Important notice -

Our major conservation project is almost complete and we are now open again. There are still some bits to finish off both internally and externally, please bear with us during this final stage of the project.

Atmospheric farmhouse full of quirky objects and fascinating stories


Things to see and do


What's on

Upcoming events

Talk: Tackling the rot at Townend

Sat 18 Mar 2017
Last year we embarked upon an urgent project to save Townend after we found wet rot in two of the house's main structural beams, come and find out what we discovered along the way.

A Taste of Townend

Thu 23 Mar 2017
The Brownes' family recipe book is full of great recipes, from meaty mince pies and macaroons to medicines dating back to the 17th century. We'll be cooking all afternoon where we'll recreate some of the recipes.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 14 Apr 2017
Follow our garden trail and find the hidden eggs to claim your Easter treat!

Our work

A rotten beam in the wall at Townend

Tackling the rot at Townend 

Imagine what it feels like to press against a 400-year-old solid oak beam and feel it crumble beneath your fingers. That was just what we were faced with at Townend when we scraped away the top layer of render to check the condition of the beams holding up this Grade I listed farmhouse.


Filming the rot at Townend

Alex Fowkes and Amon Shaw from Carlisle are in the second year of an Adventure Media course at the University of Cumbria and they have set up their own production company, Thrown Overboard Media Company. They have been filming our conservation project from start to finish and have produced this short edit of the project work.

A rotten beam at Townend

Rotten news: project updates 

Over the next ten months we plan to update our website every few weeks to share with you the challenges of tackling the rot at Townend and hopefully the wonderful things we will discover as we peel away centuries of hidden history. Here’s the fourth instalment.




Get involved

Volunteer at Townend in Cumbria

Volunteer at Townend 

Townend is full of quirky objects and fascinating stories, we’re looking for volunteers to help us bring these stories to life. If you are enthusiastic, enjoy meeting people and working as part of a team, then why not give it a try? We are looking for Room Guides and Conservation Assistants.