The luxurious Adare Manor is arguably the most indulgent of the man 5 star hotels in Ireland.
Situated in the heart of one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, the quaint and charming Adare, this renowned world-class hotel was once home to the Earls of Dunraven.
The lavish Adare Manor is one of Ireland’s most extravagant and luxurious hotels, with world-class Michelin starred restaurants, luxurious accommodations, and pristine parkland.
Some quick need-to-knows about Adare Manor
Although a visit to Adare Manor is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.
Adare Manor is located in the heart of an 840-acre estate in the village of Adare in Limerick. It’s a 20-minute drive from Limerick City, a 30-minute drive from Shannon and a 40-minute drive from Ennis.
2. Five star extravagance
Home to Limerick’s first Michelin star restaurant (The Oak Room) and with rooms that immerse each and every guest in lavish indulgence with king-size beds, marble en suites and decadent surroundings, a memorable stay is guaranteed.
3. The spa
Built on the eastern bank of the River Maigue, the Revas Spa is the home of Adare Manor’s most secluded retreats and wellness treatments. It’s here you’ll find their private pedicure and manicure rooms, a relaxation pool, a new relaxation room, and therapies from expert therapists.
4. Endless things to do
Adare Manor has many activities to keep you entertained and exhilarated. Choose from activities like archery, a sports simulation room, swimming, a gym with personal trainers, spa, a championship golf course, fishing, falconry, and much, much more.
Weddings are a real speciality at Adare Manor. A dedicated in-house wedding manager will guide you through the numerous opulent choices available to you. Champagne and canapés, a five-course dinner, superior linen, and a special pre-wedding tasting menu for four guests.
About Adare Manor
Adare Manor may just be the most picturesque manor house you’ll see in Ireland, due in part to its location near the quaint village it takes its name from, Adare.
This magnificent 19th-century Neo-Gothic, home to the Earls of Dunraven, is a rare example of a ‘Calendar House’, it is adorned by 365 leaded windows, 52 ornate chimneys, 7 stone pillars, and 4 towers which together mark the days, weeks, and seasons of the year.
The property is 840 acres in total and includes extensive gardens, Ogham Stones from Kerry, and sweeping parklands with access to the Maigue River.
The rooms at Adare Manor
The rooms are partly what makes this one of the best hotels in Limerick, and there’s plenty of options to choose from, depending on how happy you are to splash the cash.
1. Classic rooms
With perfect attention to every detail, these rooms showcase 19th-century style. Each room offers guests 463 square feet/43 square meters of grandeur and unbridled views of the River Maigue. A king-size bed, marble en suite bathroom with rainfall shower, and well-stocked minibar guarantee a night of indulgence.
2. Deluxe rooms
With 538 square feet/50 square meters of floor space, the deluxe rooms are a real treat. Each room has breath-taking scenery; of the parklands, river, French Gardens, or the championship golf course. A marble en suite with luxury toiletries, carefully chosen artwork and Georgian-inspired furniture will have you feeling like royalty.
Stretch out and revel in the grandeur of this spacious Stateroom. These rooms are 592 square feet/55 square meters in size and have captivating views across the symmetrical French Gardens, rolling parklands, quiet majesty of the Beechwalk, or sanctum of the courtyard. Rooms are furnished to the same high level and in keeping with Adare’s stately history, including luxurious textiles, artworks, and also a separate bath.
4. Signature suites
Appropriately described as the pinnacle of graceful living, these suites are a legacy of the aristocratic lifestyle of former residents of Adare Manor. With over 1000 square feet/100 square meters of luxury, you’ll lose yourself in the king-sized bed and serenity of the Irish countryside. Complimentary minibar refreshments, restocked daily with your favourite soft drinks and nibbles, are best enjoyed whilst taking in the superb views.
5. Dunraven Staterooms
Live like an Earl whilst staying at stunning Adare Manor. Once the private apartments of the Earls of Dunraven, these staterooms are situated within the original Manor House that dates to the 17th century. At 753 square feet/70 square meters, and with views of the French Gardens, River Maigue, and golf course, you’ll be hard-pressed not to languish in this level of luxury.
Dining at Adare Manor
There are several restaurants in Adare Manor, each of which offers a magnificent culinary experience regardless of what your belly is craving. Here’s a speedy overview:
1. The Oak Room
Dining in a Michelin starred restaurant is on many bucket lists, or when you truly want to celebrate those important life events. The Oak Room, and its award-winning seasonally inspired cuisine, is prepared by Chef Tweedie. Dine in the original family dining room with its oak panelling, chandeliers, crystal glassware, and polished silverware; all part and parcel of this exquisite gourmand experience.
2. The Drawing Room
With views that overlook the formal gardens, which is swimming in natural daylight, and is the very definition of style and elegance. The Drawing Room is your in-house destination for peace and serenity to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Dishes served in this venue are vibrant in both flavours and colours, and showcase the best in Irish produce.
