Holker Hall

Cark-In-Cartmel, Near Grange-Over-Sands, LA11 7PL
Holker Hall

Holker Hall (Ken Crosby / Wikipedia.org)

Holker Hall, located near the village of Cartmel, is a privately owned country estate open to the public during the summer months.

Whilst the owners, the Cavendish family, still live in part of the house, much of it is open for viewing, as are the extensive gardens.

The hall holds regular events throughout the year, including a garden festival, chilli festival, and food markets.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Details:
01539 558 328 / Website
Please see official website
Seasonal Opening:
March to Oct


Records show that a house has been on the site of Holker Hall since the 16th century with the lands passed from the Preston family to the Lowther family and then onto the Cavendish family in 1756 via inheritance.

Sadly, much of the property was destroyed in a devastating fire in 1871, and a new wing was built in red sandstone designed by architects Paley and Austin. It is this wing that is currently open to the public. The gardens were laid out in the 19th century, and partially redesigned in the early 20th century.

Things To See

A tour through the west wing of the building that was rebuilt in the late nineteenth century takes you through several grand rooms, including the library that is home to 3000 books, some of which survived the 1871 fire. Other rooms such as the Drawing Room and the Billiards Room feature impressive oil paintings by notable artists of the period. Queen Mary, wife to George V, stayed at Holker Hall in 1937 and the room she stayed in has since been named after her. Here you can see the original four-poster bed the queen used.

Outside there are 25-acres of formal gardens accompanied by 200-acres of parkland. There are several rare species of plant, including Styracaceae, and a 400-year-old lime tree. You will also find a labyrinth with slate monoliths, fountains, statues, and a rose garden.

In the courtyard of the estate you will find the Food Hall. Here you can purchase estate produce including Saltmarsh Lamb, venison, and ewe’s milk cheese. Locally produced products include cheese, beer, biscuits and chutney.

The estate hosts several events throughout the year. The garden festival in May is delightful celebration of all things horticultural, whilst at the chilli festival you can sample some of the hottest chilies in the world. Other events include a Christmas market and a local producer’s market.

There is an adventure playground for children.

Useful Information

Food is available from the Courtyard Café, whilst groups of 10 or more can book to dine in the Burlington Room, a formal restaurant. There is also a picnic area. Most of the estate is wheelchair accessible.


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