Self-Catering Accommodation at The Garden House on The Lissadell Estate

Self-Catering Accommodation at The Garden House on The Lissadell Estate, Ballinful, Co. Sligo

The Garden House
Lissadell Estate
Ballinful
Co. Sligo

Beautifully restored Garden House at The Lissadell Estate, Sligo, created for the Gore Booth family as a vegetable, herb and fruit garden in the 1840s.

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The Garden House at Lissadell is located adjacent to the walled Victorian Kitchen Garden created for the Gore Booth family as a vegetable, herb and fruit garden in the 1840s. The house was built by Sir Robert Gore-Booth in the 1860s for the use of the head gardener to the Lissadell Estate. When Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy acquired Lissadell, it was Eddie who discovered this sleeping gem under acres of undergrowth: the Garden House slumbered, like the secret garden which surrounds the house, for at least five decades, until released from enchantment by Eddie, almost singlehandedly as to the surrounding gardens and sun terrace.

What we have sought to achieve is the decoration of this house in the Victorian style, but also paying homage to the later Bloomsbury Group era, as many of this set were friends contemporaries of Countess Markievicz, formerly Constance Gore-Booth.

The decorations include light fittings by Tiffany: Louis Comfort Tiffany founded the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company in 1885. Tiffany drew inspiration from ancient roman glass when creating coloured glass designs without the use of paint or enamel. Many of the most popular Tiffany lamp designs resemble trees, with the detailed bronze bases, stands and shades representing the roots, trunks and canopy. Many of the shades also feature a regularly shaped or scalloped edging to further resemble things like flower petals, insect wings and other natural forms.

The magnificent master bedroom has views over the old secession houses, and the new garden created within those beds, which adjoin the Victorian walled garden. The two further bedrooms enjoy views towards Drumcliff Bay. The kitchen-cum-dining room is a lovely large airy space: in pride of place is the Lacanche premium-range stove, a must for all serious cooks. The study and the living room have open fireplaces, which create the perfect relaxed atmosphere.

The wallpapers and blinds/curtain material that you will see are from designs by William Morris (1834 – 1896) who had a profound influence on interior decoration throughout the Victorian period.

The paintings in the Garden House are from the Lissadell Art collection assembled by Edward Walsh, including paintings by Dante Rossetti, Seán McSweeney, T.P. Flanagan, Mark O’Neill and David Overend. The magnificent Celtic knot stain glass windows were designed by Enda Clarke of Gecko Glass in Rathcormac, Co Sligo, and inspired by Leonard Cohan, the great singer-songwriter who played at Lissadell in 2010.

The house is in a beautiful setting and surrounded with separate lawn areas, a 3,000 sq.ft. sun terrace which is a veritable suntrap, and highlighted by the Donegal gravel quartz drives. Private access to the Lissadell Strand is a short walk through the Estate.

Approximate location of The Garden House on The Lissadell Estate, Ballinful, Co. Sligo