Those staying in Adare, Ireland, will discover a majority of the scenic village's accommodations are either luxurious estate-like resorts resurrected from old stone manor houses or charming local inns with boutique sensibilities. While the larger resorts clearly offer more amenities, both feature architecture unique to the region and easy access to points of interest up and down the eastern bank of the River Maigue. Nightly rates can be on the high side depending on the season, but many travelers find it a small price to pay for a stay in what has become known as one of Ireland's prettiest villages.
Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel
The family-owned-and-operated Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel is a three-star property situated at the edge of town, an easy drive from Shannon International Airport and several choice fishing spots. The hotel boasts a health and leisure club, containing a 20-meter indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, free weights and cardio equipment, along with swimming lessons and fitness classes. A children's playroom and toddler pool are perfect for younger guests, while adults can pamper themselves with Turkish mud baths and coconut cream body glows at the on-site Revas Spa. Extensive dining options include Timmy Mac's, a casual bistro serving Irish and international dishes, and the more formal Brennan Room, offering table d'hôte and a la carte menus with regional gourmet fare. In addition, kids eat free at the hotel's Sunday brunch. Each guest room features beds with pillow-top mattresses, goose down pillows and Egyptian cotton linens, as well as ensuite bathrooms with designer toiletries.
Dunraven Arms Hotel
The four-star Dunraven Arms Hotel has been praised by renowned publications including Food and Wine Magazine, the Saturday London Times and Georgina Campbell's Jameson Guide for its well-manicured property and first-class service. Area attractions like the Hunt Museum and King John's Castle are close by, while the property itself features a large swimming pool, exercise facility, and therapeutic treatment rooms offering hot stone massages and luxury body polishes. The concierge will help arrange tee-times at the nearby Doonbeg Golf Club or a fox-hunt with any one of numerous local equestrian centers. The hotel's own Maigue Restaurant features innovative twists on classic Irish cuisines served alongside a carefully selected wine list. Individually styled guest rooms contain antique furnishings, bathrobes and slippers, personal safes and flat screen TVs; some suites also have four-poster canopied beds. Guests can choose to have a view of the gardens or the thatched cottage rooftops of the village.
Adare Village Inn
Travelers looking for more quaint accommodations will enjoy the Adare Village Inn, a converted townhouse nestled right in the heart of the village in close proximity to a number of shops, pubs, restaurants and galleries. Additionally, points of interest like the Adare Heritage Centre, University Concert Hall and Clonshire Equestrian Centre are just a stone's throw away. Amenities are limited to free off-street parking and property-wide Wi-Fi access, but room rates are far cheaper than most other accommodations in the area. All guest rooms are on the first floor and are fitted with soundproof windows for extra tranquility. Room features include plasma TVs with satellite service, tea and coffee making facilities, semi-orthopedic beds and private baths with power showers. Food and drink options include the Pink Potato Restaurant right next door and Sean Collins & Sons Bar two doors down, offering live Irish music every Saturday night. Additional discounts are available for extended stays.
Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort
The Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort is an RAC Five Star hotel and member of the Leading Hotels of the World organization, earning a 4th place spot in Condè Nast's "Top 100 Golf Resorts 2008 Readers' Poll." The property is set amidst 840 acres of lush green parkland, with an extensive array of on-site activities such as biking, trout fishing, horseback riding, archery, clay pigeon shooting and spa treatments. Guests are even welcome to take guided tours of the grounds with a resident arborist or enjoy a private hot air balloon ride. In addition, the resort’s 18-hole championship level golf course features 7,453 yards of play from the back tees. On-site dining ranges from the formal Oakroom Restaurant, with candle-lit tables and views of the French Formal Gardens, to the more laid-back Carriagehouse, with al fresco dining in summer months. Accommodations include 62 elegant rooms in the main manor house, 10 rooms in the carriage house, 16 two-bedroom and seven four-bedroom townhouses, and a handful of luxury villas with full-sized kitchens.
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