Situated close to the coastal town of Grange over Sands and Morecambe Bay, Holker Hall is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and boasts magnificent gardens. A Norse word, ´Holker´ literally translates as ´a rising in marshy land´, and records show a house stood on the site as far back as the beginning of the 16th Century.

If you are looking to explore the great houses of the Lake District, why not base yourself in Windermere. Book into a Windermere spa hotel and make the most of your stay.

The Estate has passed on through inheritance ever since those early days, and the award winning gardens and hall have been attracting visitors from all over the world for many years. Lord and Lady Cavendish both take an active interest in protecting wildlife in the area and in maintaining the surrounding woodlands and parkland. Every generation of owners have left their impression on the hall since the early 16th Century, and the house had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1871, which destroyed the west wing, and wiped out valuable paintings, portraits and books.

The house and gardens are open to the public, and several special events are held at the hall throughout the year.

The stunning grounds at Holker Hall include sunken gardens, grottos, and an elaborate slate sundial, and a cascade of water tumbles down from a seventeenth century marble Neptune, making this one of the most immaculate gardens in England. Lord George Cavendish planted the late 18th century ´natural´ parkland, and new features, including the arboretum, a conservatory and a large walled kitchen garden were added in the early 19th century.

Whichever part of the Lakes you want to visit, Windermere is a great base. Windermere spa hotels offer luxurious accommodation in the Lakes.

One of the most incredible features of the house is the long gallery, and among the furniture are a stunning black octagonal Derbyshire polished limestone table, a regency and mahogany and satinwood desk and a display table, containing a purse belonging to the 5th Duke of Devonshire´s wife, Georgiana. Holker boasts a courtyard café, which is a great place to stop for refreshments, and two great dining rooms, which can be hired for a special occasion or corporate event.

Lord and Lady Cavendish also own nearby Cartmel Racecourse, which provides a great day out for all the family.

Wherever you decide to stay in the Lake District, Holker Hall is within easy driving distance, or accessible by public transport. Choose from stunning spa hotels in Windermere, or book in to a guest house, luxury hotel or romantic hotel in the Lake District to make the most of your stay.

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