Relax and enjoy silent spaces at Acorn Bank
Acorn Bank is taking part in 'Silent Space' where visitors are being encouraged to switch off their mobiles and enjoy five minutes of silence in the beautiful setting on Wednesdays and Thursdays in June and September.
Acorn Bank estate encompasses stunning views across parkland towards the Lake district hills, woodland walks along the banks of Crowdundle Beck, industrial heritage and working water mill, walled gardens and in sight from anywhere in the gardens, a Penrith red sandstone house, parts of which date back to the 16th century.
The 17th-century walls at Acorn Bank shelter the National Trust's largest collection of medicinal and culinary plants in our fascinating herb garden; the traditional orchards are carpeted with Edwardian Daffodils in Spring and wildflowers in early summer, all surrounded by herbaceous borders while the oldest part of the garden next to the house has a ‘sunken’ feel to it with alpine terraced beds along one side, currently undergoing significant conservation work, and a ornamental waterlily pond which is home to all 3 species of newts native to Britain.
Beyond the walls, the new orchard contains a growing collection of Northern apples, in between which we grow fruit and vegetables in a mixture of beds and hotbeds. Tucked away in the corner are the beehives, managed by Penrith Beekeepers Association and used by them for teaching Beekeeping skills.
With long and varied history, Acorn Bank was first owned by the Knights Templar in 1228, the estate was then a family residence for Thomas Dalston and his descendants for almost 400 years. It was acquired in 1934 by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe, the Yorkshire writer, traveller and art collector, and her second husband Capt. Noel McGrigor Phillips. Dorothy gave the house, gardens and estate to the National Trust in 1950.
The Silent Space
Acorn Bank has chosen two spaces ideal for enjoying the peaceful atmosphere at Acorn Bank.
The Herb Garden, fully enclosed within brick walls, is a space which feels intimate and reflective. Sit under the Portuguese Quince tree with the Apothecary’s Rose in full flower. read a book, or just enjoy the peaceful, secure atmosphere while you wander through the collection of plants recording our connection with the plant world.
Dates for the Herb Garden are 7, 14, 21 and 28 June and 6, 13, 20 and 27 September, 10am-4pm.
The Pool in the woodland is a delightful spot for sitting quietly, watching the wildlife carry on its day around you. Switch off from the hustle bustle and get in touch with nature for five minutes, while Crowdundle Beck tumbles behind you, contrasting the stillness of the pool in front.
Dates for the Pool are 8, 15, 22 and 29 June and 7, 14, 21 and 28 September, 10am-4pm.