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Gardens

Forty years ago, when the present owner's father inherited Mirehouse, much of the garden was overgrown. Mirehouse had become something of a 'Sleeping Beauty' unknown even to people living in Keswick.

Today the gardens, once described as a "civil wilderness" by a visiting poet, are a tribute to the work gone on over the years to accentuate their stunning setting at Mirehouse. The work of restoration continues along with the change and development which are in the nature of any garden.

‚ÄčThe long history of this garden is clear when we realise that the huge Scots Pines beside the drive were planted in 1784. Beneath them is a collection of Rhododendrons and Hydrangeas planted over the last hundred years.

From the cover of the wood we emerge into the spacious, sheltered Bee Garden. In the mid 1990s extensive restoration took place. Bee hives were set up in a sheltered corner. An orchard of traditional Cumbrian fruit trees was planted, a heather path maze was made, based on the design of the famous turf mazes by the Solway.

In front of the House is a rare ancient wildflower meadow with forty three species of plants. Behind the house are terraced lawns and the Canada garden which houses a rhododendron tunnel, a snuff garden and simple wooden structures.

A circular walk of about a mile goes through the parkland from the house, through woods, along the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and back to the entrance.

Terraced Gardens

The lawns, terraced in the 1850s, and the Victorian colonnade are the most formal elements of essentially very natural gardens at Mirehouse.  The lower terrace (historically known as "Canada") is the start of the Poetry Walk which celebrates the unique literary connections of Mirehouse, past and present.

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Heather Maze

This heather path maze is of a form used by the medieval Christian Church as an aid to meditation. Wide enough for wheelchairs and pushchairs it can be an opportunity for quiet contemplation or indeed tireless racing round.

Recently replanted, the heather in bloom is a feast for our bees in this sheltered walled garden.  The varying sorts of heather in the path maze, flower at different times of the year providing all season round sustenance for our bees.  

The Bee Garden

About 50 yards (46 m) along the drive, the Bee Garden is signed to the left. From the cover of the wood you emerge into a spacious, sheltered garden, always several degrees warmer than outside. This walled garden was created about 1780. In the mid 1990s extensive restoration was carried out.

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