Are you planning a visit or even a move to the Lake District or are you local and just fancy a change of scenery? We have compiled a list of 10 of our favourite stately homes (and a couple of castles) in the Lake District. These properties are truly stunning and have so much history behind them that it would be very hard not to be impressed by what’s on offer!
If you’re from Penrith as we are, you will know Lowther Castle well. This stunning 19th Century castle and gardens make a great day out for the family. The build of Lowther Castle began in 1806 after being commissioned by William, 1st Earl of Lonsdale in 1806. Rumour had it that back in the day, the castle had a room for every single day of the year and most of which were filled with a grand art collection but unfortunately, that did not last. In the 1930’s, the castle was abandoned and eventually became an empty shell.
You can visit the castle and its gardens and even stop off for some delicious food and beverages in the café on site – HIGHLY recommended!
Dalemain Mansion is on the outskirt of Penrith and is another real beauty. The first recorded mention of Dalemain is in the region of Henry II when a line of towers were built to protect the country against the Scots. The mansion underwent it’s last major alterations in 1744 but was modernised in 1920 when electricity and central heating were introduced into most of the rooms.
Dalemain was first opened to the public in 1977 and continues to hold regular guided tours. You can take in the beauty of Dalemain whilst enjoying the historic gardens, team room and shop.
Muncaster Castle in the Western Lake District was most recently extended in 1885 by the fourth Lord Muncaster. The castle has an abundance of architectural history and its lavish state rooms and beautiful furniture make it an incredible place to visit.
The Castle regularly hosts events throughout the year and becomes especially busy around Halloween as it is said to be one of the most haunted castles in the UK – perfect for the ghost hunters among us!
Levens Hall and Gardens
Levens Hall was originally built around a 13th Century Pele Tower and has since been enlarged and remodelled by the Grahame, Howard and Bagot families throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The house like the others above has a fascinating history and it is clear to see how each generation that have lived inside the walls have left their own mark on the architecture and interiors. Arguably one of the most impressive features of Levens Hall is its Gardens. The 10 acres of Gardens remain largely unchanged since the 17th century and feature one of the world’s oldest topiary gardens.
Cartmel Priory is an 800-year-old church with stunning architecture and fascinating heritage. The Priory is surrounded by picturesque countryside in the heart of Cartmel village and although very beautiful, has witnessed war, raids and ruin but is still standing, ready to continue to witness history for hundreds of years to come.
The Priory is a place of worship and holds over 1,000 services every year. Locals and tourists alike are welcome to attend any regular service and its celebratory events throughout the year.
Brantwood is an historic house and centre for the arts on the shores of Coniston Water. It is set within acres of stunning gardens and is surrounded by the most magnificent views as you’d imagine for such a fantastic location.
The house offers an insight into the world of John Ruskin. Ruskin was a writer, artist and social reformer who spent his last 28 years at Coniston, inspired by it’s beauty and tranquillity. With it’s exhibitions, courses and events, Brantwood remains to be an inspiration to great thinkers, giving individuals a time to reflect and dream.
This lovely home is definitely one to visit for art and exploration.
Holker Hall is a luxurious home situated a short distance from Grange-over-Sands. The home is privately owned and is lived in by a young family who encourage visitors to experience everything the house and its land has to offer.
The earliest records of a house on the site date back to the sixteenth century, since then each generation has left their mark by altering the landscape, changing the house and at times even rebuilding the home.
Rydal Mount and Gardens
Rydal Mount is pretty famous property laid in-between Ambleside and Grasmere with glorious views of Windermere, Rydal Water and the surrounding fells. The property is well known as the best-loved family home of William Wordsworth and his family, and it is still owned by the family today.
The property itself dates back to the 16th century and has gradually grown throughout that time. It features many items that belonged to Wordsworth that are now able to be enjoyed by the public. The property and gardens are available to be viewed all year round for those keen to visit!
Hutton-in-the-Forest is an historic house and garden on the edge of the Lake District. The house is thought to date back to the 1350’s and features unusual but beautiful architecture and gardens that have been meticulously cared for over the years. The property boasts many interesting fine rooms, but the most interesting room of the house is often reported to be The Cupid Room which was designed in 1745 and was part of a suite of three rooms curated for Henry Fletcher.
You can visit the property and gardens daily all year round.
Sizergh Castle on the outskirts of Kendal is the final of our 10 featured Lake District stately homes. The property has been home to the Strickland family for over 800 years. It is a medieval house with an incredible garden featuring a lake, pond, and rock garden that is open to the public all year round.
The property is said to be home to one of the finest examples of Elizabethan artistry, the magnificent Inlaid Chamber which is a key sign of the aspirations and wealth of it its original Tudor owners.
Are you feeling inspired to take a trip to some of the lovely Lake District stately homes? Get in touch with us and let us know!