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Stately Homes & Gardens in Cumbria & The Lake District

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Cumbria & The Lake District Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens


Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill

Temple Sowerby, nr Penrith, CA10 1SP
Tel: 017683 61467    Fax: 017683 66824     E-mail:

Acorn Bank Cumbria Photo © Carl Bendelow
Acorn Bank -
Photo: Carl Bendelow CCL

Acorn Bank Photo © Stephen McKay
Acorn Bank -
Photo: Stephen McKay CCL

Delightful sheltered garden, renowned for its herbs and orchards growing old English fruit varieties.

Ancient oaks and high enclosing walls keep the extremes of the Cumbrian climate out of the garden, resulting in a spectacular display of shrubs, roses and herbaceous borders.

Orchards contain a variety of traditional fruit trees and the famous herb garden is the largest collection of medicinal and culinary plants in the north of England.

A circular woodland walk runs along Crowdundle Beck to the partially restored Acorn Bank watermill, which is open to visitors.

The house is not open to the public, though parts of it are available as holiday cottages.

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Derwent Island House

Tel: 017687 73780 (Shop/info centre at Keswick)

Derwent Isle Photo © Les Hodgson
Derwent Isle -
Photo: Les Hodgson CCL


Intriguing 1840s Italianate house.

Set on an idyllic wooded island in Derwentwater, the house has a restrained classical interior and restored garden.

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Stagshaw Garden

Ambleside, LA22 0HE
Tel: 015394 46027    Fax: 015394 46027      E-mail:

Stagshaw Garden Photo © Ben Gamble
Stagshaw Garden -
Photo: Ben Gamble CCL


Steep woodland garden, noted for its flowering shrubs.

The garden was created by the late Cubby Acland, Regional Agent for the Trust.

It contains a fine collection of shrubs, including rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.

Adjacent to the garden are Skelghyll Woods, which offer delightful walks and access to the fells beyond.

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Troutbeck, Windermere, LA23 1LB
Tel: 015394 32628     E-mail:

Townend Photo © Humphrey Bolton
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Photo: Humphrey Bolton CCL


Fine example of Lake District vernacular architecture.

Largely 17th-century, the solid stone and slate house is an exceptional survival.

It belonged to a wealthy ‘statesman’ farming family and contains carved woodwork, books, papers, furniture and fascinating domestic implements from the past, largely accumulated by the Browne family who lived here from 1626 to 1943.

A real fire burns in the ‘fire house’ most days, lending a homely atmosphere.

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Brantwood Coniston

Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AD
Tel: 015394 41396    Fax: 015394 41263     E-mail:

The house is filled with Ruskin's drawings and watercolours, together with much of his original furniture, books and personal items. Brantwood has 250 acres of wonderful woodland gardens, lakeshore meadows and moorland hilltop. It contains all that is best in Lakeland environments with everything from rocky crags to cascading streams and wall-enclosed pastures. Video presentation, special displays and an excellent bookshop provide a fascinating insight into the work of this great man and his life in a Victorian country house.

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Mirehouse Historic House & Gardens

Underskiddaw, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QE
Tel: 017687 72287     E-mail:

A remarkable historic house and gardens facing Bassenthwaite Lake, with Dodd Wood and Skiddaw at the rear. The gardens contain four wooded adventure playgrounds, varied sheltered gardens to amble around, and lakeside walks through woods and parks. Being a private house, opening times to the House are restricted to Sunday and Wednesday afternoon 2pm - 4.30pm only, the grounds and tea-room being open daily. The House has been in the Spedding family for over 300 years, and contains a wide range of literary and artistic connections, including portraits and manuscripts of three poet laureates - Southey, Wordsworth and Tennyson - all friends of the Speddings in the last century. Relax and enjoy live classical music in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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The Bridge House

Rydal Rd, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9AN
Tel: 01539 432617

Bridge House is possibly the most photographed building in the Lake District, and a popular subject for many artists including Turner. A tiny building, originally an apple store for nearby Ambleside Hall, was built over Stock Beck to escape land tax. Once five mills were driven by the power of Stock Beck and some may still be seen nearby. It is said that at some time a family with six children lived here in the two rooms.

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Hayes Garden World

Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0DW
Tel: 015394 33434     Web:

A World of Plants, indoor and outdoor plants sourced from all over Europe.

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