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Brockhole on Windermere, The Lake District Visitor Centre
A little bit of history - Dan Gibson and Thomas Mawson
Brockhole house was built at the end of the 19th century, as a holiday home for a wealthy silk merchant William Gaddum and his wife Edith (née) Potter, cousin to Beatrix Potter. Designed by architect Dan Gibson with stunning gardens created by the renowned landscape designer Thomas Mawson. Brockhole is one of the lesser known Arts & Crafts treasures of Cumbria, but one you should certainly put on your 'Lake District historic houses and gardens' must visit list.
Stunning view - William Gaddum couldn’t have selected a better plot of land for his ‘summer house’. Set high on the terraced gardens, the house has spectacular views of Windermere and Langdale Pikes, Pike of Stickle and Harrison Stickle beyond (below).Brockhole has undergone many changes since the Gaddum family sold it in 1946 and since it was a rural convalescent home for Merseyside Hospital Board.
The Lake District National Park Authority purchased the house and grounds in 1966, opening it in 1969 as the UK’s first National Park Visitor Centre. Some of the most significant development and restoration at Brockhole has taken place over recent years with the opening of The Gaddum Gallery in 2016, The Gaddum Restaurant in 2018 and the start of the Brockhole Kitchen Garden restoration in 2018.
Brockhole today is just as stunning as it has always been and continues to attract visitors from across the country and worldwide, experiencing everything we have to offer as part of the beautiful Lake District National Park - a listed UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017