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“Idyllic break in West Cork” 5 of 5 stars
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Liss Ard Estate
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Castletownsend Rd, Skibbereen, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #4 of 12 Skibbereen B&B and Inns
Dublin, Ireland
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Idyllic break in West Cork”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

We have just come back from a 3 night break in Liss Ard, having stayed in a garden mews room. The stay from start to finish was magical. There are lots of beautiful walks around the gardens which will appeal to all ages. The sky garden is a must! Maeve, Jenny and Xena were wonderful hostesses and there was a great variety of food on offer for breakfast. Everything from homemade brown bread to scrambled eggs and black pudding! You can also relax in the sumptuous sitting room and listen to or read the vast collection of cds and books on display. Even though the estate is very grand there's an extremely relaxed feel to the place and no one is too precious about you getting a bit of muck on the floor! Would highly recommend this place for all types of travellers!

Room Tip: We stayed on the top floor of the garden mews and found it very quiet at night.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cork, Ireland
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

….One and All for making our stay a memorable stay.

And why dear reviewer would I say this?

The welcome on arrival by Maeve
The team lead by Jenny, which works to make the stay so good, by preparing gorgeous seasonal food, comfortable rooms.
The grounds are huge, bring walking shoes, a lot of paths, making for some lovely strolls.
Both Jenny and Maeve are personable, welcoming warm, as well as knowledgeable about the area and what’s going

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

My daughter and I spent time at Liss Ard in February 2012. Everything about the estate is perfection: staff, grounds, house, food. Top rate in every way. Highly recommend spending time here.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Loved this hotel, I stayed two nights a sunday though to tuesday and with a bit of off season luck had the whole house to myself. All public spaces are set up as if you are visiting friends with a large country home. Clean, crisp white walls covered with modern art work, and wide plank wood floors are completed with large victorian windows and high ceilings. Views from the house are magnificent. Grounds do not disappoint either with a modern living art installation, "The Irish sky garden" is an earth and stone work crater created by famed artist James Turrell as ground's center piece. Staff are friendly and helpful, I had a cottage room off the courtyard with views of the walled garden and sheep. Modern and sleek designed, I felt right at home. Its a shame one of these isnt dotted all over Ireland, as this is exactly what I had hoped to find on my Journey. Absolutely do ask about the History of the house, from Famine to international intrigue... its a great story ..

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent, as I had a chance to view several of them. Large room in the main hous...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012 via mobile

This place is fabulous. The house is beatiful - modern and cool but not fussy or pretentious. The grounds and setting are also wonderful. Nothing is too much trouble and the people are lovely. Food and wine were first class too. A must-visit

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the house for four nights in all and had a fantastic time. Very quiet luxury spot for a very reasonable price. Food is excellent if a little limited in range but none the weaker for that - breakfast is especially good as was the steak. The location is ideal for exploring West Cork though you needn't ever leave the estate if you don't want to. Seems well set up too for families. Can't recommend it enough. Staff very pleasant and helpful and the lounging rooms are fab.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main house are better but you pay more.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

We stayed at on Liss Ard Estate in the Country House a week ago with our 2 children. The children were enthralled from start to finish! Once we were settled into our bedroom we set off to discover the grounds! There is so much to see, 50 acre lake, nature trails, petit beach, mature trees, unusual plants and that is only to mention a few! We then saw the CRATER! Wow what an expereince, we got there at dusk and it was magical, mysterious, unusual and a must see. It is apparently the only crater in Europe created by James Turrell.
We ate dinner and it was superb local food, everything was from only miles away! Breakfast was also perfect Irish food cooked with lots of love!
Don't worry if you forget outdoor gear, wellies/coats are all there, torches for an evening stroll and picnics for a fine day! This is a hidden gem and we will be back. All 4 of us had a ball!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Liss Ard Estate

Address: Castletownsend Rd, Skibbereen, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Skibbereen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Skibbereen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Liss Ard Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An historic Georgian property returned to its former glory but with furnishings offering a comfortable modern twist. Two hundred acres of woodland lakes and waterfalls for our guests and visitors to enjoy. Fifty acre Lough Abisdealy available for fishing, swimming and kayaking. We buy all possible produce from within 50Km of Liss Ard and have started growing our own vegetables again in our walled garden. ... more   less 
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