I enjoyable a visit to Lowther Castle and Gardens last weekend. The castle sits on the fringes of the Lake District National Park, close to Penrith and is surrounded by stunning landscape.
The property has belonged to the Lowther family for over 800 years. Its last resident, the famous Yellow Earl, who moved out on New Year’s Day in 1936. It was requisitioned by the army during the second world war, who used the gardens to test secret tank weapons, before the sixth Earl sold the castle’s contents in 1947. After years of trying to save the building, but with no success, the roof was finally removed with all the castle’s interior structure in 1957.
For the last 70 years the gardens have stood neglected, but in 2011 an ambitious project was launched to restore them back to their former glory. Visitors today can now see some stunning borders, a beautiful Yew avenue and progress has been made on the emerging rock and alpine gardens. The next stage will include bringing water back into the gardens, as well as, uncovering and consolidating several gardens such as the Patte d’oie, Jack Crofts Pond and Iris garden.