The former Estate Manager’s House situated within the Lissadell Estate on the Seashore, fronting the restored Alpine Walled Garden, with Lissadell House behind, has been been exquisitely refurbished, presenting exclusive rental accommodation reminiscent of the halcyon times of the Gore-Booth family in its heyday.
The 2800sq feet property has been restored with the finest materials. The floors and staircase are hand limed oak. Each room boasts carefully chosen Farrow and Ball heritage paint or William Morris wallpaper. This exquisite home can accommodate up to 4 people in two bedrooms - each of which has its own unique character and decor.
Specially commissioned Art Deco Celtic design stained glass windows in every door. Restored sash windows with oak shutters are framed by William Morris handmade drapes. Rooms feature individually sourced Art Deco fireplaces.
The house and its furnishings have been specially designed to make the most of the spectacular Ocean and Garden views from each window.
The Accommodation comprises:
The Titanic Kitchen
This is the kitchen for the Connoisseur. The specially commissioned Lacanche Range, made to order and shipped from Burgundy, the Donegal pietra marble worktops, combined with state of the art kitchen appliances from Smeg and Miele, will delight even the most discerning chefs. The kitchen is completed by Portmeirion, Beleek, Royal Doulton and Waterford Crystal tableware.
The nautical theme pays tribute to the Titantic using timbers from the Harland&Wolff shipyard, Maritime Artworks, and his and hers Belfast sinks looking out over the Alpine garden, beside a wonderfully upholstered window seat, perfect for supervising the chef.
The Byzantium Suite:
This large open plan Living Room is the heart of the house. The dining table stands in the centre of the room flanked by Art Deco fireplaces (wood burning) at each end.
Each and every beautifully designed sash window (with porcelain handled shutters and William Morris drapes) has unmatched views of the magnificently restored Lissadell Alpine Garden, or the Atlantic Ocean. There is a welcoming seat at every window. Here, truly, you “shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow”. The room is furnished with tailor made comfortable designer sofas and chairs, intermingled with 19th and 20th century Irish Art and furniture from the Lissadell Collection.
The Yeats Room:
This beautiful Cinder Rose room with views to the Atlantic lets you get away from it all. It contains the owners favourite Irish oils and watercolors, including a watercolor by Ereneice Gore Booth of Lough Inagh in Connemara. You can nurse your brandy and soda, listening to the crash of the Atlantic waves, with your feet at the fire or you can peruse the art galleries of the world, or images of Lissadell, or simply flick on To Netflix etc on our state of the art Samsung the frame 4K UHD TV.
Downstairs Shower Room:
Shower, WC, Wash hand Basin.
This room is at the top of the stairs and has to be seen to be believed. The wallpaper, blinds, cushions and rug are William Morris. The focal point is the window looking over the sea: two wing armchairs snugly placed beside an inviting table. Why would anyone move from this enchanted room?
Comprising The Master Bedroom and En-suite Bathroom. We invite any luxury hotel to match what we have to offer:
750 sq ft bedroom with 5 star quality bed and mattress, dressed in Foxford and the White Company along with a writing desk and sumptuous velvet armchairs and sofa to gaze on the Atlantic or the Alpine Garden.
Ensuite Master Bathroom
In pride of place is the owners favourite oil painting of the merchant princes of Cork favourite place, Cork Harbour. Beautifully appointed, painted in Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue, with stunning views – it is a paradise.
The Markievicz Suite:
Comprising of Elegant Double Bedroom and Ensuite Bathroom. This beautiful spacious Double Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom enjoys spectacular views out onto the Atlantic Ocean and Alpine Garden. It has a double bed with The White Company Linen décor and an Ensuite bathroom with Victorian copper bathtub. The room is adorned with Markievicz paintings.
Beach to the front. Alpine garden to the back. The Rockery to the side – private hillside picnic area overlooking the sea. The Secret Garden (beyond rockery) – contemplation garden
Included in the price:
• Specialist private tour of Lissadell House
• All house visitors are entitled to access to grounds of Lissadell.
