If you enjoy grand buildings and wonderful gardens, there are plenty of historic houses in the Lake District to visit. Here we explore just 5 of them.
When you’re staying at Aphrodites Lodge you won’t have to travel far to find your first historic house in the Lake District. In fact, Blackwell is only a 2 minutes’ drive away, or just over 15 if you fancy a healthy walk.Having been built between 1898 and 1900, it’s fairly modern in terms of historic houses in the Lake District. That doesn’t make it any less relevant though, especially if you like your beer. After all, Blackwell was once home to Sir Edward Holt, owner of the Manchester Brewery.
Levens Hall, Kendal
This Elizabethan mansion house has been passed down generations. It’s famous for the topiary, with 100 displays on show within the grounds. These impressive works of art range from smaller shrubs to some over 9ft high. It’s not only the grounds themselves, it’s also the nearby Levens Deer Park.While you walk through the fields, say hello to the Black Fallow Deer and Bagot Goats. If you’re away on a romantic spa break in Windermere, Levens Hall is only a short drive away.
Holker Hall, Cork-in-Cartmel
In the south of the Lakes, you can pay a visit to Holker Hall. It’s a perfect way to spend a quiet time passing through Cork-in-Cartmel. Once you’ve scanned through the library’s 3000 books, you can carry on through to Morecombe Bay. After all, Cumbria has some of the most beautiful scenery in Great Britain.
There is a wealth of history available to those visiting Penrith. Hutton-in-the-Forest is also a goldmine for historians. Medieval towers, gardens aged from the 1730’s and an interior dating from the 17th century to the modern day.It’s also home to Lord and Lady Inglewood, who spend much of their time at the impressive house. Hutton-in-the-Forest also remains open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Alternatively, if you are visiting the Lake District over the bank holiday, the grounds will also be open on Monday.
Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass
As well as there being a number of other historic houses in the Lake District, there’s Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass. This huge building and gardens is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Lake District.With its grounds covering 77 acres of land, the castle offers wonderful views across the Lakes. It’s also popular for being home to the World Owl Centre, a busy café, gift shop and garden centre.As well as the beautiful gardens at the above historic houses in the Lake District, Aphrodite’s Lodge also provides its visitors with its own outdoor areas. Book a spa suite in Windermere today, where you can soak in your own hot tub and enjoy many other modern features.