American Firm’s Show of Confidence in the Irish Hospitality Industry

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The Liss Ard estate on 163 acres in West Cork was recently sold to US investors, St Dominic Properties, demonstrating a show of confidence in the Irish hospitality sector at a time when many existing businesses are experiencing uncertainty. The new owners are a real-estate company who “specialises in creating authentic and memorable travel experiences.” The current management team at Liss Ard and staff has been retained. The owners hope to reopen this summer, Covid-19 restrictions permitting.

Liss Ard’s house originally built in 1853 while looking somewhat tired still retains its original charm and splendour. The new owners have given the responsibility to bring back the luxury and beauty of this Victorian estate to Irish interior architectural firm Tailor&Wolf.

Tailor&Wolf, based in Trim Co.Meath is a premium interior architecture, design, and fit-out agency. With over two decades of experience and a strong portfolio of innovative projects, their track record attests to their ability to transform business through design. Looking through their extensive portfolio of hospitality projects it’s evident that they do indeed create experiences that excite, interiors that inspire, and above all, they create work that truly transforms a client’s business. They have extensive experience working on historic buildings and luxury hotels such as Cabra Castle, and Markee Castle.

The team at Tailor&Wolf is a group of highly-skilled, creative thinkers who work collaboratively with their more commercially minded colleagues and are looking forward to bringing back Liss Ard to its original grandeur.

We use our insights and practical experiences from the hospitality, retail and tourism sectors along with our designers, interiors architects, and graphic designers to create amazing spaces for our clients which work on all levels, asserts Audrey Gaffney, its Managing Director.

The hospitality industry has been really hard hit so it’s uplifting to see an overseas company investing in an Irish…

Posted by Tailor&Wolf on Friday, 2 April 2021

Liss Ard was owned by the Stern family from Switzerland for more than 25 years. The Victorian-style main house, lakeside lodge, and four mews houses have between them 25 rooms and can accommodate 60 guests.

It has operated as a boutique hotel and popular wedding venue in Skibbereen, Co Cork attracting some well-known guests over the years such as Bono, Lou Reed, the Gallagher brothers from Oasis. It hosted the cast of the most recent Star Wars films when they were filming at Skellig Michael.

Ideally located on the Wild Atlantic Way such premium country locations have had an unexpected boost in demand because of Covid-19. Liss Ard is perfectly located for exploring the natural beauty of West Cork, offering outdoor activities such as nature walks, hiking, fishing, and even star gazing!

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