The advent of this astonishing hotel, along with its new championship golf course, has caused great excitement. The creation of J P McManus and his family (who also own Sandy Lane, Barbados), it has all the trappings of luxury, set in an exceptional building and restored to its former splendour. Adare Manor was originally the brainchild of Lady Caroline, wife of the 2nd Earl of Dunraven, who in 1832 wanted a diversion for her miserably gout-ridden husband. Together they spent 30 years constructing a superbly crafted neo-Gothic fantasy, inspired by the cathedrals and chateaux of Europe. Take the engrossing audio tour and then, once familiar with the house, relax and enjoy all its new-minted benefits: tea in the unforgettable Gallery, drinks in the beautiful Drawing Room and sultry Tack Room, Michael Tweedie’s exquisite food in the Oak Room, the tranquil spa, the country sports and, of course, a special round of golf.
Doubles from €325
+353 61 605 200; adaremanor.com
The hotel’s world-class restaurant, The Oak Room offers a magnificent Michelin-starred fine dining experience, serving up seasonal contemporary Irish cuisine in a delightfully decadent setting. Indulge in delicious fresh seafood, foraged plants and sustainably farmed meats, all while overlooking the glorious golf course and picturesque formal gardens.
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A rare ‘calendar house’, Adare Manor is adorned with 365 leaded windows, 52 ornate chimneys, seven stone pillars and four towers that mark the annual tally of days, weeks and seasons in a year.
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