Joanne and Richard’s Wedding Photography at The Lingholm Estate
I believe in the power of photography — that images tell the stories that words alone can’t.
Above all, I believe everyone looks best in the pictures where they are having a good time.
I believe you have a story to tell.
This was my first visit to The Lingholm Estate
And I was not disappointed. The Estate is beautiful and I could see why Joanne and Richard had chosen this fantastic place for their wedding.
The Lingholm Estate is situated on the Western Shore of Derwentwater
in a dramatic location surrounded by incredible views of some of the best loved Lakeland fells. If you are looking for a tranquil lakeside location with nature at your fingertips, stunning scenery and Lakeside access then Lingholm is the perfect place for you.
” A wonderful wedding and short break We were lucky enough to attend a family wedding. Held at the Lingholm Estate from Friday evening until Monday morning. and we booked, a group of 13 people plus dog, into Keeper’s Cottage and Silver Hill. Both cottages were immaculate, spotlessly clean and very comfy. We were lucky with the weather so were able to make good use of the barbecue and fire pits in the gardens. The proximity of the Lingholm Kitchen provided a focus for the wedding party at various points across our stay. The grounds are beautiful and in such a wonderful setting on the shores of Derwentwater. I would love to stay at the Boat House sometime.”
Beautiful paths lead you through the gardens
Straight to Derwentwater and the estate’s large stretch of private lake frontage. A short stroll down the drive takes you to a footpath leading to Catbells, one of the most famous lakeland walks, or the round the lake walk, and in the other direction to Keswick.
I arrived early on the morning of the wedding
to photograph Joanne and her bridesmaids getting ready, my second shooter met up with Richard and his family in another part of the house. The ceremony was to be held in The Stone Room a stunning overlooking Derwentwater. After the ceremony the drinks reception was held in The Drawing Room which has the most ornate carved fireplace.
“Wedding at Lingholm We have recently held our lingholm estate wedding over a 3-day period. We had the apartments and 3 of the holiday homes for our guests. Everybody was so impressed with the quality of the place. Jenny and her staff are so lovely and always happy to help. The food was amazing as this was the first wedding of a size that they had catered for. Andy and his staff did a superb job. The food in the café is second to none.
It exceeded our expectations. Thank you Lingholm you made it so special! “
After drinks the happy couple and I went down to the lake
The Estate has its own private jetty with beautiful views up to Catbells. When we had made the most of the scenery we made our way back up to join the guests who were all out on the front terrace enjoying the outdoor games or just sitting in the sunshine.
The wedding breakfast was in The Stone Room
and tables looked amazing, especially the L.P. table centres which were very personal to Richard as he is a D J. After the wedding breakfast everyone made their way back to the terrace to wait for the surprise visit of two Alpaca’s which were beautiful. The night guests started to arrive and then it was time for first dance and to party
“Wedding 15/9/18 Words can not describe how incredible this place is. We had our lingholm estate wedding here which we booked 2 years ago. We have seen this place develop and excel in this time. From booking the wedding to the day of the wedding, Jenny, Katie and the team were professional, friendly and could not do more for us. The change overs throughout the day were spot on and each layout was better than we imagined. Katie did an amazing job in making sure the day ran smoothly. Lingholm now feels a special place our hearts and can’t wait to come and stay there again. “
BEATRIX POTTER AT LINGHOLM
Beatrix Potter spent ten summer holidays at Lingholm. Over a twenty two year period, between 1885 and 1907. And also stayed at Fawe Park, the neighbouring estate in 1903.
lived in London
She came from a wealthy Victorian family who lived in London. Her father Rupert Potter, a barrister by profession. Was a keen photographer, naturalist and artist. Who enjoyed renting large country houses for the family’s holidays. With the summer holidays often lasting several months.
Hill Top in Sawrey
Although Beatrix is more commonly associated with Hill Top in Sawrey. The farmhouse she bought in 1905 where her later books were based. It was the landscape around Derwentwater that inspired her earlier books. And Lingholm was her favourite and most frequently visited Lakeland holiday home. Arriving at Lingholm for the first time at the age of 19. Beatrix is said to have fallen in love with the area.
best known stories
She loved the lakeside setting of the estate. The woods filled with red squirrels. The flowers and trees and the dramatic fells surrounding the lake. It was during her time at Lingholm, and the surrounding area. That she wrote some of her best known stories. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle are both associated with her time here. And the Lingholm Kitchen Garden was the original inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny was set next door at Fawe Park.
draughty attic rooms
When staying at Lingholm, Beatrix used the draughty attic rooms as her studio. And from a painting she did in 1898. Entitled simply “Rain” we know which room she was using at the time. The view of the side of the old billiard room building. Rising up to a mist and rain obscured Skiddaw . Today the room Beatrix used as an attic studio is a bedroom in our Skiddaw holiday apartment. Beatrix had a particular fondness for Lingholm. And this can be borne out to some extent by the fact that she produced two paintings of the house. (she rarely painted houses as nature interested her far more than buildings). Her second painting of Lingholm was of the main hall and stairway completed in 1904.
lingholm estate wedding – janet ridley photography