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Bantry House & Garden

Bantry, Ireland
353-27-50047
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Bantry
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Owner description: 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.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dublin, Ireland
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113 reviews 113 reviews
37 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to ramble, the gardens are gorgeous - a favourite for children is to run up and down the 100 steps - the view is well worth it on a sunny day - the coffee shop is lovely, with all homemade cakes. The house is worth a trip and some interesting factors if you do the tour - very... More

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sophiemanager, General Manager at Bantry House & Garden, responded to this review

Dear Ginnyhan great to read you enjoyed a sun filled day here at BH. Today sadly, it is raining! The 100 steps is indeed great for children gets them nice and tired! Im sure you were all ready for tea and cake after that walk. Best wishes, Sophie Shelswell-White More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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163 reviews 163 reviews
47 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Came here to attend 2 back to back Traditional Irish concerts on Sat Aug 23 Took the opportunity to walk in the Gardens & take some photographs before the concerts & before the light faded. The Gardens are stunning but I wish I could have visited in spring as I think the Rhododendrons would be quite spectacular then. The Gardens... More

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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House & Garden, responded to this review

Dear Marguerite W Its great to read you enjoyed the Masters of Tradition Music Festival this past weekend. It is proving very popular and tickets sell out quickly! Hope you have more luck next year. Glad you enjoyed your visit that evening before the concerts. Our tearoom is open during visitor hours 10am-5pm. Hoping on your next visit you can... More

Dublin
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The gardens are beautiful, we didn't go into the house as it was too expensive. The view from the garden is amazing,

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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House & Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the garden and glad you enjoyed your time here. Regards, Sophie Shelswell-White More

Lancaster, MA. USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Beautiful setting and gardens to walk in and photograph. View atop the 100 steps outside is so worth the trek up. Small lunchroom with friendly staff and good food. You can lunch in or out.Interesting tour of house for small fee. Loved the afternoon spent there.

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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House & Garden, responded to this review

I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and spent time in the garden, tearoom and the house. Its a pleasure to keep opening our doors for visitors to enjoy this lovely part of Ireland. Best wishes, Sophie Shelswell-White More

Co. Kerry, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

As this place seems to be closing/selling in October we decided to take a tour while we had the chance. The grounds are amazing but the house is in need of renovation although the family have done their best. You would really want to be into art/artefacts/local history to enjoy the house properly. It has a nice tearooms also and... More

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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House & Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and reviewing. Although some of the content will be sold in October this does not mean the estate will stop being open for visits, B&B and events throughout the summer season. We plan to do more restoration on the house and garden and offer a more interactive tour of the estate. Do come back in 2015 to... More

Cork
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Bantry House & Gardens - beautiful to take in with some fantastic views on Bantry Bay. Go up the hundred steps for even better photographic opportunities!! Inside the house is stunning to see. The cafe serves gorgeous cakes and coffee/tea, GF options available.

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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House & Garden, responded to this review

Great to read you enjoyed your time with us in July. The views over the Bay are breath-taking and worth the steep walk up to the top of the steps. Regards Sophie Shelswell-White More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Brilliant tour of bantry house today. The house and gardens are breathtaking . we would definitely recommend a visit here . all the family both children and adults alike enjoyed this day out.

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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House & Garden, responded to this review

Thank you so much for reviewing so promptly after your visit. Glad to read everyone in your party enjoyed your day with us. Best wishes, Sophie Shelswell-White More

Carrigaline, Ireland
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We went to Bantry House yesterday.It's not that far away from Cork.Tickets cost for adult 11 euro.The garden is nice!!!! there is a fountain .front yard looks amazing! the view of the harbour and everything around nice,We entered to the house.WOW!!!!!!! Feeling that step a century back! Wow! I was amazed! Everything so nice! So old thinks that you can... More

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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House & Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and glad you had a such a great day with us. We hope to open up more areas of the house in the future so do come and visit again to see the changes we have made. best wishes, Sophie Shelswell-White More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Had a lovely pleasant visit. House very interesting and gardens fab. They also have a number of rooms offering B&B

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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House & Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to visit us recently. Glad to read you enjoyed your time here. We do offer 6 rooms B&B in the wing of the house next to the Library. Best wishes, Sophie Shelswell-White More

Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The house is just beautiful. I loved that we could walk around at our own pace and take it all in rather than go on a group tour. They provided guidebooks with info about each room - would have loved to hear a little bit more about the family who own it especially as its been in the family for... More

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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House & Garden, responded to this review

thank you for your review and for visiting us. Great to read that you liked the way we do things, always room for improvement as well and I hope to implement some new innovative ideas for 2015. Watch this space! Regards Sophie Shelswell-White More

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