There are plenty of stunning homes and gardens in the Lake District which attract thousands of visitors.
Book a spa hotel in Windermere and explore the local surroundings.
Some of the most popular stately homes and gardens in the Lake District include:
Holehird Gardens Windermere: Featured in many renowned garden magazines, this extensive garden spans around 17 acres and provides a great day out for all seasons. This is one of the finest gardens in England and completely unique as it is maintained entirely by volunteers. This hillside garden offers a great variety of planting, extensive rocks, heather garden, alpine houses, a walled garden and herbaceous borders. It features four national collections -Meconopsis, Daboecia, Astilbe and Polystichum Ferns. The best time to visit the garden is spring or summer.
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House: A masterpiece of twentieth-century design this house was built by the famous architect MH Baillie Scott as a holiday home for his client Sir Edward Holt. Blackwell invites you to relax and soak up the captivating atmosphere. Give your eyes a real treat by indulging in the stunning views of the surrounding Lake District Scenery. Blackwell still has its real treasures including a rare hessian wall-hanging in the Dining Room, stained glass, curious window catches, leaf-shaped door handles, spectacular plasterwork, and carved wooden panelling by Simpsons of Kendal. The rooms have been decorated by many leading Arts and Crafts designers and studios. Blackwell also holds many exhibitions that explore different Arts and Crafts movements. The credit goes to Arts and Crafts garden designer Thomas Mawson for laying out the original gardens offering majestic views. So immerse in the beauty of the most enchanting historic houses in the Lake District.
Holker Hall: Home of the Cavendish family this is one of the best- loved Stately homes in the region, attracting visitors of all ages. The Building was built in sixteenth century with some alterations in Eighteenth century. The varied tulips and woodland plants offer stunning views between the light and shade of the tree canopy. It is complimented by the 200 acre natural parkland. The family has been continuously making efforts to develop the gardens. Careful craftsmanship of the gardens makes it the perfect place to visit in all seasons. A spectacular display of rhododendrons in the springs is a sight not-to-be-missed.
Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum: Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808. The cottage is made of local stone with lime washed walls to save it from any kind of damp. Wordsworth wrote some of his best poetry here and was inspired by the extensive garden and orchard. It is complimented by the award-winning museum built in 1981 featuring some of the greatest collections of manuscripts, paintings and books related to British Romanticism.
Brantwood: This paradise of art and nature offers a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. The setting encompasses a historic house, museum and a vibrant centre of arts. Get the amazing insight into the world of John Ruskin and his last 28 years spent in the Lake District. Explore the personal treasures, fine paintings and beautiful furniture worth appreciating. Children can also have a fun time with plenty of activities to enjoy. Brantwood has 8 unique gardens and 250 acres of woodland.
Sizergh Castle and Garden: This mesmerizing house offers a pond, a superb limestone rock garden and a national collection of hardy ferns. It has been the home of Strickland family for 750 years. Many tales describes its existence with centuries old portraits and other valuable contents. The Estate spans around 1600 acres.
Levens Hall and Gardens: This stunning Elizabethan house is home to the Levens Deer Park.This house has been in continual family ownership for over 400 years. A surreal living sculpture gallery makes the garden stand out. There are plenty of gardens to marvel including the Topiary Garden, Orchard, Rose garden, herb Garden, the 17th Century Garden and the Garden Gallery.
Swarthmoor Hall: This hidden gem is the birthplace of Quakerism. Participate in the special events held throughout the year. Visit the historic rooms, stroll through the beautiful gardens/grounds and relax for a cup of coffee amid the stunning scenery.
If you are looking for a great place to base yourself in the Lake District, why not book into a spa hotel in Windermere and enjoy being pampered.