A story of fortune and ruin… this is what happened to this once magnificent and still impressive building.
Built at the turn of the 19th century by the first Earl of Lonsdale, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. However, 130 years later, the fifth Earl of Lonsdale spent his way through the vast fortune. Then, in 1957 the castle was demolished.
We did not know this place existed until we picked up a leaflet. Intrigued, we drove from Windermere to Penrith to check it out. It now boasts a gorgeous garden, cycle paths and a huge variety of events and