Liss Ard Estate

Castletownsend Road, Skibbereen, , Co. Cork
Tel: +353 28 40 000 Fax: +353 28 40 001 Email: Website:

Protected by acres of stupendous greenery, Liss Ard Estate dates back to Victorian times. Nestled on 200 acres of undulating Irish countryside dotted with beautiful woodlands and a private 50-acre glittering lake, Liss Ard Estate is a place of enchantment and relaxation.

Situated just one mile from Skibbereen village in beautiful West Cork, Liss Ard Estate is full of character and personality. It is the perfect Irish rural escape and offers a magical setting in which to respite.

Liss Ard Estate offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes. Within this magnificent estate, we offer The Victorian Country House with its contemporary design, the adjacent Garden Mews and the Liss Ard Lake Lodge, a Victorian Dower house. In total there are 25 bedrooms, each one unique and welcoming and waiting to be explored.

Whatever your choice of accommodation, a warm Irish welcome awaits you.

Recent Awards:

One Fab Day Top 51 Exclusive Wedding Venues in Ireland

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 -2018

Michelin Guide 2017

2 AA Rosettes for the restaurant


The Stern Family


  • Liss Ard is two minutes from Skibbereen town centre.
  • From Cork Airport, follow the N71 to West Cork and Skibbereen.
  • At Skibbereen follow the one-way system to the Regal Roundabout with the VW dealership.
  • Take the first exit and follow the signs to Castletownshend, A596.
  • The entrance to Liss Ard is less than 1km on the right-hand side

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Liss Ard Estate is a place of enchantment and relaxation set on 163 acres of gorgeous countryside and an amazing 50-acre lake!  The country house was built in 1853 by the O'Donavan chiefs and it became the last of their Georgian style houses to be built.

In the 1870's the Victorian style, Lake house was built as a summer residence for the O'Donavans.

The O'Donanvans sold  Liss Ard with its 300 acres by auction in 1924. Over the next 66 years, Liss Ard was the home of many fascinating characters.  It was even set up as a secret exile domicile for the Swiss government by the Swiss Colonel Albert Bachman.

 It is now owned by the Stern family and running full time as a luxury estate that provides bed & breakfast, exquisite cuisine, incredible gardens and the perfect venue for weddings, private events, and accommodation in Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland.

from €155
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