Brockhole on Windermere

Welcome to Brockhole House & Gardens, a beautiful lakeside Arts & Crafts villa set in extensive grounds on the shores of Windermere.

Designed for a wealthy silk merchant William Gaddum and his wife as a holiday home 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.

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 the fells beyond.

Designers Gibson and Mawson proved to be a perfect partnership. Mawson said, “Gibson was entirely responsible for the design of the house… while I arranged the terraces, gardens, entrance drives and plantations”. Together they created a perfect example of an Arts & Crafts house and garden – a home integrated harmoniously and beautifully in its environment.

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 three years later as the UK’s first National Park Visitor Centre.

Some of the most significant development and restoration has taken place over recent years.

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Windermere, LA23 1LJ
Tel: 015394 46601


Open all year
(except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day).
Apr – Oct 10am – 5pm. Nov – Mar 10am – 4pm.
Free admission, charges apply in car park.


Just off the A591, approximately half way between Windermere and Ambleside.
SAT NAV LA23 1LJ. Arrive by boat, bus, car or on foot!


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