Bantry House B&B

Bantry House B&B

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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English

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Bantry Ireland
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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WXkid wrote a review Jan 2020
Oakland, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We rented out the entire B and B with our family and had probably our coolest family trip ever. Julie and her brother run the family home, and Julie is an amazing host. Breakfasts were the best I’ve had at a European hotel (they’ve won awards for their breakfasts), but it’s the house itself that is amazing. Your staying in the manor house, with access to its game room, great room, fireplaces, candle chandelier, and amazing garden and grounds. We walked easily to Bantry’s pubs, and set off on hikes from the house. We even catered a special dinner at the hotel along with our Irish relatives who live nearby. Sitting in front of the roaring fire in the house’s great room and drinking an Irish whiskey from the honor bar, I felt like “The king of the North” (although in much more comfortable surroundings than Winterfell).

I can’t recommend the hotel and Bantry House in general more highly. I can’t think of a more unique and authentic Place to stay in Southern Ireland. Staying there is really a special experience.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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PDX-to-CDG wrote a review Oct 2021
Oregon
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay at the Bantry House. It's family owned/operated and everyone was very welcoming. Julie checked us in and had corresponded with me repeatedly as the pandemic forced us to change our reservation multiple times over the span of 18 months.

The house is absolutely grand and like stepping back in time (in all the right ways) but with thoroughly updated, modern bathrooms. We stayed in room 25 which was a gorgeous corner room with bay window alcoves with padded benches for sitting and admiring the view.

Walking the garden and grounds near dusk when everyone else had left was a special experience. The views are to die for!

We also appreciated the honor bar and sitting area behind the reception area. It was great to end our evening with a whiskey nightcap before retiring to our room.

Breakfast in the morning was lovely and included a variety of hot items, including the omnipresent Full Irish and some delicious smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.

Thank you, Julie and family for your wonderful hospitality! We had a very memorable stay!
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Room 25 has a gorgeous view and updated bathroom
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Ginger Cat wrote a review Jul 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved this place because it was so romantic! The big historic house, which needs saving and the family running a B&B to try and do so.

If you love old houses, history and are a bit romantic this is the place for you. If you like everything to be new with fast internet, you might not be so well suited.

Bantry House is a proper Georgian mansion, open to the public during the day.

We stayed two nights so that we would have time to tour the house and gardens. Both were well worth seeing. The house tour was very informative and given, I think, by a family member.

We arrived in the rain, and Sam (family member) helped get our bags up to our room. Our room was big, with fabulous views across Bantry Bay. It was spotlessly clean with a comfortable bed and 2 armchairs positioned to look at the sea. It was traditionally decorated.

We were too lazy to walk the 10 minutes down into Bantry town for a meal so ordered the cheese board for two, with a glass of wine, on both nights. I really enjoyed this option; sitting looking at the view eating good Irish cheese, cracks, tomatoes, chutney etc.

We could have had our cheeseboad in the amazing and enormous library, complete with marble columns and antique bookcases if we had wanted. Sam offered to light the fire for us, a real fire, with logs! Guests have the run of the library after public opening hours with or without a cheeseboard. Amazing.

Breakfast was delicious and charming. There was a small cold buffet of home made scones, quality irish cheese, fruit, yoghurt, juice, nice bread .... and the traditional cooked options too. We sat at individual tables dressed in white table clothes and pretty china. Julia, family again, cooked our second breakfast.

I loved staying at Bantry House. I'd stay again with no hesitation and thoroughly recommend it. Wonderful place.
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Maybe ask for the room looking out at Bantry Bay. The view is beautiful.
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Jackie M wrote a review Nov 2022
Inverness, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed at Bantry House for one night on our Irish road trip and what an absolute treat it was.
As soon as we arrived we were greeted by Sam who showed us to our room and gave us a quick tour. There is a small area with a TV, a room with an honesty bar and full sized snooker table, and when the house was closed to visitors we could sit in the large library and even light a fire in one of the large fireplaces if we wished. There was a record player in there and a selection of vinyl which one of our fellow guests made use of.
The room itself was cozy with a comfy bed, good quality tea and coffee making facilities (including china cups) and a modern warm bathroom. We had a view from our window of the gardens. At night it was so tranquil and so dark our eyes never got used to it and we had a lovely sleep.
When the visitors to the house and gardens had left we had full run of the garden and walked up the 100 steps at the back of the garden where we had a spectacular view of the house and Bantry Bay.
We took a 10 minutes or so walk down the drive into Bantry where we had fish and chips in one of the pubs but we couldn’t wait to get back to Bantry House.
Breakfast in the morning was lovely with a selection of cereal, fruit, pastries etc and cooked to order dishes from the kitchen.
We had a quick tour of the main part of the house before we left which was very enjoyable.
Both Sam and his sister Julie were very friendly and made us feel at home. Our only regret was that we only stayed for one night and if we are in the area again we will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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GringoPerdido5262 wrote a review Jun 2022
Vancouver, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A stay at Bantry House is truly a unique and very special experience, This is not your typical B&B or even your aspirational boutique hotel. Here you are guests in a stately home hosted by members of the same family who have owned it since the 18th century. The very congenial brother and sister team of Sam and Julie warmly welcome you into their family's fantastic home and garden. Bantry House is part museum, part tourist attraction, and, for a fortunate few overnight guests, very comfortable accommodation. Once the tourists are gone at 5:00 pm, B&B guests have the run of the best rooms of the house - the library, the billiard room and sundry living rooms,..., as well as the extensive garden and grounds.all to themselves. It's a bit of magic. The guestrooms are large and very comfortable, the breakfast delicious, the service friendly and discreet ,and the value exceptional. The entire rather heroic enterprise is well worthy of support and your stay at Bantry House one that you are bound to remember with fondness. Happily, the picturesque village of Bantry with its excellent restaurants, pubs and high street shops is just outside the property's gates an easy 10-15-minute walk through the estate.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Brice L wrote a review Jun 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can’t recommend this place enough. I’m already dreaming of coming back!

