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The Country Retreats tents are positioned at a stunning location close to the lake and all equipped with proper working showers and flushing toilets as well as comfortable mattresses and over 45 square metres of living space with the private hot tub next to each tent to make sure you enjoy the great outdoors on this remarkable estate in full relaxation.
Your encampment is down by the estate lake. The Whewell children grew up there damming streams, sailing wooden boats and building camp fires in the woods. They invite you and your family to come and do much the same. At the bottom of your garden is a 500 acre fell with magnificent views onto the Irish Sea. The sunsets in this part of England are of national fame – viewed from Grizedale Fell they are even finer!
Two years ago, we opened we The Apple Store Cafe, situated in the walled garden where you check in.We are open Wednesday - Sunday from 9am until 4pm and have a wide selection of hot and cold sandwiches, soups and cakes. All our produce is local and home made on the premises. Our chef can also prepare a selection of ready meals if you fancy a change from cooking!
Our hearts leapt when we saw Wyresdale Park for the first time - this is surely the original setting for Swallows and Amazons. A lake for boating and swimming, a hill rising up from its shore and countryside characters just like Arthur Ransome described them. The estate is on the doorstep of the Lake District but better than that, it is private. Forget the traffic and crowds of Windermere, this is all yours - Grizedale Fell, Nicky Nook and all.
Sally and James Whewell are proud and more than happy to welcome you to their beautiful estate here at Wyresdale. Their house was built in the middle of the 19th century for Captain Ormrod, an industrialist-turned-banker based in Lancashire, the centre of the Industrial Revolution and dynamo behind the British Empire. With pleasure gardens, exquisite stone buildings and flora from around the world, Wyresdale Park is a testimony to the wealth of that era. Nether Wyresdale is still studded with the archaeology of the past and much of the culture of past centuries with hunting, sheep farming and fishing still prevalent.
The survivors of Ormrod’s hounds and the wild and graceful fallow deer, still roam free here. Old fishing ponds, now hidden by woods, can still be found. Wyresdale has changed little in the last 200 years.
Venturing out of the Estate, from upland pastures and moorland, to deep wooded valleys, the Forest of Bowland is wild and magnificent. The Abbeystead Estate, The Duke of Westminster’s sporting jewel, can be walked around; the Inn at Whitewell is in the neighbouring valley, a multi-award winning and wonderfully eccentric stone inn reputed to have inspired Tolkein.
The natural beauty of the estate recently caught the eye of Ruth Watson of Channel Four fame. Wyresdale park was the subject of an episode of Country House Rescue in spring 2011, where the focus was on the its regeneration, 21st centry style.
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However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can now make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children on one pitch.
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