Nature & Scenery

There is no better way to spend your holiday than exploring England’s largest national park

rousraythwaite’s postcard panoramas have been inspiring visitors ever since the romantic poets settled here in the 19th century. Its glittering lakes, mountain tarns and craggy hilltops offer breath-taking glimpses of nature wherever you go.

As you tread the same woodland paths as those poets, you can still find evidence of ‘coppicing’ and old charcoal burning huts made from dry stone walling, traditional techniques dating back centuries.

Wildlife

Kingfisher on Lake Windermere | Graythwaite Estate
Barn Owl in flight in the Lake District | Graythwaite Estate
Majestic osprey in flight over the Lakes | Graythwaite Estate
Short-eared Owl perched on a branch in Cumbria | Graythwaite Estate
Badgers in the Lake District | Graythwaite Estate
Red Foxes on the Cumbrian Fells | Graythwaite Estate
Red Squirrels are at home on the Graythwaite Estate
Deers exploring the Lake District | Graythwaite Estate
A birdwatcher and birdspotter's heaven in the Lake District | Graythwaite Estate
Stoats, Weasels, Pole Cats and Otters are at home at Graythwaite

For those with an avid interest in birds, Graythwaite is home to the elusive osprey, golden eagles and peregrine falcons.

You may also spot red and grey squirrels, red and roe deer, otters, badgers, foxes, pine martins, stoats, weasels, pole and wild cats, woodpeckers, owls and buzzards, just to name a few.

Gardens

Gardens at Graythwaite Hall on Graythwaite Estate in the Lake District Rhododendrons and Azaleas Nature

Summer Gardens in the Sandys’ family home at Graythwaite Hall | Open to the public April through August

The gardens of Graythwaite Hall cover 12 acres and were originally designed by Thomas Mawson of Windermere in 1896. The gardens today remain faithful to his concept, a blend of formal and informal planting set in woodland.

Rhododendrons, azaleas, and flowering shrubs provide a riot of colour in springtime. See if you can spot the two huge Douglas firs that were planted around 1830 when they were introduced to England from America. The daffodil field has some lovely maple trees and an area planted with ornamental trees to commemorate family births and marriages.

The gardens are open to the public from April to August. Entry is permitted by use of an honesty box system. All monies received goes back into the maintenance of the garden.

Woodlands

Woodland Sustainability on the Graythwaite Estate in the Lake District

We have planted 4,000 acres of woodland | The Graythwaite Estate

The forest and woodland cover over 1,000 hectares of some of the finest countryside in England. Wedged between the western shore of Lake Windermere and the eastern edge of Grizedale Forest, it stretches from Esthwaite Water in the north to near Finsthwaite and Lakeside in the south.

More than half the forest area is native oak, ash, birch and alder; much of this is ‘ancient woodland’. Most of the existing soft wood plantations are being replanted with naturally occurring hardwoods to put them back to ancient woodland.

There is no better place to get in touch with nature than here in the heart of the Lake District.