Adare Manor

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Adare Manor
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Adare Manor, now the Adare Manor Hotel
Adare Manor is located in Ireland
Adare Manor
General information
Architectural style Tudor revival[1]
Town or city Adare, County Limerick
Country Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 52°33′50″N 8°46′43″W / 52.563886°N 8.778573°W / 52.563886; -8.778573
Construction started 1832
Completed 1862
Renovated 1988/89[1][2]
Client Windham Henry Quin
Owner J.P. McManus
Design and construction
Architect James Pain and George Richard Pain,
Lewis Nockalls Cottingham,
Augustus Pugin,
Philip Charles Hardwick

Adare Manor is a 19th-century manor house located on the banks of the River Maigue in the village of Adare, County Limerick, Ireland, the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, now a luxury resort hotel - the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort.

Original Structure[edit]

Adare Manor, c.1880-1914
Interior, c.1880-1914

The original manor was built in the early 18th century. In 1786, it was described as "a very noble structure with fine and extensive demesnes". At the time of Griffith's Valuation the property was valued at £130 and in 1906 the buildings at Adare Manor were valued at £182.[3]

The Quins, whose ancestors were Chiefs of the Clan Hy Ifearnan, gave their name to Inchiquin and also became Earls of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, and were one of the rare families of Gaelic origin in the Irish peerage. Thady Quin (born 1645), who settled in Adare, was the ancestor of Valentine Quin who, between 1720 and 1730, built the first Quin manor at Adare by the River Maigue.[citation needed]

He was the grandfather of Valentine Richard Quin (1752–1824), 1st Earl of Dunraven. Windham Henry (1782–1850) married an heiress from Wales, Valentine Richard Quin, MP for Killmallock (1799–1800), who was created a Baronet of Great Britain in 1781 and was raised to the peerage in 1800 as Baron Adare. He was advanced to a Viscountcy in 1816 as Viscount Mount Earl and became Viscount Adare and the first Earl of Dunraven and Mount-earl on 5 February 1822. He had presumably chosen the title of ‘Dunraven’ in honour of his daughter-in-law, Caroline Wyndham, who had married his eldest son in 1810. His earldom lasted only two years and in 1824 his son, Windham Henry Quin, became the 2nd Earl of Dunraven and Mount-earl. The family name had officially become Wyndham-Quin in 1815. Gout prevented him from following the gentlemanly pursuits of fishing and shooting.[citation needed]

Current Manor[edit]

Departure of the royal party, 1 September 1897

Instead, with his wife, the 2nd Earl of Dunraven rebuilt his home, turning it into a large Tudor Revival manor. Begun in 1832, construction provided work for the people from the surrounding villagers during the potato famine.[2]

Building the new manor involved the rebuilding, enlarging and subsequent demolition of the earlier 18th century manor house of the Quin family.[1] Although Lady Caroline claimed that Adare Manor was planned entirely by her husband without an architect,[2] the initial architectural plans for the house were made by James and George Richard Pain. The client dispensed with their services, however, around 1838 and Lord Dunraven continued with the design of the house himself with help from English architect Lewis Nockalls Cottingham. The initial phase of construction was completed under master mason, James Connolly, together with the second Earl of Dunraven and his wife who incorporated their favourite buildings into the design.[1]

Augustus Pugin was hired in 1846 to design some of the interior features including the great hall. The three-storey southern range and the tower with pyramidal roof, completed by the third Earl of Dunraven between 1850 and 1862, were built to the designs of Philip Charles Hardwick.[1]

An inscription on the east front of Adare Manor commemorates 'James Conolly of Adare, mason, faithful friend and servant of the Earl of Dunraven, from AD 1831 till his death in 1852'.[4] Lord Dunraven did not live to see his Manor finished.[2] Valentine's son, Edwin, 3rd Earl of Dunraven, a prominent archæologist, designed the garden.[citation needed]

1982 and 1987 sales[edit]

Thady Wyndham-Quin, 7th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (1939–2011), unable to bear the expense of maintaining Adare Manor, sold it and its contents in 1982 to an investment consortium. In 1987, the house was purchased by Irish-American Tom Kane from Florida. It was then renovated and converted to become the "Adare Manor Hotel".[2]

Thady Quin, who was crippled by polio while a schoolboy, lived with his family in a nearby house called Kilgobbin House. Adare Manor and its grounds were used for the 1977 comedy film The Last Remake of Beau Geste, starring Marty Feldman, Ann-Margret and Michael York.[5][better source needed]

The house is set on a 840-acre (3.4 km2) estate and now operates as a five star hotel, featuring the Adare Golf Club, Lavender Cottage, Townhouses and Villas on the rest of the resort. The Manor was voted "Ireland's Leading Hotel" at the World Travel Awards 2010, 2011 and 2012 and "The World's Leading Boutique Golf Resort" in 2012.[6]

2015 sale[edit]

On the 30th of January 2015, Adare Manor was bought by Limerick business man J.P. McManus for an estimated 30 million euro.[7]


The Adare Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., was added to the resort in 1995, and was the venue for the Irish Open in 2007 and 2008.

The Adare Manor Golf Club, which was established in 1900, is not part of the Adare Manor Resort.


A cricket ground has been added to the manor and became the home ground of Limerick Cricket Club, a club in the Munster Cricket Union in 2011, therefore ending the nomadic nature of the club. The club has been remarkably successful in its debut year playing in the ground.


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Coordinates: 52°33′50″N 8°46′43″W / 52.563886°N 8.778573°W / 52.563886; -8.778573