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This property is free for HHA Friends
Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QE
017687 72287

An unpretentious, solid two-storey 17th century house with 18th and 19th century additions, Mirehouse has been sold only once, in 1688. The house is in the central Lake District and reflects the history of the area. It was connected with William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, Alfred Tennyson, John Constable and Thomas Carlyle. Interesting collection of paintings and manuscripts.

This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.


Beside A591, 3½m N of Keswick.

Visitor Opening Times

2017: Apr–Oct: Gardens & Tearoom: daily, 10am–5pm. House: Sats, Suns & Weds. 1.30–4.30pm (4pm last entry).

Groups (15+) welcome by appointment.

Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.

Family Friendly Facilities

The grounds at Mirehouse are home to adventure playgrounds which are set amidst the trees and shrubs on either side of the main drive. They are:

The Forest Castle which has seen many a pine cone battle between Cumbrians and Romans,

The Steeplechase, a natural course set among the trees and beck, to race round and round,

Squirrel Island which is a haven for under elevens to play house or swing endlessly on the tyre or toddler swing, and

The Forest Hazard Course (for twelve to sixteen year olds) - a never tiring series of crossing the beck including by air!

Children today relish a change from the computer and television screen and enjoy the natural fun they find here just as much as children in the past have done.

After visiting the four woodland playgrounds, children will get the chance to burn off any excess energy at the heather path maze in the Bee Garden adjacent to the main drive. This maze is suitable for wheelchairs and is based on the design of the famous turf mazes by the Solway.

On following signs for the Poetry Walk, children and adults alike will pass through a rhododendron tunnel at the lower terraces of the garden at Mirehouse known as "Canada". These terraces behind Mirehouse also house a snuff garden and simple wooden structures made by local artists.

The Family Nature trail is free with admission . This trail is a walk of about half a mile and goes through the woods and gardens at Mirehouse helping children to keep a look out for red squirrels, rabbits and a variety of trees and plants.

Groups and special visits

Mirehouse has only been sold once, in 1688. It remains a family home, connected by friendship with Tennyson, Wordsworth, Southey, Constable among others. Four woodland playgrounds, Poetry walk and heather maze in the gardens. Open on limited days, with groups on other days by appointment.

Tailor Made Facilities

Visits to HouseYes
Visits to GardenYes
Other EventsNegotiable
Light RefreshmentsYes

Contact Details

Janaki Spedding
CA12 4QE
017687 72287

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Additional Information
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