Holker Hall Estate, Cumbria

Homes, Gardens and Golf Tours Cumbria.

This holiday suggestion is aimed at those of you who love to holiday together but have different interests. Our Homes, Gardens and Golf Tours enable one or more of you to enjoy the beautiful homes and gardens that Cumbria has in abundance while your partner or friends plays golf. Everyone is happy!

Cumbria has many beautiful gardens to explore. From stately homes, historic houses and castles to private gardens growing specialist plants. We have expert Blue Badge guides  to show you around and experienced drivers to get you there. Our tours are paced to suit you so if we want to stay an extra hour somewhere, we will.

There are numerous excellent golf courses in Cumbria and  depending on  your level, amateur or beginner, we will arrange  your days of golf to suit you. Whether it is lessons with a pro or if you are an amateur and have a few days to play, you can try out several different golf courses.

Of course, if the whole group want to visit gardens or all of you want to play golf that can be arranged too!

Cumbria is England at its best. The English countryside and lakes are breathtaking and you will no doubt want to visit some of the excellent, high quality restaurants close by. We will recommend places for you to try the best of British food from scrumptious pub cuisine and cream teas to Michelin star British restaurants. Cumbria has the most Michelin star restaurants outside London. Try English wines and cheeses and taste the local beer from the small artisan breweries.

Stately Homes, Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens.

Cumbria is rich in stately homes, historic houses and castles all of which have the most amazing gardens lovingly looked after generation after generation.

Listed below are just some of the wonderful houses and gardens to enjoy. It will obviously be important to visit these places at the right time of year for the gardens to show off their wonderful colours. So, when we know your dates we will but an itinerary together for you. There are private gardens to visit as well and talks with the head gardeners of many of the houses can be arranged.

Levens Hall Gardens
Levens Hall
Levens Hall.

The family have lived in this superb Elizabethan house with its medieval pele tower since 1590 and it is one of the finest stately homes in south Cumbria. Here there is unique 17C yew topiary, the only example in England to have survived the ‘English Landscape Garden’ fashion. The old trees are still clipped in their original shapes but are now huge. A portrait of Guillaume Beaumont, the French designer of the original garden hangs in the house.

Holker Hall and Gardens
Holker Hall and Gardens
Holker Hall and Gardens

The home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. This stunning garden has elements of the formal, the Italinate and informal plantings of old Rhododendrons. It also holds the National Collection of Styracaceae and is the home of the Great Holker Lime. At 7.9 meters in girth it is one of “Britain’s 50 Great Trees” The gardens at Holker have evolved over many hundreds of years, under the guidance of generations of the Cavendish Family and are beautiful to stroll around in all seasons.

Sizergh Castle
Sizergh Castle

A beautiful 700 year-old house run by the National Trust. It has a fine limestone rockery, where colours change with the passing of the seasons, a terrace and lake and the medieval house, still lived in by the Strickland family. The 1,600-acre Sizergh estate is amazingly varied with limestone pastures, orchards, wetlands and semi-natural woodland, especially beautiful in the autumn.

Brantwood House
John Ruskin and Brantwood

On the eastern side of Coniston is Brantwood House which was owned by the Victorian philosopher John Ruskin. It can be reached by boat across the lake from Coniston village. You can walk around the extensive gardens, in which John Ruskin took a part in the design and that were originally laid out by him from 1871 onwards.

During lockdown ( covid-19) in 2020 the estate gardens were re-designed to create two one-way routes, the gentler Severn Route starting from the maple walk and the Ruskin Route which ascends the purgatorial mount of the Zig-Zaggy before rising further up the precipice walk. Dotted along these routes and in the lower garden are a number of picnic spots.

Dalemain House
Dalemain House & Gardens

Dalemain is a fine stately home with a beautiful façade of dressed pink stone, it is a fascinating mixture of medieval, Tudor and early Georgian architecture.

The historic gardens are made up of 5 acres of richly planted borders with intriguing and unusual combinations of flowers and shrubs, including 100 varieties of old-fashioned roses. Highlights include Ancient Apple Trees, Tudor Knot Garden, Blue Himalayan Poppies, Earth Sculpture, Spiral Garden and Stumpery and The Rose Walk.

Hutton -in-the-Forest Walled Garden
Hutton- in- the- Forest

A beautiful country house on the North East edge of the Lake District.

Originally a mediaeval stronghold with a Pele Tower, successive generations have added to the house so the inside and outside show a wide variety of architectural and decorative styles from 17 century to the present day.

Hutton is surrounded by stunning gardens and grounds and famous for its terraces and topiary which lead round to the Walled Garden which is now the main flower garden. Tulips and lilies, herbaceous borders, roses and fruit trees are a mass of colour and interest throughout the summer.

Golf Tours

We recommend Windermere Golf Club, situated in the heart of The Lake District as a perfect base. It is regarded as one of the finest courses in Cumbria with stunning views of Windermere and the surrounding fells. The hotels around Windermere are excellent and well placed for golf, gardens and historic houses.

Windermere Golf Club, Cumbria

Amateurs and Beginners.

We have divided up the 2 abilities below and given some details of what you can expect to be included in a daily price. Amateurs will want to play a different course every day and there are many fine golf clubs to choose from, for example Silloth and Ulverston and obviously some of you will have your own clubs.

Amateur Golf Details

Included in a pre-arranged Golf day

  • Group transfers to and from golf club
  • 18 hole golf green fees
  • Club hire
  • Trolley/buggy hire
  • Morning or afternoon snack at golf club
  • 2 course lunch in club restaurant

Beginners Group Golf Details

Based at Windermere Golf Club, Private group coaching can be done in the morning or afternoon by arrangement with Sam Mathews, PGA Professional Windermere Golf Club.

Coaching Covers:

  • Key Fundementals
  • General Swing
  • Short Game
  • Putting

Included in a pre-arranged golf day

  • Group transfers to and from golf club
  • 3 hours Beginners Group Coaching
  • Equipment is provided for all lessons
  • Morning or afternoon snack at golf club
  • 2 course lunch in club restaurant

About Sam Mathews

Sam Mathews, PGA Professional Windermere GC
Sam Mathews, PGA Professional Windermere GC
Sam Mathews Coaching Philosophy

My coaching philosophy is simple; The proven fundamentals, effective coaching techniques and a complete commitment to all of my students. Through teaching the proven fundamentals of golf technique I can provide the foundation base on which an excellent golf game can be built.
I believe golf is a game that can be played and enjoyed by anyone, no matter what age, ability or experience. Everyone is individual and I teach each golfer to meet their own specific needs, goals and aspirations.
No matter what you are looking to achieve in this fantastic game, I will be here to support you every step of the way ensuring learning to play golf is an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. 

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