Truly, I don’t know what I loved most - the gardens, the food and tea room, my room, the family who has owned it for generations, or the history.

The grounds are pristine and immaculately cared for and if you’re thinking of visiting them or tea room, just go ahead and book a room. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom had a tub that was perfect for a long hot bath, along with heated towel racks and a heated floor. Seriously, heaven.

While you’re booking your room, go ahead and add on the tea service (the brownies were the best of my life). The breakfast alone is worth a nights stay!

The exhibit in the house is also just spectacular. So much history beautifully displayed!

I ordered the sausage roll (and another brownie) to eat on the road on my way out and was amazed by the quality even after a few hours. Stay here - if not for the night then at least go to the tea room - you won’t regret it.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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anne239 wrote a review May 2022
Perth, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow! I just can’t rave enough about this magnificent property. We felt like we were staying in a slice of history. It’s just BEAUTIFUL, and by the time we left we felt like part of the family – such delightful welcoming hosts. They are descendants of the man who bought the house in 1765 which made their hands-on management of the property extra special.

The accommodation rooms were clean and comfortable with everything we needed. The breakfasts were delicious and we had excellent service throughout our stay.

We loved being able to use some of the truly beautiful rooms crammed with amazing furniture and artefacts, especially the library with a roaring fire set on a cold night – amazing! We only saw one other couple while we were there, so we could almost imagine we were living there!

Make sure you do the tour with David – soooo interesting. He really brought this fascinating family to life and explained the history of many of the beautiful ornaments and pieces of furniture.

I really can’t recommend Bantry House highly enough. It was an absolute highlight of a trip to Ireland and one of the most memorable stays of all our many travels over the years.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Emma K wrote a review May 2022
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A last minute decision to stay in this spectacular house.. Has really made our wedding anniversary weekend that more special. Its most beautiful place to stay. The family and staff make you feel so at home . We had the afternoon tea the cakes where just delicious would highly recommend it.
If you can get there at 2pm for the tour of the house its so interesting. The gardens are wonderful to explore. Wisteria was at its peak. The 100 steps are worth the climb. The view was breath taking.
We looking forwards to visiting again.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rebecca H wrote a review Sept 2021
Western Ireland, Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter and I recently spent a night in the wonderful Bantry House. We were warmly welcomed by Sam and the standard of accommodation was exceptional. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea in the Library and were looked after at every stage of our stay. The view of the garden from our room was beautiful and the sound of the fountain was so relaxing. Breakfast was excellent and the staff were so helpful. Bantry house is a real treasure with so much to offer to visitors. We will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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karen d wrote a review Aug 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A wonderful short break experience. Highly recommend an overnight stay in this heritage house. The family are welcoming and this adds to the personal touch. I would recommend the house guided tour to appreciate the history of the house and family. Breakfast was fabulous. The Library room open to guests after hours, as is the snooker room, made the whole experience memorable.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Able to walk into Bantry House and garden tour included Beautiful china in room for tea or...
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Bantry, Ireland2 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi there Our double bed rooms have one US queen bed. We also have 2 twin rooms which have 2 single beds per twin room. Hope that helps! Sophie,Bantry House
Bantry, Ireland2 contributions1 helpful vote
Dear Lynne thank you for your message. We do have 2 rooms available for 3 nights on the 24th to the 27th June. Most up to date availability is on our booking website which can be found via the Bantry House website or please email us directly and we can confirm rooms prices for you. Best wishes, Sophie
Bantry, Ireland2 contributions1 helpful vote
Hello and thank you for your enquiry. I am afraid we only have on twin room available on the 22nd July sleeping 2 people. I can recommend The Maritime Hotel, Seaview House Hotel or Doire Liath B&B all in the Bantry area. Sophie, Bantry House
karen d wrote a tip Aug 2023
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Able to walk into Bantry House and garden tour included Beautiful china in room for tea or coffee Honest bar in snooker room"
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Ginger Cat wrote a tip Jul 2023
10 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Maybe ask for the room looking out at Bantry Bay. The view is beautiful. "
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PDX-to-CDG wrote a tip Oct 2021
Oregon431 contributions130 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 25 has a gorgeous view and updated bathroom"
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Siobhan G wrote a tip Aug 2021
8 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking on the grounds,car safe,two minutes walk through tree lined avenue to Bantry town. Don’t miss a wander of the beautiful gardens."
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Diane D wrote a tip Jan 2020
San Francisco, California86 contributions49 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are great with ensuite bathrooms - the ones farther from the stairs are probably quieter."
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Nearby attractions include Bantry House & Garden (0.01 km), Albatross Escape Rooms (0.9 km), and Ma Murphy's Bar (1.0 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include The Fish Kitchen, Organico Bantry, and The Brick Oven.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Bantry House & Garden (0.01 km).
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