Tag: historic houses

The entrance to Sizergh Castle
Afternoon Tea, Gardening, Historic Houses, History, Lunches, National Trust, Picnics, Things to do for free

10 reasons to visit Sizergh Castle near Kendal

I’ve visited Sizergh Castle many, many times over the years, but have stepped inside the castle itself just twice. That’s because there are a whole host of reasons to spend time at Sizergh that not everyone may be aware of (although visiting the castle itself is a good start!). Here […]

The meadow at Mirehouse, Bassenthwaite
Afternoon Tea, Dog-friendly, Gardening, Historic Houses, History, Viewpoints, Visitor Attractions, Walks

10 reasons to visit Mirehouse alongside Bassenthwaite Lake

I’ve wanted to visit Mirehouse for a long time, and one beautiful sunny Saturday in July, my gem-hunting companion and I decided we’d risk the busy weekend traffic (which curiously turned out to be almost non-existent that day) and head north to Bassenthwaite. We thoroughly enjoyed our look around Mirehouse, […]

Fireplace in the White Drawing Room at Blackwell
Afternoon Tea, Arts and Culture, Historic Houses, History, Museums, Rainy Days, Visitor Attractions

A house for all seasons: Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House

At the end of the season, a number of the Lake District’s historic houses shut for the winter, however, Blackwell, just outside Bowness-on-Windermere, is an exception that is well worth visiting at any time of year. Blackwell is a famous example of a house from the Arts and Crafts movement, […]