This isolated, off-grid farmhouse is overseen by Grizedale Arts and located some 2km from Lawson Park, the organisation’s headquarters. Recently restored, it has no mains services and is accessed only by foot.
The picturesque 16th century house operates as a new project space and collaboration with its owners the National Trust; accommodating artists, writers and creative collectives seeking the traditional facilities of the idealised artist retreat – tranquillity and seclusion.
The major project to date at Parkamoor has been that of Dan Robinson and Artist House (Laura & Bryan Davies) Thinking Space for the North, which included the design and installation of furnishings at the house, as well as public events there. Other past visitors include artist Harold Offeh and the Urbania collective, The Princes Drawing School, Adam Chodzko, Ken Russell and a range of London-based art gallerists.
Parkamoor is available for hire as an 'uncurated residency' as much as an over-fashionable eco holiday let, offering the remote retreat that Lawson Park is not. The house sleeps six people, in three bedrooms. Water is pumped from the well and heated on the wood fired range, which also facilitates cooking. There is no bathroom, but instead a composting toilet in the outside privy. This is eco-living 1820 style and in keeping with this low impact approach, guests must walk up to the farm, one mile, ascending 200m above sea level to reach Parkamoor. Making the house and daily life in residence function is part of the charm and is a work of art in itself; as such it is equally suitable for artist’s projects as it is for management training workshops.
Staying at Parkamoor costs £400 per week including fuel and Friday changeover. Artists' groups can receive a discount if coming to work on a project. Contact Maria Benjamin on 07949 369 357 for more details, or visit the dedicated website here.
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