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Bantry House & Garden

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Address: Bantry, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 27 50047

Bantry House and Garden is a stately home in southwest Ireland situated...

Bantry House and Garden is a stately home in southwest Ireland situated right on Bantry Bay with panoramic views of the bay and the caha mountains. The estate is owned by Egerton and Brigitte Shelswell-White and is managed by their daughter Sophie and her partner Josh. It has been in the family since the 1700s. The house contains original furniture and objects d'art. The garden is laid out over 7 terraces with a fountain, large wisteria circle and 100 steps leading up to the woodland. The house, garden and tearoom is open to the public daily from easter to october. The estate hosts weddings, music festivals and fairs. We have a separate review page for our B&B accommodation.

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Loved our stay in Bantry House & Garden. 💝 The rooms are spacious and well appointed. Sitting by the fireplace in the magnificent library surrounded by beautiful antiques and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Loved our stay in Bantry House & Garden. 💝 The rooms are spacious and well appointed. Sitting by the fireplace in the magnificent library surrounded by beautiful antiques and rare books is a unique experience. Felt I was transported to a bygone era... Breakfast was elegant and delicious. Overlooking Bantry Bay the beautiful historic house is filled with historic artifacts,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

We visited the area with friends in October 2016 and were looking for somewhere with a nice tea room for a light lunch. Bantry House featured in a guide and we decided to give it a try. There is an entrance fee to the grounds which you have to pay to get to the tearoom located up at the House.... More 

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Drogheda, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Fantastic setting overlooking Bantry Bay. Magnificent country house and gardens, and a very nice coffee shop with ample outdoor seating. Wonderful of a sunny day.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

A beautiful historical house set in a magnificent garden overlooking Bantry Bay. One can only imagine the sort of life that was lived here in the past!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

The most interesting historical house I have visited. Packed full of period furniture & artefacts you feel like you have stepped back in time. Brimming with history & boasting stunning seaviews. The family are warm and welcoming. There is a lovely tearoom and ample parking. Do not miss it if you are in the area.

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We visited this lovely house and garden overlooking Bantry Bay in September on its " History Comes Alive Weekend", which we all enjoyed immensely. This House is still undergoing tender loving professional restoration, however this only enhances the present experience as the staff and restoration team are always friendly, helpful and happy to talk to you about the House and... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Was uncertain about visiting Bantry House but fortunately called in and had a really enjoyable visit that took in the best part of two very enjoyable hours. Make sure to climb the 100 steps and take in the magnificent view of Bantry Bay as you look down on the house. The gardens are formal and superb ... great view out... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

OMG this place is spectacular. The gardens are just amazing. The mansion is partly restored. The heirs live at the property upstairs from the B&B part of the building. The house tour can be guided at certain times or you can self tour. We self toured and found a page description in each room. It was wonderful. The tea room... More 

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Castlemaine, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Received a warm welcome to Bantry House in August 2016. Wandered around for the House tour, meeting the owner and having a chat about her very ambitious project to restore the House and massive gardens. The tour was taken by a very entertaining and knowledgeable lady who made the tour so very interesting and down to earth. The interior of... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Such a beautiful place with amazing views! The gardens and surrounding woodland is just spectacular, the house and its furnishings is so ornate! The guided tour was extremely interesting and packed full of information about the history of the house and its ancestors. A must see if your nearby!

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