Arbigland House and Gardens

Arbigland House and Gardens

Arbigland House and Gardens
4.5
Architectural BuildingsGardens
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
24 acres of gardens surrounding an Adam-style 18th house, with woodland walks, formal gardens, a lake and a beach on the Solway Firth looking across to Cumbria. The House has strong links with Robert Burns (the poet), John Paul Jones (father of the US Navy), James Craik (George Washington's physician) and John Campbell (the first Captain of HMS Victory). Visitors can book a talk about this history while touring the principal rooms of the House. There are holiday lets in the Stable Yard.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Mick Canham
    Coventry, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply stunning
    Had a wonderful hour touring these breathtaking gardens. Walked down to the beach and back into the heart of the garden where we were lucky enough to meet the owner. He guided us around parts of the garden and was very insightful. Would have loved to stay longer.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Linda M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely hidden gem of a garden
    This delightful garden has everything - a stately parterre, a beautifully restored Sunken garden, a wide driveway lined with ancient trees from around the world, a lake and lots of winding woodland paths dotted with quirky statues. Great for kids to explore and they can also play on the rocky beach with lovely views over the Solway. This was my second visit and we were lucky enough to meet Wayne, one of the owners, who told us about how they have been gradually restoring this amazing garden during the last five years and have created some lovely holiday homes in the stable areas. We finished off our visit with ice creams at the nearby John Paul Jones Museum. They have a secluded caravan/ campervan park next door. A hidden gem with really friendly people - not to be missed .
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Cedric B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Destination Arbigland!
    Arbigland is a must if you're in the area. A few years' hard graft by the current welcoming owners are reopening a fabulous historic estate overlooking the Solway Firth. Great variety of trees, woodland glades, vistas, re-emerging formal gardens and lake make this a wonderful place to wander and imagine it's forgotten life of the 18th century.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Denise A
    Carlisle, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost lost secret gardens
    Absolutely fabulous 'almost lost' gardens. Visited whilst staying at John Paul Jones museum caravan site. Loved exploring in what felt like secret gardens. First time seen a Toffee tree - smells just like toffee. Loved the walk down to the beach. Enjoyed this so much, visited on two days. So peaceful and relaxing. Highly recommend and would definitely return. Thank you.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • lisab
    Gateshead, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We will definitely be back.
    We stayed in Coachman’s Cottage in the stables at Arbigland Hall. Such a magical place and a perfect place to relax and potter. Gardens are a work in progress which adds to the magic and makes us want to go back and see how they develop. Buzzing with wildlife and you will see something different with every walk. Staying at the gardens meant we could enjoy all times of day there. We had the the beach at the bottom of the garden to ourselves and was perfect for rock pooling, sand castles and walking. The cottage is has everything you need, plenty of kitchen and bathroom supplies and hosts were warm and friendly so we felt very welcome. We will definitely be back.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Dawnlw2017
    Swadlincote, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely find, will be back!
    Lovely way to spend an afternoon! Beautiful trees and gorgeous beach. Spotted lots of different Butterflies and Dragonflies. The Acers were so pretty and finding all the toffee trees was such fun. Lovely chatting to Wayne about the gardens. Can’t wait to visit again and see the progress, we will be back to catch the Rhododendrons next year!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Buchan
