M6, Junction 41; 3 minutes
Weds, Thurs, Sun & Bank Holiday Mon 10.30am-4.30pm
(House & Tea room)
Sun-Fri 10am-5pm (Gardens)
(2 April-8 October)
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
This magnificent house on the edge of the Lake District (the ancient family home of Lord and Lady Inglewood) is a glorious mix of architectural and decorative styles. Once a medieval stronghold to protect the Borders - it still has its pele tower - it has been extended into a grand, crenelated mansion. There's a small entrance fee to tour the house and gardens but it is well worth it: the extensive grounds are a fittingly magnificent setting for Hutton with the spectacular Walled Garden the jewel in the crown.
The Cloisters Tea Room is free to enter and is a fabulous medieval affair of arched windows, stone floors, beamed ceilings, coats of arms and dark wood furniture. Delicious homemade light lunches are served when the House is open and daily-baked cakes and scones accompany pots of tea and cafetières of coffee. For Afternoon Tea, book in advance. A huge dresser displays local chinaware, preserves, cards and craft souvenirs.
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