Location : Askham
In the picturesque village of Askham is Askham Hall, which dates back to the 13th century, and which has recently been transformed from a stately family home into a unique & contemporary stylish retreat. It offers fine dining and accommodation as well as the gardens.
Visitors can meander through the beautiful gardens, which include long terraces of colourful herbaceous borders, topiary, ponds, meadows and wooded areas as well as a kitchen garden and stunning views of the River Lowther and Lowther Church.
In one of the fields alongside the kitchen garden are the animals which can be seen as part of the garden route. Rare-breed pigs and goats and shorthorn cattle are among the animals that live there.
There is a café, and an outside wood fired pizza oven, with outdoor seating and a children’s play area.
Askham Hall, opposite St peter’s Church, is a 14th century pele tower converted into an Elizabethan mansion in the mid 16th century by Thomas Sandford, whose family lived in it until 1828 when it became a rectory. It has three irregular wings around an oblong courtyard. Askham Hall has been the home of Lord Lonsdale since the dismantling of nearby Lowther Castle (also now open as a visitor attraction).
2021 Garden Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday 11:00 – 18:30.
Address : Askham, Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 2PF
Website : www.askhamhall.co.uk
Tel : 01931 712350
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Grid Ref : NY 516239