Both the house and garden at the Shelswell-White family’s 18th century mansion overlooking Bantry Bay are open to the public – and a visit to their Tearoom is highly recommended while you are there.
The Tearoom is set in three interconnected and highly atmospheric rooms in the west wing, including a partly enclosed portico with lovely views of gardens and bay. Despite the extra expense of an entrance fee to the gardens, this is a good stop for a light summer lunch: soup, salads, sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee.
Breads and cakes are baked fresh every morning, and quality, locally-produced food is sourced within a 50 mile radius where possible: Bantry House itself supplies a variety of the leaf salads, vegetables and herbs, while meats are provided by local butchers. Once you have seen the mouthwatering food laid out for display you will be very glad you chose to come here - and the elegant surroundings and wooded walks are a bonus.
Afternoon Tea (prebooked) is also available, in The Library.
A carefully selected range of gifts is offered too, including some lovely local craftwork and some branded Bantry House.
The Tearoom also provides catering services, including catering for weddings at Bantry House
There is really lovely accommodation in the East Wing, where spacious, elegant and serene rooms with beautiful bathrooms overlook the iconic Hundred Steps and Parterre.
A full Irish Breakfast and continental buffet is served, and residents have exclusive use of the Billiard Room and Library as well as complimentary access to the house and garden. Bespoke services can be arranged, including excursions and a guided tour with a member of the Shelswell-White family .