The village of Adare is one of the prettiest in Ireland. Host to the 2027 Ryder Cup, it is also home to four fine four-star hotels – the family-run Dunraven Arms, Fitzgeralds Woodlands House, country house The Mustard Seed – and the five-star Adare Manor, which is hidden from view behind security gates. No gawkers get in, unless you have a booking in its restaurants or are overnighting as a guest.
And it is this combination of ultra-private positioning within well-maintained grounds and a sizeable home on 3.3 acres with room for all the family to come and stay that drew the current owners to Winterwood, an eight-bedroom Celtic Tiger-era abode built by Sisk for local developer Robert Butler.
Back in 2008 the property had an ambitious guide price of €12 million. Its current owner bought it in 2012 for €1.78 million, according to the Property Price Register.
The house is one of just 20 built on the grounds of one of Ireland’s best-regarded manor house hotels. There were 21 sites offered for sale and the previous owner of Winterwood bought two, which explains its extensive grounds. These include woodlands where more than 300 native trees were planted.
The golf offering is also first-class. The parkland course, originally designed by American Tom Fazio, has been beautiful upgraded by Robert Trent Jones Snr. Having staged two Irish Opens in its previous incarnation, its 2018 transformation has delivered soft-rolling terrain along the sweeping banks of the River Maigue that helped in its selection for the 2027 Ryder Cup. Golf Monthly describes it as “the most Augusta-like experience you can get anywhere in Europe”.