Year that the Countess of Dunraven, Caroline Wyndham-Quin, began work on a manor house for her sick husband, the 2nd Earl of Dunraven. Adare Manor, a neo-Gothic limestone masterpiece 20 minutes southwest of Limerick, was completed in the 1860s and remained the seat of the Earls of Dunraven until the 1980s, when it became a hotel. The property recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation that included construction of an additional 42-room wing, reopening under new ownership, to much fanfare, in November 2017.
Acres of land at the Central Park–size property, which encompasses a Tom Fazio–designed golf course (host of the 2026 Ryder Cup), manicured gardens, a stretch of the River Maigue ripe for fishing, a touching pet cemetery (RIP Jock, a “much loved Cairn”), and a magical woodland walk where little ones can search for fairy homes in the cedars and play make-believe in the wattle-and-daub Poet’s House. In one walled garden, guests can try out archery or falconry with the friendly experts from Adare Country Pursuits.
Number of leaded windows in the original building, a rare example of a “calendar house,” which also boasts 52 chimneys (for weeks in a year), seven stone pillars (for days in a week), and four castle-like towers (for the seasons). Another thing to count? Ravens, the noble family’s symbol, which are carved in wood and stone and hidden throughout the estate.
Length in feet of The Gallery, the second-longest room in Ireland, after Trinity College’s aptly named Long Room. Originally the Dunravens’ family room (imagine!), it’s now the setting for breakfast and afternoon tea. The space, inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, is lined with stained-glass windows, carved choir stalls, mosaic tile and marble fireplaces, and 200-year-old tapestries. You might be too distracted by the beauty to eat (but don’t miss the raspberry and lemon sponge).
Michelin star that The Oak Room earned in October for its (very) fine Irish cuisine. Head chef Michael Tweedie’s three-course menu elevates local meat and produce, like Tipperary quail and Attyflin apples, in inventive, beautifully plated dishes. (The stoneware is custom-designed too.) Finish the evening in the speakeasy-style subterranean Tack Room bar with—what else?—an Irish whiskey. From $362, adaremanor.com