    Peebles, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arbigland Garden, Museum & pub
    Beautiful estate grounds, being worked on after ‘lost’ and neglected for so long. Met Wayne (one of the owners) restoring them, but still leaving it more natural but uncovering old garden areas - lovely walks and what an amazing location. You could volunteer to help work on it ( one of our friends does) or just enjoy it all. Our clan family incl children just loved wandering. Then a brilliant meal at the fantastic pub nearby in Carsethorn, the Steamboat Inn. Well done for the food and friendly staff. The lovely person in the Paul Jones cottage museum too was great - so thank you for a nice afternoon out, we will be back!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Jonny-Northerner
    Harrogate, United Kingdom585 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So peaceful...
    Unfortunately, the house was closed when we visited. We walked down the forest path to the coast, which was amazing, & then wandered back up past the lake & over the numerous footbridges. I'm no gardener, but this place was just fab - so peaceful too. It would have been good to have been able to visit the house too, but it was worth the entry fee (paid into an honesty box) for the gardens on their own.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2024
  • Experience816289
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing revisit to a special garden. A credit to owners Wayne and Alastair
    Garden is showing some great recent developments. There are stunning areas of the garden and as we wandered we had many surprises. In fact when we went around again we discovered even more! We love the sections of the garden and the different views of the beach make the very reasonable entrance fee great value. We have visited many other gardens and this one offers so much. An added bonus was to hear the infectious enthusiasm from Alastair and Wayne who are clearly working so hard. Thanks for sharing your garden! We will return.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Jenny H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    "Wow!" again....
    We revisited this estate for the second time, a year later. We brought friends to see their reaction. They were as moved as we had been at discovering the peace, botanic beauty and extraordinary setting of these "gardens". We were privileged to meet the estate owner, Wayne Whittaker. He took time to describe the remarkable story of its evolution and his hope to record this in the future. We felt it justifies a documentary at least. We were so glad to have seen it more overgrown last year and felt the beauty of this and it's transformation need capturing. We were delighted at the developments this year ..such thoughtful changes and tasteful use of natural wood. The reclamation of previously uncovered areas was extensive but so far has preserved its natural 'wow' factor for us. Our elderly friend managed well thanks to regular seating and safe paths. The beach views and colours of the Japanese garden held us most. Looking forward to next time!.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 May 2024
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David H
Edinburgh, UK34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I visited this garden on a very hot day. Although the setting was pleasant, I noticed a number of points which were disappointing and made me feel that this location would not be suitable for those travelling with elderly relatives or children. The first point was that is was a five minute walk from the car park to the entrance to the gardens which was not clearly signposted. The cost of admission (£4.50) seemed a bit much as it really only took me 20 minutes to walk round. As I was leaving, I noticed a number of tools had been left unsupervised on the main path. The gardens are in the process of being developed and I am sure they will be a great place to visit in the future but I left feeling rather very underwhelmed.
Written 9 July 2021
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Deb
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We came across this garden by accident looking for beach access and decided to investigate. By the sign “almost lost” I realised that the owners/caretakers were going to be in the process of restoring it so expected a wilderness with areas that I’d need to find and be surprised!

