Larch Cottage Nurseries

 

Hidden away in the tiny hamlet of Melkinthorpe in the Eden Valley is one of the country's great horticultural gems.

Established in 1984 by the Cumbrian Landscape designer Peter Stott, the owner, the business has grown from originally providing plants for his landscaping business into a true garden of Eden with a thriving nursery.

Romanesque walls, draped with greenery, act as a backdrop for the plant displays bursting with mature stock plants that have been cultivated on the local land.

There’s an intimacy and tranquillity to these gardens, which have been cleverly planted and arranged in a series of outdoor rooms. Over the years, Peter has worked tirelessly to create romantic settings with pathways that lead the visitor on a journey through abundant herbaceous borders dotted with giant urns and statuary. Some structures are lined with Italianate pillars and rambling walls that look as though they have been there for centuries.

Visitors can peruse the nurseries at a leisurely pace and choose gifts from our shop and Art Gallery, before taking refreshments in La Casa Verde Restaurant. With a terrace overlooking the gardens and the Pennines beyond, the restaurant is popular with both locals and visitors.

A light Mediterranean style menu is served using only the freshest of ingredients with organic seasonal vegetables, fruit and salad leaves coming straight from the organic kitchen garden. All other produce is sourced locally where possible, with everything made on site from first principles.