Louis Murphy runs the show here at the Dunraven Arms. He knows what his customers want. This hotelier is a Master of the Art of Charm – and it shines through at all times. His team work to his own high standards to provide a consistent and professional service that always has a friendly and welcoming approach. Time spent here is a refreshing break for the weary soul and tired spirit. There’s life in this place and it’ll bring you back to life when you need it.
This old hunting lodge turned hotel is located just off the centre of Adare village, an idyllic heritage village with its Franciscan Friary Tower, Desmond Castle, built by the Normans. This is one of the oldest hotels in Ireland, established in 1792. A great base for exploring all the heritage sites of village life including the tower, castle, Augustine Priory, the Trinitarian Abbey and The Washing Pool, where villagers washed and watered their horses. The original building was already in place when in the 1830’s, the third Earl of Dunraven bucked the trend for replacing old thatches with slate and rebuilt Adare village with larger thatched houses. Which is probably why some say this is the prettiest village in Ireland.
Luxury bedrooms provide a range of comfort levels. Standard bedrooms have great beds and elegant en suite bathrooms, while the twenty four junior suites and six full suites provide total grandeur with a choice of four posters, half tester canopied beds, separate sitting areas with sofas and armchairs and in some cases beautiful fireplaces.
In the morning, rise to a glorious breakfast. The big buffet includes all the usual cereals, fresh fruit, yogurts, juices. Follow this with a hot selection which includes a full leg of glazed roast Limerick ham served from the trolley in place of the usual rashers. This impressive joint is carved by hand and slices are generous. Enjoy them with all the traditonal Irish breakfast accompaniments and plenty of tea or coffee. You’ll be ready for the exploration of all those historic sights afterwards!
Dinner time dining takes place in The Maigue dining room, a gloriously traditional space with the feel of yesteryear in style and service. See our separate review here. If you fancy a lighter bite, you can enjoy the bar menu at The Hunter Bar.
Dunraven is hard to top for comfort levels. It has its own leisure facilities and pool. Wedding parties and business conferences are welcomed. Horses are also a strong theme, in keeping with the history of the old lodge. Louis and Bryan Murphy are keen huntsman who can organise hunts and other equestrian events as part of your stay. The hotel offers a full valet service for hunting attire, storage of riding equipment and transport.