The Garden House on The Lissadell Estate, Sligo, Ireland. Platinum Luxury Vacations

Welcome to the beautifully restored Garden House on The Lissadell Estate, Sligo, Ireland.

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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 Garden House at Lissadell 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.

The Garden House is one of the oldest houses on the Lissadell Estate and was the home and headquarters of the Head Gardener, who superintended a huge amount of work and employees needed to service an estate of 32,000 acres and a home farm in excess of 4,000 acres, and the requirements of the Gore- Booth family who lived in Lissadell House.

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.

Eddie and Constance also pay homage to the particular situation of the Garden House adjacent to the Victorian Kitchen Garden created by Sir Robert Gore-Booth in the 1840s and also to the newly created garden, planted by Eddie, in the old secession beds, which also functioned as the base of the ancient glass houses.

Tiffany lighting was designed, manufactured, and became popular before and during the Bloomsbury Group Era when Constance Markievicz mixed and mingled with artists, poets and other luminaries in the early 1900s, when studying art at the Slade.  The Bloomsbury set included writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists such as Virginia Woolf, William Morris, Rennie Mackintosh, Æ, Althea Gyles, Oscar Wilde, Dante Rossetti, E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey, Clive Bell, John Maynard Keynes, Leonard Woolf, Stephen Tomlin, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant amongst others.


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 Douuble Bedrooms enjoy fabulous views towards Drumcliff Bay.

TheOpen Plan  Kitchen / 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 Luxurious Study and  Living room have open fireplaces,

which create the perfect relaxed atmosphere.

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.

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 entire of the house, both exterior and interior, is painted in colours from the Farrow and Ball Heritage range.

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.

Eddie, Constance and Constance Elisabeth Jnr have been involved in every detail of the design for this beautifully restored comfortable house. Eddie singlehandedly created the marvellous new rose garden and beautiful flower beds all surrounding the house

Private access to the Lissadell Strand is a short walk through the Estate.

We hope you enjoy your holiday at the Garden House at Lissadell as much as we have enjoyed restoring this very special place for you, our guests, to enjoy.



The heating is a combination of electrical and infrared, especially commissioned for the house by PowerRite.

As the fireplaces are very small, we recommend that you put no more than two appropriately sized logs in the fire basket.

Utility Room and Bathrooms

House towels and beach towels and bathrobes and slippers are in each bathroom, as is soap and shampoos etc.

For those staying for a week, there is a change of linen.

Check in is at 5:00pm, Check out, 10:00 am.

Local Attractions

· Lissadell Beach: three minutes.

· Strandhill Beach, Strandhill, Co Sligo: 26 mins.

· Streedagh Beach, Streedagh, Co Sligo: 8 mins.

· Coney Island Strand, Sligo: 47 mins.

· Rosses Point, Co Sligo: 20 mins.

· Bundoran Beach, Bundoran, Co Donegal: 22 mins.

· Mullaghmore, Co Sligo: 17 mins.

· Ben Bulben Trail Walks: 10 mins.

· Knocknarea, Co Sligo: 25 mins.

· Lough Gill; Glencar Waterfall, Formoyle, Glencar, Co Leitrim.  Tel: 087 775 1992

· Yeat’s Grave, Drumcliffe Church, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo: 10 mins.

· Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Carrowmore, Co Sligo.  Tel: 071-916 1534

· Voya Seaweed Baths, Strandhill, Co Sligo.  Tel: 071-916 8686

· Classiebawn Castle, Mullaghmore, Co Sligo.

· Surfing: Strandhill Surf School, Strandhill, Sligo.  Tel 071-916 8483

· Golf: County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point. Sligo.  Tel: 071-917 7134

· Sailing: Sligo Yacht Club, Rosses Upper, Sligo.  Tel: 087 948 7383

· Horseriding: Island View Riding Stables, Mount Temple, Grange, Co Sligo.  Tel: 071-9166156

Local Restaurants

Plenty of restaurants offer a take-out services and some even deliver.

The Yeats Tavern (Davis’), Drumcliffe Co Sligo. Tel: 071-916 3117

· Award winning food, bright and spacious, family friendly, modern.

