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Bantry House & Garden

Bantry, Ireland
+353 27 50047
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a great way to spend a soggy day

A lovely house and gardens, with a quite nice cafe for lunch. a good option at any time, but... read more

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lara g
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Red Bank, New Jersey
Like a fairy tale

The day we visited the house and gardens happened to have picture perfect weather which made it... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
JenniferCarroll
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West Melbourne, Florida
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tea room” (38 reviews)
“stately home” (11 reviews)
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Bantry, Ireland
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+353 27 50047
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"tea room"
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"interesting house"
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"front of the house"
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"guided tour"
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"house tour"
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"scones"
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"self guided"
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"tea shop"
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"gardens are lovely"
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"worth the climb"
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"worth a visit"
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"open to the public"
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"steeped in history"
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Reviewed yesterday

A lovely house and gardens, with a quite nice cafe for lunch. a good option at any time, but especially for a grey day.

Thank lara g
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The day we visited the house and gardens happened to have picture perfect weather which made it that much prettier. The gardens are just gorgeous. We climbed the 100 steps and the view from there of the house and the bay behind it are breathtaking....More

Thank JenniferCarroll
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having seen the house during a touristic visit a year before with a group, I dreamt of comeing back privatly to stay a night or two. The dream came true and it was worth dreaming. The place with the park and the look on Bantry...More

Thank meierbehr
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Reviewed 1 week ago

House open for visitors without guide, in every room there leaflets with explanations. Beautiful interiors, fantastic views to Bantry bay from windows. Garden needs more attantion and finances, but owners do their best to keep it in good condition. Nice short walk up by stairs...More

Thank K_Shtatnova
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bantry House is one of the few privately owned stately homes in Ireland. It is owned by the descendants of the Earls of Bantry (the Shellswell-White family) and has been with this family since the 18th c. The home is beautiful and several areas are...More

Thank koabug
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

.Our party of 40 Friends of the Ulster Museum were hugely impressed with the efforts of the family (direct descendants of the builders of the house) to preserve this magnificent house and gardens. There are a 10 finely decorated rooms to visit, with interesting furniture...More

1  Thank gpcthompson
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A private house, with a interesting interior - though clearly seen better days. Very pleasant cafe, and terrace overlooking the garden at the side. The garden at the back must be spectacular when the wisteria is out (we were a little too early). Well worth...More

Thank sueL8960FQ
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not an attractive house. Nor does it have particularly good furniture or paintings. But you have to admire the ancestors of the White family who still inhabit the property as it must cost a fortune to keep up. It is well-worth the 11...More

Thank Roland D
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

We stayed last week...best place in our week-long Ireland trip. We would have liked to have stayed for a week. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable. Having a sherry in the library/drawing room with the grand piano and a lit fire made one feel like...More

1  Thank comtn
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

It was refreshing to see a grand old house still with family heirlooms. Ducal robes and coronets, chatelaines and a dolls house. Some of the artwork had been sold to pay for the upkeep which must cost a fortune. But there was plenty to keep...More

Thank SusanneNZ2017
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Erin C
6 March 2018|
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Response from sophiemanager | Property representative |
Hi there We are open for visits from 30th March 2018. Generally open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Easter bank holiday Monday (2nd April) Sophie Bantry House
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