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 located in three interconnected and highly atmospheric rooms in the west wing, including a partly enclosed portico with lovely views of gardens and bay. In spite of 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.
A range of gifts is also available, including some branded Bantry House and some lovely local craftwork.
The Tea Room also provides catering services, including catering for weddings at Bantry House
There is really lovely accommodation available at Bantry House - Failte Ireland Approval pending.