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“Treated like family and royalty at the same time!”
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Bantry House B&B
Ranked #1 of 25 Bantry B&B and Inns
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San Ramon, California
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11 reviews
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“Treated like family and royalty at the same time!”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

This was the highlight of our trip to Ireland! Breathtaking views, historic house and gardens. We stayed in a beautiful suite that looked over the bay. The bathrooms lend a modern touch to a time capsule experience. Breakfast was delicious and we just pretended we were at Downton Abbey for the night. Thank you for opening the Bantry House up for visitors, it is a national treasure!

Room Tip: Don't forget to walk up the rear steps for an unbelievable view and take the guided tour!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House B&B, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Dear Kevin and family (cuz!!)
lovely to have you and get to know the 3 of you a little bit. The rest of your trip looked like so much fun too. Thanks for reviewing and hope we all get to meet up again one day
Sophie
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Sophie and her son met us at the door and ushered us to our room on the third floor. Room in the corner was great and we enjoyed the whole experience. PS. Great breakfast also including fresh raspberry jam, Irish butter and scones.

Room Tip: Get a room with view of the bay.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House B&B, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Hello and thank you for reviewing your stay.
Lovely comments and glad you enjoyed everything so much.
Scone recipe is available on our website now!
Sophie Shelswell-White
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Bantry House B & B is certainly stunning, very grand and has a gorgeous sea view.
When arriving, go past the main Bantry House entrance (that is just for visitors) and drive along the coast until you see the entrance through a gatehouse which is almost in the middle of town - which is for guests – the driveway leads up the back of the house and the guest’s car park etc.
If you arrive in the daytime you can enjoy wandering around the grounds. The very long stairs up from the back garden look intimidating, but if you can, definitely go up them because the view from the top is worth it.

The tea room has excellent all homemade, locally sourced food which can also be ordered as room service and brought to your room until 6pm. Guests can use the library and there is a small but cosy lounge with an honesty bar of spirits, beer and wine.

Wifi is free however, we could not get it in our room, it is only available on the ground floor and the library and wasn’t a good connection - disappointing as we need to take our work with us and internet is vital, not to mention it being incredibly useful for planning the next day’s activities etc!

Our room was a large double – very spacious and lovely. Also, summer would probably be a better time to visit as the house and our rooms were very cold (we visited at the end of March) it was so cold we actually left the inbuilt hair dryer on for a while to try warm the place up! In a stately home cold drafts can be expected but I think space heaters in the rooms would be very helpful and appreciated. These things however, did not ruin our stay and would probably visit it again – in summer!

Breakfast was absolutely amazing – local food, quality food!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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sophiemanager, General Manager at Bantry House B&B, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Hi and thanks for your review.

I feel dreadful you were cold and of course do have plug in heaters to pop into the room on request. So sorry this did not happen in your case. Also I can only apologise for the wifi. Generally it does work well in the main lobby area, breakfast room, library and even in the main rooms of the house. We have so many routers and boosters but sometimes when bad weather and thick walls combine the signal will be weak.

I am happy though this did not ruin your stay and look forward to seeing you here on another visit

Regards, Sophie Shelswell-White
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

The whole experience for my family and I after staying one night in room 25 was a memory we will treasure . The limestone flags and steps, the curved glass windows, the red weatheren beaten brick,the countless ballistraids,the wrought iron gates, the 4 guns overlooking the bay, the stables,the way the light came through the huge window in the library and up into the house.you can not but acknowledge and appreciate the minds behind the design of such a house

  • Stayed July 2013
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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House B&B, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Thank you for staying and for your lovely review.
Its so reassuring to read such appreciation and to know you had a memorable stay.
Best wishes,
Sophie Shelswell-White
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

My teenage daughter and I stayed for one night in June. It was an unforgettable experience. We loved it!

I chose the Bantry House because I love gardens.

