Privately owned by descendants of the Earls of Bantry, it is obvious that their entrepreneurial skills are taking full advantage of a house and gardens beautifully situated overlooking Bantry Bay. There are some lovely rooms, limited in number and interest but conveying a more homely and personal touch to that (say) of the National Trust. On our visit we overheard the rehearsals for an imminent Chamber Orchestra Concert, adding to the ambience of the period. The gardens are varied in style from the seven terraces, accessed by 100 steps of local stone (well worth the climb) to the neglected Wall Garden. The walk to this along a stream is better in the travelling than in the arriving.
The formal gardens around the house offer a very delightful stroll amongst interesting plants and shrubs.
The Tea Room has a limited menu, excellent quality if a little expensive, but friendly service. Will be interesting to see developments over the years as the present owners invest more time and money in the property.
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July 26, 2013
Thanks for visiting and reviewing - your title sums us up quite well I thought.
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Hope that if you come back to visit you can see us progressing with our restoration plans.
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