I booked Bantry House as a romantic treat for my husband during a tour of Ireland earlier this year. It wasn't cheap, naturally, but it totally fulfilled the adage that 'you get what you pay for'. It was the best nights accomodation we have ever had, and totally worth the expense. From the moment we pulled up in the private area reserved for overnight guests, after a long driveway, we were made to feel like visiting royalty. The owner of the house greeted us personally and carried our luggage up to our room in the East wing. The room was utterly beautiful, with windows overlooking the garden and bay. A visit to the main house was included in the price, and the use of a private door to get into the house truly made us feel like guests. When we went into the lobby of the main house, the staff member responsible for taking the entrance fees must have realised we were guests, as they shook our hand and welcomed us to the house. There was a lovely private sitting room and full size snooker table for the guests to enjoy, where we sat in the evening. There were a selection of drinks on offer, which one served oneself and wrote on a tally for billing purposes. How many places show such trust in their guests nowadays?? There was also a real fire lit, and I spent a truly blissful hour sipping my G & T in the armchair whilst perusing a complementary magazine before dinner. It was too early in the season for dinner at the house, alas, but the owner himself booked us a table at a local restaurant.
What can I say about breakfast the next morning?? It was in a league of its own, above and beyond anything we have had elsewhere. The 'Earl', (owner), assisted in serving us himself, and the choice and quality were exceptional. The honey on offer was still on the honeycomb, it was that fresh! To top it all off, the owner shook our hand on our departure.
I have stayed in some quality hotels in the past, including Raffles in Singapore, but none compared to Bantry House. I cannot believe that better service exists than we experienced here. It was utterly personal, professional and efficient.
My husband and I will definitely be returning here. At some point in the future, we are planning on revewing our wedding vows, and I wouldn't consider doing it anywhere other than here now. We have been totally spoilt.
I cannot praise Bantry House highly enough. It's taken me four months to get around to writing this review, yet I remember every detail, it was so special.
- 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 Bed And Breakfast
- Bantry House Hotel Bantry