We arrived a bit early and Sophie (ancestor of the Earl of Bantry) took us on a small tour so we could look at all of the hotel rooms. We chose the twin room because the furnishings - in pale green with embroidered silk dupioni curtains - were so charming and the view out onto the parterre was wonderful.

I would imagine that you need to reserve a room at this beautiful manor house well in advance; there are only 6 rooms. There are 2 of each room type: very large end room with a king bed that has a window facing over the front drive and toward the water; double with windows facing the parterre; and, twin with double windows facing the parterre. All the rooms are equally pretty and each one has a good view.

The highlight of our stay was having happy hour in the library. You are invited to use the secret door that leads from the no-host bar room into the library of the historic home. Here, you can enjoy drinks on a brocade sofa looking up at family portraits or out over the beautiful formal gardens - including a grotto type fountain surrounded by wisteria - or, if you are trained, play the grand piano. The rooms are closed to the public at 5PM and the library becomes a special place where guests can relax. Thank you, Sophie, for opening your ancestral home to guests and letting us experience this grand 18th century room.

For dinner, we drove into town and had dinner at the Fish Kitchen (good food).

We slept well in our quiet room. Bed linens, duvet, feather pillows were all very nice.

Breakfast is included in the room rate. The lavender painted breakfast room is so pretty. You can order a hot dish and serve yourself from the sideboard. I'm not an expert on Irish bread, but the brown bread was my favorite of our trip.

One last thing, we took a one hour private 10:00 morning tour with Sophie. We booked the tour when we made our initial reservation. Sophie told us about the history of the house and her ancestors. She is very knowledgeable about the collection - mostly collected on a Grand Tour - which includes French Aubusson tapestries (one currently on loan to the Louvre).

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In the morning we had bad weather and debated whether we should take the direct 1.5 hour drive to Cork or take the scenic drive down to Mizen Head. We ended up going to Mizen Head and were very glad we did. The drive itself was very pretty but the coastline vistas were stunning. The scenic drive from Bantry to Cork took us 5 hours - including 1 hour at Mizen Head and plenty of photo stops along the way.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely. Choose based on type of bed: twin, double, king. The end rooms are extra l...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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SophieSW, General Manager at Bantry House B&B, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Hello and thanks for writing about your stay.

Glad to read you ended up driving the Mizen Peninsula and you enjoyed it too.

Lovely to have you both stay with us and get to know you a little bit whilst we toured.
Best, Sophie Shelswell-White
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We recently stayed at Bantry House for two nights and were enchanted. The accommodation was superb; stylish but understated and immensely comfortable. Bed and bathroom were both first class. On our first night, despite being the only guests, Sophie had already lit the fire in the splendid library solely for us and made us feel very welcome, albeit in a relaxed and unobtrusive way. As for breakfast, we were treated to the most delicious and generous feast of wonderful, Irish food; perfect cheeses, fresh fruit, oaten bread and scones and, of course, a magnificent fry-up all served with style and friendliness. We cannot recommend it highly enough and are desperate to return!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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sophiemanager, General Manager at Bantry House B&B, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and then writing such a nice review!
Glad to read that you enjoyed your time and I hope the rest of your trip was as lovely.
Safe travels!
Sophie Shelswell-White
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Nr Hailsham
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

7 of us arrived on bicycles and we were so warmly welcomed and looked after. Absolutely stunning accommodation and so beautiful- and comfortable.Highly reccommend! Delicious breakfast in the morning. Wonderful billiard room to play billiards after an excellent fish supper in town and a honesty bar if you feel like a drink before you go out. Floating round the gardens in a dream when it is closed to the public and you are stating in the house is quite something. The Tour of the house and the warm and friendly hosting all makes this a marvellous place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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sophiemanager, General Manager at Bantry House B&B, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Hello! What a fun trip you had travelling around ireland on bikes. So happy you chose to stay with us and to read you were comfortable.
Hope to see you again, Sophie Shelswell-White
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Property: Bantry House B&B
Address: Bantry, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Bantry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Bantry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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