Forty shades of green
One of the larger estates to come on the market in recent years is Liss Ard near Skibbereen in West Cork. Originally the home of the O'Donovan Chieftain the place is now a leisure estate on 163ac with a 25 bedroom capacity located in several lodges and in the main house. It is on the market by private treaty with a guide price of €7.5m.
Located outside Skibbereen the Mansion house was built by the head of the O'Donovan clan in 1850 and the Lake House was added as a summer house in 1870.
The house and estate were sold by the family in 1924 and the place has had many owners since then. In the 1980s a major renovation and restoration initiative was undertaken and the entire estate was transformed into a celebrity retreat centre.
The rich and famous including Oasis, Van Morrison, Patti Smith and Nick Cave have availed of its graces and pleasures and the estate has also played host to music and food festivals in recent years.
The main house is of 1850s vintage and built to regency design over three floors. Much of the original décor is still intact including cornicing, doorframes and fireplaces.
The second building on the estate is known as Lake Lodge. Overlooking the 40ac private Lough Absidealy, the lodge was built in the 1870s for hotel and guest accommodation.
Adjacent to the main house is the Garden Mews. Once the stable block it was converted into four cottages to provide independent apartment suites for guests. Each of the cottages has access to private landscaped designed gardens. Behind the private cottage gardens is the main Walled Garden.
Liss Ard is on 163ac with Lough Absidealy accounting for 40ac. The rest is made up of ten gardens on extensive grounds that are mainly in woodland, with some meadows.