Sharrow Bay's gardens are cradled in the sweeping arms of 12 tree-fringed acres nestled next to Ullswater
Combining the perennial herbaceous borders and grand topiary hedge with an orchard and working kitchen garden, before blending naturally into wild wooded lakeshore walks on both sides, thick with native flowers according to the seasons, (and perfect food for our bees).
The cultivated gardens feature a striking topiary hedge that shelters the floral borders and the terraces of the Garden rooms. We still have the original Victorian walled gardens and glasshouses, fully restored and used from the very first days of the house being rescued and restored as a working hotel – out of necessity back then rather than any fashionable notion. We grow seasonal vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. New garden plants, and potted orchids for the house are also nurtured in turn, so that we are self-sufficient as far as possible. The latest additions have been to the orchard with new plantings of apples, pears and plums, which now connect the working gardens to the espaliered fruit tree walk in the formal gardens.
It is a serene quiet place, with incomparable views blessed with peace and quiet for silent contemplation – or just a sunny spot to read your favourite book.
From either side of the main house you can wander along our lakeshore, once past the garden you enter old native lakes woodland, extending to the old boathouse on one side, and our nearest neighbours, Ullswater Yacht Club on the other. This northern path makes for perfect dog walking, as long as they're not swimming fiends - they can run off the lead to their hearts content without your worries about them meeting livestock. It's a peaceful, delightful, half mile or so there and back, and totally private.