The 12 acres of gardens at Gresgarth Hall are designed by the renowned landscape architect and multi-award winning garden designer, Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd. Gresgarth is also her family home.
The setting is in a valley, cut out of the surrounding fields over millennia by a tributary of the River Lune called Artle Beck. The sound of water is ever-present.
The terraces descend from the house to the lake, and are planted with roses, clematis and more tender plants in season, and the predominating pinks, purples and silver-whites compliment the rugged grey stone of the Gothic house.
Pebble mosaics by Maggie Howarth are set in the pavement of one small garden: the four family zodiacs are linked by the Milky Way, with an olive tree for the Italian-born Lady Arabella, a temple for architecture and meteorological elements.
The kitchen garden is a short walk away and contains an elaborate potager. The valley is planted on both sides with a collection of rare and interesting trees, some of them grown from seed collected in Japan. There are pathways on the south-west slope of the valley and a new river viewing deck on the house side.
A Chinese-style bridge that crosses the fast running beck draws the visitors to see the sculptures, classical and modern, including a folly and tufa obelisk set amongst birch trees; a serpentine walk is nearby. There are colour-themed borders, a pleached lime walk and a circular lawn beside the lake.