I took my wife here for her 50th Birthday and what a lovely surprise it was,
You arrive at the main gates and enter through the security barrier, drive down the long driveway through the extensive grounds past the villas and turn a corner and there is the Manor, a very inspiring first sight.
We entered through the traditional heavy wooden doors into the porch area where there is a little shop. On through the arch way into the main reception area. They had the Christmas decorations up due to a wedding on the weekend at the request of the bride. It was lovely and warming with the log fire burning and made you feel welcomed. The welcome from the staff was genuine and friendly. We were offered a orientation tour of the hotel which we declined as I had booked afternoon tea (which stops at 5 and it was now 4.30). We were shown up to our room and WOW (room 301 a stateroom). You open the room door only to find that you are in a small entrance hall, to your right you enter into the bedroom, a really spacious room with a four poster and plenty of seating. Into the bathroom OMG a extremely spacious area, a roll top bath in the bay window, his and hers sinks in the dressing area and then a separate shower room as well. All the amenities of a five star hotel are there, bath robes, slippers etc.
Down to our afternoon tea, a very warm welcome from the staff here as well greeting us by our names and we were escorted to our reserved table. After over eating all the lovely food the waiter brought over another slice of cake with a candle in it and wished my wife Happy Birthday.
Dinner that night was first class in the candle lit dinning room, very romantic, The service was fantastic.
Come back to the room to find the bed had been turned down and a couple of hand made fudges were left on the pillow. Also the room had been cleaned.
Breakfast next morning, the cold buffet and cereals on offer are OK, but the cooked selection is very good indeed. If you order the pancakes make sure you are hungry, as they are very good and very very filling.
In the morning we decided to go down to the Adare village, they will drive you down to a side gate and drop you off, there is a phone to call them up and they will come and pick you up again if you wish, but in truth its not that far to walk about 10 -15 mins each way.
After a very light lunch in the village (as still full from breakfast) we headed back to the hotel for a Spa treatment (all part of the package that I had booked). We were allocated two hours each and were able to choose any treatment. I opted only to have a 1 hr massage (which was very good and very relaxing) and gave my wife the other hour and so she had a massage, facial and manicure. She said she felt thoroughly pampered afterwards. Upon arrival back to our room we had a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries (also part of the package booked).
That night we had a eight coarse tasting menu dinner and opted for the wine paring to go with it. Each coarse came and we were given a detailed explanation of the meal and the wine to go with it. I could not fault the cooking every thing was beautiful, the flavours were outstanding, well done to all the kitchen staff. At the end of the meal they brought out a birthday cake for my wife, the only issue was that we were too full to try it that night. They did however box it up for us to take home.
On the last morning we decided to do some clay pigeon shooting, this is not run by the Hotel but by someone local. He comes to meet you at the Hotel and then you follow him approx 11km. He was very good and very informative. He talked you through each step. You don't pay for the time but for the shells that you use 35 euro per box.
The cleanliness of the hotel was brilliant and all the staff were outstanding, so helpful. Thanks for such a lovely time and looking forward to staying with you again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the lush heartlands of County Limerick, Adare Manor is one of Ireland's most evocative and spellbinding castle hotels. Steeped in exotic history and surrounded by medieval ruins, its 840-acre demesne is home to beautiful parklands, superb trout fishing on the river Maigue, and a renowned 18 hole championship golf course. Unique and individual accommodation, the best of contemporary Irish food in an incomparable setting, and the highest standards of modern hospitality are hallmarks of the Manor experience. Adare Manor is a 25 minute drive from Shannon International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort
- Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Adare
- Adare Manor Resort
- Adare Manor Ireland