Did you know that Adare Manor did not always look like the magnificent castle it is today? A much smaller Georgian house, built in the 1720s, occupied the landscape until the Second Earl of Dunraven and his wife, Lady Caroline Wyndham, decided to undertake its transformation.
The Manor ‘structurally’ as it exists today was not actually begun until 1832. The Earl had become crippled with gout (a painful form of arthritis) and was forced to give up the country pursuits of shooting and fishing that he so enjoyed. A gradual rebuilding of their home was considered by Lady Caroline to be the ideal way to occupy the Earl’s mind.
As it turned out, it was a magnificent suggestion; although the Earl of Dunraven did not live to see the Manor fully completed in 1862, his building of the house provided an essential livelihood for the surrounding villagers during the terrible potato famine that devastated the country during the mid-19th century.
The Georgian House, prior to Adare Manor, in the 18th Century