Explore Melmerby Gardens & Village
Melmerby Hall and Stag Cottage are in the foothills of the North Pennines, one of 40 classified Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. It is within its own sandstone walled grounds, which are entered through an arched gateway at the edge of the village.
The grounds include an archery lawn, walled vegetable gardens, traditional herbaceous borders bordered with gravel paths and a Victorian castle folly at the foot of the lawn. The private forested grounds of 20 acres incorporate a small tributary of the River Eden with picnic area and stone barbecue located by the stream.
Children love playing the in the stream at the bottom of the glen which is separated from the main gardens by beech hedges. Wellington boots are recommended for families visiting Melmerby Hall!
The Village of Melmerby Melmerby is in the Eden Valley, lying between the Pennines and the Lake District, 13 miles from Ullswater and 9 miles from the historic market town of Penrith. There are a number of outstanding walks along the edge of the River Eden and in the Pennines which can be reached out of the front door of Melmerby Hall. One of England’s largest Druidic stone circles – Long Meg and her Daughters – is also close by and in the ownership of the Rowley Estates.
Melmerby has a Village Bakery and shop which serves fantastic meals and take away coffee & baked goods. The Shepherd’s Inn Pub in Melmerby also serves great food and local ales. The nearby villages of Kirkoswald and Ousby also have popular local pubs for those seeking a longer walk, cycle ride or a short drive. The Fetherstone Arms in Kirkowald has a great “steak night” on Mondays and “pie night” on Thursdays which are highly recommended and very popular with local residents.
Melmerby’s La Brocante Emporium is open Thurs – Sun and does a brisk trade in reasonably priced interesting antiques and items found in all sorts of local auctions and car boot sales.