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Closed for the season

Mirehouse and Gardens re-opens on the 1st of April 2017 and look forward to welcoming all our visitors to the house and gardens then.  The Old Sawmill Tearoom opens this weekend for February half term. 

Farewell "Amazing Grace"

We say goodbye to "Amazing Grace" the northernmost Herdwick in the Go Herdwick Trail, proudly sponsored by Mirehouse, The Old Sawmill Tearoom and The Forestry Commission.  


Designed by Debra Esterhuizen and part of a flock of life-sized decorated Herdwick ewes appearing in unexpected places, Amazing Grace is sponsored and painted to reflect our gratitude that, despite the floods and recent devastation, we are graced with the return of the natural beauty of the lakes, forest, flora and fauna of The Lake District.  She contributed to the staggering sum raised for The Lake District Calvert Trust to enable it to continue to deliver challenging outdoor activities to those with disabilities. 

October Half Term

We stay open until the 30th 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.

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.

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Mirehouse Poetry Prize

The Mirehouse Poetry Competition for 2016 has been judged by Grevel Lindop and Alison Carter is our winner with her beautiful poem "What we Learned in the Shorthand Room".  At the Poetry Event which took place on Saturday 12th March the judge Grevel praised the "outstanding poets" who took part in what is becoming a significant national poetry competition.  More details are available on the Poetry Prize page.

Estate News - Tree Planting on Latrigg

Mirehouse Estate has recently finished creating a new area of native woodland at the foot of Latrigg. An area of over 14 acres above the A66 has been planted using a mixture of broadleaf species.

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