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October Half Term

We stay open until the 31st of October in the house and until the 3rd of November in the 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. Also, children are very welcome to play in the recently refurbished Victorian nursery until closing time. 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.

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.

Spring Gardens

The recent lovely weather has brought the rhododendrons and bluebells out early in our gardens and woods.  The main drive is awash with stunning colours and shapes.  The honey bees are beginning to emerge in the sheltered Bee Garden and there are many benches to encourage all visitors to sit and enjoy the tranquility of this sheltered walled garden during this lovely time.  The woods and the lakeside walk are peaceful for visitors and wildlife alike - badgers, red squirrels and rabbits are certainly in residence at the moment.


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.