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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.   

Painting in the gardens

We had a lovely visit from Robert Dutton and the painting group from Higham Hall in May.  On two glorious sunny days the group enjoyed the sunshine in the gardens and lakeside walk at Mirehouse as they worked on some beautiful pictures using pastels and charcoal for their course on garden impressions.  Admire their efforts and read more on Robert's blog.

Lacemakers at Mirehouse

While the house is open on Wednesdays afternoons in June, July and September, the West Cumbria and Border Lacemakers demonstrate their highly skilled techniques of Pillow (or Bobbin) lacemaking to visitors. Come and watch their fingers fly as they work at their craft in The Study at Mirehouse and enjoy the piano in the Music Room next door.  

Cumbria Tourism award shortlist

We are delighted that Mirehouse & Gardens has been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the Visitor Attraction category of the Cumbria Tourism Awards.  The team have worked really hard to get this far and it's fingers crossed until June! 

Red Squirrel Update

At least three families of red squirrels have made their home in the playgrounds and and sheltered gardens at Mirehouse.   The lakeside walk through woods and parkland with the mixed deciduous/conifer woodland provides a fantastic location for the red squirrels.

Our red squirrels are cared for by Fran Foster of North Lakes Squirrel Rangers, who works closely with conservation groups, farmers and volunteers.  Follow developments on Facebook - North Lakes Red Squirrel Ranger and support the project by enjoying a chocolate and shortbread squirrel biscuit from The Old Sawmill Tearoom!