More Cornwall than Cumbria…. (according to Country Life)
I do love a beautiful garden which is full of interest and the garden at Yewbarrow House in Grange-over-Sands is beautiful and very interesting.
Open under the ‘Yellow Book’ scheme aka National Gardens Scheme and owned by Jonathan and Margaret Denby, the 4 1/2 acre property (of which about half is woodland) is situated just ¼ mile from Grange-over-Sands town centre.
Mr & Mrs Denby bought the property in 1999 and, with the help of a full-time gardener, have developed the badly overgrown garden in the succeeding years. The latest addition in 2015 being a statute in ‘Hunger Games’ mode situated atop the Prospect Tower.
The colourful garden is filled with rare and exotic plants, with dramatic views over Morecombe bay – and I mean dramatic, during our visit we saw the tidal bore rushing along the coast towards the river Kent. Other outstanding features include the Orangery, the Japanese garden with an infinity pool, the Italian terraces, and the restored Victorian kitchen garden. There is a superb display of dahlias which provide cut flowers for the Denbys’ hotels.
See the photo of the statue of Leda and the Swan which was carved on site by Alan Ward from a five-ton block of Portland Stone. There are other sculptures by Alan Ward and bronzes of the Denbys’ daughters by Martin Duffy. There is much more to say about this delightful garden but space calls a halt
Open for just 3 days over the summer, I’m afraid you are too late to visit this year (although the entry in the Yellow Book indicates that visits can be made by arrangement from May to September).
Why not book a holiday at Joiners Mews next year and include a visit to Yewbarrow House, it will be worth your while. Joiner’s Mews is just a 30-minute drive away.