Our hearts leapt when we saw Wyresdale Park for the first time - this is surely the original setting for Swallows and Amazons. A lake for boating and swimming, a hill rising up from its shore and countryside characters just like
Arthur Ransome described them. The estate is on the doorstep of the Lake District but better than that, it is private. Forget the traffic and crowds of Windermere, this is all yours - Grizedale Fell, Nicky Nook and all.
The Whewell family will make you feel especially welcome. Their house was built in the middle of the 19th century for Captain Ormrod, an industrialist-turned-banker based in Lancashire, the centre of the Industrial Revolution and dynamo behind the British Empire. With pleasure gardens, exquisite stone buildings and flora from around the world, Wyresdale Park is a testimony to the wealth of that era. Nether Wyresdale is still studded with the archaeology of the past and much of the culture of past centuries with hunting, sheep farming and fishing still prevalent.
The survivors of Ormrod’s hounds, the wild and graceful fallow deer, still roam free. Old fishing ponds, now hidden by woods, can still be found. Wyresdale has changed little in the last 200 years.
Your encampment will be down on the estate lake. The Whewell children grew up there damming streams, sailing wooden boats and building camp fires in the woods. They invite you and your family to come and do much the same. At the bottom of your garden is a 500 acre fell with magnificent views onto the Irish Sea. The sunsets in this part of England are of national fame – viewed from Grizedale Fell they are even finer!
The natural beauty of the estate recently caught the eye of Ruth Watson of Channel Four fame. Wyresdale park was the subject of an episode of 'Country House Rescue' in spring 2011, where the focus was on the its regeneration, 21st centry style.
Venturing out of the Estate, from upland pastures and moorland, to deep wooded valleys, the Forest of Bowland is wild and magnificent. The Abbeystead Estate, The Duke of Westminster’s sporting jewel, can be walked around; the Inn at Whitewell is in the neighbouring valley, a multi-award winning and wonderfully eccentric stone inn reputed to have inspired Tolkein.>> Make a reservation for Wyresdale