The room was lovely. We stayed for one night in the lake lodge, clean, comfortable and with beautiful Japanese inspired interior design. A fantastic use of space, with amazing surrounds. I felt comfortable. A clean modern design.
The food in the restaurant in the main house, is really, really good. We had dinner, and the food is simple and tasty with quality produce and good service, I love when a hotel states something in their brochure which is completely true to the experience. The two serving staff were very pleasant.
Perhaps for those that can’t see an A4 page printed menu is better than a chalkboard.
It's a very relaxing place and not very far from the town by car. It’s about 5 -10 mins in the car from Skibbereen and easy to find
The reception staff are very down to earth and accommodating.
The surrounding gardens are beautiful and unlike anything I've seen, we went through the sky garden and the woodland in the rain and it was really lovely.
I personally loved the shared areas in the lake lodge.
It's quite difficult to describe, it’s not obtrusive at all, but it's like being in a big old style house, with modern design, which does not intrude on the original design, which has many beautiful relaxing rooms to sit in. Our room was completely private with its own entrance.
I loved arriving for breakfast and it being cooked by a chef in the kitchen that I could pass by as if he were in my own kitchen. There was a buffet of muesli, cereal & mixed fruit and a toaster with bread to make your own toast at the main stairs and also hot food served by the chef which you ordered from the waitress. I'm not sure if this is the norm for the lake lodge, but the main house itself was full and we were served breakfast in the lodge rather than in the main house, I assume this is because they had a full house. I loved it. It was really good the service was great .
We sat in the conservatory in the front in a very bright beautiful room with two table settings, it's was so beautiful and bright, and the service was really good. We sat outside afterwards and viewed the lake finishing our tea which we brought with us to a lake house.
In the room itself had a spider web beside the bathroom mirror and some small innocuous common baby Irish spiders inside the room which could easily be removed with the use of a hoover/feather brush or by putting some linen mesh on the windows while the room is aired. It didn’t overly bother me; it's the time of year for baby spiders and in Ireland they are harmless.
I would suggest some summertime duvets; the duvets provided are too warm, even for Irish summertime, but the beds are very, very comfortable otherwise.
The main house grounds and those at the lake lodge need some lighting. It's quite dark. I don't think some old lantern lighting would spoil the feel of the lodge or the car park surrounding the hotel.
Wi-Fi; in the lake lodge there was only one room which picked up Wi-Fi and that was in the rear breakfast room this could be rectified easily for those that require access for business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A historic Georgian property returned to its former glory with furnishings offering a comfortable modern twist. 163 acres of woodlands, lake and waterfalls for our guests and visitors to enjoy. Fifty acre Lough Abisdealy available for fishing, swimming and complimentary rowing boat. We buy all possible produce from within 50 km of Liss Ard and grow our own vegetables in our walled garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Liss Ard Estate Hotel Skibbereen