Liss Ard Estate in West Cork, Ireland, Reopens for summer 2011

Monday 9, May 2011


Liss Ard Estate in West Cork, Ireland, Reopens for summer 2011


Located on a stunning 200 acre private estate, a few minutes from the centre of Skibbereen in rural West Cork, Liss Ard Country House and Liss Ard Lake Lodge have reopened following an extensive renovation to offer a new bespoke family holiday experience in a unique location with accommodation for families as well as groups of up to 49 people.


Liss Ard Country House is an elegant Georgian mansion dating back to 1850 with commanding views over the surrounding countryside.  The house, which was originally built by the chieftain of the O’Donovan Clan, has undergone a complete refurbishment to create six rooms and suites in a modern classical style with the emphasis on contemporary comfort, whilst still retaining the charm of a bygone era.


Adjacent to the mansion, the former 18th century stable block has been converted into the Garden Mews house and contains a further nine contemporary and comfortable bedrooms with views of the parterre and potager. The ground floor rooms have their own private walled gardens and are ideal for a family group who can rent the Garden Mews with Liss Ard Country House or take it separately.


A short stroll from these two buildings, along pathways and garden streams, Liss Ard Lake Lodge is a picturesque 10 bedroom Victorian lodge perched on a slope with breath-taking views over the 50 acre Lough Abisdealy. The Lodge’s reception room leads on to a comfortable sitting room and large dining room with its original open fireplace and spacious conservatory.


In the past Liss Ard was renowned as a private haven to numerous celebrities including Oasis, Lou Reed, Van Morrison, Patti Smith and Nick Cave, who prized its peaceful, rural location. The estate remained unused for several years but has been refurbished by Roman and Chitra Stern in partnership with Nigel Chapman, who is best known as one of the founders of Luxury Family Hotels (Fowey Hall, Woolley Grange, Moonfleet Manor and Ickworth) and most recently, Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel in Portugal.


Putting this experience to good use, the team at Liss Ard have created a place where the emphasis is firmly on spending time outside as a family and where children take centre stage.


Guest facilities and activities include complimentary bicycles with a one mile mixed terrain cycle route that loops around part of the grounds for older children and adults. For those who enjoy water based activities there’s the opportunity to go fishing, wild swimming or take out a complimentary kayak on the lake. Liss Ard is also well equipped for indoor fun with table tennis, PlayStation, 'make-n-do' and board games. An estate host is on hand to organise the activities, allowing Mum and Dad to escape for a spa massage or just relax with afternoon tea in the library or drawing room.  


In addition it is possible to arrange golf at top internationally recognised courses such as Old Head Kinsale or Ballybunion.



Dining at Liss Ard is a relaxed affair with simple, uncomplicated food bursting with freshness and flavours. Each day Cliodhna, the cook meets guests to let them know what fresh produce is available in the market and discusses the dishes that guests would like her to serve for dinner that night.  As an old country house, Liss Ard tries to emulate the meal experiences of a bygone age, so that depending on numbers, meals are served at a communal table with convivial conversation and discussion a key accompaniment to each meal.


Children's teas are served between 17h30 and 18h30 each day, but children are welcome to join their parents in the dining room.



The magnificent gardens and woodlands at Liss Ard have been planned to reveal a collection of 'garden rooms' with areas such as the lakeside walk, the waterfall garden, the woodland garden, the water garden, the arboretum and the wildflower meadow. Liss Ard or ‘Lios Aird’ in Gaelic meaning ‘high fort’, is located close to the site of an original ring fort and souterrain (or hiding place).


The estate also features the ‘Irish Sky Garden’. This huge earth and stone work called ‘The Crater’ was created by the American artist James Turrell who is world-renowned for his works on the theme of 'Light'.  With its contemplative 'Vault Purchase' or plinth at its centre this landscape feature allows the viewer to lie on their back and gaze up through the crater’s ‘bowl’ to the sky above.


Weddings at Liss Ard

Liss Ard provides an exclusive location for an intimate wedding reception in the splendour of its reception rooms or for a uniquely styled blessing couples can opt for a reception in the Irish Sky Garden with a lantern release at night from the hilltop.


The dining room at Liss Ard Country House provides seating for 30 to 65 guests and can extend on to the outside terrace overlooking the gardens.  There is also the option to have a marquee within the Walled Garden, Sky Garden pasture and on the lawns around the Country House for up to 250 people. All the arrangements for the day can be tailored to the couple’s wishes with menus and themes to accommodate each event.


Corporate retreats

Liss Ard offers a flexible location for an executive conference or meeting venue with all the ingredients necessary for a dynamic or a contemplative experience. The estate works closely with a wide range of experts in diverse fields from a Boot Camp Trainer to a Shamanic Drumming Instructor and can structure corporate team or motivational events to suit every need.


Liss Ard Country House offers a fully-equipped conference room, with a capacity of 35 people plus break out rooms with the assurance of privacy, space and in a location that lends itself to solving problems


Liss Ard is 70 minutes by car (80km) from Cork Airport, 2 hours by car (150km) from Kerry airport, 3 hours by car from Shannon airport and for 4 hours by car from Dublin Airport.




Pay 2 nights, stay 3 nights

During May and June 2011, a special offer of three nights for the price of two starts from just €300 per room. Price based on two people sharing a room on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis for two nights with the third night on a complimentary bed and breakfast basis.


Pay 3 nights, stay 4 nights

Alternatively during May and June 2011, pay for three nights and stay four nights from €400 per room. Price based on two people sharing a room on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis for three nights with the fourth night on a complimentary bed and breakfast basis.


Fun Diva Bootcamp – 20-22 May 2011

From Friday 20th to Sunday 22 May a special ‘Fun Diva Bootcamp’ is available from €345 per person.

Energise in time for summer with a women only fitness retreat in the grounds of the Liss Ard Estate. The 3-day all-round strength, cardiovascular and nutritional training programme is suitable for beginners, with more weekends available for intermediary and advanced level training. Cost includes two nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner and refreshments throughout the weekend.


Summer Break at Liss Ard

Between 6th June and 4th September 2011 a seven night stay at Liss Ard Country House costs from €850 per room.  Cost includes bed and breakfast for seven nights plus five dinners, one complimentary spa treatment and complimentary use of bicycles and kayaks throughout the week. Children under 12 stay for free when sharing a room with two adults.



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