Hutton-in-the-Forest – worth a visit!

June 14th, 2015Comments Off on Hutton-in-the-Forest – worth a visit!

We tend to forget that the beautiful county of Cumbria is just on our doorstep. An hour and half’s drive from Castle Douglas, near Penrith, is the fascinating property of Hutton-in-the–Forest, which we visited on June 5th.  Hutton-in-the-Forest

The House dates from the dangerous days of the Border Reivers, and has gradually grown from the original Pele house, or fortified tower, built in the 14th century, with each century adding a new piece.

The interior contains a rich eclectic mix of art, from Jacobean to Arts and Craft, all types of furniture, 17th century tapestries, and modern ceramics. Something for everyone.

SAM_2844The walled garden is full of jewel- like colours, with topiary and wonderful modern wrought iron gates.  The wider grounds have a fantastic collection of trees and plants. Best of all was the cascades, a water feature surrounded by a glorious tapestry of wild flowers, red campion, forget-me -nots, buttercups, lady’s bedstraw.

All this beauty was accompanied by a coffee and home –made biscuits, a pleasant lunch and the opportunity for the gardeners among us to buy some plants. We were made most welcome, and would recommend a visit.

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