This West Cork mansion has had a facelift (also with new dog-friendly rooms)

And if you’re planning a trip to Skibbereen or beyond in the coming months, there’s a fabulous new reason to make it a staycation.

The beautiful Liss Ard estate has been given a facelift, with all 26 rooms treated to a full luxury refurbishment and a number of dog-friendly rooms available if you’re rocking out with Rover in tow.

Four of the venue’s nine first-floor Mews Country King rooms and select Lake House rooms are pet-friendly.

The rate for a dog is €25 per night and includes dog treats, water and food bowls and a blanket for your pampered pooch.

Set on 163 acres with manicured gardens, all ready to be explored with your four-legged friend, the estate dates back to 1853. Now in the hands of American owners Colin Best and Michael Johnston, there is a newly renovated lounge to relax in. relax, as well as a gym, yoga studio and sauna.

There’s plenty to explore as you wander the grounds, from the 12km of walking paths and 40-acre private lake to James Turrell’s famous Irish Sky Garden, a giant crater of earth and stone embedded in the gardens landscape of the domain of Liss Ard.

The work consists of an arch, a long megalithic-like passageway and stairs leading to an oval-shaped grass-lined crater, where the visitor is invited to “lie down and gaze up at the sky”. .

Afterwards, you can return to your room and relax in the incredibly sumptuous bathrooms:

All that exertion should leave you hungry, so you’ll be more than ready for lunch at The Garden, Liss Ard’s AA Rosette-winning restaurant, or brunch al fresco overlooking the verdant fields that surround the property.

Check website for room rates from €130.

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