The garden at Townend

The cottage garden alive with colour at Townend

Based on the Browne’s cottage garden, our charming outside area is the first thing you’ll see as you wander up to Townend. Filled with colour in spring and summer, a seat on one of the benches with a book in hand while you absorb the view over Troutbeck Valley is a must.

Please note, Townend farmhouse is currently closed, however our car park and garden are open Friday - Monday, 10am-5pm.

Although small, the sense of calm you’ll get from being in the garden is huge. It’s tended to by our Gardener year-round, with spring seeing the start of a long season of colour. Stroll along the gravelled pathways, find yourself a seat or just enjoy the view. 

George Browne was a keen gardener who loved his sweet peas, roses and phloxes. The garden you’ll see now is planted with a mix of historic plant varieties and fruit trees in keeping with the original cottage garden. 

Troublesome weeds and prize-winning panises

George made many notes about his garden in his diaries, including planting schemes, successes and failures.

On 14 August, 1909 he recorded that he ‘took up remainder of Sharp Victor Potatoes, only a poor crop – were touched with frost in spring’. He also jotted down a list of ‘troublesome weeds’, including Enchanters Nightshade, which was a ‘weed with white hairy dots’.

His garden was a mix of colourful flowers, vegetables, herbs and an orchard with apples, plums and damsons. In 1909 he planted 28 varieties of phloxes, all in alphabetical order, as well as 19 varieties of sweetpeas, pansies and delphiniums. George won a number of prizes for his pansies.