I first read about Bantry house only a few days after we moved to Ireland and the photo showed a mansion out of a fairy tale! Last Sunday waking up to a beautiful sunny day, we decided to head down to Bantry and to see the house and all exhibits before some of them will be auctioned off in October. It’s just over an hour drive from Cork so we got there before lunch and had the house and grounds almost to ourselves. The Georgian house and gardens are in excellent condition and it did not disappoint!
Bantry house was build around 1700 and is still managed by relatives of the original owners. Later the gardens that reach over three terraces were created. If you book a day in advance, you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the library. You can even book a room and stay overnight. We didn’t get the chance at our first visit but I’m sure we’ll be back again. If you are just going for the day, make sure to have your lunch there. The tearoom at Bantry house serves light lunches and tea and it’s all homemade.
On our way back to Cork, we drove along Sheep’s head peninsula. What a beautiful area with stunning views! We stopped at Ahakista and went for a long walk looking for an ancient stone circle and instead found bushes of ripe blackberries!