Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
June 27, 2003
The landscaped gardens are a joy, full of vibrant colour and life, teeming with birds and butterflies on summer days. The author, Beatrix Potter, was a regular visitor to Brockhole on the 19th Century and mentions the place fondly in her journals, as do I!
Inside the house there are all kinds of interactive exhibitions and film shows about all aspects of the National Park -- history, geology, industry, wildlife and the people who live and work there. There is a particularly interesting exhibition about the future of the Lake District and what can be done to protect it for future generations to enjoy.
There are also plenty of organised outdoor activities, especially for children. These are fully supervised and organised according to the age of the children the activity is geared to.
Adults can then take the opportunity to enjoy the grounds and gardens. Particularly worth a mention are the wild flower medow and the Victorian walled kitchen garden teeming with fragrant herbs, lush, plump fruits and lovely organically grown vegetables.
The gift shop is useful for picking up local guide books and maps for ideas and information for broadening your travels and there is a pleasant coffee shop and a restaurant (though I am unable to report on the latter).
If you're still not exhausted, there's a croquet lawn, a putting green and an adventure playground for the children.
I like Brockhole because the emphasis is on helping you appreciate Windemere and the rest of the Lake District. It enhances what is there without becoming an alternative attraction and overshadowing the natural beauty of the area which it could so easily do given the variety and number of attractions on offer. Well worth a visit!
From journal Travels with My Aunt