Lonely Planet Writer

Inside Ireland's newly refurbished luxurious five-star manor house

It’s the jewel in the crown of Limerick in Ireland, so, many people have been waiting expectantly for Adare Manor to re-open following its extensive restoration, refurbishment and expansion programme. The luxurious, award-winning five-star hotel and golf resort was closed for the past 21 months, and up 800 people were involved in the renovation.

Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland, has opened after refurbishment. Image: Jack Hardy

Adare Manor has been meticulously restored to its former splendour and it will employ over 350 people. It borrows its name from the nearby village of Adare, beloved among visitors for its thatched roof cottages, lively pubs and antique shops. The original Georgian house, known as Adare House, was built in the 1720s by Valentine Quin, grandfather of the 1st Earl of Dunraven. The plans for the Manor House as it exists today were begun in 1832 by the 2nd Earl, Windham Henry Quin, at his wife Caroline’s suggestion, to occupy his mind when he became ill.

The Great Hall at Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland. Image: Adare Manor

He travelled Ireland, England and continental Europe in search of architectural inspiration, and the house was built to the highest standards of the day by talented local craftspeople. It was transformed into the romantic neo-Gothic gem that is Adare Manor by the 1860s, and is a tribute to the Dunravens’ sense of exuberance, wit, and style. It is adorned with 365 leaded windows, 52 ornate chimneys, seven stone pillars and four towers, to mark the annual tally of days, weeks, and seasons in a year.

The Dunraven Stateroom at Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland. Image: Adare Manor

The newly-designed luxury resort now has a new 42-bedroom wing, bringing the total number to 104 bedrooms. A new ballroom with a capacity for 350 guests has been added, and in March 2018, Adare Manor will open its newly-rebuilt golf course, which was led by golf course architect, Tom Fazio. The entire extension has been clad in limestone, complementing the architectural detail of the original manor house. The original building, from neo-Gothic architectural heritage, has been fully developed inside with a La Mer spa, pool, relaxation area, boardroom and cinema.

The spa at Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland. Image: Adare Manor

The restoration and construction programme included upgrading and completely restoring all internal and external finishes, furniture and woodwork, and repairing all external stonework, windows and doors. The entire roof was removed, fully repaired and put back in place. A complete upgrade to all mechanical and electrical services was undertaken including the introduction of a new heating and cooling system for all guest rooms. The new design by architects, Reardon Smith, have enhanced all guest bedrooms and public areas.

A signature suite bathroom at Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland. Image: Adare Manor

The beautiful 842-acre estate surrounding Adare Manor has also been enhanced to include stunning walking trails and walled gardens. There is a host of exotic plants and trees, and guests also have the option of partaking in activities such as falconry, cycling, archery and fishing. Renowned for its outstanding gourmet food, the newly refurbished manor has a culinary team of over 60 chefs, led by culinary director, Loughlin Druhan.

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