Surrounded by farmland that has belonged to the Lewthwaites since the 17th century, Broadgate stands to the east of Black Coombe Fell.
This is an area of South West Lake District that still feels wild and remote today, bounced by the sea to the west and to the north and east by the rivers Esk and Duddon, its loosely triangular form shaped by the great bright of the estuary which separates it from the distant ship yards of Barrow.
Broadgate itself it an attractive Georgian house. It was redecorated in the late 1990's by Sir David Lewthwaite who had tremendous flair. He converted the attic floor which had housed the nursery and maid's bedrooms, into 2 spacious double rooms and 2 stunning single rooms. He also remodelled the gardens. The estate includes Old Broadgate which pre-dates the house and in this atmospheric setting 30 cows used to be milked twice a day in the old stone byre which is a scene that could of come out of a Beatrix Potter page.
Easy access to the beach, fells and hills such as Coniston Old Man and Scafell are a great attraction. Stunning scenery as at Wasdale, up the Duddon Valley and the western lakes are great for the those coming to the Lake District for the scenery. Many historic houses such as Muncaster, Levens and Holker Hall are within easy reach, as are attractions such as Beatrix Potter's house and Brantwood, home to John Ruskin. The Raty railway and Haverthwaite Steam railway are of immense interest as are the heavy horses to be ridden on the fells just 2 miles away.
Not open to the public or Historic Houses members.
45 minutes from Junction 36 of the M6 motorway onto the A590 in the direction of Barrow. Through Newby Bridge and then right onto the A5092 which turns into the A595 to Broughton in Furness and Millom. Just 3 miles after the Duddon Bridge there is a small turning to the right and 200 yards up the fell road - through big white gates is Broadgate.
The nearest station is Green Road on the line from Barrow in Furness to Carlisle, via Millom. 2 miles from Broadgate. Alternatively Ulverston is 25 minutes away and reached from Lancaster.
Cycles can go over Corney Fell from the North and West and directly down the fell road to Broadgate, From the east up the A595.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Pete's Taxis 01229 774995
B & B Prices
- £95 for a double room with breakfast
- £55 for a single room with breakfast
- £25 per person for a 3 course dinner with wine if staying in the house
- Groups for lunch or dinner - on application
- £9 for a garden visit with tea
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
Traditional Georgian house which is unchanged except for the inclusion of bath rooms. The Old Kitchen still has original fittings and the old Nursery still has the fireplace tiles depicting childhood scenes and the fittings for the swing. The Walled Garden - though now not producing the produce of old has the traditional beds there and 6 bee bowls in the back wall. The old wash-house and peat house show how hard life must have bee 200 years ago.
With the help of Mark - who comes every morning - we do the gardening together. There is a lot of mowing in the summer and the walled garden is a mass of colour from spring onwards with snowdrops, crocus and then daffodils. Then in May - many rhododendrons and azaleas and then there are the multi-colours or the hydrangeas - blue, white and red throughout the rest of the summer and autumn. From the front of the house - the views are stunning and people love sitting outside in the sun to take in the peaceful setting.
- Walks in the Duddon Valley - from 3 hours
- Walks on Black Coombe - 3 walks from 3 1/2 hours to 4 1/2 hours
- Climbs on Scafell, 7 hours
- Whicham Valley, 2 hours
- 'walks from Ratty, 8 walks from 1 1/2 hours
- On leaflets from the Tourist Offices
Three double bedrooms - all different.; two on the top floor, one with a stunning oriel window facing south and one very large room facing east over the fells.
The double room on the first floor has a 4 poster bed.
The 2 single rooms are large with east facing views over the fells and the garden.
The downstairs sitting room is situated in the Old Kitchen and has comfortable chairs and a sofa and is warm and cosy with a wood burning stove and television.
Dinner is served in the formal south facing Dining room. Breakfast is served in the east facing breakfast room.
Only children 12 and over can stay in the house. As it is an old house - bathrooms are not ensuite but there are many bath and shower rooms.
Broadgate provides intimate surroundings for a group. Up to eight guests in the same house. Usually many go climbing or take part in an activity such as fell running or walking.