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  • Member of Cumbria Tourism

Garden Centre, free entry

Larch Cottage Nursery

Larch Cottage Nursery


As host to over 15,000 varieties of plants, the vast majority of which are propagated on-site, we specialise in rare and unusual shrubs, perennials and climbers, Japanese Acers, old fashioned roses and slow growing and Dwarf Conifers. For many of these varieties wea re the country's only suppliers as listed in the RHS Bible, The Plantfinder.

On site, we have the renowned La Casa Verde restaurant offering a taste of the Mediterranean using the produce of Cumbria., with a terrace overlooking the gardens and onto the Pennines beyond.

Adjacent is the Red Barn Art Gallery, featuring contemporary British artists and sculptors working in a wide variety of media.

We also have the Lower Red Barn, which stocks a huge range of unique and unusual glassware, jewellery, tableware, ceramics, wall hangings, candles, wall sconces, tapestried, soft leather bags and much more.

Opening details

In Summer we are open 7 days per week from 9am to 5.00pm
From November to February The nurseries and Red Barn are open from 9am to 4.30pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day


Free entry


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

All groups must be pre-booked please.


CA10 2DR


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Map reference: NY 555252  Lat: 54.61996 Long: -2.69064

Situated in the small hamlet of Melkinthorpe approximately 4 miles south of Penrith off A6.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5.5 miles from Penrith station

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