If ever there was a house that tells its story unashamedly, Hutton-in-the Forest (6m north of Penrith) is one of those. Moving right from the central c.1350 Peel Tower there is the c.1630 Jacobean long gallery where a wooden Great Hall would have stood, projected left also c.1685; then tagged onto the end Gothicised late Georgian-mid/late Victorian bits. Around the house is a 1730s walled garden, topiary terraces laid out in the 17th century and an 18th century vista which was until recently obscured by Victorian planting, added with the aim of recreating the “forest” part of the title.
The current owners are currently restoring the vista.
I enjoyed the new gates to the walled garden and also the family’s ceramics collection but disliked an early 20th century ancestor’s penchant for the arts & crafts movement, creating a drab bedroom with William Morris wallpaper.
When visited: April 2014