Brantwood offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin and the last 28 years of his life spent in the Lakes. Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident.
W: www.brantwood.org.uk T: 01539441396 A: Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AD
Blackwell is one of Britain’s finest historic houses from the turn of the last century and survives in a truly remarkable state of preservation retaining almost all of its original decorative features. Designed by Architect M. H. Baillie Scott the house is now being used as a crafts exhibition venue and attraction.
W: www.blackwell.org.uk T: 015394 46139 A: Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JT
Holehird Gardens, Windermere
Featured in many magazines, the 17 acre hillside gardens at Holehird are reputed to be amongst the finest in England and are tended to by volunteers.
W: www.holehirdgardens.org.uk T: 015394 46008 A: Patterdale Road, Windermere, LA23 1NP
Rydal Mount & Garden
The Wordsworth Family moved into Rydal Mount in 1813 and rented the house continually for 46 years until the death of Mary Wordsworth in 1859. Rydal Mount was the largest house the Wordsworths lived in and became a much-loved family home.
W: www.rydalmount.co.uk T: 015394 33002 A: Rydal Mount, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU
Hill Top, Near Sawrey
Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Full of her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale'.
W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top T: 015394 36269
Allan Bank and Grasmere
Allan Bank is known as 'Quite possibly the most relaxed National Trust property in the UK. Lots to do or just sit with tea in front of the view. Excellent".
W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk T: 015394 35143 A: Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9QB
Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
Dove Cottage was the home of the poet William Wordsworth from 1799 until 1808. Many of the Wordsworth's household items: furniture, family possessions and portraits are displayed.
The garden (open, weather permitting), Wordsworth's 'domestic slip of mountain', has been restored to the half wild state that he and Dorothy lovingly created from local plants and materials.
W: www.wordsworth.org.uk T: 015394 35544 A: Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH
Muncaster Castle and Gardens, Ravenglass
Historic Haunted Castle, Himalayan Gardens, World Owl Centre, Meadow Vole Maze and Playgrounds, Cafe and gift shops, accommodation and special events... Fun for all the family!
W: www.muncaster.co.uk T: 01229 717614 A: Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, CA18 1RQ
Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel
Holker Hall is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish who welcome visitors of all ages to one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain. Magnificently situated only a short distance from Grange-over-Sands and the expanse of Morecambe Bay. Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside and is a perfect day out for all the family.
W: www.holker.co.uk T: 015395 58328 A: Nr Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7PL
Lakeland Miniature Village & Oriental Cottage
Over 100 buildings made from local Coniston slate. Houses, farms and barns create the Lakeland landscape, there are water features throughout the miniture
W: www.lakelandminiaturevillage.com T: 015395 58500 A: Grange-over-Sands, LA11 7LE