Graythwaite Hall

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Graythwaite Hall
Graythwaite Hall.jpg
The garden elevation of Graythwaite Hall. It is contemporary with Mawson's redesign of the gardens.[1]
General information
Listed Building – Grade II
Reference no.1335765[2]
ClientSandys family

Graythwaite Hall,[3] near Hawkshead, Cumbria in the Lake District of England is the home of the Sandys family. The gardens within the grounds are open to the public from early April until mid August,[4] However, the hall is closed to the public.

One of the more famous members of the family was Edwin Sandys, who was Archbishop of York (1576–88) and was founder of Hawkshead Grammar School which William Wordsworth attended. The hall dates from the 17th century and extension work was carried out in the 18th century. In the 19th century some major refacing gave the hall a Gothic Revival or Tudor Revival appearance.


The house is surrounded by 7 acres (28,000 m2) of gardens laid out by Thomas Hayton Mawson from 1886 for Colonel Thomas Sandys. The importance of the commission in Mawson's development as a landscape architect has been discussed by garden historians,[5] and was acknowledged by Mawson himself in his book The Art and Craft of Garden Making (1900).[6] Graythwaite is designated Grade II* in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.[1] [7] The gardens are probably best viewed in late spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. However, the Dutch garden and the former rose garden (Mawson's design for the latter has been altered) add interest in other seasons.

The ornamental iron gates at the entrance to the formal gardens were designed by Dan Gibson, a local architect, who also designed the house at Brockhole near Windermere.[8] The gardens are set in a wooded valley. An arboretum contains some fine trees. The woods surrounding the estate were a favourite walking spot for William Wordsworth, and were the backdrop for Beatrix Potter's story 'The Fairy Caravan' .


The Hall is one of a number of listed buildings in the area (see Listed buildings in Satterthwaite). It was listed Grade II in 1970. The grounds were listed in 2020.[7]


Mawson's Art & Craft of Garden Making
  1. ^ a b "Gardens at Graythwaite Hall". Historic England.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Graythwaite Hall (1335765)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  3. ^ Graythwaite Hall pictures on the English Lakes official website
  4. ^ Leaflet "Graythwaite Hall Gardens" published by Graythwaite Estates
  5. ^ Rutherford 2013.
  6. ^ Mawson 1900.
  7. ^ a b BBC 2020.
  8. ^ Brockhole 2005.

Cited sources[edit]


  • Mawson, Thomas (1900). The Art and Craft of Garden Making. Batsford.
  • Rutherford, Sarah (2013). The Arts and Crafts Garden. Shire Publications.

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Coordinates: 54°18′50″N 2°58′05″W / 54.314°N 2.968°W / 54.314; -2.968