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Mirehouse Poetry Competition

We are delighted to announce that the Mirehouse Poetry Competition for 2018 is now launched.  Closing date for entries is 15th February.  The theme is "The ringing grooves of change" (Tennyson) and will be judged by acclaimed author and biographer Adam Feinstein. The competiton is held in conjunction with the Words by the Water Festival - more details are available on our dedicated Poetry Prize page.

Closed for winter

We are now closed for winter and will re-open next year in the house and the grounds on 31st March until 31st October 2018.  The Old Sawmill Tearoom will open for February half term next year.  We have had a lovely season and look forward to welcoming all our visitors next year.  

October Half Term

We stay open until the 31st of October and there is plenty to occupy youngsters at Mirehouse & Gardens before the winter evenings draw in. The woodland playgrounds are always popular and timed races on the Steeple Chase are a favourite for burning off energy.

There is no shortage of fir cones to be "fired" from the woodland fort at attacking "armies". The family nature trail is included in the price of the grounds tickets (Under 4s free) so pick it up at the entrance and spot red squirrels birds and unusual plants as you go round the gardens. Also, skimming stones by Bassenthwaite Lake certainly helps to pass the time in a stunning setting.

In the house the owl trail or family quiz might help pass the time. Also, children are very welcome to play in the recently refurbished Victorian nursery until closing time. Then finishing off your visit to Mirehouse with a homemade cake, soup or Cumberland sausage from the Old Sawmill Tearoom across the road is always popular.

Visitor Attraction of the Year Award

We have just been presented The Visitor Attraction of the Year Award 2017 in the Cumbria Tourism Awards.  We are delighted and so honoured.  Everyone at Mirehouse & Gardens works so hard to welcome our visitors and this award is for all of you - thank you.