VISITORS to one of Cumbria’s most majestic stately homes learned the secrets of its gardens when they were treated to an intimate tour.

Members of the public who snapped up a ticket for the springtime tour and tea with the head gardener got a guided tour of the hall’s famous gardens by Glyn Sherratt.

Glyn, who is responsible for nurturing and caring for the rolling expanses of the centuries-old estate gave a commentary on the shrubs, blossoms, trees and flowers.

And at the end of the tour, guests were treated to some delicious treats at the courtyard cafe. It was the first in a series of special tours being led by the hall’s head gardener.

“The gardens have such a rich and colourful history, and it is a pleasure to be able to share some of that while reflecting on their appearance in the present day," said Glyn.

Guided tours with Glyn are only held very occasionally, with the next scheduled for July 26 and the final opportunity of the year on October 19. Each is carefully selected to ensure the season of the moment is in full swing.