Lissan House & Demense

Lissan House & Demesne

Lissan House is an enchanting country residence set within a 270 acre demesne of ancient woodland, forestry and pasture. The house was built in the early seventeenth century by Thomas Staples, 1st baronet of Lissan and Faughanvale, and it remained the home of the Staples family for nearly 400 years. The house is an architectural wonder, with seventeenth century rooms, a regency ballroom and an ‘arts and crafts’ staircase hall. Lissan House came to prominence in 2003 when the last chatelaine of the house, Hazel Dolling, captured the hearts of the nation on the BBC Restoration programme.

Following extensive redevelopment, the house and demesne opened to the public in 2012, with guided tours of the house and family history proving a popular attraction. The demesne features many beautiful walks where families can find adventure together, still with plenty of secluded spots for those who want to relax and unwind. New for 2015, is our visitors shop, and our fully restored regency dining room, where visitors can partake of afternoon tea beside a roaring log fire, or relax after a long walk on the estate. The house is also a wedding venue, licenced to host civil ceremonies and civil partnerships, it can be hired exclusively for your wedding reception or special event, or simply hired for your wedding photography. 

Opening Times:
1 April – 30 September – Daily, 10.00am to 8.00pm
1 October – 31 March –   Daily 10.00am to 4.00pm  

3,4,5 & 6 April – 12.00pm – 5.00pm
1 July – 31 August – Thursday to Sunday – 12.00pm – 5.00pm
1 September – 30 September – Sat & Sun – 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Last admissions 1 hour before closing. Also open NI public and bank holidays. Pre-Booked groups welcome all year!


Lissan House & Demense,
Drumgrass Road,
Cookstown, Co Tyrone,
Northern Ireland
BT80 9SW​

T (+44(0)28) 8676 3312

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