Holker Estate

Holker Estate is a busy and diverse estate, covering some 17,000 acres of beautiful countryside in England’s South Lakeland. The Estate is home to the Cavendish family for whom conservation of the historical Holker Hall, its land and wildlife remains imperative, not just for themselves and future generations of their family, but for the thousands of visitors that the Holker Estate attracts each year.


Many of the buildings and structures on the Estate are listed or designated Scheduled Ancient Monuments, and over one third of the Estate has some form of environmental designation, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and National Nature Reserves. Working in conjunction with national bodies, the Estate can effectively manage these areas to protect the habitats that support the many rare plant species and abundant wildlife.


The Estate has a long tradition of farming in-hand and many of its tenant farmers produce a variety of exceptional artisan foods including Holker Estate prime Shorthorn Beef, St James’ ewes milk Cheese from Holker Farm Dairy and the famous Holker Saltmarsh Lamb.

The Estate produces seasonal game and venison which are sold locally.  Surrounding Holker Hall are 200 acres of parkland, grazed by a herd of fallow deer.  Holker is a member of the British Deer Farms and Parks Association and has recently started supplying Dovecote Park with the venison from the park deer. 

An extensive land drainage programme is currently underway on land close to Holker Hall to support the in hand arable farming enterprise.

Commercial & Residential Property

Within the boundaries of the Estate are a variety of commercial properties including business units at Holker School, workshops, storage units, an oyster farm, stables, quarries, a golf course and various agricultural farms and grazings. The Estate also owns approximately one hundred unique country properties, predominantly located in the Cartmel area. These range from traditional cottages to large detached farmhouses, two thirds of which are let on the open market.


There are 1,300 acres of woodlands at Holker and across the Estate. Two thirds of the woodlands are coniferous forests which were planted in the twentieth century and the remainder are broadleaved woodlands, some of which are classed as Ancient Woodland Sites. The Estate carefully manages the woodlands for biodiversity, landscape and amenity under the guidance of conservation schemes, as well as producing sustainably grown commercial timber products.


Holker Estate offers various sporting pursuits from shooting and stalking to fishing, across a variety of landscapes including mixed woodland, farmland, moor land and estuarine marshland.  The Estate lets some of the fishing, shooting and stalking rights across the Estate to local syndicates and private parties, including the fishing and wildfowling areas around Morecambe Bay.