Venue of the Week: Adare Manor

C&IT's 2019 A-Listers were treated to a stay at the luxury Irish getaway on an 842 acre estate in County Limerick.

The beautiful Neo-Gothic building sits in the heart of County Limerick, Ireland, and is surrounded by an 842-acre estate that contains medieval ruins, walled gardens and winding woodland paths. What’s more, the building is as clever as it is picturesque – adorned with 365 leaded windows, 52 ornate chimneys, seven stone pillars and four towers - representing the days, weeks and seasons of the year.

Accommodation

Each of the 104 guestrooms feel fit for a royal - even the Classic Rooms offer king-sized beds and 463 square feet of space. And while the slightly larger Deluxe Rooms are 538 square feet, it is the Staterooms (592 square feet) and Dunraven Staterooms (753 square feet) that offer the next level of luxury with the Georgian-inspired mahogany furniture, grand fireplaces and standalone roll-top baths that allow guests to relax as they enjoy views of the idyllic surroundings. 

Adare Manor also offers one-bedroom suites (926 square feet) that feature a private sitting room, but the pinnacle of splendour comes in the form of the Signature Suites (1,076 square feet) where guests can enjoy the services of a manor butler.



Meetings space

The Grand Ballroom has its own private entrance, a separate cocktail reception area and an outdoor terrace that overlooks the river. The ballroom has built-in AV and screens and has a capacity for up to 350 guests. It can also be divided into three separate spaces by fully-soundproof folding doors.

Other spaces include the Executive Boardroom which can accommodate up to 30 people, the intimate Library which can seat 16 for dinner and the 28-seat cinema.

Carriage House, a separate building that sits just a stone’s throw away from the main building, also has its own restaurant (68 people), glazed terrace (70 people) and private dining space (28 people). All three interconnected spaces can also be opened up to create a capacity of 160.

Food & beverage

The Manor’s main restaurant specialises in the very best seafood from sustainable sources and prime Irish meats and game, all of which can be paired with an extensive wine offering by the in-house sommeliers. 

The Tack Room, originally the servants’ hall for house staff to gather, now acts as an intimate bar and serves bespoke cocktails, an impressive small-batch craft beers and a coveted collection of rare Irish whiskeys. Meanwhile The Gallery, inspired by the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, is an ideal setting for Afternoon Tea.


Location

Adare Manor is a 25-minute drive from Shannon International Airport and gets its name from the nearby village of Adare - a picturesque village of thatched roofs, churches and ruins that contains plenty of craft shops, pubs and restaurants to explore.

It’s also located close enough for day trips to popular Irish tourist destinations such as The Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, The Ring of Kerry and Blarney Castle - home of the kissable Blarney Stone.

However, Adare Manor’s estate is the size of New York’s Central Park, and with that there are plenty of things to do and see without having to leave the grounds. These include; falconry, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, Segway activities, bicycle hire, fishing, spa treatments and of course golf - given that one of the hotel’s crowning features is its 18-hole, par 72 golf course, which has been redesigned by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio.

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