This Cumbrian castle's 50 acres of gardens have been as equally neglected as the castle, having been requisitioned by the army in WW2 and then used to house huge chicken sheds Work is now underway by an army of volunteers and gardeners to restore the gardens - a huge undertaking.
There are still hidden gems to find....a Yew Tree Avenue first planted in the 17th century.
Delightful little summer houses and play houses can be found in the gardens.
A visit to the castle and gardens must include a trip into the cafe, which is housed in the most beautiful coach house. The food is gorgeous and reasonably priced and the views from the shop into the courtyard and the hills beyond are magnificent.