Do you have somewhere that you visit that you feel really lucky to know about? Somewhere that you feel is a really special place for you and your family? Our place that we feel like that about is a real gem of a place. Lowther Castle has been slowly and lovingly preserved and rediscovered since 2011.
The castle itself has been preserved after being left derelict for over 70 years. It isn’t being restored to any kind of former glory, but it stands majestically overseeing the real treasure of Lowther – the gardens.
Every year that we return there is a new discovery that has been unveiled, a rock garden, a Japanese garden, another pond. New orchards have been planted and the jewel in the crown for 2014 is going to be a Dan Pearson designed parterre in the courtyard of the castle (work underway below). The staff are always friendly and take great pleasure and pride in telling you about what achievements have been made. The parterre is under a very tight completion deadline of mid June as the Antiques Roadshow are going to be filming there.
The huge selling point for us as a family at Lowther is that you can really let the children explore and run wild. It isn’t like a formal heritage garden, where you feel like there are rather a lot of Keep off the Grass signs. Lowther positively encourages freedom for the children. There are the best rope swings in the trees and a wild adventure playground for den building in the woods. In fact they like children so much, they let them in for FREE!
I could share another hundred photographs with you, but I think it’s a place you would want to turn the corners and discover the views for yourself. The icing on the cake is also the wonderful cafe, which serves delicious home made food. Make sure to leave some room for cakes too. As you go around Lowther and take in all it’s beauty, there are information boards revealing the history of every corner of the garden. We love it, do let me know if you get to visit and what you think.
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