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Adare Manor launches new book ‘Adare Manor: The Renaissance of an Irish Country House’

Adare Manor book: Pictured at the launch at Adare Manor are Sue Ann Foley, Turtle and Ally Bunbury, Noreen McManus and Colm Hannon, CEO Adare Manor. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Adare Manor launches new book ‘Adare Manor:  The Renaissance of an Irish Country House’

Adare Manor recently voted No. 1 Resort in Europe and No. 5 in the World at the Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards and the Global Winner of the ‘Hotel of the Year 2018’ in the highly competitive Virtuoso ‘Best of the Best Awards’ is delighted to announce the launch of a new book ‘Adare Manor: The Renaissance of an Irish Country House’ by Turtle Bunbury.

Through the words of Turtle Bunbury and wonderful imagery of the property, including many tenderly kept safe over the years, the book details the wonderful story of Adare Manor.




From the early inspiration of the Dunravens in 1832 to build the manor house, which was modelled on the great houses and cathedrals of Europe, through to the extensive restoration, refurbishment and expansion programme by the current owners, the McManus family in 2016, this book brings readers on the journey taken to preserve and protect the historical nature of this magnificent building, safeguarding the resort for future generations.

The McManus family and team at Adare Manor wanted to honour the building’s architectural heritage as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece and embody the hotel’s signature style, whilst incorporating the latest in contemporary luxury and technological innovations and comfort for guests.

The team worked with world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio and some of Ireland’s top international golfers to redesign the golf course and ensure it would sit alongside the most respected courses in the world.

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Adare Manor: The Renaissance of an Irish Country House

Since reopening, the new-look golf course has been propelled to global recognition by a host of well-wishers, and earlier this year, Adare Manor was chosen as the venue for the 2026 Ryder Cup. This was a wonderful tribute to the many great Irish golf ambassadors and success stories Ireland has had in golf over the years.

In the book, Bunbury featured how there has always been excellent and uplifting about Adare Manor. The 2nd Earl of Dunraven, who oversaw the building of so much of the original Manor House, maintained that his spirits never failed to ‘immediately recover’ whenever he returned home.

At the height of the British Empire, preeminent royals, governors and military icons returned to Adare manor time and time again to enjoy the beautiful landscape and the splendid Victorian mansion at its heart.

During the original construction phase, the 4th Earl of Dunraven proudly observed every bit of craving in stone and wood is the work of native village talent and every stone quarried, and every tree cut for the building was native produced.

Colm Hannon, Chief Executive, Adare Manor, said, “Adare Manor has always been an integral part of the local community and southwest region, and we wanted to capture and share the rich history and story of this beautiful place.

“Turtle Bunbury, Editor of this fine book and his team have spent two years researching, listening and learning all about the life of Adare Manor, to ensure the book represents the wonderful history of this magnificent property. We are delighted with the final publication. I would like to say a special thank you to the custodians throughout the years, from the Dunravens to the Kanes, to the McManus family, ” he added.

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