Bantry House and Garden in Cork Ireland

by Susan on August 9, 2012

Bantry House and Garden is home to the Earls of Bantry.  The estate is still owned and lived in by Egelton Shelswell-White, a direct decendant of Richard White (1, Earl of Bantry).

Richard White purchased Bantry House in 1765.  At that time, it was called “Blackrock House”.  Bantry House and Garden opened to the public in 1946.

Bantry House overlooks Bantry Bay in West Cork, Ireland.  The home and garden are situated on an elaborate series of terraces.  This is done to give the illusion that the house, garden and site exist as a single entity.

The famous “hundred steps” staircase made from local stone leads from the parterre to the upper terrace.  The upper terrace provides an excellent view of the bay.  Wow!  Now that’s a great view.

 View of Bantry House from upper garden terrace

View of Bantry House from the upper garden terrace at the top of the “hundred steps”. Just look at this view. It’s beautiful.

Location of Bantry House and Garden shown

Map of Ireland showing the location of Bantry House and garden in Co Cork.

Bantry garden wisteria circle

Parterre garden with wisteria circle surrounding a fountain. The garden is formal in style. The lines of the garden are predominantly straight with lots of design symmetry.

Bantry garden gate

Elaborate iron gate in Bantry garden. This gate just beckons you to investigate the world beyond. You just want to know what is on the other side of that gate.

View of Bantry parterre from the next terrace

View of wisteria circle that surrounds a fountain in the parterre garden.  I love the patina on the stone baluster.  It blends right into the surrounding garden.

View of rear of Bantry house

Rear view of Bantry house. The house looks like part of the garden covered in vines.

Purple foliage provides great focal point

Purple foliage adds a great focal point at the side of the stairway leading out of the parterre and up to the next terrace.

View surrounding Bantry house

The garden has elaborate foliage and forest views.  The foliage adds great texture to the garden and gives it a tropical feel.

Path lined with containers overflowing with lavender

Containers overflowing with lavender line this garden path.  The formal style of the garden is clear with these straight lines and the even spacing of the garden elements.

Bubble bee caught on film

By pure accident, I captured a bumble bee in mid flight by the lavender. I love this picture.

Tropical foliage in Bantry garden

Another view of the tropical-inspired foliage in Bantry garden.

View across front lawn of Bantry house

View across the front lawn and garden of Bantry house overlooking the bay.

Stone urns line the walk way of Bantry garden

Stone urns on pedestals line the walk way of the front lawn and garden of Bantry house.

View of front lawn and garden at Bantry house

Another view across the front lawn and garden at Bantry house.

Huge leaves in Bantry garden

The huge leaves on this Gunnera Manicata plant give Bantry garden a jungle-like, tropical feel.

Deborah McMillin October 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Susan, I am a Master Gardener in Virginia Beach, VA. I moved to VA from Central Illinois 22 years ago. (Zone 5 to 7) I love your photos of Bantry. I was there earlier in June with a group from the Lakeland Horticulture Society of Windermere, England. The pots and urns did not have flowers in bloom at that time or the Russian Sage. What a visual difference. We both missed the Wisteria Circle in bloom and the 20,000 tulips planted within the front hedges where the daylilies are. Gunnera are often seen in the UK & Ireland in boggy areas. Can be invasive. Largest leafed plant – I have a photo of me standing underneath the leaves at Tatton Park – they are so tall and large by September. Our group also did gardens in Dublin. The day we did Bantry was the only day on the SW tour we did not have rain. The views are beautiful on a clear day. I am at work but will check out your blog further this evening. We both enjoy traveling to see the gardens. What an experience!

Susan October 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Your trip sounds amazing Deborah. Thanks so much for leaving your comment. I am going to check out your website! I would love to see your photos. I am hoping you have them posted. What fun! Your comments about the Wisteria circle and 20,000 tulips in bloom make me realize I need to visit Ireland again. Stay in touch and happy gardening!

cara August 13, 2012 at 3:57 am

Lovely pics of a fabulous garden. The big leaves plant in the last photo is Gunnera Manicata. Loves damp shady places…

Susan August 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Hello Cara,
Thank you for telling me the name of that huge leaved plant. I thought it was amazing. I’m going to add the name to the post now. You’re awesome!
It was such a beautiful garden. The view just took my breath away.

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