Architectural Wonders

A Mansion That Measures Time

With 365 stained-glass windows, 52 intricate chimneys, 12 exterior doors, and 4 towers representing the days, weeks, months, and seasons in a year – Adare Manor is one of the few ‘calendar houses’ in the world

The conception of this elaborate architectural masterpiece came to fruition thanks to a terrible case of gout. When the 2nd Earl of Dunraven fell ill, his wife, Lady Caroline Wyndham, encouraged him to take his mind off of his ailment by remodeling and rebuilding their classic Georgian mansion into the most glorious manor he could imagine.

The Earl took up this challenge in 1832, looking for inspiration by traveling to the most beautiful houses and cathedrals across Ireland, England, and Europe. Although Adare Manor’s appearance is largely thanks to his vision, he enlisted the help of several architects along the way, as well as the local population – with construction providing employment to many villagers during the Irish Potato Famine.

The manor’s romantic neo-Gothic exterior with elegant spires, abundant gargoyles, and turreted peaks contrasts with other design elements such as the 132ft long ‘Gallery’ inspired by the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, and the formal gardens in geometric box patterns. Many guests came to dine, dance, and enjoy the Dunraven’s hospitality at Adare Manor – even members of the royal family. 

Today, the Adare Manor welcomes guests as a world renowned hotel with activities as unique as its design, ranging from cricket to falconry. While some activities may take longer than others to get the hang of, don’t worry, the property welcomes all length of reservations whether a day, a week, a month, or perhaps even a year.

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