Adare Manor joins the literary world
Adare Manor's new book took its first steps into the big, wide world after it was officially launched last week.
The book, entitled 'Adare Manor: The Renaissance of an Irish Country House', tells the story behind a setting which was recently voted as the number-one resort in Europe and number-five in the world at the Conde Nast Traveler's 2019 Readers' Choice Awards.
In addition, it was chosen as the Global Winner of the 'Hotel of the Year 2018', beating stiff competition.
It is written by Turtle Bunbury and accompanied by some stunning images of the property, including many of which have been safe over the last number of years.
From the early inspiration of the Dunravens in 1832 to build the manor house, which was modelled on the great houses and cathedrals of Europe, through to the extensive restoration, refurbishment and expansion programme by the current owners, this book brings readers on the journey taken to preserve and protect the historical nature of the building and safeguarding the resort for future generations.
In the book, Bunbury featured how there has always been something excellent and uplifting about Adare Manor. The Second Earl of Dunraven, who oversaw the building of so much of the original Manor House, maintained that his spirits never failed to 'immediately recover' whenever he returned home.
At the height of the British Empire, pre-eminent royals, governors and military icons returned to Adare manor time and time again to enjoy the beautiful landscape and the splendid Victorian mansion at its heart.
During the original construction phase, the Fourth Earl of Dunraven proudly observed, "every bit of craving in stone and wood is the work of native village talent [and] every stone quarried, and every tree cut for the building, was native produced".
Speaking at the launch of the book, Chief Executive of Adare Manor Colm Hannon said:
"Adare Manor has always been an integral part of the local community and south west region, and we wanted to capture and share the rich history and story of this beautiful place."
"From the Dunravens who had the inspiration to create a neo-Gothic masterpiece modelled on the great houses and cathedrals of Europe over 180 years ago, to the McManus family today who believed this gorgeous setting had tremendous potential to become a world-class destination," he said.
"Turtle Bunbury, editor of this fine book, and his team have spent two years researching, listening and learning all about the life of Adare Manor, to ensure the book represents the wonderful history of this magnificent property. We are delighted with the final publication.
"I would like to say a special thank you to the custodians throughout the years, from the Dunravens, to the Kanes, to the McManus family.
"Through their combined appreciation of the heritage and architecture, Adare Manor now stands among the top resorts in the world.
"This special book captures their contribution, and the contribution of everyone who has supported them through the years, safeguarding Adare Manor for generations to enjoy and visit, who will create the next chapter in Adare Manor's history", Colm continued.
'Adare Manor: The Renaissance of an Irish Country House' is available now exclusively from Adare Manor and online at www.adaremanor.com.