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5 Lake District stately homes that you should visit

PUBLISHED: 00:00 21 March 2016 | UPDATED: 18:17 22 March 2016

Holker Hall and Gardens (credit: John Morrison)

Holker Hall and Gardens (credit: John Morrison)

© John Morrison / Alamy

These grand Lake District properties are the perfect day out

Muncaster Castle
Privately owned by the Pennington family, with three generations still living there, Muncaster Castle is an award winning attraction. A brilliant day out, you can visit the haunted castle, take a stroll around the 70 acres of garden, view birds at the Hawk and Owl Centre, send the children off into the indoor Meadow Vole Maze or just have a bite to eat in the café.
Open: Year round apart from winter closedown. Full season starts on March 20 but the castle is closed Saturdays except for bank holiday weekends. Visit site for further details and prices.
Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ
Tel: 01229 717 614, www.muncaster.co.uk

Lowther Castle and Gardens
The dramatic ruins of an 1806 gothic castle, 130 acres of historic gardens – there’s plenty to see and do at Lowther Castle, just outside Penrith. Visit the Stable courtyard with its café and restoration photography exhibit, or get lost in the gardens which include sweeping lawns, Jack Croft’s pond, beautiful summer houses and an orchard.
Open: 10am - 4pm in the winter, 5pm in the summer. General admission, £8
Lowther Castle, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2HH
Tel: 01931 712192, www.lowthercastle.org

Holker Hall
Set in beautiful countryside, Holker Hall is the home of the Cavendish family, who open parts of the early 17th century property to visitors. The estate, which encompasses 18,000 acres of Cumbria parkland, also includes 100 cottages, Holker School, Cartmel Races, an oyster farm and golf course – to name but a few. The Holker Garden Festival and annual Chilli Fest are also very popular with visitors.
Open: March 20 to October 30, Wednesday – Sunday. Hall and gardens admission, £4
Holker Estate, Cark-in-Cartmel, Nr Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 7PL
Tel: 01539 558 328, www.holker.co.uk

Levens Hall
The home of Richard and Naomi Bagot, Levens Hall has been in continual family ownership for over four hundred years. The estate is perfect for a day out. Start with an escorted walk around Levens Deer Park before admiring the Elizabethan interior of the hall. Grab a homemade cake at Bellingham Buttery Tea Room or take home local items as a souvenir or gift from the Potting Shed shop – which was converted from the original 18th century potting shed.
Open: April 17 - October 6, Sunday – Thursday. House and gardens admission: £12.80
Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD
Tel: 01539 560321, www.levenshall.co.uk

Dalemain
Home to the ‘World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival’, Dalemain House and Gardens in Penrith is packed full of character. With four centuries of house architecture to marvel over, five acres of celebrated gardens and historic parkland to walk around and home-made food served in the Medieval Hall tearoom – you won’t be short of things to do. Why not try the Housekeepers Tour? Every Wednesday for two hours you can tour the house with behind the scenes rooms not normally open to the public.
Open: March 19 – December 14, Sunday - Thursday. House and gardens admission: £11
Dalemain House and Gardens, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0HB
Tel: 017684 86450, www.dalemain.com

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