Witness the rich historical tapestry of Rydal Hall, a structure that dates back to 1409 and was built by St John’s Knott. The le Fleming family’s stewardship saw it expand over the years until it found its current location in 1600. Sir Michael le Fleming added the Georgian south wing in 1789, shaping the Hall’s modern facade. The Diocese of Carlisle acquired it in 1970, transforming it into a retreat centre after it had passed through various hands.
The renowned Formal Garden adorns the Hall’s grounds, designed by Thomas Mawson in 1909, showcasing his innovative fusion of architecture and landscape. Today, visitors can experience Rydal Hall’s serene retreat as a testament to centuries of history.
Preserving Historical Character
The Lake District National Park preserves Rydal Hall as a testament to the past. The Special Conservation Area designation meticulously preserves Rydal hamlet and ensures the estate’s historical character endures.
The Captivating Landscape and Gardens
The heart of Rydal Hall lies in its meticulously designed gardens and picturesque landscape. In 1909, renowned landscape architect Thomas H. Mawson crafted the formal garden, which has since been lovingly restored between 2005 and 2007. These grounds house a treasure trove of Grade I* listed buildings and features.
One of the interesting buildings is called The Grot constructed in 1668 by Sir Daniel Fleming. It is a historic viewing station designed to capture the beauty of Rydal Falls. This stone building features a large window offering a picturesque view of the waterfall, the bridge across Rydal Beck, and the surrounding gorge. Sir Daniel invested significantly in its interior, panelling it and creating a serene retreat space. Visitors were led strategically, allowing them to experience the stunning waterfall framed perfectly through the Grot’s window. This unique structure became popular in the 18th century, drawing admiration from notable figures like Thomas Gray and inspiring artists like Joseph Wright of Derby and John Constable. Today, the Grot is a testament to the timeless allure of nature’s wonders and human ingenuity. Its a great place to have a sandwich or shelter from the rain.
Other areas of the garden to explore include:
- The Tranquil Woodland Garden
- The Bountiful Organic Vegetable Garden
- The Inspiring Sculpture Walk
Embark on a journey through these enchanting paths, and let curiosity guide you.
Accommodation at Rydal Hall
Rydal Hall offers a variety of accommodations catering to every type of traveller. To check rates and availability, click the links below:
A Truly International Community
Rydal Hall is not just a destination; it’s a vibrant community managed and staffed by individuals worldwide. Regular worship services are held in the Hall Chapel, welcoming all guests.
Indulge in Old Schoolroom Tea Shop
Relish in the Old Schoolroom Tea Shop, open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10 am. Enjoy light homemade refreshments, including fair trade and gluten-free options. Feel free to bring along your dogs and muddy boots.
Explore the Estate and Environments
Rydal Hall’s estate is a haven for nature enthusiasts, boasting a diverse range of beautiful wild spaces and unique features:
- Rare, Ancient, and Specimen Trees: Discover the beauty of these natural wonders.
- Diverse Flora and Wildlife: Explore the rich biodiversity of the grounds.
- Art and Sculptures in the Landscape: Be captivated by natural artistic expressions.
The Historic Coffin Route
Delve into history by walking the historic Coffin Route, once used to transport coffins from Ambleside to Grasmere, passing through the Rydal Hall Estate.
Renewable Energy Source
Rydal Hall harnesses the power of water from Rydal Beck to drive a turbine, providing sustainable and renewable energy to the Hall and its buildings.
Embark on the Ambleside to Rydal Hall Walk
For the adventurous, consider taking the scenic route from Ambleside to Rydal Hall. This picturesque journey offers breathtaking views of the Lake District, making your arrival at Rydal Hall even more rewarding.
Plan Your Rydal Hall Experience
Immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of Rydal Hall. Discover a timeless escape in the heart of the Lake District, where tradition meets modern comfort. Start planning your visit today.