The Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden
In July 2015 we started what is without doubt the most exciting new development at Lingholm since 1873 when the main house was built, as we started a project to re-build the original Octagonal walled Kitchen garden that Beatrix Potter said was her inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit and a new café /restaurant to replace the old wooden tearooms that closed in the early 1990’s.
The new café and shop will be called “The Lingholm Kitchen” and will be housed in a 3,000 square foot building that is being built using re-claimed lakeland stone from the same quarry that was used to build the main house so that the building sits sympathetically in its surroundings.
The building will be predominantly glazed to the Northern Elevation with large sliding doors that can be opened to let the outside in on suitable sunny days and will have a large outside terrace looking down over the Walled Garden.
The Lingholm Kitchen will offer a range of quality locally sourced foods , home baked breads, cakes and pastries, real barista coffee and an extensive range of teas, there will also be a shop area selling Cumbrian made products and selected housewares and giftware.
The Walled Garden
The Walled Garden is being re built using over 70,000 re-claimed hand cut red bricks to the original Octagonal design of the walled garden that sat in the same spot from the mid 1800’s when it was built for Rosetrees house that sits just north of the Garden.
The original Kitchen gardens were well known by Beatrix Potter in the 1880 and 90’s when she regularly spent her summers at Lingholm around the time she was writing her early The Tale of Pater Rabbit stories in letters to her governesses children, in a letter to her publisher she credited the Lingholm Kitchen Garden as her original inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden.
The new Octagonal garden will be predominantly a Kitchen garden growing seasonal produce for the Kitchen, with a strong emphasis on growing strains of vegetables popular in Victorian times, but will be supplemented with border planting and other features, including an area devoted to Meconopsis Lingholm the blue poppy originally propagated at Lingholm.
New Footpath and the Keswick Launch
Working with the National Trust and The Lake District National Parks we will be opening a new footpath from the Cumbrian way, or as locals call it the miners path, leading through the Estate to the Kitchen and Walled garden, and if all goes to plan the footpath will then continue down to the Lake shore to a new Jetty linking up with the Keswick launch.
The new Jetty would be the first new stop on the Keswick launch schedule for several decades and bring a new dimension to travelling around the lake by boat, and hopefully help reduce the numbers of people travelling by car down the western side of the lake.
Much as we expect most visitors to the new Garden and Kitchen will arrive on foot or by boat we will also be to accommodate visitors by car with car parking for around 50 on the Estate within a short walk of the Garden and Kitchen with closer parking for mobility impaired visitors.