Thoughtfully carved out of existing, beautifully worn and water-riven bedrock, our beautiful cascading water gardens run under and around the hotel before dropping down towards the lake.
To one side sits a listed Georgian arbour with long lake views over Windermere. Woven about with paths and bridges these pools are terraced into the slope and provide a haven for wildlife that visit from our woods – intent on getting into the kitchen gardens that border two sides, with picturesque Beatrix Potter style disregard for gardeners and chefs.
The perennial herbaceous borders that edge the hotel and bar terrace have been thoughtfully planted for the benefit of pollinaters, and have proved joyfully successful in their first year of flowering, literally humming with bees, butterflies and exotic looking moths.
To the West, a cascading stream slices towards the lake – inspiring Wordsworth to write an ode to the sweet quality of its drinking water rising from natural springs on the higher slopes of Wansfell behind us. This is a be-jungled riot of giant gunnera, bamboo, ferns and palm as well as wildflowers that match the giant proportions of their neighbours, picturesquely facing west over the lake looking at the Coniston Old Man mountain range.