Saturday 3 December 2016

Adare Manor to seek planning for new ballroom and bedroom wing

Hotel set to close for 18 months

Published 17/10/2015 | 02:30

Adare Manor, Co. Limerick
Adare Manor, Co. Limerick
Adare Manor, Co. Limerick, in the winter snow.
A luxury bedroom at Adare Manor
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Adare Manor & Golf Resort is to seek planning permission for the biggest refurbishment of its facilities in over 25 years.

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The proposal will include plans for a new bedroom wing of 40 rooms and a ballroom with capacity for around 350 patrons, Independent Travel can reveal.

The plans, which are expected be submitted to Limerick County Council for approval within the next month, will take an estimated 18 months to realise.

The five-star resort will close to guests during this time.

Adare Manor hotel is owned by Limerick-born businessman JP McManus, his wife Noreen and the McManus family, who bought the hotel and its 840-acre estate for a reported €30 million this January.

McManus has long had an association with the Co. Limerick resort, having hosted two Pro-Am charity golf tournaments there in 2005 and 2010.

The original Manor House, developed by the second Earl of Dunraven, was last extended in 1989 - when its previous owners, Americans Tom and Judy Kane, converted it to create a 62-bedroom hotel.

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

Adare Manor
Adare Manor

Should its planning application be successful, the hotel's new bedroom wing will be constructed to the west of the 1989 extension, with the ballroom constructed to its north. Both will be clad in limestone, with architectural detail complementing the 19th century manor.

Adare Manor's weddings and corporate business will be well-served by the result.

The decision to refurbish was taken following "an extensive economic, physical and operational review of the Manor and Demesne" according to a statement.

The modernisation is viewed as essential to the long-term viability of the resort, where room rates currently start from €180 per night.

It is envisaged that some 250 people will be employed by contractors during the development and refurbishment phase of the project, with around 300 people working in the resort should it re-open as planned in mid-to-late 2017.

A spokesperson would not be drawn on the potential cost of the works, save to say that they would involve "considerable investment".

Subject to planning, other works will include a refurbishment of the golf clubhouse and historical structures on the estate, as well as general upgrades and repairs.

“We are delighted with the plans to upgrade and refurbish the resort," said Anita Higgins, General Manager of Adare Manor & Golf Resort.

"We are very fortunate to have the support of a great local family who recognises the role the resort plays in the local community," she added.

Adare Manor is the latest Irish five-star to spend handsomely on refurbishment and development as Ireland emerges from recession.

It follows a €20 million extension and renovation of the K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare - including a new, 70-bedroom Liffey wing - and a €2 million refurbishment of Galway's Glenlo Abbey.

Ashford Castle has also undergone substantial renovations since it was acquired by the Tollman family for its Red Carnation Collection.

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