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Tearoom open in November

The Old Sawmill Tearoom is staying open for all of November, 7 days a week, 10 am to 4.30 pm.  With seating areas inside and out, warm up with a bowl of soup, hot chocolate, homemade cakes or a Cumberland sausage!

Closed for our 2021 season

We are now closed in the house and grounds for our 2021 season.  Thank you to all our visitors who came this year, and we look forward to welcoming you all back from 1st of April 2022.

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 

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.