The Garden House at Lissadell

The Garden House at Lissadell:  

Rates from € 536 per night depending on the Season.

Welcome to the three-bedroom, beautifully restored Garden House at Lissadell, 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.


The Garden House is one of the oldest houses on the 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.

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.


Utterly Private, on the grounds of the Lissadell Estate, with unmatched views of Ben Bulben and the Wild Atlantic Way.


''Some vague Utopia'' where

''Peace comes dropping slow...''




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 other Double Bedrooms enjoy views towards Drumcliff Bay.


Kitchen/Dining Room

This is a lovely large airy space: in pride of place is the Lacanche premium-range stove, a must for all serious cooks.



There are three bathrooms - most notably the main Bathroom, has a massive roll top bath, state of the art rain shower, and heated mirror. 


Study & Living Rooms

The Study and the Living Rooms 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 sun trap, and highlighted by the Donegal gravel quartz drives.



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

We 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, in the old secession beds, which also functioned as the base of the ancient glass houses.


More Details

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

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. 

The paintings in the Garden House are from the Lissadell 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 Cohen, the great singer-songwriter who graced Lissadell in 2010.

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




Minimum stay required: 4 days. Minimum stay during June, July and August; 7 Days.


Netflix, YouTube
Access to Grounds

Check-in time/ Check-out time: 5pm/10am




Dublin (2h45)

Belfast (2h34)

Shannon (2h30)

Knock (40m)


Train Station:

Sligo (20m)


Carney (7m)

Grange (7m)



Sligo (18m)



Café or Bar:

Lissadell Tea Rooms during Season (April - Oct) (5m)

Traditional Pubs - Laura's, Brady's, Ellen's.

Food shop/ Supermarket:

Supervalu Grange (7m).
Restaurants: Yeats Tavern (9m) Henry's, Langs.





Rosses Point (20m)

Horse Riding:

Grange (10m)



Lissadell Beach (10 seconds)
Strandhill Beach (26m)
Streedagh Beach (8m)

Coney Island Strand (47m).
Rosses Point (20m)
Bundoran Beach (22m)

Mullaghmore (17m)
Ben Bulben (10m)
Knocknarea (25m)

Lough Gill; Glencar Waterfall

Yeat's Grave: (10m)
Carrowmore tombs;
Seaweed Baths, Strandhill.