Rayrigg Hall

Part Tudor and part Georgian, the private family home of Mrs. Diana Matthews on the banks of Lake Windermere.

Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1BW

Rayrigg Hall in Cumbria

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Rayrigg Hall is located on the shores of Windermere. This Grade II* Listed property is part Tudor and part early Georgian and comprises former farm buildings, a boathouse from 1770 and a cottage built in 1650.

The site has 7 acres of garden including an acre of ‘charr’, a fish pond, two ha-has, and mature trees.

William Wilberforce lived at Rayrigg from 1780-88 and Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV, visited in 1840.

The house has some unusual architectural features including curved window shutters which reach from the cellar to the ground floor windows from the cellar. These feature the 1780s joiners’ marks and and are thought by English Heritage to be the only such ones in England.

Rayrigg Hall is open for viewings by appointment.

Opening Times

Rayrigg Hall is open for viewings by appointment and offers light refreshments.

If you would like to arrange a visit please contact Mrs Diana Matthews on or by phone on 015394 47243.

Alternatively, you may write to

Mrs. D.R. Matthews
Rayrigg Hall,
LA23 1BW


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