(See also Keswick)

Mirehouse by Barbara BallardMirehouse was built in 1666 by the Earl of Derby. It was much rebuilt in the early 19th century by the Spedding family, and the home is now designed for several households. Original furniture, portraits, and pictures are on display in the rooms open to the public. There is a collection of manuscripts that relate to writers Wordsworth, Southey, Tennyson, and Carlyle, who were all visitors to the house.

Mirehouse by Barbara BallardA Victorian schoolroom, nursery, terraced garden, and walled garden are part of the attractions. There is a Bee Garden with hives, a heather path maze, and an orchard. Of special note is the ancient wildflower meadow containing 43 species. Scots pines along the drive date to 1784. Beneath them is a collection of rhododendrons and hydrangeas.

Ullock Pike, Dodd, Latrigg, Lonscale Fell, and Brundholme Woods form part of the estate. A mile long circular walk heads through the parkland from the house into the woods, then Mirehouse courtesy of Barbara Ballardalong the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and back to the entrance.

The Old Sawmill Tearoom, beside the house carpark, specializes in homemade Cumbrian dishes, one of which is a Cumbrian sausage in a roll served with applesauce. Other treats include cakes, scones, and warm sticky gingerbread. On the tearoom walls is a display about the history of the sawmill.

Mirehouse is on the A591 four miles north of Keswick, CA12 4QE
Tel. 017687 72287.Mirehouse courtesy of Barbara Ballard
Tearoom tel. 017687 74317.
Email: info@mirehouse.com
Website: www.mirehouse.com
Open: house, April-end Oct, Wed and Sun (also Fri in Aug), 1.30-4.30pm (last entry 4pm); gardens, grounds, walk, tea-room, April-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
Playground, walks.

Note: Please check opening times and dates before visiting in case of changes.

Photos by Barbara Ballard

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