Henry’s Bar (between Grange and Drumcliffe), Cashelgarron, Co Sligo. Tel: 071-917 3985

· Award-winning fresh locally sourced food seven days a week right at the heart of The Wild Atlantic Way.

Jalan Jalan, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo. Tel: 071-914 4949

· Award winning asian cuisine, hailing from all parts of Malaysia, Vietnam, China, and Hong Kong.  Family friendly, extensive wine list.

Langs Restaurant, Main Str, Grange, Co Sligo. Tel: 071-916 3105

· Traditional atmosphere family friendly restaurant.  Authentic old bar/grocery shop where original features still remain

Shells Café, Strandhill, Co Sligo.  Tel: 071-912 2938

· Epic coffee, serious treats, fine artisan foods of every kind, delectable gifts, jewellery and more.

Coach Lane Restaurant, 2 Lord Edward Street, Sligo.  Tel: 071-916 2417

· Cosy spot with beams and exposed brick walls serving an eclectic menu of seafood, steaks and pasta.

Eala Bhán, 5 Rockwood Parade, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo.  Tel: 071- 914 5823

· Relaxed restaurant with white tablecloths specialising in locally caught seafood and prime steaks.

The Waterfront House and Restaurant, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Tel: 096-37120

· Wine bar and casual restaurant serving Irish cuisine and seafood.

The Driftwood, Rosses Point, Co Sligo. Tel: 071-931 7070

· The bar & cafe area is the perfect place for some light food or to relax and have a drink, with gorgeous views over Sligo Bay & Oyster Island.

Hooked, Sligo. Tel: 071-913 8591

· Hooked café restaurant in Sligo town provides an all–day dining experience of an informal and easy nature.

Montmartre, Co Sligo. Tel: 071-916 9901

· Compact restaurant serving classic French dishes, with seafood specialities and a large wine list.

Laura’s of Carney, Carney House, Cullagh More, Carney, Co Sligo.  Tel: 071-916 3056

· Old style pub/restaurant in the village of Carney (5 mins away) offers beautifully cooked fresh fish and meat and very friendly service.

Bistro Bianconi, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo. Tel: 071-914 1744

· Authentic Italian restaurant.  Late night food.  Cosy and casual.

Fiddler’s Creek, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo. Tel: 071-914 1866

· Traditional irish bar and restaurant, is set in a beautiful location beside the Garavogue river in central Sligo

Eithna’s By The Sea, Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Tel: 071- 916-6407

· With views over the bay at Mullaghmore, bright-blue Eithna’s is a joy, with tables outside for sunny dining on lobster, shellfish, crab and squid.


Local Bars/Pubs

Hardagon Bros. Abbeyquarter North, Sligo.  Tel: 071-915 3714

· Superb 1868 inn with its winning blend of old-world fittings and gastropub style. The uneven floors, peat fire, antique signage, snug corners and bowed shelves laden down with ancient bottles lend it a wonderful charm.

The Garavogue pub, Stephen Street, Sligo.  Tel: 071-915 5541

· The Garavogue Sligo has 3 bars, which includes The Blind Tiger, which was voted Connacht’s No1 Cocktail Bar.  The Secret Garden is located on the top floor and can cater for private functions and VIP areas of all sizes and also the Garavogue main bar which hosts live music and DJs 7 nights a week.

Laura’s of Carney, Carney House, Cullagh More, Carney, Co Sligo.  Tel: 071-916 3056

· Old stylepub/restaurant in the village of Carney.

Fiddler’s Creek, Rockwood Parade, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo.  Tel: 071-914 1866

· Fiddlers Creek, traditional irish bar and restaurant, is set in a beautiful location beside the Garavogue river in central Sligo

Shoot the Crows, 3 Castle Street, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo.

· Shoot The Crows pub is internationally famous for its live music, warm atmosphere and central location. Live trad bands play three nights a week.


Dunleavy’s, Doonfore, Ballinfull, Co Sligo.  Tel: 071-916 3166

Checkout Centra, Main Street, Carney.  Tel: 071-916-3559

SuperValu, Grange Village, Co Sligo.  Tel: 071-916 3581

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