Chase is a former vicarage standing on the edge of Muncaster Fell,
above the old fishing port of Ravenglass.
the mid 19th Century from the distinctive, pink granite peculiar
to Eskdale, the house commands breathtaking views of Lower Eskdale
from amongst the trees and shrubs of its beautiful semi-wild garden.
the proportions are generous - high ceilings and large windows give
a sense of space and light and its magnificent sweeping staircase
speaks eloquently of an age when houses were built to be more than
just utilitarian living spaces.
The pleasantly furnished
waiting room/lounge enjoys a view of the secluded "secret garden"
at the rear of the house, where patient observation may be rewarded
with a glimpse of a red squirrel or of one of the many less-than-common
birds that have made the garden their home, including greater spotted
woodpeckers, nuthatches, siskins, goldfinches and jays. The sudden,
panicking departure of the small birds on the table will probably
signal the arrival on the scene of the resident sparrowhawk.
room looks out over the old sunken garden to the magnificent vista
of Lower Eskdale - rivalling the more famous view from the terrace
of the neighbouring Muncaster
you're lucky, you may see the buzzards circling below you in the
itself is a wildlife haven. In the spring it is awash with bluebells
and daffodils. Crabapples, cherries, apples and horse chestnut blossom
simultaneously. As the Chase is part of the extensive Muncaster
Castle estate, it is unsurprising to find exotic azaleas blooming
along the front drive. Later, wild roses and mock orange appear,
followed by blackberries and - if you know where to look - bilberries.
are the remnants of a once magnificent formal garden, returned gracefully
to the wild. Whilst parts of it are being reclaimed, Centre staff
and clients have unanimously agreed that much of the "wilderness"
should be retained, to provide a safe haven for the animals who,
after all, were here before us …
can take a virtual tour of the Centre and its grounds by clicking
on the link below ...
Tour of Muncaster Chase and garden.
tour was very generously donated by Rob Merrett of Pulse Business
Solutions. Please see our "Links" page for more information
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