With a regal air to match its monumental setting, Ashford Castle is a sumptuous place that relishes in hosting guests with sheer extravagance. Decadent surroundings, lavish decor and impeccable service and facilities are the hallmarks of a stay.
Dunraven Arms Hotel
Its exterior beautifully simple with pale yellow walls, climbing vines and a traditional pub sign, the Dunraven Arms Hotel boasts an impressively large interior. An intimate lobby area welcomes guests next door to the acclaimed Maigue Restaurant, which serves traditional Irish fare with a modern twist. Lounges are scattered about the hotel, furnished with comfy blue sofas and open fires with elaborately-detailed surrounds, while cupboards filled with china create the feeling of sitting in a family home. Rooms are simple but attractive, with soft white linens and neutral palettes, accented by shades of red.
The hotel's beauty rooms offer a variety of pampering treatments, a sauna and a steam room, as well as a large swimming pool.
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Classically elegant with an old-world charm but full modern amenities, the rooms are spacious and comfortable with plush bedding and a natural palette of white and yellow. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and spacious bathrooms with powerful showers while suites come with separate lounge areas and garden views. Some also feature gas fires, roll top baths and canopied four-poster beds.
The hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Adare, just a 20 minute drive from Limerick. The village plays out along a single street lined with quaint, 19th-century thatched cottages now housing craft shops and cafes. There's also a beautifully weathered Augustinian priory and a romantic riverside castle nearby.
Food and drink
The hotel's Maigue Restaurant is named after the local river and serves a menu based on seasonal local produce at breakfast and dinner. Breakfast includes an excellent spread of hot and cold dishes including baked Limerick ham. Dinner is atmospheric, lit by chandeliers, and features a menu that takes traditional Irish cuisine and adds modern flare. Light meals are also served in the Hunters Bar, an intimate space with oak-panels on the walls, leather banquettes and a jazz pianist.
Facilities and activities
The hotel has a 17m indoor swimming pool, an extensive fitness suite staffed by professional trainers who can give one-on-one training and a series of beauty rooms where guests can receive a bit of pampering with a range of treatments from body wraps to massages and facials.
A beautiful, traditional property with a lovely mix of character and contemporary comfort, the Dunraven Arms Hotel is a great option in the pretty village of Adare which is often hailed as one of Ireland's most picturesque.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A dramatic building set amid extensive woodlands and its own golf course, Dromoland Castle offers a sumptuous stay from the moment of arrival with exquisite dining, lavish decor and remarkably spacious rooms.
Eighteenth century charm meets boutique elegance at No.1 Pery Square, a characterful townhouse hotel in the heart of Limerick’s Georgian Quarter. Boasting unique design and genuine Irish hospitality, it makes a memorable base for exploring.
The historic Old Ground Hotel features elegant, spacious rooms, a convivial traditional pub and two great dining options. The property is decorated with paintings and photos belonging to the owner, an art collector known for his extensive collection.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the stately Georgian streets of Limerick, its formidable riverside castle and the fascinating Hunt Museum with a private guide who can bring the story of this historic city to life with a wealth of detail about its heritage and people.