Garden and Estate Visits
‘Brant’ is Norse for steep, and Brantwood’s steep woods were first worked by Norse invaders in the ninth century. With a stunning diversity of flora and fauna, these ancient semi-natural woodlands comprise half the 250 acre estate. Elsewhere the estate ranges from lakeshore meadows to high, open fell. The estate is a paradise for walkers of all abilities, from low level rambles to energetic hikes to Crag Head. A range of trails thread the estate and a trail guide is available in the shop.
At the Estate’s heart are eight unique and beautiful gardens which continue the many radical experiments in land management and horticulture which Ruskin began. They are broadly divided into three areas – the northern and southern gardens, which involve some walking uphill, and the lower gardens which are suitable for all. Dogs on a lead are allowed in the gardens
Enjoy delicious food with spectacular views. Brantwood Café, with family friendly menu with a tempting range of freshly prepared snacks and light meals, homemade cakes and cookies . Head chef, Simon Boden, creates delicious food using fresh ingredients and specialises in making his own bread to accompany his range of homemade soups, as well as baking a fabulous range of cakes. Housed in the former stables at Brantwood, the café is full of character and history. One of the best views in the Lake District has to be from Brantwood Café’s terrace, overlooking Coniston Water to the fells beyond. The Cafe is fully licenced. We also have our new function room in the Coach House Loft which offers a beautiful setting for wedding receptions or that special occasion.