A Georgian gem in Wordsworth country
Set in two acres of landscaped gardens and with sweeping views over the Duddon Estuary, Broadgate House is a grand family mansion in the heart of the Lake District. The common areas are positively baronial, with a Baroque drawing room with a black marble fireplace, and a dining room seating 14 with ease. If that’s too formal there’s also a charming breakfast room and a cosy guest sitting room with a wood-burning stove. It can be grand or intimate to suit your taste.
There are any number of bedrooms here, decorated with period wall-coverings and furniture, vividly recalling its 1814 glory days. Only two or three are let out at any one time, meaning guests effectively get a floor of their own and a high degree of privacy. There are two massive doubles and a single, beautifully decked out with crisp linens and comfortable mattresses. As befitting such a traditional mansion the bathrooms are not en-suite but are private, palatial spaces with free-standing baths looking out over glorious views. Televisions in rooms would be completely out of place here – Broadgate House has bookshelves – but these days, of course, there is wifi: the router is on the ground floor but there’s a strong signal throughout.
Through the day guests are free to roam around their own floor as well as downstairs, where there are separate rooms for breakfast, dining and quite a few sitting rooms. But when the weather is kind it’s the south-west facing terrace in front of the house that’s best. The grounds at Broadgate House are an integral part of this magnificent lodge’s appeal, with a glorious selection of rhododendron bushes and countless flower beds. The two acres are divided into a series of ‘garden rooms‘, including an expansive walled garden, a croquet lawn and several terraces, all with sweeping views of the Lakeland landscape and the sea below.
Dogs aren’t allowed in Broadgate House but if they’re happy to sleep in the car the parking area is secluded, sheltered and secure.
Broadgate House suggests
Come in summer, when the gardens are at their best. Or in winter, when the crowds have gone and the landscape broods the change of season. There’ll always be a log fire to keep winter at bay.
- Building of Historical Interest
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Places of Historical Interest
- Wild Swimming
Prices per room, based on two sharing, including breakfast - £125
Single room, including breakfast - £70
Dinner, by arrangement, £30 pp, including a bottle of wine per couple
Broadgate House is a perfect base for exploring the Lake District. Swinside Stone Circle is a short walk from the house, while for the active Scafell and Coniston Old Man are outstanding mountains close by. Drive two miles to the sea and you can ride Cumbria Heavy Horses on the beach or swim in waters warmed by the Gulf Stream, while you can also take a dip in the River Duddon and the lakes of Coniston, Wastwater or Windermere.
There are castles aplenty, Beatrix Potter's house, and, of course, the daffodils that inspired the poems of Wordsworth.
"This isn't just a B&B, it's a rarefied experience that hearkens back to a different time. The house is airy and antique-filled and nestled in a lush corner of the Duddon Estuary with immaculately kept gardens that were bursting with flowers when we visited. We had the top floor to ourselves and had a bathroom each. The bathroom with the bathtub was the size of our entire apartment. The bathtub also had a view of the gardens and estuary in the distance. The owner, Di, is the most warm, welcoming, and fascinating person you could ever hope to meet. Having tea or wine with her outside or in front of the fire in the evenings, I had to keep my jaw from dropping at the stories from her incredible life. No place in the house or grounds was off limits and we felt simultaneously welcome and at ease, and as if our privacy was respected. For 3 days, this was our home, and what a magical home it was! Finally, it has to be said that Di's an excellent cook. We stayed at a 'posh' hotel after Broadgate (the sort of place where people arrive in a helicopter and park on the lawn -- true story) where everything was flawlessly executed but I couldn't stop thinking about Broadgate. Then it hit me: Broadgate has soul."
Mark, May 2021
- Bio : Broadgate House has been in the Lewthwaite family since built in 1814, at about the time Wordsworth was strolling by, But has since been modernised to the very highest standards. The current owner, Lady Diana Lewthwaite, is a former Olympic skier (10th in the slalom) who, with her husband David, went on to launch Supertravel, thereby creating the ski chalet model known and loved to this day. She is a charming and hospitable host who makes everyone feel welcomed more as a friend than a paying guest. The breakfast room perfectly catches the morning sun and the sausages, locally reared on Cumbrian fields, are something of a speciality. Dinners, by arrangement, are in the dining room, with the clink of crystal quiet in flickering candlelight.