Discover High Lickbarrow

The traditional Lakeland farmhouse, formal front garden and topiary set amidst a beautiful lowland landscape are no doubt what kept Michael and his sister Elizabeth Bottomley on the farm for so many years.

From Michael’s art and architecture to Elizabeth’s single minded approach to conservation farming, the interiors of High Lickbarrow also tell us so much about the family. This is a chance to relax, explore and enjoy at your own pace:

•    Find out how a family from Hampstead came to be farming in the Lake District
•    Snuggle up next to the fire with one of the books or farm diaries going back to 1959
•    Take inspiration from Michael’s artwork and do some sketching or painting of your own
•    Afternoon tea was always a feature at High Lickbarrow, rustle up some cake or biscuits in the kitchen and then enjoy them in the parlour
•    Potter in the garden, help us out with our jobs list and maybe take a cutting for your own garden
•    Take a stroll along the nearby paths and lanes, borrow a map, binoculars or a wildflower book
•    See the carts which Libby Bottomley used on the farm, still in the barn where they were left
•    Simply sit by the fire with a brew and enjoy the atmosphere of peace

" One particularly fond memory I have is of the envelope post mark on correspondence I got from Elizabeth - "The Roots of Heaven" - it always gave me a lift when I saw that."
- Pete Ingleby, family friend of the Bottomley's