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Askham Hall Gardens and Cafe

July 30, 2012

I often think if I had to go on the television program Mastermind, my specialist subject should be the tea shops and gardens of Cumbria. Having an elderly relative, it’s where I seem to spend a lot of time. So imagine my dilemma when for a 95th Birthday trip I was asked to find “somewhere new”.

Askham Hall near Penrith

Luckily I had just heard of a new cafe and gardens open to the public a few weeks ago, called Askham Hall, so off we went.

Courtyard Askham Hall

Askham is a really attractive village about 4 miles south of Penrith. The river Lowther running beside it. Askham Hall is a 14th Century Pele Tower converted into an Elizabethan Mansion in the Mid 16th Century. Recently it has been the home of Lord Lonsdale, while nearby Lowther Castle has been renovated.

Lowther Church from Askham Hall

We arrived and found plenty of parking space and all on the level so easy for an elderly person to access. The Kitchen Garden Cafe was lovely with the choice of either eating outside or inside a Grade 2 listed barn.

Entrance to cafe Askham Hall

We had gone for coffee and cake but I must say the pizzas appearing out of the outdoor wood fired pizza oven, nearly made us change our minds! Can highly recommend the Passion fruit cake, with coffee and walnut a close second though!.

Askham Hall

You had to pay to enter the gardens and it was impossible to see whether it was worthwhile, but we were so glad we did.

Gardens Askham Hall

They had it all, stunning terraces, unusual plants, topiary, kitchen garden and pond.

Unusual plants Askham Hall

Another wonderful discovery was an old gypsy caravan from the 1920,s sitting on the lawn.

Gypsy Caravan Askham Hall

The caravan was great, like something out of an Enid Blyton children’s book.

Side view Gypsy Caravan

Just to the side of it I found the largest mushroom I had ever seen.

Giant Mushroom Askham Hall

I realised when I had taken the mushroom, that there was no way of guessing it’s size. So here you are with my foot in the picture (knew I should have polished my shoes!).

Giant Mushroom

On we wandered and came upon a lovely little pond.

Pond. Askham Hall Gardens

Time to head back, we had been so lucky to have one of the few sunny days this Summer.

Askham Hall

Although the hall is not open to the public, there were some interesting features.

Window Askham Hall

Also on site beside the cafe was a nice play area for children, and lots of animals including some really cute cashmere goats.

Askham Hall Goats

The 95th Birthday was a great success, with “this is wonderful” being repeated several times throughout the afternoon. Phew! Mission accomplished.

Askham Hall, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2PF. Tel. 01931 712 348











From → Askham, Lake District

  1. What a fantastic specialist subject to choose! Your photographs are such an invitation to visit Askham Gardens – it sounds as though you had a beautiful day – thanks so much for sharing

    • Thanks for reading. Always a pleasure to find somewhere new to visit in our beautiful county!

  2. R Lea permalink

    Thanks for the pictures, although I know Askham I was unaware of the cafe and garden I,ll visit ASP.

  3. Just discovered your blog, some great photos and entries, will be following with interest

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