic greeting meaning “a hundred thousand welcomes” — while the manor experience elevates body and soul to banish the knotted stresses that come along with 21st-century life.

Four restaurants and a spa are hospitable touches, but the highlights here are the outdoor adventures. From fishing to falconry, the sporting options are fit for Irish nobility. And much like the manor itself, the Tom Fazio-designed golf course combines the modern and historical in the most luxurious way.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Adare Manor makes for an impressive tableau against the surrounding countryside, but the interior is just as jaw-dropping. The Gothic-style mansion’s vaulted roof adds extra height to rooms that are filled with light from leaded windows.
  • Its history is foremost throughout, from the falconry and gundog experiences offered by local outdoorsman Willie Forde to wood carvings inspired by the bestiary, a medieval book of mythical creatures. Naturally, ravens are prominently featured — a nod to the mansion’s original owners, the Dunravens.
  • Embrace Irish pub culture from the estate’s three unique lounges. From the cozy-chic environs of The Tack Room to the elegant Drawing Room to the clubby velvet bar in The Carriage House, you’ll find no shortage of places to whet your whistle.
  • The restaurants give off their own distinct vibes: the impressive 132-foot-long Gallery where afternoon tea is served, The Carriage House's art deco dining room and The Oak Room’s plush fine-dining ambiance.
  • The Spa at Adare Manor is a light-filed oasis centered around a 26-foot pool and relaxation area beneath a vaulted skylight. Inspired by the folklore of Ireland’s forests, treatments range from the Inner Strength chakra therapy to Codladh Samh, a ritual designed to induce deep sleep.

Things to Know

  • Just beyond the 842-acre estate is the delightful heritage village of Adare, known for its boutiques, sporting prowess and oak woods.
  • Before heading out on your hunting, fishing or falconry adventure, stop by the Boot Room to gear up like an Irish noble. Dubarry boots and waxed jackets are available to borrow.
  • Adare’s signature scent drifts throughout the tapestried chambers. If the aroma tickles your nose in such a way, bespoke crested candles can be purchased in the gift shop.
  • Thirty minutes from the hotel, Shannon Airport provides direct flights from the U.S., Europe and the U.K.

The Rooms

  • The 103-room County Limerick hotel has six categories ranging in size from 463 to more than 1,000 square feet. All offer sumptuous 19th-century style, marble bathrooms and gorgeous views of the Irish countryside.
  • Step back in time with a stay in one of the Dunraven Staterooms. These accommodations once served as the private apartments of the earl and his family — the fireplace mantel still bears his crest that says, “Quae sursum volo videre,” or “I wish to see what is beyond.”
  • Views of the verdant estate frame every bedroom, while generous marble bathrooms and vintage-style dressing areas add intrigue to the interiors. Much is derived from original furnishings.
  • Concealed technology makes for contemporary ease: televisions within bathroom mirrors, bedside tablets and USB ports built into brushed bronze plaques.

The Look

  • Adare Manor is invitingly tactile, from carved staircases and mantels to tasseled drapes. Bouquets from H&W Blooms complement the décor.
  • The craftsmanship of everything from the fashioning of stone walls to leaded windows and marble furniture is stunning.
  • Enjoy the Irish art — a piece by painter Richard Hearns, a 13-foot bronze bear by sculptor Patrick O'Reilly, original prints and cartoons that illustrate Ireland’s history all adorn the luxury hotel.
  • Drift through the Manor’s Great Hall and Gallery, with 17th-century Flemish choir stalls, to arrive at the new West Wing decked out in similar limestone. The marbled white and gold-leaf grandeur of this space opens only for private occasions.
  • Less than half a mile from the manor, David Collins Studio-designed The Carriage House is a chic place for relaxing and dining. A working replica of an 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen (regarded as the world’s first automobile) in the lobby provides a jolly icebreaker.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
House car
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Getting There
Adare Manor, Adare, County Limerick, V94 W8WR Ireland
SNN (35 min)   DUB (2 hr 10 min-2 hr 30 min)   ORK (1 h 20 min-1 h 30 min)  
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