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Chapelside

1 acre, windy garden below fell, round C18 farmhouse and outbuildings. Fine views. Tiny stream, large pond. Herbaceous, gravel, alpine and shade areas, bulbs in grass. Wide range of plants, many unusual. Relaxed planting regime, lively plant combinations. Run on organic lines. Art constructions in and out, local stone used creatively. Good teas available nearby.

Owner Info

  • Tricia & Robin Acland
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About Chapelside

The immediate backdrop here of the Lake District fells is always the primary consideration in design and planting choices. Key elements are the enclosing field walls, together with the creative use of stone more widely, often with water. Winds are certainly harassing, but you couldn’t wish to be snug in sheltering rooms in such a fine setting. Just look across and through the beds and borders or over the big pond to the hills close by.

In Claire Takacs’s book Dreamscapes, a glorious photographic gallery of gardens worldwide, much the smallest featured is Chapelside. The listed farmhouse, fine barns and outbuildings
stand comfortably in their acre plot. We share occupancy with house martins, frogs, newts and red squirrels.

This garden is a peaceful place, respectful of its location, full of colour, form and texture, yet within a relaxed regime allowing self-seeding and the quirkiness of the unexpected. You will find both familiar and less usual plants: ferns, hostas, hellebores, alpines, anemones and meconopsis all feature. Orchids have arrived, surprising but welcome. An informal area under the fell has mixed trees and a meadow slope with bulbs. Our approach is organic: some compost, lots of leaf mould … perhaps more moss than grass.

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Location details

Chapelside,
Penrith,
Cumbria,
CA11 0XR

Directions to Chapelside
On A66 take minor rd N signed Mungrisdale (no NGS sign till turned!). After 2m, sharp bends, garden on L after tiny church on R. Use church car park at foot of our short drive.

Chapelside openings

This garden has now completed its National Garden Scheme openings for this year.

Accessibility

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FAQs

Yes, cashless payment is accepted.

Sorry, there is no available parking for coaches at Chapelside at this time.

Yes, dogs are welcome at Chapelside. Please keep the dogs on fixed short leads in the garden and keep in mind that you are responsible for controlling the dog’s behaviour. For any specific rules please ask the owners.

Yes, there are various plants offerred for sale at Chapelside, please enquire with the owners for more details.

Sorry, Chapelside does not yet accommodate wheelchair users.

Yes. Chapelside seeks to offer a sustainable refuge for nearby fauna and wildlife. These sanctuaries host diverse habitats supporting indigenous flora and fauna and nurturing local biodiversity.