This was my favorite stop in our 14 days in Ireland. It's a unique place -- not quite a castle but certainly part of the history of Ireland.
The 7 guest rooms are charming, so tidy and comfortable. We were greeted by Sophie, daughter of the house who was warm and welcoming. We had the run of the place and spent a wonderful sunny afternoon in cushioned chairs on the porch overlooking Bantry Bay -- a great break from all the driving and touring.
The wisteria was in full bloom during our visit and their fragrance was everywhere. The breakfast may have been the best we had in Ireland, certainly the scones were the best. We loved our visit with Anna in the kitchen who shared her recipe and her good humor.
There's not a lot to do in Bantry itself, although we had a wonderful dinner at O'Connor's and spent the morning at the town's weekly market. That said, this is a perfect place to stop and take a break from all the touring and tourists. A winner!
- 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