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Adare Manor – The Renaissance of an Irish Country House

Available from the Adare Manor Boutique here. Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards: No. 1 Resort in the World 2022; Condé Nast Traveler, Gold List 2021;  Condé Nast Traveler, Europe’s No. 1 Resort  2019, 2023;  World Travel Awards, Ireland’s Leading Hotel 2018, 2019, 2020

ADARE MANOR in County Limerick, Ireland, has always been remarkable. Its story began eight centuries ago when the original manor was granted to a Norman knight while a substantial monastic community was established on the nearby riverbanks.

From the seventeenth century to the 1980s, Adare Manor was home to ten generations of the Quin, or Wyndham-Quin family, including the seven Earls of Dunraven.

In 1832, the 2nd Earl and his Countess, Lady Caroline, started work on a new Gothic Revival mansion; the project was completed thirty years later by their son Edwin, the 3rd Earl.

In 2016, an equally impressive project got underway when J.P. McManus, the present owner, initiated a meticulous conservation of the existing mansion, along with the construction of a new wing.

At the same time, the championship golf course at Adare Manor was thoroughly redesigned by Tom Fazio with the specific goal of hosting tournaments such as the 2027 Ryder Cup. The resort was voted No. 1 in the world at the 2022 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, and No. 1 in Europe at the same awards in 2023.  

Turtle’s book traces Adare Manor’s wonderful journey from a medieval manor house to its 21st-century status as a luxury five-star resort.

The book is available from the Adare Manor boutique.

See also Adare Manor – An Epicurean Journey.




1. O Sweet Adare

2. The Creation of Adare Manor

3. To the Manor Born

4. Renaissance

5. A Golfing Paradise

6. The Great Outdoors

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‘I just wanted to say how pleased we all are with the beautiful Adare Manor book. It is really special and I know this is down to all of the hard work you put into this project.’
Colm Hannon, Chief Executive of Adare Manor – and how sad we were to say farewell to Colm in 2022.