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Adare Manor's Versaillesinspired Gallery.
This is the year to make plans for County Limerick, Ireland, where an idyllic 842-acre estate has emerged from the country's biggest renovation
project in the past decade. It makes sense that Adare Manor would undergo an upgrade of, well, historic proportions: The neo-Gothic castle dates to
the 1830s, when, to take his mind off his deteriorating health, the second Earl of Dunraven embarked on a more than 30-year task of building a new
family abode, which later became one of Ireland's most revered hotels.
After being shuttered for nearly two years, the property reopened in November with a brand-new wing of 42 rooms (bringing the total to 104),
a sleek La Mer spa, a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a new ballroom, a movie theater, and five updated restaurants. Among them: The Minstrel's
Gallery, a breakfast and afternoon tea room beneath the soaring curved ceilings of the 132-foot-long Gallery room, which was inspired by Versailles'
Hall of Mirrors. Perhaps the most fitting touch of all? The manor's collection of rare Irish whiskies, 100-plus bottles and counting. Doubles from $350,
including breakfast daily and one afternoon tea for two.
PASSPORT IS REPORTED BY: Michael Frank, Elaine Glusac, Sarah Khan, and Jeff Koehler
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