Adare Manor is a handsome, newly renovated castle hotel in County Limerick, Ireland. Once a stately residence of the Earl of Dunraven, the 19th-century, neo-Gothic building was bought by horseracing tycoon JP McManus in 2015 and, after a rumoured $90m, 18-month reboot, is now by far Ireland’s chicest country crashpad, with a seriously high-spec spa and a world-class, 18-hole golf course (which, we’re told, has made a bid to host the Ryder Cup in 2026).
The unerringly beautiful, highly road-trippable south-west coast of Ireland: Limerick is easily one of Ireland’s prettiest counties; it’s a short drive to some of the region’s most ’grammable, Game of Thrones-y sights like Dingle Peninsula and the 15th-century Bunratty Castle.
Serious golfers and self-optimising wellness types looking to pay whatever it takes to get a proper away-from-it-all disconnect.
An 842-acre play area means there’s quite a bit to do here: horse-riding, cycling, trout-fishing in the River Maigue or walking one of the many “fairy trails” to the almost-too-perfect village of Adare. The spa offers a number of treatments including the excellent Misneach (“inner strength” in Gaelic) massage, which offers a mind-and-body overhaul followed by Japanese-style “forest bath” (a curated walk in the woods). The dining here is no afterthought: chef Michael Tweedie doesn’t disappoint with his to-the-point, unfinicky Irish cooking at The Oak Room.
Architects ReardonSmith (The Savoy, London) added modern touches but have happily maintained the gargoyled, Harry Potter-like character of the building.
The sheer joy of staying in an 1860s castle: Adare Manor feels like Yorgos Lanthimos’s recent film The Favourite in the best possible way.