Lissadell House And Gardens

Following several years abroad, Robert decided to build a grander home for his family, and commissioned English architect Francis Goodwin to build him a new house at Lissadell. By 1833 the new house was finished: built of local cut grey limestone in the Neo-Classical Greek Revival style, it stands grey and austere on an eminence overlooking Sligo Bay, and at the foot of the magnificent Ben Bulben. There are no outbuildings to mar the simple, classical lines, and likewise no attics. The outbuildings are connected to the house by a service tunnel which runs from a sunken courtyard to the avenue and stable yard, and staff quarters are in the basement.


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