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Bantry House & Garden

Address: Bantry, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-27-50047
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in Bantry
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Bantry House and Garden is a stately home in southwest Ireland situated right on Bantry Bay with...
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Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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.

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Skibbereen, Ireland
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94 reviews 94 reviews
44 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The family that own Bantry House are selling a lot of the best items that have been collected over the centuries and for this reason the house and the grounds are not as they once were but there is still a fee to enter.

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

Dear comeraghb Thank you for your review. To update you, there will be no sale it was cancelled back in September. The house is still with its original content and we are all looking forward to our 2015 season which starts on 3rd April. Do hope you can visit and see what we have to offer. Our admission prices for... More 

Toronto
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68 reviews 68 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We stopped here for lunch, and had an enjoyable lunch in the house. Good service, good menu, good wine. We then took a self-guided tour of the house, which is well worth doing. Some interesting history and furnishings with rooms decorated in an interesting way. Then the gardens are worth a look also. Altogether a good stop.

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

Dear RossLToronto thank you for your review and glad you enjoyed your visit last summer with us. We are gearing up for another busy season here at the house. best wishes, Sophie Shelswell-White More 

Kenmare, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Must visit this while visiting Bantry,but recently not as good as before. Entry fee bit expensive for garden and house together.Garden is ok..not so exciting.Overall good

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

Thank you for your review. We hope to offer as much value for money as we can for a private house. We are sitiuated in a stunning location with the late 18th century house full of original content and a garden that was designed and planted in the mid 19th century. Perhaps you should visit again and see the changes... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The tour of the house and gardens was simply fab. The welcoming fire in the great hall with the black and white floor was heaven.

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

Dear geralyn184 thank you for visiting, and glad to read you enjoyed your day with us. The fire in the hall is needed in October (and sometimes even in July!) Best wishes, Sophie Shelswell-White More 

Ellensburg, Washington
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118 reviews 118 reviews
28 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

To see historic furniture of such high quality and tapestries that were made for Marie Antoinette is a real treat. This place is fascinating and has been in the same family for ten generations. Well worth visiting and going out of your way to see. There's an excellent guide book they give you when you arrive, in whatever language you... More 

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

Dear PierreTraveler thank you for your recent visit and glad you took time to take it all in. We have a lot to see here. Thanks again, Sophie Shelswell-White More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Beautiful Gardens, manicured to perfection. The views are worth the visit alone looking over the bay and taking in the history. Every trip to Bantry I end up here, such a beautiful location, highly recommend

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

Dear Robert O lovely to read of a repeat visitor, we are closed now for the winter so see you again next year! Sophie Shelswell-White More 

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Absolutely beautiful house and garden. Sadly the house and furniture show signs of a lack of maintenance and upkeep. Probably short of funds.

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

Dear A2M456 thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed your visit. We are constantly trying to keep up with the maintenance of this vast estate and have many more plans for the future preservation of this part of Irish history. I hope you will return to see the work we have done over time. It is important to note... More 

Tralee, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I did not get to see the house (due to limited time) but spent a wonderful hour exploring the gardens, it is well worth a visit and there is a delightful walk in woodland that is quite enchanting. Do not leave Bantry without a visit to this wonderful estate.

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

Hello, delighted you enjoyed your walk around the garden, hope you have more time on your next visit to see the house as well. Best wishes, Sophie Shelswell-White More 

Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Beautiful gardens. Climb the steps to see stunning view of Bantry House with Bantry Bay in the background.

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

Dear Jacinta M thanks again for your kind review, look forward to welcoming you here again. Best wishes, Sophie Shelswell-White More 

Kilcrohane, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Bantry House (and garden) is a wonderfull visit. It is a place of beauty, flowers and tasteful on 100 acres. The team, led with charm and kindness by Sophie Shellswell-White , knows how to give an elegant and timeless atmosphere in this manor, the coffee shop and the garden. Even if the authenticity of the place will make some "nouveaux... More 

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

Dear Philippe B, thank you for your glowing review and for visiting us. Look forward to seeing you with your family here again soon, Sophie Shelswell-White More 

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