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Muncaster Castle

How The Other Half Live


Have you seen the new Downton Abbey film yet? One of the stars of the film hails from Cumbria. We are not referring to a distinguished cast member, but something of much more importance. The stylish wine glasses the Dowager Countess sips her Beaujolais from, during a five-course banquet in the great hall, were actually produced at Cumbria Crystal in Ulverston.


If you are reading this and don’t happen to be a Lord or Lady, and watching Lady Mary, served tea by Carson the butler in the gracious drawing room inspires you to have a nosy round a stately home, then the Lake District, Cumbria is blessed with some of Britain’s grandest houses. So, ring the bell and summon the chauffeur, because here is the ultimate guide to chandeliers, walled gardens and servant’s quarters.

 
Brantwood

The former home of John Ruskin, on the shores of Coniston, looks the same now as when the famous art influencer resided there. This year is an extra special time to visit as it’s the 200th anniversary of Ruskin’s birth.

Brantwood
Muncaster Castle


Muncaster Castle

This impressive castle in the gorgeous Western Lake District, standing proud on the hillside, can be seen for miles around. This family home is open to visitors and boasts a hawk and owl centre and impressive gardens. This spooky castle is also said to be haunted.

Dalemain

Situated in the beautiful countryside near Penrith, Dalemain House and Gardens is still a family home and fascinating building to explore. The exquisite oak-paneled dining room is still used by the residents for lavish family dinners. Peruse the extensive gardens and you may even spot a topiary dragon staring at you. The estate also hosts the World’s Original Marmalade Awards every March. As a result their shop and café are filled with every flavor of marmalade known to man!

Dalemain
Sizergh Castle


Sizergh Castle

This medieval house is home to the Strickland family and has been for many generations. Near Kendal, this fairytale castle is situated within a stunning 1,600 acre estate. You can explore the historical house and grounds that include woodland, orchards and a wetland.


Conishead Priory

This place has a rich and fascinating history. A monastery was built on the site in the 12th Century. This was demolished and a Stately home constructed in its place in Victorian times. During the second world this was turned into an emergency hospital for air raid victims from across the country. Conishead is now a place of complete serenity as a Buddhist temple featuring woodland walks, panoramic views of Morecambe Bay and guided meditations.

Conishead Priory
Levens Hall


Levens Hall

This Elizabethan family home is furnished with the finest quality furniture, clocks and paintings. The gardens were designed in 1694 and are famous for their extensive topiary.


Holker Hall

Holker is a fascinating historic house, still home to Lord and Lady Cavendish. The house has never been bought or sold and has passed through three families through inheritance over the years. As expected with stately homes, the grounds are simply stunning and the gardens are well-worth exploring.

Holker Hall


Hutton in the Forest

Like several generations before them, Lord and Lady Inglewood reside in this grand stately home which is glorious mix of architectural and decorative styles. The walled garden is an explosion of colour and has a different look with each season.


Mirehouse

Near Bassenthwaite Lake, the lake District’s only lake, lies Mirehouse and Gardens. Built in 1666, the historic residence contains letters and manuscripts from such names as Wordsworth, Tennyson, Southey, Thomas Carlyle and John Constable – who were all friends of the family!

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