It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air at Adare Manor. Of course, romance is never very far away here. After all, it was Lady Caroline’s great love for her husband, the Earl of Dunraven, which first sparked the inspiration for their great project of building Adare Manor. Their affection and devotion seemed to infuse the house itself. We absolutely love welcoming couples to Adare Manor for a romantic holiday, whether it’s a dream proposal, an anniversary, or just a weekend getaway.
You don’t have to do much to make your time together at Adare Manor special. A fairytale castle, walled gardens brimming with roses, candlelit dinners and champagne … when you are surrounded by so much beauty and opulence, being swept off your feet is almost inevitable. Still, sometimes it helps to arrive with a few ideas in your pocket to dazzle your beloved and make some memories that you’ll both treasure forever. To help, we have created this insider’s guide to some of the most romantic moments you can share at Adare Manor.
Order chilled champagne in your room on arrival
This is one of those little details that goes a long way. A bottle of champagne underlines that this is truly a special occasion, and signals that you cared enough to plan ahead and arrange a surprise. Sharing a toast and unwinding in your luxurious room together is the perfect way to let the outside world melt away.
Wander through the woodlands together
Walking hand-in-hand in the beautiful grounds of Adare Manor is a recipe for romance, and the Woodland Walk is a particularly lovely spot to spend an hour together, enjoying the peace of the trees. Reflecting pools, poetry, graceful willow sculptures and even the whimsical fairy trail create a lighthearted, playful atmosphere. On a warm, sunny day you can even arrange with our concierge to have a picnic lunch for two prepared to bring with you on your walk.
A special seasonal hint: In a few more weeks, bluebell season will begin, carpeting the forest floor with drifts of heavenly blue from mid March until early May. It’s a particularly magical time to visit with someone special.
Arrange a carriage ride around the grounds
Step into our horse-drawn carriage for a tour of the estate. It’s a grand gesture and a truly romantic way to take in the sights of our 840 acre grounds. Rolling parkland, wooded groves, ancient ruins, wildflowers and songbirds: there’s so much to see, even if you only have eyes for each other.
Share a new experience
No matter whether this is a budding romance or whether you’re celebrating a golden anniversary, research has shown that enjoying novel experiences together is one of the best things you can do for your relationship. The estate activities we offer are amazing opportunities to share something completely new. Enjoy a moment of wonder with the gorgeous birds of our falconry experience or try your hands at a spot of archery in the walled gardens: there are so many ways to bring a little adventure to your stay.
Schedule a private screening in the Cinema
Cuddle up in our new private cinema and lose yourselves in the magic of the movies. Perhaps you’d like to recreate your first date, or just enjoy a favourite film together in luxurious surroundings. If you are thinking of proposing to the love of your life, this can also be a very creative way to pop the question: our staff would be delighted to conspire with you by playing a pre-recorded proposal video on the silver screen!
Enjoy dinner by candlelight on the Oak Room terrace
The Oak Room is a beautiful spot for an intimate dinner for two. For the most romantic atmosphere of all, ask for a table on the terrace. This little colonnade used to be open to the gardens, but is now fully enclosed in glass. Once the sun sets, the soft glow of candlelight takes over, creating a magical atmosphere. Head Chef Michael Tweedie’s tasting menu is the stuff of culinary dreams, leading you on a journey through Ireland’s distinctive food landscapes. It really is a feast for the senses, and a meal that will linger in your memories long after the last bite is gone.
Treat them to a rose petal turn down
After of a wonderful day together, you can delight your sweetheart with one more surprise. Fresh rose petals and a perfectly turned down bed. This is such a thoughtful touch, and a lovely way to end the evening.
Time alone together is so precious, and it is a great privilege to have the chance to be part of some of your most cherished moments. We hope these suggestions have sparked a few romantic ideas for you this Valentine’s Day. Wherever you are, and however you’re spending it, all of us here at Adare Manor wish you a day full of happiness, laughter, and love.
Learn more about all there is to do for two at Adare Manor