Relaxing at the Lake House
Set within 100 acre of grounds, the viewpoint “Cat’s Crag” has 360 degree Lakeland views with a herd of wild deer living nearby. Alternatively the walk around the lake and the gardens can absorb a morning.
For the more energetic, there are some beautiful runs and bike trails, coarse fishing for the initiated, even a swim in the lake, or just mess about on the water in one of our rowing boats.
The House and Lake
With a log fire, large floor to ceiling windows and scattered with sofas, armchairs and bookcases, this is a perfect spot to watch life on the lake. The walls are Farrow & Ball biscuit, matched in tone to the long drops of silk herringbone curtains. The room has a semi open-plan feel as it flows from the soft seating around the fire to the classical dining area where sun floods into the space during the day, with Mulberry sunflower curtains.
It is almost impossible to be closer to nature yet still be indoors with this 30 foot cube of glass extending into a copse in the woods. To the north, the kitchen and flower garden can be seen, to the east the Lyth Valley, and to the south, the conservatory looks down on the lake. Bird tables are abundant with wild birds from the surrounding woodland, and red squirrels can sometimes be spotted. In the morning, breakfast is served here, but it can also double as a cinema, games room or simply additional lounge space.
The completely private four acre lake (‘Knipe Tarn’) is surrounded by mature woodland, with a beautiful pathway running around the lake, a tranquil half hour walk.
In spring, the jetty has two loungers on it and is a perfect spot to watch the sun set over the lake with a glass or two of Champagne.
In the Boathouse, the original Victorian rowing boat has been lovingly restored and in spring is brought onto the lake, as is an Indian canoe and a dingy for fishing. While away the hours gently rowing around the lake, home to a large collection of wild ducks.
The gardens provide herbs, soft fruits and flowers for Gilpin Hotel and the Lake House, and there is a small orchard of apple and pears. The kitchen garden terrace has a pond next to the Summer House, a beautifully tranquil place to relax or enjoy your afternoon tea.
From the east side of the Lake, over the dam and the waterfall, a stile leads you into the grounds which is a mixture of hilly woodland, moorland, grassland and wild ponds. Approximately half and hour’s walk from the main house, one particular hill has been named “Viewpoint”. From here you have 360 degree panoramic views of the Lake District, including the distant mountain ranges of Coniston and the Langdales. From this vantage point wild deer and birds of prey are frequently seen.
The Lake House is set in 100 acres of private grounds. From the east side of the Lake, over the dam and the waterfall, a stile leads you into the grounds which is a mixture of hilly woodland, moorland, grassland and wild ponds.
In the woods to the west of the main house is a small hill, flanked by rockeries and on the top is a small round clearing. On this clearing are 6 stone seats, arranged in a circle, with a stone tablet in the middle. You will have to visit us to find out what this is all about – it makes a great original spot for sundowners!
Whilst the Lake House grounds have no public footpaths, on leaving the grounds there are many quiet country lanes and footpaths, which are ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding. Just a half hour walk from the house is a great local pub, The Brown Horse, which serves superb local beers, including one from their own microbrewery. Whilst the food is gastro-pub in style, it has a very unpretentious and very local atmosphere.