Of Sky and Stone:
At Water’s Edge

Of Sky and Stone: At Water’s Edge

Inspired by his European travels, the second Earl of Bantry transformed his family’s country home into an exquisite showplace of inspired architecture and unparalleled botanical beauty. Bantry House & Garden offers visitors an unforgettable experience within the rugged terrain of Ireland’s southwest coast. 

Of Sky and Stone: At Water’s Edge

Planted beds that comprise a variety of textures and colors surround the west wing of Bantry House. The oversize windows of the tearoom and café frame enchanting views of the neighboring gardens and woodlands. Manicured hedges surround the wisteria grove on the southern side of the mansion. A path leads through the parterre to the edge of the property’s famous Hundred Steps.

Of Sky and Stone: At Water’s Edge

Varied for visual delight, the property is composed of meandering paths and breathtaking horticultural displays. Throughout the estate, lavish plantings have been designed to replicate the second Earl of Bantry’s original vision of a European-inspired garden. 

Of Sky and Stone: At Water’s Edge

Circular beds and sprawling lawns create a captivating vista, framed by the distant mountains. The mansion’s southern-facing rooms overlook the ornamental terrace. Centuries-old trees and magnificent stone structures convey a sense of history.

Of Sky and Stone: At Water’s Edge
Text Brittany Flowers
Photography Kate Sears

To learn more, see  “Of Sky and Stone: At Water’s Edge” on page 59 of the March/April 2014 issue of Victoria.


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