Cumbria and the Lake District are home to some of the most historic houses and gardens in England, all of which are privately owned. Each house has its own unique features, and many have award-winning gardens, hosting live events and festivas throughout the year.
Here are a few of the houses in the local area, some which have quaint tearooms or cafes selling delicious homemade food and home baked cakes.
Tracey works in our Marketing department and has done for several years now. Originally from Essex, Tracey admits she thanks her lucky stars that she now lives in such a beautiful part of the world.
There's never enough free time in a week but whenever possible Tracey likes to explore with her two children Abbie and Freddie. It's not all play parks and boat trips though, they like to squeeze in a bit of culture too!
"A visit to Holker Hall is like stepping back in time to a gentler Lake Disrict where tourists were a rarity and the hustle and bustle of modern day living had not yet reached the Cumbrian borders. Holker is the home of the Cavendish family, and visitors can enjoy the incredible library with over 3,000 books, and explore the stunning gardens, where the world famous Holker Lime is situated. It is also worth tasting the delicious local products which come from the 17,000 estate surrounding Holker Hall, including the lamb, sheeps' milk cheeses, and some tasty foods served in the cafe. This is a great place for a family day out and I highly recommend..
Levens Hall is world famous for its beautiful Topiary Gardens, which date back to 1694. The gardens change with the seasons, and colourful displays of flora and fauna make these some of the most visited gardens in England. The house itself boasts fine fine oak panelling from the Elizabethan era, which is also said to be haunted. The Bellingham Buttery serves a range of delicious homemade lunches and teas. Check out www.levenshall.co.uk
Muncaster Castle, Gardens and World Owl Centre is undoubtedly one of the best attractions in the Lake District. The large gardens boast stunning views and are famous for the colourful rhododendrons, which are at their best at the moment. Muncaster has 77 acres of gardens with miles of winding pathways through woods and also the 12th century Church of St Michael and All Angels within the grounds. The supposedly 'haunted' castle and the World Owl Centre is home to over 50 species of owls , and display that takes place daily. The interactive computer suite and the Vole Maze are also open daily and the grounds include a cafe, a gift shop and a Plant Centre. See www.muncaster.co.uk for more information.
Yewbarrow House and Gardens is owned by Jonathan Denby. It is located in Grange-over-Sands. Jonathan is a Victorian gardening specialist, amateur gardener, slow life fan and hotelier who owns South Lakes Hotels. His garden is a colourful 4 acre garden filled with exotic and rare plants with dramatic views over Morecombe Bay. Outstanding features include: the Orangery, the Japanese garden with infinity pool, the Italian Terraces and the restored restored Victorian kitchen garden. This garden is one of the few ‘starred’ private gardens in the ‘Good Gardens Guide’. The next open day to view the gardens is Sunday July 3rd beween 11am and 4pm, and I would definetly recommend a visit.