The creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the McClintock Bunbury family and the Lisnavagh Estate is the source of a number of internationally recognised businesses based at the Lisnavagh Estate.The family have looked to the Estate and have found a number of ways of using its natural resource in an ecologically sound manner.
Lisnavagh House offers the ultimate mix of homeliness and grandeur, making it a most appealing destination for those seeking somewhere unique. With several acres of beautiful gardens in private and exclusive surroundings, Lisnavagh opens itself up to a wide range of events and stays.
Situated on the Carlow/Wicklow border about an hour or so from Dublin, there are striking panoramic views of the Wicklow Hills, Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Leinster beyond the estate’s 600 acres of woods and farmland.
Supplying traceable, Irish home-grown hardwood timber boards, commissions and products
The Lisnavagh Timber Project is recognised throughout Ireland for its leading role in supplying “clear conscience” timber to furniture makers & woodworkers, homeowners, and retail outlets all over Ireland and in other countries.
The original concept of the Lisnavagh Timber Project was to add value to the hardwood timber coming from estate’s woodlands. A database was created to keep control of stock levels and this soon developed into a unique and sophisticated traceability system.
For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, a herd of shorthorn cattle was kept at Lisnavagh, as well as sheep. The high standard of breeding of the shorthorns was very important to several generations of Bunburys and resulted in a very high quality herd of cattle. Many prizes were won at the RDS and other showgrounds over the years. As well as livestock there would have been some tillage, including crops of oats, wheat, barley and some root crops such as turnips.
Since then, there have been many changes to farming practices. Like all farms, Lisnavagh went through technological changes including the moves from horse power to steam power to diesel power and also the intensification of agricultural production through the use of sprays & fertilisers in the latter half of the 20th century.
William’s sister, Sasha, is an artist and designer married to Tom Sykes, himself a well known writer and journalist. A mother of three, she runs her own business http://sashasykes.com/ that designs furniture using natural resources and perspex from her workshop on the Lisnavagh estate.Open Website
Turtle, William’s youngest brother, is an historian and writer of three Vanishing Ireland books as well as other subjects. He is based at Lisnavagh Estate with his wife Ally and their children.Open Website