At Stirk House, we’re lucky enough to be surrounded by our own 22 acre patch of glorious Lancashire countryside; we appreciate our environment and try to use it as inspiration in everything we do, from creating dishes with foraged ingredients to planting over 5000 indigenous trees and wild flowers. We encourage our guests and visitors to explore the grounds in whichever way they please, whether that means enjoying lunch on the patio or adventuring through the woods.
Or perhaps further afield to enjoy the beautiful Ribble Valley Walks direct from Stirk House
We’ve worked hard over many years to make the grounds at Stirk House a haven for local wildlife, and now have many animals and insects who have made it their home, from wild deer roaming the fields to a colony of bees occupying their very own 5* Bee hotel. Spot butterflies and baby rabbits from the conservatory or take some time out in the specially built wildlife hideout.
We are extremely proud of our association with the World Owl Trust who have designated our grounds as a ‘Wildlife Conservation Area’
Through their help, in 2013 we saw three Owlets raised in our Barn Owl Nesting Box and we certainly hope that they will continue to use our grounds to nest and hunt in the future.
Click Here for more information on the World Owl Trust.
Guests are welcome to wander the grounds at their own pleasure but, for those looking for a little guidance, we have some plotted routes. Take the Wildside Nature Trail to experience the large variety of local wildlife residing in our grounds or tackle the Circular Walk to fully appreciate our stunning location. Maps and guides are available at reception and those with limited mobility can enjoy the nature trail with the use of an all terrain ‘Tramper’ vehicle. (With Prior Arrangement)
Click Here for more information from Forest of Bowland about the Tramper
The gardens at Stirk House are lovingly cared for by our on-site groundskeeper and frame the house with beautiful, seasonal blooms all year round. Enjoy an alfresco lunch on the patio overlooking exquisite countryside or stroll around the pretty landscaped gardens at your leisure. The gardens also contribute to our green credentials, with our very own onsite orchard providing fruit for the kitchen and a meadow of wild flowers to encourage biodiversity.