• Beach towels
• Netflix, YouTube
• Welcome package. For a 3 night stay this consists of 1 bottle of red wine, 1 bottle of white wine, 1 box of fudge, 1 box of toffees, 1 Lissadell jam, 1 Lissadell marmalade, 1 Lissadell chutney, Lissadell brochure and Constance Markievicz brochure. For a one week stay the package includes all of the above, but also includes a bottle of Gunpowder Gin, a bottle of Red Sausage Vodka (also made by the Drumshanbo Gin people) and a bottle of Whiskey.
Please note that both a Laundry Service and a Cleaning Service are available at an extra charge. Please enquire with us at time of booking.
Check-in time/check-out time: 3pm/12pm
LISSADELL HOUSE AND GARDENS
The Lissadell Estate is the home of husband and wife Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and their seven children. They welcome visitors during the season to the house and grounds. Lissadell is their home, and they ask that visitors respect this.
Writing about Lissadell for the Sunday Times forty-four years ago the BBC’s Anne Robinson (‘The Weakest Link‘) observed that "the garden is overgrown, the greenhouses are shattered and empty, the stables beyond repair, the roof of the main block leaks badly and the paintings show patches of mildew".
After 70 years of neglect an intensive programme of restoration – without any public funding – has taken place in the House, Gardens, Stable Block and grounds since 2004 and Lissadell is once again a place of beauty.
No grants of any kind were made in respect of any part of the restoration, either for the house, the gardens or any part of the grounds. Every penny spent was earned by the owners.
THE VISION is to transform the estate into a flagship for tourism in Sligo and the North West, whilst providing a secure environment for their children and for their visitors. They do not wish to exploit Lissadell commercially but to restore the house and gardens to their former glory, make Lissadell self-sustaining and protect this crucible of Ireland’s historic and literary heritage.
Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and family
Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore-Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore-Booth. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dáil Eireann, where she served as Minister for Labour (thus becoming the first woman minister in a modern Western European democracy), and was also the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons at Westminster, London (where she declined to take her seat).
Eva was a poet of distinction and an active suffragist, clashing with the young Winston Churchill over barmaids’ rights in 1908.
Josslyn created at Lissadell one of the premier horticultural estates in Europe. This horticultural enterprise has now been recreated at Lissadell.
The great poet W. B. Yeats was friendly with the Gore Booth sisters and stayed at Lissadell in 1892 and 1893. He immortalised Lissadell and the Gore Booth sisters in his poetry:
Oyster beds by PC
The light of evening, Lissadell
Great windows open to the south
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle. …
Many a time I think to seek
One or the other out and speak
Of that old Georgian mansion, mix
pictures of the mind, recall
That table and the talk of youth,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.
W. B. Yeats
• Airports: – Dublin (2h45). Belfast (2h34). Shannon (2h30). Knock (40m)
• Train station – Sligo (20m)
• Village. – Carney (7m). Grange (7m).
• Town/city – Sligo (18m)
• cafè or bar – Lissadell Tearooms during on season (April – Oct) (5m) Traditional Pubs: Laura’s, Brady’s, Ellen’s
• food shop/supermarket – SuperValu Grange (7m).
• restaurant – Yeats Tavern (9mins) Henry’s, Langs
• golf/tennis – Rosses point (20m)
• horse riding – Grange (10m)
• Lissadell Beach – 10 seconds
• Strandhill Beach – 26m
• Streedagh Beach – 8m
• Coney Island Strand – 47min
• Rosses point – 20min
• Bundoran beach – 22min
• Mullaghmore – 17min
• Ben Bulben – 10 mins
• Knocknarea – 25min
• Lough Gill
• Yeats’ Grave – 10min
• Carrowmore tombs
• Seaweed baths – Strandhill