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Local attractions

The Lake District is full of stately homes, beautiful gardens, country pubs and cafés and quaint villages.  Here are just a few close to Sunny Bank:

Brantwood - the home of John Ruskin

Brantwood – The world of John Ruskin

Brantwood offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin and the last 28 years of his life spent at Coniston. Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident.

Famous as a writer, artist and social reformer, many great thinkers have been influenced by Ruskin’s ideas. Brantwood remains a place of inspiration. Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State.

With its many contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events, together with its education work in the wider community, Brantwood continues in the Ruskin tradition today.

Harry's Cafe at Yew Tree Barn

Harry's CafeBar at Yew Tree Barn

Yew Tree Barn is home to Wilson Reclamation Services where owner Clive Wilson has been preserving the history of days gone by with his architectural reclamation service since 1986. Over the years he has seen an incredibly diverse range of antiques come and go through the doors at Yew Tree Barn, Low Newton. From its small beginnings in a corner of the stunning, spacious, 19th century traditional Westmorland barn in the beautiful Lake District countryside, Wilson Reclamation Services Ltd (WRS) has become one of the foremost architectural salvage and antique reclamation yards in the UK.  

The barn is now an even more exciting place to visit. With the addition of artisan studios joining Harry’s CafeBar, and the Gallery, there really is something for everyone here so make sure you allow plenty of browsing time!

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