As the calendar turns from February to March there was heightened excitement at Lingholm this week as the glass roof was installed on the central strip running along the roof, with the internal partitions also now in place it becomes just a bit easier to visualise how it will all look when it’s finished, hopefully something like the Artists illustration we’ve just had drawn up to help with the pre-launch publicity.
The Octagonal Walled Garden has progressed as well as the somewhat wet weather has allowed and is starting to take shape very nicely, around 60,000 bricks have now been laid, the wet conditions are going to delay initial planting as we need the soil to dry out to allow proper compacting, but we are still confident the structure and layout of paths will at least be completed by 1st June.
Outside next to the café we are also restoring a greenhouse and a stone potting shed that are the only remaining structures from the Kitchen garden that Beatrix Potter would have known in the 1880’s, the heated greenhouse will be used as part of the café (great for a group of walkers or cyclists who all want to sit together) and we are planning to make the small potting shed a small gallery/museum dedicated to Beatrix Potter’s work around Derwentwater and the Newlands valley.
On the shop front we have set aside 500 square feet as the range we have sourced has grown and we have some great products lined up including some fantastic Cumbrian artisan products and a unique collection of artwork of the Derwentwater and Borrowdale area by our resident artist Rob Miller.
We are just putting the finishing touches to the interior layout of the shop and the front of house of the café and are immensely lucky to be working with top designer Jane Sanderson who as the former head of design at the renowned Tebay services has lots of experience setting out an interesting space!
Melinda Bilko our new Café manager (formerly of Merienda in Keswick) has been busy visiting the best coffee houses and cutting edge cafes from London to Edinburgh and like us is determined to bring a new style of café to the area set in an inspiring space, let’s call it “big city meets country house café”, and to make Lingholm a popular Lakeland destination.
So it’s all go at Lingholm and we will keep everyone updated on our exact opening date nearer the time.