The variety of gardens within the Rowley Estates makes possible all sorts of parties ranging from large functions with customised marquees at Melmerby Hall and Blencowe, pre-dinner drinks and cocktail parties in the formal gardens, relaxed barbeques on the sandstone terraces, clay pidgeon shooting in the woods and glens all the way to making your own stone and log dams in the streams running through a number of these properties.
At Hause Hall and the Cruik Barn in the Lake District, guests are likely to be sharing their gardens with the engaging local Herdwick sheep who seem to be able to climb every wall and fence in the Lake District and the red deer in Martindale. This is the oldest herd of wild red deer in England and the only pure red deer bloodstock in the country without any Sika cross breeding. The deer come down off the fells in the winter months and we often see them when out hiking in the local area. This area is also home to semi-wild fell ponies.
Beyond the adjoining gardens, there are great walks and runs through the neighbouring countryside starting right from the front door and farther afield. We have set up maps and descriptions of our favourites as a starting off point for our guests.
Please refer to the Great Days Out and Activities section of the website for details of walks starting from each of the Rowley Estates Halls and Cottages which include a variety of long, medium and shorter walks and rambles together with downloadable OS Maps of the routes.