ADARE MANOR, IRELAND
A collaboration between designers has transformed an enchanting manor house into a modern five-star fairytale. The re-opening has been hailed as the beginning of Adare Manor’s ‘new legacy’, one which will see it firmly established as Ireland’s leading luxury hotel.
Following a 21-month extensive restoration, Adare Manor, situated in the heart of Adare Village in County Limerick, opened its doors in November 2017. With hospitality design specialists Richmond International, David Collins Studio, and Kim Partridge Interiors designing the interiors of the property and ReardonSmith working on the building’s architecture, Adare Manor has been one of the
largest restoration projects of its kind in Ireland.
Together with a wealth of experience and carefully conducted research,
the various parties involved in the restoration have successfully reinstated this property as a world-class destination, paying homage to the historical significance of the property itself.
Within the grand renovation, Richmond International has given the existing rooms a complete interior overhaul as well as an expansive new 42-guestroom wing, which seamlessly integrates the historical areas and the newly designed spaces. The design teams have also reimagined the manor’s public spaces including the opulent grand ballroom, the cinema, meeting spaces, and the spa, with additional work being carried out on the dining areas and bar and charming separate Carriage House.
Designed to celebrate the building’s architectural heritage as a neo-gothic masterpiece, both the new guestroom wing and the new ballroom were clad in limestone to honour the detail of the original Manor House, and tribute has been paid to the original period features elsewhere in the form of gothic-style arches and magnificent gargoyles with curious eccentricities – attributed to the famous characterful personality of the founder, the second Earl of Dunraven. These contribute to the sense of exuberance, wit and style of the original creators brought to life the classical chateau feel of the house and 19th century splendour.
Steeped in history and hidden secrets, each of Adare Manor’s 104 guestrooms have been individually designed with personal touches, once again paying tribute to the initial creative mind behind the original house. From the Classic rooms to the Signature suites, there is a unique interior architecture for each guest room. The bathrooms in guestrooms of all categories have been designed with the most discerning travellers in mind, featuring Victoria + Albert freestanding bathtubs, Perrin & Rowe brassware, and marble-top vanities throughout.
As one of the most impressive banqueting spaces in Ireland, the Grand Ballroom was designed to cater for the most opulent of weddings and special events. The 445 square metres of space features a stately, imperial staircase. Due to the abundance of natural light, which floods in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, one’s attention is immediately drawn to this central design element. Voluminous crystal chandeliers hang throughout the space, further enhancing the impression of grandeur. The space also has its own private entrance, ensuring exclusivity during events. To satisfy any requirements from guests for private events and weddings, there is a separate cocktail reception area and outdoor terrace that offers beautiful views of the River Maigue and surrounding panorama.
Adare Manor’s luxurious cinema can host up to 28 guests for intimate film screenings on the 140in wide screen. Merlot coloured seats make for a comfortable viewing experience, whilst the walls and floor are clad with deep red fabric. The other meeting spaces within the property encompass a 30-seat Executive Boardroom and The Manor House Library.
Located at the heart of the manor is The Spa at Adare Manor, one of the 11 La Mer spas in the world. A secluded sanctuary, the spa has been created to provide an unparalleled wellness experience for guests. The wellness areas are made up of five treatment rooms, a manicure salon, a fully equipped fitness centre, and indoor plunge pool. An airy relaxation area surrounds the spacious pool, with natural light streaming through the vaulted skylight and ceiling height windows.
In keeping with the brief of merging 19th and 21st century designs, there is a whole array of elaborate decoration in the arches, chimneys, bay windows, and stonework, to create intimate interiors with a hint of gothic romance.
Adare Manor has an abundance of original quirks, such as the turreted entrance tower at one corner, rather than in the centre, and the elaborate decoration in the stonework, and has kept its intriguing arrangement as a ‘Calendar House’, with its 365 stained glass windows, 52 chimneys, seven pillars in the lobby, and four towers (representing each season).
The Carriage House, a new addition to the manor grounds, has created a 1,000 square feet exclusive clubhouse. Taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the Carriage House’s design references nature from the moment of arrival – with the entire elevation of the entrance boasting a floor to ceiling hand painted arboreal artwork. Walking through into a central colonnade with four arches of fine wine displays and an exquisite vaulted ceiling with brass detailing, this rotunda acts as a central hub for the building with the restaurant and private dining chamber to the left, bar and cigar terrace to the right, and lounge ahead – which in turn leads through to an all-day dining terrace.
Hanging baskets on the walls and planters bursting with foliage evoke a sense of the great outdoors – reflecting the extensive views of the golf course through the glazed rear elevation. A trio of antique chandeliers lead the way from the Rotunda into each individual space, which, in turn, has its own colour and material palette – including velvet and leather upholstery, fine brass and bronze details, glass, mosaic and marble.
Adare Manor is unique in its composition, where old merges with new seamlessly whilst retaining complete individuality, and with spaces that seem to work independently yet are interconnected at the same time. The impression the building gives is that many people have worked tirelessly over the years, centuries even, to bring the Manor to life, and that, among the historic references preserved, the bespoke furniture, auction-found antiques, and plethora of new additions designed and created specifically for the manor, is what makes it such an eclectic space, but with heaps of drama to boot.