William Gaddum bought the site on the shores of Lake Windermere and commissioned Dan Gibson to design the house for use during the summer. Thomas Mawson worked closely with Gibson and laid out the terraced gardens between 1899 and 1904 as well as a wildflower meadow, formal gardens, woods and pasture land. After Gaddum’s death, the house was sold and became a convalescent home. It was rescued by the Lake District National Park Authority in 1966.
The gardens were designed in Edwardian times for private use, so many of the paths and steps are steep. There is a path from the car park which takes you down to the lake and lower areas of the gardens. This is suitable for wheelchair users.