Now run as a Visitor Centre, archery, zip wires, go-karts etc dominate the gardens. However, if you’re visiting the area, it’s worth popping in – the only charge is for car parking.
The Terraces below the house include a Rose Garden, Wildflower Meadow and a Kitchen Garden. Wander through the woodland down to the shore – I visited on a particular hot day in July and it was filled with holiday-makers enjoying themselves.
Brockhole is owned by the Lake District National Park Authority.
Entry is free, the only charge is for car parking.
William Gaddum and his wife Edith, a cousin of Beatrix Potter, bought the site on the shores of Lake Windermere. They commissioned Dan Gibson to design the Arts and Crafts house for them to stay during the summer.
Gibson’s partner, Thomas Mawson laid out the terraced gardens between 1899 and 1904.
Charles Holme, journalist, art critic, founder of The Studio and friend of the Gaddums commented on how the grounds were laid out ‘with admirable judgement and with complete appreciation of the manner in which the beauty of the site chosen could be most adequately developed … [making] an entirely appropriate foreground to a singularly charming picture’.
On Gaddum’s death in 1946, Brockhole was sold and it became a convalescent home. It was rescued by the Lake District National Park Authority in 1966.