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October Half Term

We stay open until the 31st of October in the house, grounds and playgrounds. There is plenty to occupy youngsters at Mirehouse & Gardens before the winter evenings draw in. The woodland playgrounds are always popular and timed races on the Steeple Chase are a favourite for burning off energy.

There is no shortage of fir cones to be "fired" from the woodland fort at attacking "armies". Under 4s are free of charge and the family nature trail helps to spot red squirrels, birds and unusual plants as you go round the gardens. Skimming stones by Bassenthwaite Lake certainly helps to pass the time in a stunning setting.

In the house the owl trail or family quiz might help pass the time. Or a go on the rocking horse might be tempting! Then finishing off your visit to Mirehouse with a homemade cake, soup or Cumberland sausage from the Old Sawmill Tearoom across the road is always popular.

An exciting opportunity

Due to retirement, an exciting opportunity has arisen to run The Old Sawmill Tearoom - starting from January 2022.  Expressions of interest welcome.  Please contact James and Janaki Spedding by 4 pm on Friday 5th of November 2021 with coveirng letter and CV at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Autumn beauty

The summer heat and excitements have passed and the peace and tranquility of the autumn months are particularly felt in the woods and informal gardens at Mirehouse.  Coming along the main drive, visitors will notice that the hydrangeas retain their intense blue and that the maple is beginning to turn.  The quiet walled bee garden still has butterflies and bumblebees out on sunny days, and along the verandah the Lady roses are blooming.  Colours in the woods are just begining to turn and the views across Bassenthwaite Lake from the lakeside walk are beautiful, whatever the season.  Time to enjoy 

House, grounds and playgrounds open

 We look forward to welcoming our visitors to the house, grounds and playgrounds back until 31st October 2021, 10 am till 4.30 pm.  Thank you for all your support over this past year and we look forward to seeing our visitors again. Fortunately we have plenty of space in the gardens and along the lakeside walk so adhering to social distancing should be quite simple for our visitors.  However if we do feel the site is getting too busy we will operate a one out one in policy immediately.

Old Sawmill Tearoom open

The Old Sawmill Tearoom is now open inside as well as for takeaways - daily from 10 am to 5 pm.  Serving speciality coffees homemade cakes, bacon baps and soup, all are welcome.

New display on Poetry Walk

Commemorating the long held literary connections that Mirehouse has had over the years, the Victorian verandah is home to a new display of poems.  These nine beautiful poems  are by award winning poet David Scott who is a friend of the family.  It is a great honour for us to be able to share these poems with our visitors. 

Part of Cumbria's Living Heritage

We are proud to be part of Cumbria's Living Heritage, a great collection of historic houses, gardens, castles, ruins and attactions in and around the Lake District.  From Kendal to Keswick, there are castles, homes and museums to explore - find inspiration for dog friendly attractions, days out with kids and places with cafes and restaurants.  Download a brochure from the website or pick one up at the various member properties.

Visitor Attraction of the Year Award

We have just been presented The Visitor Attraction of the Year Award 2017 in the Cumbria Tourism Awards.  We are delighted and so honoured.  Everyone at Mirehouse & Gardens works so hard to welcome our visitors and this award is for all of you - thank you.