Our dog loved wandering through the overgrown woodland and we enjoyed discovering all the different rooms of this garden. Encountering the lake (which hasn’t been cleared yet) and the Japanese valley with the amazing acers, I can imagine what they would have been like and will be like again. It not being cleared means you can’t see what’s coming and it’s quite enjoyable to turn a corner and see something in front of you that you weren’t expecting (we didn’t follow the map in favour of ‘exploring’). All of the original metalwork gates and overgrown walls have been left in situ and I particularly enjoyed this bygone feel.

The areas that have been renovated, like the sunken garden take you back to a Victorian time of garden parties and fancy dresses, and you can even feel that in the rest of the sleepy garden.

We live in England but will take the trip each year to see how this garden progresses - a much smaller version of Lost Gardens of Helligan and definitely something to look forward to.
Written 8 July 2021
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Clanwarbie
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
We spent the May bank holiday weekend in the cottage next to the house. The location and accommodation was perfect for us. We are a family of 3 generations and everyone enjoyed the experience. The gardens are outstanding. You can walk down to the beach through an amazing canopy of mature trees. Off to the left are paths leading down to two old cypresses and much to the delight of the younger children, a Hansel and Gretel cottage.. there is a surprise round every corner a beautiful lake, a wooden bridge below a waterfall there are stone statues dotted about which included a couple of lions and a terracotta warrior. The plants are mature and there are many exotic species. Work continues on the formal gardens and we look forward to returning next year to admire the progress.
Written 7 June 2021
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Kenny M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
6 adults and 3 kids from Australia visiting family in Dumfries stayed in the Coachmans Cottage on the Estate. What a great place for a large group. Fantastic facilities and magical gardens where we spent hours wandering about. Easy walk to the shore and despite the cold weather we were outside most of the time.
Would highly recommend.
Written 14 April 2023
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Jenny H
Dumfries, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The restoration of this almost lost garden of 28 acres is delightful. Whilst still in the early stages the views of the shore are stunning. There are many mature trees including redwoods and toffee trees and there is a wild woodland feel to much of the garden. Wayne was a kind and enthusiastic guide to his garden and we appreciated the time he spent with us and enjoyed hearing about his plans for the future of the garden
Written 26 June 2023
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Rob
Brandon, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Ok so we went here today 27.4.22 as we love gardens and landscapes. And although its not clip edge's and 2mm lawns it has a freshness about it yes some of the paths could be a bit better. And maybe some of the plants could do with some TLC but it was nearly lost. Theres good bones here and some of the trees talk to you of a age long gone. Walk down to the bay and sit and just listen to nature that hasn't been forced to do our bidding. We heard a tawny owl in the day time just meters away from us that alone is a treat to be heard. Dont rush if you go here which you should. Take your time touch the tree's soak up the nature that is free here to live how it should. Even if you love clip lawns and no weeds you can still take away something from this garden. I dont work here I just appreciate what it is and can be. 26 years of horticulture has given me a love of the wildness some times and I think you can find it here. For the small amount it costs to go around these gardens I think it very worth it.
Written 27 April 2022
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Jenny H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We revisited this estate for the second time, a year later. We brought friends to see their reaction. They were as moved as we had been at discovering the peace, botanic beauty and extraordinary setting of these "gardens".
We were privileged to meet the estate owner, Wayne Whittaker. He took time to describe the remarkable story of its evolution and his hope to record this in the future.
We felt it justifies a documentary at least. We were so glad to have seen it more overgrown last year and felt the beauty of this and it's transformation need capturing.
We were delighted at the developments this year ..such thoughtful changes and tasteful use of natural wood. The reclamation of previously uncovered areas was extensive but so far has preserved its natural 'wow' factor for us.
Our elderly friend managed well thanks to regular seating and safe paths. The beach views and colours of the Japanese garden held us most. Looking forward to next time!.
Written 20 May 2024
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Experience816289
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Garden is showing some great recent developments. There are stunning areas of the garden and as we wandered we had many surprises. In fact when we went around again we discovered even more! We love the sections of the garden and the different views of the beach make the very reasonable entrance fee great value. We have visited many other gardens and this one offers so much. An added bonus was to hear the infectious enthusiasm from Alastair and Wayne who are clearly working so hard. Thanks for sharing your garden! We will return.
Written 21 April 2024
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Rob W
Derby, England, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We stayed in Grooms Cottage (myself, wife, 1 year old daughter, and 2 dogs).

We had an amazing time exploring the 24 acres of gardens, and the private beach.

It's very quiet and a perfect place to get away from it all.

We met owners Wayne and Alistair, who were both really engaging and great to talk to. Wayne is working extremely hard on making the gardens wonderful, and his eyes light up when he talks about it. He is clearly really passionate and his enthusiasm for it is infectious.

Will we be back?

YES!

We're already looking forward to it and planning our next stay, and hope to visit once a year and see how the gardens progress.
Written 4 October 2020
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I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and that you will be back. You are not alone as we have just had a repeat booking from a family that stayed in these last summer holidays and are coming back for the autumn half-term. Alistair
Written 6 October 2020
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kate c
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Met one of the owners who was off to work in the grounds. Really friendly and welcoming. I loved the place. Its like The Secret Garden , you turn a corner and there's things to see whether plants,views,statues . Beautiful mature trees and new plants . The highlight for me was finding the beach at the end of the garden , guarded by 2 lion statues - combine the visit to the garden with a stroll on the shore. Not a soul to be seen on the beach, views amazing. Just be aware of the tides. The owners are revealing the garden bit by bit revealing it's former glory and adding touches of their own. If I lived locally I'd see if I could volunteer to help it's such an exciting project . I enjoyed a cuppa at the John Paul Jones museum after. Love to return and see the garden season by season . Kids would love it too, lots of paths to explore and connect with nature.
Written 24 August 2022
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