Northern Lake District Garden Tour 2022

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5 Days / 4 Nights
Availability : May 23 - Only one departure
Start: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
End: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Northern Lake District Garden Tour: 4 nights based at Derwent Bank, Derwentwater, Northern Lake District

Enjoy the stunning gardens of the Lakes’ most beautiful stately homes. The five-acre Dalemain gardens are home to the Meconopsis Grandis – the famous Himalayan Blue Poppy which flowers May to July. Hutton in the Forest’s gardens have evolved over 400 years and offer a variety of styles while the National Trust property Acorn Bank has the largest collection of herbs in any of their gardens along with a delightful orchard and restored watermill which produces flour.

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or to book your Northern Lake District garden tour. 

Tour Details


  • Explore Hutton-in-the-Forests, spectacular flower garden packed with spring bulbs, herbaceous borders and annual flowers 
  • Reminisce in a bygone era, uncovering the layers of Lowther Castle’s gardens, bewitching combinations of geometry and wilderness   
  • Discover the sheltered, tranquil walled garden filled with plants chosen to provide nectar and pollen for the Honey bees at Mirehouse 
  • Acorn Bank – a tranquil haven, which hosts a comprehensive herb collection and traditional fruit orchards

Pick Up Location & TIme

Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Derwent Bank
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach
  • All admission costs including those for English Heritage, National Trust, and RHS Gardens.


  • 4 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest train station is Penrith)
  • Admissions to some venues with stately homes/houses which incur a separate admission fee (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. Our knowledgeable leaders will provide fascinating detail to bring it all to life. Travel between locations by mini-coach or public transport following a carefully planned itinerary.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations

As you’ll be walking around the gardens please bring solid, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens, and clothes for the great British weather! Please also expect to spend most of the day on your feet exploring the gardens you visit.


Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: Derwent Bank

Day 2Hutton-in-the-Forest and Mirehouse Gardens

Originally laid out in the 17th century the gardens and grounds at Hutton-in-the-Forest are always evolving. The walled garden is a spectacular flower garden, and recent additions are the stunning iron gates. The Lower Garden has recently been cleared of Rhododendrons and a locally-seeded wild flower meadow has been planted. Mirehouse Garden on the banks of Bassenthwaite Lake has 3 distinct areas, the formal Terraced Gardens, quiet contemplation in the Heather Maze and The Bee Garden and oasis for honeybees. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Derwent Bank

Day 3Dalemain and Lowther Castle Gardens

Elizabethan Knott Gardens & Wildflower Spiral garden and over 200 old fashioned roses in the Rose Walk are just a taster of what Dalemain Historic Garden has to offer. Hidden behind the castle ruins are the magical gardens of Lowther Castle – work in progress bringing together the romance of past generations. Original summer houses a reclaimed pond, wildflower meadows, amazing views into the extended countryside once likened to those of the great Summer Palace in China along with more recent formal planting make this garden a fascinating place to explore. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Derwent Bank

Day 4Winton Park Gardens and Acorn Bank

Set on the Banks of the River Eden sits Winton Park Gardens. Just 30 years ago Anthony Kilvington started to transform 5 acres of farmland into a magnificent garden linked by a series of paths culminating in a bridge over the stream with the highest part of the garden giving spectacular view of the fells beyond. The Delightful garden at Acorn Bank is renowned for its culinary and medicinal herbs and fruit orchards, we’ll wonder through the grounds along the Crowdundle Beck to the partially restored water mill and we can indulge ourselves in the tearoom before heading home. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Derwent Bank

Day 5Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: May 23 $1,570 $1,730


Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Discovery Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £10 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY

By Rail:
The nearest train station is at Penrith on the main line between London and Glasgow.

By Taxi:
The journey from Penrith to Derwent Bank can be made by taxi. The 20-mile journey from Penrith railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Davies Taxis. The price of a 4-seat taxi is around £40. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Davies Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0) 17687 72676
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Derwent Bank Manager.
*Davies Taxis is not owned or managed by us.

By Bus:
The X5 bus runs approximately every hour from Penrith station. The nearest bus stop is on the A66, about ¾ mile walk from Derwent Bank. Alight at the Portinscale bus stop and take the road on the left (signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley). Follow this road through Portinscale village – Derwent Bank is on the left-hand side after the Derwentwater Marina.

Alternatively catch the bus to Keswick and then take a short taxi journey to Derwent Bank in Portinscale.

By Car:
From Penrith – leave the M6 motorway at junction 40 and take the A66 towards Keswick. After 17 miles you’ll reach a roundabout in Keswick – continue ahead following signs to Cockermouth and Workington. One mile beyond the roundabout, and 200yds beyond the B5289 turning to Keswick, turn left off off the A66 signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley. Derwent Bank is approx ¾ mile along this road on the left after the Derwentwater Marina and before the Nichol End Marina. There is a large car park available at Derwent Bank.

Hotel Descriptions

Derwent Bank

Close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other, beautiful Derwent Bank has been entrancing walkers since 1785. Extensive refurbishment and investment have seen this established walkers’ retreat transformed into a beautiful country house hotel perfect for people looking to explore the great outdoors. It’s also perfect for drinking in the views over a glass of something chilled on the terrace. With 41 bedrooms across the main house and garden rooms as well as a rustic ‘pod’ to sleep in, there’s plenty of space, along with a pretty orangery, large lounge and relaxed vibe. The lakeside land encompasses a formal garden, extensive lawns and mature trees. The emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors and it’s all made super easy with walkers’ facilities from an inspiration point equipped with maps and route ideas to a boot room and drying space – this is the Lakes, after all. With views of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike, the inspiration for adventure is never far away. Venture out from the house to head to the high peaks such as Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Helvellyn or stick to the lower slopes and lakes; Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes, Borrowdale and Buttermere are all within easy reach.

Address: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY

Room Amenities: Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the stylish outhouse where there are eight garden rooms with exceptional views for stylish, laid-back Lake District accommodation. In the main house, we’d pick room 12 for the extra space and stunning views over the gardens and Derwentwater. Alternatively, ask for rooms 46, 47, 48 and 49 in the outhouse, all first-floor garden bedrooms with their own glass balcony looking over the ornate formal garden and with views of the lake. There’s easy access to the boot room and orangery too, making these rooms a must to stay in. If you’re after somewhere a little more unusual to stay overnight, there’s a ‘pod’ in the garden that offers extra privacy, sleeps up to four and gives you a great story to take away!

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, extensive garden, putting green, orangery, lounge and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Lake District, settle in at our country house. Walk the pretty gardens, pause on the pier that juts out in to Derwentwater and look for the boats and ferry that sail on the lake. Try your hand on the putting green or at croquet. Grab a drink and sit on the terrace above the sloping lawns. Indoors, the spectacular orangery with its superb views, is the ideal setting for a bit of peace and quiet, or sink into the sofas in the large, comfortable lounge. Head to the bar for a great local ale and a cracking conversation with fellow guests.