Friday 24 May 2019

First Look: Magnificent Adare Manor opens its doors with brand new spa, golf course and new 42-bedroom wing

Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Adare Manor, which has been undergoing major restoration and expansion works for the past 21 months, has opened its doors today.

The JP McManus-owned hotel has been expanded from 62 bedrooms to 104. Some new walking trails and walled gardens have been added in the midst of its 842-acre estate.

The resort closed its doors in early 2016 to allow for the extensive overhaul.

It now boasts a new 42-bedroom wing and a new ballroom with a capacity for 350 guests. The entire extension has been clad in limestone, to complement the architectural detail of the original Manor House.

The entire roof was removed, repaired and put back in place.

The original building, of Neo-Gothic architectural heritage, has been fully developed inside. A new iconic La Mer spa, pool and relaxation area, a boardroom, and cinema have also been added.

The Spa will debut the first and only La Mer Spa in Ireland and the UK, making it one of eleven La Mer spas worldwide.

In the kitchens, a team of over 60 chefs, led by Director of Culinary, Loughlin Druhan will bring bespoke, fine-dining experiences, or coctails or light meals to guests.

Next March, Adare Manor will open its newly rebuilt golf course, a project which was led by world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio with the Adare Manor team.

The grounds also contain a host of exotic plants and trees, and the sweeping parkland includes beeches, monkey puzzles, cork, aspen and flowering cherry trees dating back to the nineteenth century, and walled gardens.

The standout feature of the resort is the 17th century Flemish choir stalls, which were based upon the great Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. All have completely been restored.

When it was built in the 19th century, Adare Manor was a marvel of craft and engineering.

The 2nd Earl of Dunraven commissioned it as a personal project and his vision was to create a magnificent "Calendar House" with 52 chimneys, and exactly 365 leaded glass windows to represent the weeks and days of a calendar year.

Multiple arches and magnificent gargoyles, elaborate bay windows and exquisite decorative finishes also reflect the gothic romance of the era.

Colm Hannon Adare Manor's CEO said today: “This marks a new beginning for Adare Manor’s esteemed legacy."

"A labour of love from the very start, Adare Manor was created by its original owners to delight, astonish, and impress – and we continue to hold ourselves accountable to that vision today, which is vividly alive in this new guest experience, and even further reflected by our world-class team, whose personalised service is what makes Adare Manor feel like home.”

The hotel now hopes to welcome around 60,000 visitors annually.

It is expected that the hotel will contribute in excess of €15m to the local economy each year.

Earlier this year, a massive recruitment drive over three days sought to fill 160 positions. The resort now employs over 350 people.

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