Adare Manor – Adare, Limerick, Ireland

A Castle Hotel in Ireland’s Prettiest Village

Adare Manor is an astonishing Gothic pile—with fifty-two chimneys, 365 leaded-glass windows, and turrets everywhere, it looks every bit the location for The Hound of the Baskervilles. Former home and seat of the Earls of Dunraven, it is a self-contained 840-acre baronial haven for guests who relish being cossetted like descendants of royalty.

Ushered into the present when it opened in 1988 as one of the country’s most impressive castle hotels, it fulfills storybook standards with colossal halls, ornate fire­places (seventy-five of them), enormous oil paintings of family ancestors, Waterford-crystal chandeliers, and grounds embellished with groomed box hedges and formal French parterre gardens. With a riverside location for vacationing anglers and an 18-hole golf course (including three lakes) designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1995, it is an outdoorsman’s dream. Then there’s the dining: stylish and sophisticated evenings in the oak-paneled dining room call for jacket and tie and gourmand palates.

Local produce, including many vegetables and herbs direct from the estate’s gardens, create a culinary experience to match the setting. In the morning you can enjoy the ten-minute stroll from the wrought-iron front gates of the manse to the charming medieval town just beyond. Often called Ireland’s prettiest village—certainly one of its most pho­tographed—Adare’s main street is lined with thatched-roof and Tudor-style houses, good restaurants and pubs, and a smattering of gift and craft shops.

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