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Windy Hall

Windermere

“Paradise”. “I was bowled over by the ecologically intelligent approach you and Diane take and the exquisitely planted back garden or hill with rare species and subspecies so elegantly placed where they will flourish. It was truly superb.” “The garden left a lasting impression on all. It is beautiful, exciting and charming. It nestles so comfortably in its landscape and totally belongs there.”.
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    A 4 acre fellside garden, with views over Windermere to Coniston Old Man, The garden has evolved over 30+ years with Diane and David doing a lot of ‘talking about it’ (according to their late mothers), all of the design and most of the work. High on the fell are woodland areas underplanted with species Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Hydrangeas; lower down is the quarry garden (with Japanese influences) where 400 years ago the stone used to build the house was extracted. The kitchen garden is just that plus the ‘collection beds’ and the compost heaps There is an alpine area planted with dwarf Rhododendrons and Gunneras, a wildflower meadow (where Orchids are increasing), a real ‘privy’ garden for sunny contemplation and a ‘Best Garden’ (in the Castle Bromwich sense) below the house. In the redesigned and replanted pond and bog garden there are plants raised from seed collected by David on seed collecting expeditions to China. The waterfowl garden has many Stewartia species which are now sufficiently mature to flower.
    Diane is a retired ecologist; David a retired geologist. Their background influences their approach to the garden and its management. David judged at Chelsea for many years and also writes horticultural and conservation articles. He also holds the Plant Heritage Aruncus collection. Both manage the flock of black, multi-horned Hebridean sheep which can be seen in the Great Field. The waterfowl garden provides B&B to a free flying flock of Mandarin Ducks. Photographs taken in the garden have been used to illustrate recent articles in ‘The Garden’.

Features and Attractions

Plant Heritage Aruncus collection. Rare Hebridean sheep, exotic waterfowl and pheasants.

Windy Hall- Canceled

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Owner Information

Diane Hewitt & David Kinsman
015394 46238
dhewitt.kinsman@gmail.com
http://windy-hall.co.uk

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How to find us

Windy Hall
Crook Road
Windermere
Cumbria
LA23 3JA

½m S of Bowness-on-Windermere.
  • More detailed directions
    On western end of B5284, pink house up Linthwaite House Hotel driveway. Rail 2.6m; Bus 1m, 6, 599, 755, 800; NCR 6 (1m).

More about Windy Hall

A 4 acre fellside garden, with views over Windermere to Coniston Old Man, The garden has evolved over 30+ years with Diane and David doing a lot of ‘talking about it’ (according to their late mothers), all of the design and most of the work. High on the fell are woodland areas underplanted with species Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Hydrangeas; lower down is the quarry garden (with Japanese influences) where 400 years ago the stone used to build the house was extracted. The kitchen garden is just that plus the ‘collection beds’ and the compost heaps There is an alpine area planted with dwarf Rhododendrons and Gunneras, a wildflower meadow (where Orchids are increasing), a real ‘privy’ garden for sunny contemplation and a ‘Best Garden’ (in the Castle Bromwich sense) below the house. In the redesigned and replanted pond and bog garden there are plants raised from seed collected by David on seed collecting expeditions to China. The waterfowl garden has many Stewartia species which are now sufficiently mature to flower.
Diane is a retired ecologist; David a retired geologist. Their background influences their approach to the garden and its management. David judged at Chelsea for many years and also writes horticultural and conservation articles. He also holds the Plant Heritage Aruncus collection. Both manage the flock of black, multi-horned Hebridean sheep which can be seen in the Great Field. The waterfowl garden provides B&B to a free flying flock of Mandarin Ducks. Photographs taken in the garden have been used to illustrate recent articles in ‘The Garden’.

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