Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Day Trip Series #1 - Holker Hall and Gardens

I was recently browsing Trip Advisor for days out around where I live and was shocked by how many actually looked fun/ interesting. I'm a city girl at heart but I live surrounded by countryside :(
My mum seems to be very into me actually leaving the house so she jumped right on board when I suggested a trip to Holker Hall. It's a place I've driven past often but never actually been to. I'm a sucker for old buildings so when I was making a day trip list, this went straight to the top.

Dating back to the early 1600s, Holker Hall as been home to the Preston, Lowther and Cavendish famililes. It has never been bought or sold, but has passed by inheritance through the family line. As it is a privately owned home (Lucy Cavensish is the current occupier) we weren't allowed to take photos inside the house but I made up for it with the amount I took of the gardens.
Sorry in advance for the photo heavy post.

The labyrinth is inspired by a design from a Hindi temple and influenced by the tradition of Cumbrian stone circles (I didn't know that was one of our traditions but I'll take the leaflets word for it)

This slate sundial is five feet in diameter and weighs nearly a tonne(!)

As if the acres of land wasn't enough walking to kill me off, there were stairs! The steps led the way to a statue of Neptune, created in the 17th century by Italian craftsmen. Neptune seems to have made friends with the local birds in his time at Holker.

The Courtyard Cafe is pretty cute as well. I don't know if the fact that wild boar and venison was on the menu highlights the type of customers they get. Mainly white, mainly middle class and mainly retired. Other than my mum and two kids, I was the youngest there by about 40 years!

I didn't manage to get around everything there was to see as it was a pretty hot day and I'm ginger. 'Nuff said.

Have you visited Holker Hall and Gardens?
Nikki x

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