Bantry House is located on the Wild Atlantic Way overlooking Bantry Bay in South western Ireland. It is not far from Glengarriff. It has one of the most beautiful settings of the large Irish houses.

It has been home to the White family since 1739 and was first opened to the public in 1946. It is still operated by the family who continue to live at Bantry House.

Opposite are the 100 steps which lead up to the wooded area of the estate. There were 7 terraces originally designed by Richard White. Restoration has begun on the first terrace.

The formal gardens are at the back of the house and are interesting geometric shapes. Benches are located under the trees and it is a pleasant spot on a sunny day.

One of the walks leads to the Japanese bridge which allows you to traverse a small stream. Very picturesque.

We also walked to the walled garden which is in complete disrepair. Another project on the wish list.

But the view from the front of the house is lovely. You can see Whiddy Island and watch the boats as they sail the waters of Bantry Bay.

We spent most of the day here exploring the grounds and the house learning the history of the White family.

The house is a self-guided tour but their are helpful signs posted and docents willing to answer all your questions. Be sure to ask to see the original mosaic floors which are kept under rugs. The docents are happy to display the mosaics on request.

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