A garden of 12 acres. The setting is in a valley cut of the surrounding fields over millennia by a tributary of the river Lune called Artle Beck.
The sound of water is ever-present. The terraces descend from the house to the lake, and are planted with roses, clementis and more tender plants in season, and the predominating pinks, purples and silver-whites compliment the rugged grey stone of the Gothic house.
Pebble mosaics by Maggie Howarth are set in the pavement of one small garden: the four family zodiacs are linked by the Milky Way, with an olive tree for the Italian-born Lady Arabella, a temple for architecture and meteorological elements.
The kitchen garden is a short walk away and contains an elaborate potager. The valley is planted on both sides with a collection of rare and interesting trees, some of them grown from seed collected in Japan.
There are new pathways on the south-west slope of the valley and a new river viewing deck on the house side. A Chinese-style bridge that crosses the fast running beck draws the visitors to see the sculptures, classical and modern, including a folly and tufa obelisk set amongst birch trees; a serpentine walk is nearby. There are colour-themed borders, a pleached lime walk and a circular lawn beside the lake.
Second Sunday of the month between February to November.
February, March and November: 11am to 3pm.
April to October: 11am to 5pm.
4 miles east of Lancaster. From M6 junction 34 take A683 towards Kirkby Lonsdale, then turn right in Caton village, signed to Quernmore.
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free.
April to November: £8.00
February & March: £8.50
- Accessible toilets