09 Jan Bantry House , County Cork
Bantry House is set against a steep hillside above the southern shore of Bantry Bay in South West Cork , Ireland.
Climbing the Hundred Steps behind the House gives the visitor one of the most breathtaking views in the country.
The House and Garden in the foreground , the bay beyond with the vista culminating in the Caha mountains.
Bantry House has been the home of the White family since 1739 and was the seat of the four Earls of Bantry.
The Shelswell-White family , direct descendants of the Earls of Bantry still live in Bantry House.
The House contains a unique collection of tapestries , furniture and art treasures collected from all over Europe in the 19thC by Richard White , the 2nd Earl.
The Garden is home to many sub-tropical plants and shrubs reflecting European design and style.
The grounds include the renowned Hundred Steps , the Italianate Gardens with the 200- year old Wisteria Circle , the largest in the country.
Restoration projects are on-going.
If you are on tours of Ireland with us we will try and visit this must see attraction.