3. The Tack Room
It’s quiet, a haven from external activities, and the perfect place to sample some of the world’s finest drops. Should you be feeling a little peckish as you sample The Tack Room’s impressive drinks list, you can always choose some tempting nibbles from the bar menu. With craft beers, cocktails, and premium spirits and liqueurs, and tasting platters including artisan cheeses, it’s perfect for idling away the hours.
4. The Carriage House
A relaxed eatery with more than just a touch of class with crisp linen tablecloths, polished silverware, and classic Parisian styling imbue throughout. The Carriage House sources ingredients from across the isle, including Connemara lamb, Dublin Bay prawns, and aged Irish beef cooked to perfection on the char grill. With impeccable service from world-class and knowledgeable staff ensure your experience surpasses all your expectations.
Things to do at Adare Manor
There’s plenty of things to do in Adare Manor if you’d rather not leave the grounds (see our Limerick walks guide if you fancy a long ramble). Here’s some activities to keep you busy:
1. The spa
Adare Manor is one of the finest spa hotels in Limerick for good reason. The secluded retreat is like stepping into a modern-day oasis of tranquillity and beauty. Here, you’ll be surrounded by elegance and opulence, and can take the time to enjoy a wide range of spa treatments, including massages, hot stone body therapy, manicures and pedicures.
2. Afternoon tea
Take part in this elegant tradition that has endured over the centuries since the Dunravens were in residence. Taking your High Tea in The Gallery, you’ll be surrounded by history and beauty as you dine from fine bone china and equally impressive polished silverware. The menu features the finest in Irish produce and carefully selected artisanal products, for example, Duncannon smoked salmon, baked Limerick ham, and cucumbers from Ballyneety.
3. The golf club
It’s not often that a hotel can claim to have a world-class championship golf club, but Adare Manor can! Due to host the Ryder Cup in 2027, this prestigious course is masterfully designed to truly challenge avid golfers who expect only the best – regardless of their personal achievement level. With a pro shop, clubhouse, and regular tournaments, there are many reasons why this is an ever-popular course to enjoy year-round.
4. The woodland walk
In Irish, the name Adare means Áth Dara or the ford of the Oak Tree, and trees have long since been associated with the region, as too their magic. The woodland at Adare Manor is a prime example of woodland that’s been deliberately left alone, to mature, to pass through time and seasons unaltered by human hands. It’s because of this that the woodland walk is so magical, with poet’s huts, reflection pools, and a few ceramic installations for you to discover, it’s a walk that will take you to another world.
Escape the 21st century and try out Robin Hood’s shoes on this exceptional archery range. With a selection of modern-style recurve or the traditional Medieval-style longbows for you to try, you can also take advantage of Adare Manor’s experienced instructors in perfecting your technique; from choosing the right setup, how to hold the bow, knocking your arrows, aiming for the target, and ultimately hitting that bullseye.
6. Axe throwing
An ancient art with reinvigorated modern enthusiasm, axe throwing has increased in popularity in recent years. But, there’s more to this skill than blindly hurling a dangerous weapon at a target. Learn from Adare Manor’s experienced instructors and master the art so that you have a great time, stay safe, and hit that target each and every time. Bookings are essential and should be made 24hrs in advance, and participants must be 12yrs old and over.
Majestic birds of prey will be within touching distance as you experience an art form that dates back hundreds of years. Once the sport of royalty, falconry has become alive once more through displays at larger estates, like Adare Manor. Here, you’ll be able to interact with a range of owls and eagles from around the world. Each of the eight birds is lovingly cared for, and a selection of birds will be available at each falconry session.
With ornate French Gardens, painstakingly maintained formal gardens, and pristine parklands to explore, what better way could there be than to pause and enjoy a sumptuous meal in these spellbinding surroundings? There are three specially tailored menus to choose from to suit the occasion and are ideal for sharing with friends and family, a belated birthday, or sharing with that special someone to say ‘I love you’.
9. The cinema
Screening a variety of movies each day, the Adare Movie cinema is a great way to sit back, relax and catch up on either a Hollywood classic or a contemporary blockbuster. The screen is a massive 140″, and with the deep and comfortable leather seats in their elegant surroundings, it’ll be a bigger cinematic experience you’ve had since Ben Hur hit the screen.
FAQs about staying in Adare Manor
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Who owns Adare Manor?’ (JP McManus) to ‘What star is Adare Manor?’ (5).
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
How much does a stay at Adare Manor cost?
It varies massively. At the time of typing, a Saturday night in June ranges from €1,165 to €5,325.
Is Adare Manor worth it?
We get this one a lot. If you have the budget and are happy to spend the money, a stay here is an experience offered by few hotels in Ireland.
Katherine is an food and travel writer with family-roots in Ireland. She enjoys hitting the road at every given opportunity, and can often be found with an atlas and notebook to hand planning the next big trip.