As we enter the final straight on the building work for the café and walled garden the last 4 weeks have seen the pace of change quicken as first the large glass windows and sliding doors were put in place, at a stroke transforming the look of the café and the internal painting and tiling was started.

glass wall

The outside terrace is now being built which will offer a stunning area to sit on and look at views of the Estate, Skiddaw and the amazing walled garden below.

The structure of the walled garden was finally finished this week with the impressive cap stones being put on the pillars, we particularly like the carved cap stones on the entrance , hopefully they will still be there in a hundred years (if people still garden by the year 2116).

lingholm capstone

2016 capstone

As previously discussed the walled garden has been built from mainly reclaimed materials, the 78,000 red bricks we have used were formerly terrace houses in Liverpool , we had a visitor last week who asked how much of the wall had been repaired, he couldn’t believe it was a new structure!

The wet winter has severely delayed the progress on the walled garden and this year is now going to be very much about taking the first steps towards establishing the inside of the garden but we will at least have the topsoil and paths laid by the opening date.

Staff recruitment for the café is now in full swing and we are still looking for front of house and kitchen staff, both full and part time, if anyone is interested mail your details to Melinda at – Kitchen@thelingholmestate.co.uk

On the Beatrix Potter side we are now full steam ahead on setting up a small gallery highlighting the renowned author’s connections to Lingholm and the surrounding area and we are hopeful this will be open in time for the 150th anniversary of her birth date on 28th July. We already have quite a lot of material to put in the gallery and we are in discussions with the National Trust and the V and A museum about obtaining copies of some of her well known work from the area.

It will be called the Beatrix Potter Derwentwater Gallery and be housed in the old potting shed that she would have known from the old kitchen gardens, which somehow seems quite appropriate, like the walled garden it will be free to enter.

And now the main news, with the end in sight we now feel confident to announce that our opening date will be Saturday 2nd July, we are planning an opening event and will announce more details shortly.