The house and gardens are, or should be, a national treasure. What distinguishes it from other fine homes is its continued ownership and occupation by one family for several generations. The furnishings and rooms are exquisite, The dining room still has its chandeliers intact, still with candles and the most extraordinary sideboards, wine coolers etc. It has 180+ degree views over and across Bantry Bay and yet is adjacent to the town centre with its shops and restaurants nestled at the end of the bay. The gardens and lawns surround the classic structure providing a quiet and beautiful environment. Our room, with en suite, wifi etc. was large and comfortable. What a pleasure it was to wake up to those wonderful views, the garden and bay on one side and the magnificent and original stables to the rear. With hand tooled leather wall and door coverings intact notwithstanding their age, the silks around fireplaces marble columned grand library and drawing rooms, its special charm is its originality, having not been subject to the brutal modernisation suffered by other classic houses. Breakfast in the old coal cellar is delightful. Our stay at Bantry House was the highlight of our 8 days in Ireland.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The bed and breakfast at Bantry House has 6 rooms and is located in the main house just off the library in the east wing. We offer 4 double rooms and 2 twin rooms all ensuite, non-smoking and with beautiful views of the garden. Two of our double rooms also look out over Bantry Bay. Breakfast is served on the ground floor offering a buffet selection of fruits, local cheeses and cured meats and cereal and cooked to order breakfast from the kitchen. Guests have exclusive use of a billiard room and can pour themselves a drink from the honesty bar and relax with a book in the library beside the fire. Guests can also visit the other main rooms of the house and the formal garden. A guided tour with Sophie Shelswell-White the General Manager and daughter of the owner can be arranged in advance by request. Guests can also book afternoon tea served in the library or outside in the garden. There is also a small day time room service menu available and drinks and treats on arrival can be arranged. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bantry House Hotel Bantry
- Bantry House Bed And Breakfast