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Accessibility for Disabled Guests

A detailed leaflet giving more information with regard to accessibility of both Mirehouse and its grounds is available on request from the Old Sawmill Tearoom in the car park. The part of the house open to visitors is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Most paths are gravelled in the grounds.

Access to the House

The part of the house that is open to the public is entirely accessible to wheelchairs. You are welcome to sit on any chair that does not have a cord across it. Subject to availability, a guide may also be able to arrange a special tactile tour. Disabled people are welcome to take cars down the drive to the house. Guide dogs are welcome in the house and in the tearoom. Please mention at the tearoom that you need your guide dog with you. A wheelchair is available in the house, for indoor use only.

The Old Sawmill Tearoom

The tearoom is accessible to wheelchairs and can provide for special dietary requirements. For more information please call 017687 74317.


There is a toilet for disabled people at the car park.

Lovers Lane

One gradient where assistance might be helpful to a wheelchair user, but this can be avoided by going past the house and down through the double iron gates. 

The Lakeside Walk

The first part, round Catstocks Wood, is accessible for wheelchair users and takes you past the boat house, where the path goes on through the wood and returns you by the way you have come.

The Old Sawmill Tearoom

The Old Sawmill Tearoom is now open for the 2018 season.  

With views down to Bassenthwaite Lake The Old Sawmill Tearoom is always popular with walkers, cyclists, bird-watchers and visitors to Mirehouse. The tearoom specialises in homemade Cumbrian cooking and has some new treats on the menu this season. Cakes, scones, sandwiches, soups and hot dishes are all made on the premises.

Among the favourites are:

  • The Old Sawmill Special (a large Cumberland sausage in a roll with apple sauce served with salads),
  • welsh rarebit muffin,
  • luscious lemon cake, date slice and
  • warm sticky gingerbread with rum butter and cream.

The Old Sawmill is at the end of many other walks besides the walk to Bassenthwaite Lake through Mirehouse Grounds. From here you can reach the top of Dodd, Ullock Pike and Skiddaw. The many beautiful Forestry Commission walks on Dodd pass the door.

The best view point for watching the Ospreys fishing in Bassenthwaite Lake is a short distance above the tearoom. The footpath to St. Bega's Church and Scarness starts here. There is also a valuable footpath link to the south, which avoids the risks of walking along the A591 and connects with the paths from Underskiddaw, Keswick and Braithwaite.

The Old Sawmill serves visitors to Mirehouse and walkers in the surrounding area.

The history of the building and the area is outlined on the walls of the tearoom along with a display of old photographs and forest tools.

The tearoom stands in the car-park opposite the entrance to Mirehouse.

Opening Times: 

It is open daily from 10am until 4.30pm.


017687 74317

Getting Here:

It is three and a half miles north of Keswick on the A591, on the right hand side of the road as you are travelling north. There is a frequent bus service (555, X4, 73 & 73A). The bus stop is called 'Mirehouse (Keswick)'. For more details contact Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 or see www.traveline.org.uk


We are now open for the season until 31st October 2018.

Tickets to be bought at The Old Sawmill Tearoom in Dodd Wood car park. Parking and toilets for Mirehouse & Gardens are at Dodd Wood Pay and Display car park opposite the main entrance.  

The Mirehouse & Gardens

Adult £7.80
Child £3.90
Family (2 adults and upto 4 children) £21.00
Under 4s FREE

The Gardens (including playgrounds and lakeside walk):

Adult £4.00
Child £2.00
Under 4s FREE

Details of disability access to Mirehouse and its gardens are available upon request at the tearoom.  The house is fully accessible for wheelchairs and disabled access parking is available in front of the house.      

The grounds at Mirehouse are certainly dog friendly.  Dogs are welcome in the grounds on a short lead at all times. As the lakeside walk goes through a working farm, please keep dogs well away from livestock.

Mirehouse is a member of the Historic Houses and Cumbria's Living Heritage.  Also, Sandhills B&B nearby is highly recommended.


Opening Dates & Times

We are now open for our 2018 season until 31st October and we look forward to welcoming all our visitors.

The gardens, playgrounds and lakeside walks are open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  The Old Sawmill Tearoom too is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

The house is open for visitors from 1:30pm to 4:30pm (last entries 4:00pm) on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.  We also open the house on Friday afternoons, during August.

The grounds at Mirehouse are dog friendly.  Dogs are welcome in the grounds (except the playgrounds) on a short lead at all times.  Please note that as the lakeside walk goes through a working farm, please keep dogs well away from livestock.


How to Get Here

Mirehouse is 3 miles north of Keswick on the A591. Parking and toilets are in Dodd Wood car park across the road from our main gate.

Contact Details:

Telephone: 017687 72287

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sat Nav:

Our postcode for parking is CA12 4QD - Please turn into Dodd Wood/Mirehouse car park opposite the main entrance for parking.  Disabled parking available in front of the house if needed.


The X4, 554 and 73 buses come past Mirehouse.

For more details of buses please contact the Traveline 0871 200 2233 or www.traveline.org.uk


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