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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.


Liss Ard Country House was built.


The Victorian style Lake House was built.


Liss Ard Estate was sold at auction.


Owned by the Stern Family. Making Liss Ard your ideal Country House.

Liss Ard Estate is quickly becoming a tourist favourite in Skibbereen, West Cork. We are open for Bed and Breakfast throughout the busy Summer season from Mid-May to the end of September. We have been awarded five star country house accommodation status from the AA. Our Restaurant, which has recently received two AA rosettes, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 6pm. Please be advised reservation is required. Liss Ard Estate is open all year round for weddings, functions and private events. As well as this, we have the Liss Ard Lake Lodge which is a holiday home located on the estate that can be rented as self-catering accommodation for up to 20 people. Plan your dream get-away to a private estate on the edge of the picturesque Skibbereen town in West cork. To view more of our charming estate click here.

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