Northern Lake District Garden Tour

Trellis and flower beds in gardens on grounds of Hutton in the Forest in Cumbria, England.
Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Garden Tours

Enjoy the stunning gardens of the Lakes’ most beautiful stately homes. The five-acre Dalemain gardens are home to the Meconopsis Grandis - the famous Himalayan Blue Poppy which flowers May to July. Hutton in the Forest’s gardens have evolved over 400 years and offer a variety of styles while the National Trust property Acorn Bank has the largest collection of herbs in any of their gardens along with a delightful orchard and restored watermill which produces flour.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Hutton-in-the-Forest's spectacular flower garden packed with spring bulbs, herbaceous borders and annual flowers 
  • Reminisce in a bygone era, uncovering the layers of Lowther Castle's gardens, a bewitching combination of geometry and wilderness   
  • Discover the sheltered, tranquil walled garden filled with plants chosen to provide nectar and pollen for the Honey bees at Mirehouse 
  • Acorn Bank - a tranquil haven, which hosts a comprehensive herb collection and traditional fruit orchards

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • All transport to and from gardens on a comfortable, good-quality coach
  • All admission costs including those for English Heritage, National Trust, and RHS Gardens. Some venues have stately homes/houses which incur a separate admission fee should you wish to visit - you will need to pay for this yourself. 


Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

Originally laid out in the 17th century the gardens and grounds at Hutton-in-the-Forest are always evolving. The walled garden is a spectacular flower garden, and recent additions are the stunning iron gates. The Lower Garden has recently been cleared of Rhododendrons and a locally-seeded wild flower meadow has been planted. Mirehouse Garden on the banks of Bassenthwaite Lake has 3 distinct areas, the formal Terraced Gardens, quiet contemplation in the Heather Maze and The Bee Garden and oasis for honeybees.

Elizabethan Knott Gardens & Wildflower Spiral garden and over 200 old fashioned roses in the Rose Walk are just a taster of what Dalemain Historic Garden has to offer. Hidden behind the castle ruins are the magical gardens of Lowther Castle - work in progress bringing together the romance of past generations. Original summer houses a reclaimed pond, wildflower meadows, amazing views into the extended countryside once likened to those of the great Summer Palace in China along with more recent formal planting make this garden a fascinating place to explore.

Set on the Banks of the River Eden sits Winton Park Gardens. Just 30 years ago Anthony Kilvington started to transform 5 acres of farmland into a magnificent garden linked by a series of paths culminating in a bridge over the stream with the highest part of the garden giving spectacular view of the fells beyond. The Delightful garden at Acorn Bank is renowned for its culinary and medicinal herbs and fruit orchards, we’ll wonder through the grounds along the Crowdundle Beck to the partially restored water mill and we can indulge ourselves in the tearoom before heading home.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.

Derwent Bank

Close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other, beautiful Derwent Bank has been entrancing walkers since 1785. Extensive refurbishment and investment have seen this established walkers’ retreat transformed into a beautiful country house hotel perfect for people looking to explore the great outdoors. It’s also perfect for drinking in the views over a glass of something chilled on the terrace. With 41 bedrooms across the main house and garden rooms as well as a rustic ‘pod’ to sleep in, there’s plenty of space, along with a pretty orangery, large lounge and relaxed vibe. The lakeside land encompasses a formal garden, extensive lawns and mature trees. The emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors and it’s all made super easy with walkers’ facilities from an inspiration point equipped with maps and route ideas to a boot room and drying space – this is the Lakes, after all. With views of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike, the inspiration for adventure is never far away. Venture out from the house to head to the high peaks such as Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Helvellyn or stick to the lower slopes and lakes; Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes, Borrowdale and Buttermere are all within easy reach.



Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the stylish outhouse where there are eight garden rooms with exceptional views for stylish, laid-back Lake District accommodation. In the main house, we’d pick room 12 for the extra space and stunning views over the gardens and Derwentwater. Alternatively, ask for rooms 46, 47, 48 and 49 in the outhouse, all first-floor garden bedrooms with their own glass balcony looking over the ornate formal garden and with views of the lake. There’s easy access to the boot room and orangery too, making these rooms a must to stay in. If you’re after somewhere a little more unusual to stay overnight, there’s a ‘pod’ in the garden that offers extra privacy, sleeps up to four and gives you a great story to take away!

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, extensive garden, putting green, orangery, lounge and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Lake District, settle in at our country house. Walk the pretty gardens, pause on the pier that juts out in to Derwentwater and look for the boats and ferry that sail on the lake. Try your hand on the putting green or at croquet. Grab a drink and sit on the terrace above the sloping lawns. Indoors, the spectacular orangery with its superb views, is the ideal setting for a bit of peace and quiet, or sink into the sofas in the large, comfortable lounge. Head to the bar for a great local ale and a cracking conversation with fellow guests.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea and cakes served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Derwent Bank is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Derwent Bank

Derwent Bank hotel and Derwent Water area. Stills from drone.

Getting to Derwent Bank

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Essential Information

As you'll be walking around the gardens please bring solid, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens, and clothes for the great British weather! Please also expect to spend most of the day on your feet exploring the gardens you visit.

Guest Reviews

4 nights
Garden Tours

Fully Booked

020 3974 8865

For group bookings of 10+ people click here

Add to wishlist Added to wishlist