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here until the 1980s when the manor and its grounds

were sold) embarked on a 30-year renovation that

encompassed their love for each other and for the grand

houses they’d visited through western Europe. The latest

reformation modernized much of the manor’s innards

with discreet smart technology, but always maintaining

touches of the past with things like Victorian toggle

light switches and bookshelves full of 18th and 19th

century texts.

GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE

There’s no limit to how many trips one should take to

Ireland because, though the island is six times smaller

than California, it has an abundance of variety to offer

its repeat customers. Set next to the picturesque Adare

Village, Adare Manor’s proximity to the marvels of

Ireland’s southwest make it a perfect resting place for

curious tourists, especially since the ease of travelling

through Shannon Airport is a breath of fresh air compared

to Dublin. The Wild Atlantic Way is a dazzling drive that

weaves along with the country’s west coast; a point of

entrance at Foynes is only 30 minutes from the manor.

Or there’s the enchanting Killarney National Park at only

a 90-minute drive south, offering a full day’s outing with

a walk or bike ride around Lough Leane. And under 90

minutes north, the famous Cliffs of Moher.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Staying on property can be just as adventurous. Adare

Manor has its own custom hand-built Pashley Bikes that

can take you around the 840-acre estate to a stroll

through the bewitching Woodland Walk or to test out

your skills with archery and clay pigeon shooting. There is

fishing, horseback riding at nearby Clonshire Equestrian

Centre, or 18 pristine holes at the Tom Fazio-designed golf

course. If its relaxation you desire, there’s a plush cinema

with Italian-leather recliners and the country’s first – and

only – La Mer Spa where all your archery or golf kinks can

be alleviated.

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Accommodation at Adare Manor

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Old fashioned claw-foot

tub for relaxation

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