This stunning 200-acre West Cork property just outside Skibbereen town offers everything you could wish for in a holiday destination, all in one beautiful package.
At its heart is the elegant 19th century Liss Ard Country House, which may surprise first time visitors with its fresh contemporary style. Alongside, a converted stable block includes some rooms with private gardens that are particularly well suited to family groups – and, set in woodlands nearby, a ten-bedroomed Victorian Dower house overlooking a 50-acre lake is available for exclusive use.
Outstanding features that will put Liss Ard firmly at the top of the shortlist for a West Cork break include the extensive grounds, activities to interest all ages and a holistic family-friendly philosophy.
Even aside from the many organised activities (including cycling, kayaking, fishing, bathing and Oisin Kids’ Club, for 4-year old upwards, also baby-sitting and nanny services for tinies) there’s simply masses of space for kids to let off steam, and indoor activities for wet days are focused on creative play.
The 150 acres of gardens – which include the artist James Turrell’s fascinating Irish Sky Garden, ‘The Crater’, which can be visited as part of a daily tour – are open to the public and offer trails, woodland walks and a series of garden rooms.
And then there is the food... With a commitment to using ingredients from local and artisan producers, meals include occasional communal dinners where residents and non-resident diners mix together and enjoy the bounty of land and sea together. Breakfast, served until 10.30 every day, offers delicious homemade breads and scones to accompany choices such as Eggs Benedict or the Full Irish.
Organic gardening courses are planned for the walled gardens, and there’s masses to do in the surrounding area too, with West Cork Artisan picnics available for days out.
Although most obviously appealing as a holiday destination, Liss Ard also hosts musical events, makes a lovely venue for weddings and family get-togethers and is very suitable for business and conferences, especially off season.