Tuesday 27 September 2016

Behind the Veil: Inside Adare Manor's amazing 18-month upgrade

To the manor (re)born

Published 17/06/2016 | 00:00

Adare Manor in mid-refurbishment. The resort re-opens in September 2017.
Adare Manor in mid-refurbishment. The resort re-opens in September 2017.
Adare Manor's new dining room (artist's impression)
Craftsmen with Lambstongue, the Dublin-based historic window specialists, at work on Adare Manor.
Adare Manor's new ballroom (artist's impression)
Construction underway at Adare Manor, Co. Limerick
Adare Manor's new deluxe west wing bedroom (artist's impression)
Adare Manor's new swimming pool (artist's impression)
Adare Manor's new cinema room (artist's impression)
Adare Manor's new drawing room (artist's impression)
Adare Manor Great hall: Artists' Impression.
Adare Manor Suite: Artists' Impression.
Adare Manor Gallery: Artists' Impression.

The 18-month refurbishment and development of Adare Manor is well underway, as our exclusive photo gallery reveals.

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The five-star Co. Limerick resort, which closed this Janaury, is undergoing an extensive programme of conservation and upgrades, including the addition of a new, 40-bedroom wing and a ballroom with capacity for around 350 patrons.

Enhancements in the Manor House are set to include a new spa and pool, a cinema and an activity centre including falconry and a children’s activity zone.

The Manor House is currently encased in scaffolding, while craftsmen are working to restore stone, woodwork and windows throughout the building.

Adare Manor's new ballroom (artist's impression)
Adare Manor's new ballroom (artist's impression)
Adare Manor in mid-refurbishment. The resort re-opens in September 2017.
Adare Manor's new dining room (artist's impression)
Craftsmen with Lambstongue, the Dublin-based historic window specialists, at work on Adare Manor.
Construction underway at Adare Manor, Co. Limerick
Adare Manor's new deluxe west wing bedroom (artist's impression)
Adare Manor's new swimming pool (artist's impression)
Adare Manor's new cinema room (artist's impression)
Adare Manor's new drawing room (artist's impression)
Adare Manor Great hall: Artists' Impression.
Adare Manor Suite: Artists' Impression.
Adare Manor Gallery: Artists' Impression.

The site of its new ballroom has been excavated, with a new artists' rendering (below) showing what the wedding and conference venue will look like when it re-opens, with what promises to be a considerable splash, in September 2017.

Lambstongue, the Dublin-based historic window specialists, are working to conserve 172 existing timber windows, both on site and at their Chapelizod studio.

The resort's gallery space is also being reimagined to allow guests enjoy breakfast and afternoon tea, while new designs by architects, Reardon Smith, and interior designers, Richmond, will enhance all guest bedrooms and public areas.

Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort is owned by businessman JP McManus, his wife Noreen and the McManus family, who bought the hotel and its 840-acre estate for a reported €30 million in 2015.

Adare Manor's new deluxe west wing bedroom (artist's impression)
Adare Manor's new deluxe west wing bedroom (artist's impression)
Craftsmen with Lambstongue, the Dublin-based historic window specialists, at work on Adare Manor.
Adare Manor's new swimming pool (artist's impression)
Adare Manor's new ballroom (artist's impression)
Adare Manor's new cinema room (artist's impression)
Adare Manor in mid-refurbishment. The resort re-opens in September 2017.
Adare Manor's new dining room (artist's impression)
Construction underway at Adare Manor, Co. Limerick
Adare Manor's new drawing room (artist's impression)
Adare Manor Great hall: Artists' Impression.
Adare Manor Suite: Artists' Impression.
Adare Manor Gallery: Artists' Impression.

Celebrity guests have included Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods, Hugh Grant and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, among others.

Plans are also in place for a complete transformation of the golf clubhouse, with the aim of creating "one of the finest Parkland courses in Europe".

The refurbishment budget has not been revealed.

Adare Manor is posting updates on the refurbishment's progress on facebook.com/adaremanorhotel, and on the hotel blog (adaremanor.com).

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