We are just home from our very first family holiday, and what an adventure it was!
This week also marked our wedding anniversary so we decided to revisit our mini honeymoon destination – Cork. Three years ago we had great fun in Cork city and Kinsale after our wedding. We went for lazy walks and ate salty fish and chips while swinging our legs on a wall over-looking Kinsale harbour.
This time we went a little further to West Cork. We arrived in Skibbereen on a beautiful hazy evening and settled into our gorgeous room in Liss Ard Estate .
Liss Ard is breathtaking to say the least. It combines pretty much everything that I like into one giant house sized package. The main house is gorgeous both inside and out. It is tastefully decorated with contemporary furniture and art which contrasts beautifully with the original features of the house.
The gardens are unbelievable, I couldn’t wait until the morning to take my first stroll through the winding pathways and hidden stone steps that are scattered throughout the 200 acres of woodland. I was transported back to the days when hours and hours would be lost on adventures through bushes and trees.
There are forest trails, a walled garden, a lake, an orchard, a wildflower meadow, a waterfall, a crater, a tree swing, horses, sheep, kayaks, and best of all, the most gorgeous breakfast feast served before you begin your day.
The weather was typically wet on the second day of our holidays, so we spent a lazy morning in the main house playing the grand piano and having fun in the kids playroom…
We really are very lucky to have such beautiful places to holiday in at home, even if the weather does let us down. Sure we can always throw on a pair of wellies and play in the rain!
Where is your favourite place to stay in Ireland?