Askham Hall, Cumbria; a beautiful rare breed

In the picturesque village of Askham in Cumbria is Askham Hall. Dating back to the 13th century, the Hall is a Pele Tower incorporating 14th, 16th and early 18th century elements in a courtyard plan. Its splendid formal garden with terraces of herbaceous borders and topiary, dating back to the 17th century are complimented by a meadow area with trees and pond, kitchen gardens and animal trails. Enjoy this glimpse of one of Cumbria’s most beautiful old houses and gardens:

A closer look

Photos: Val Corbett


Just a couple of miles from Penrith, visitors can meander through the beautiful gardens of Askham Hall, which include long terraces of colourful herbaceous borders, topiary, ponds, meadows and wooded areas as well as a kitchen garden and stunning views of the River Lowther and Lowther Church. In one of the fields alongside the kitchen garden are animals which can be seen as part of the garden route.


Rare-breed pigs and goats, ducks, shorthorn cattle and chickens are among the animals that live there. The produce which is grown and reared here provides for the owners pub and restaurant in nearby Clifton – the George and Dragon, as well Askham Hall itself  which opened in 2013 as a hotel, restaurant, wedding barn and café.

Lead photo: Carole Drake


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