My first trip to Ireland and the Adare Manor was the start of a love affair with the most spectacular countryside, people, history, golf and stay. I feel as though I’ve found a second home. From Los Angeles it’s a full day of travelling with a stop in London, followed by a short flight to Dublin where I recommend an overnight stay at The Marker Hotel. Before leaving to Adare Manor the next day, be sure to visit some of the local attractions including the home of Guinness, the Guinness Storehouse and the Soda Bread house where you can indulge in a generations favorite farmhouse kitchen staple. If you have time the Trinity College Library and the Phoenix Park are also worthwhile.
There are a few options when travelling from Dublin to Adare Manor. You can rent a car, however, driving on the opposite side of the road can be challenging. You may not want the stress! I drove my rental car approximately one mile from the airport before I turned around and returned it for a credit and asked how to buy a train ticket.
After a two-hour rail ride through the beautiful countryside of Ireland we arrived at the local station where Adare had arranged a chauffeur to meet us. Upon passing through the guard gate entrance to the Manor, you’re quickly reminded of the history that dates-back-to that of a neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece, once habituated as the family seat of the Earls of Dunraven. Finally, after a short windy road to the castle, we were met at the front by a team of butlers who greeted us, unloaded our bags and showed us to our room.
Immediately, upon entering the inside, you’re overtaken by a certain fig smell that will stay with you forever. Even today, when I close my eyes and go back, I can still smell that beautiful aroma. As a matter of fact, they have this magical scent available for you to purchase and take home. I bought one of each including a candle, room spray and room diffuser.
The afternoons at Adare, after golf, are designated as teatime. My Mum and I found a new quiet spot each day in the Manor where we simply relaxed and enjoyed the quietness of the castle.
I must talk about the golf now at Adare. We played in the morning in the misty air. Here’s my chance to remind you when packing for this trip to Ireland, be SURE to include layers as we experienced four seasons during this one round. The course, designed by Tom Fazio, who is one of my favorite architects is a wonderful challenge. Well bunkered, with the River Maigue meandering its way through various holes, and smooth bent grass greens, I can assure you you’ll use every club in your bag. Unlike a true links course on the coast of Ireland, there is less bump-and-run plays at Adare and more soft approach shots, however, placement off the tee is critical as pins are tucked quietly and if your angle in to the green is on the wrong side of the fairway you’re in for a very creative approach.
It will take a second round on the course to learn its nuances and your score will show it. However, Adare’s caddies are the best! Let them guide you around the course and especially on the greens. Your score will reflect their engagement.
Outside is the town of Adare that makes an easy walk through the grounds or through a private gate for you to come and go. Also, you may take a carriage ride or the complimentary Mercedes van to drop you off as well.
The Adare Manor is a wonderful destination in Ireland, and I can’t wait to return in July 2020 for the J.P. Mc Manus Pro Am. I look forward to sharing this trip with you. Oh yes, one last small bit of information about Adare, they were recently selected to host the 2026 RYDER CUP. Congratulations! I can’t think of a more worthy venue for this prestigious event.
A captivated golfing experience. Adare Manor is set in more than 800 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, designed by Tom Fazio. Arrive early before your round to make the most of the practice facilities.
Enjoy the worlds most majestic birds. You'll get introduced to 8 stunning raptors by a professional resident and at least one Harris hawk that will fly free to your glove hand.
Overlooking the formal gardens with natural daylight beaming through the windows. A casual styled room that serves lunch and drinks. With an added cake trolley created by Adare's talented pastry team.
A luxury movie theatre for adults and children. Kick back in your seat while getting lost into Adare's magic surroundings with freshly popped popcorn and candy that I can assure you, you'll not want the movie to end.
Looking for a souvenir? Bring home a piece of Adare Manor's magic! Located inside the hotel, is their boutique filled with treasured gifts. From golf brands, to house essentials to unique Irish brands. Such as, The Designyard, Carve On Leather, Dubarry, Louise Kennedy, and Jimmy Hourihan.
Sipping Adare's signature tea in delicate china with other flavored tea from around the world. A magical setting for fresh mini cut sandwiches, mini pastries and warm scones served with clotted cream and delicious lemon curd.
After a long day, find yourself stumbling upon the gym, pool, sauna and shower leaving you with a feel of refreshment. But this isn't just any spa, overlooks the River Maigue and golf course.
You won't miss a 12 ft. tall willow lady who greets you before strolling into your woodland walk. Fairy's guiding you along the path full of short poems, handmade huts and ceramic art.
Fun Fact - the Irish translation of Adare is Ath Dara, meaning the good of the oak tree.
A thrilling competitive sport within their historic walled gardens. Guided by Adare's passionate and trained instructor guiding and providing advice throughout your experience.
A full menu provided of treatment rooms plus a manicure and a pedicure bar. An atmosphere full of peace.
A sophisticated room for quality conversations and eye sparkling presentation alcoholic beverages. These delicious drinks are created by an expert mixologist created specially for Adare. (The drink I got was Winters Fear).
A menu full of Ireland's source ingredients. Overlooking the golf course while the sun cascades into the terrace.