Brought back so many happy memories! We have been there 3 times and it was only the last time that we went down to the far end as we were always in a rush to go somewhere else ... Amazing how many flowers there are already and it's only April!
We try to go at least once every month. Getting harder to cover all of the gardens these days. They have opened new areas and it now takes us about 2 hours to wander round. We did not manage to get up to the newest part (Furnace Hill), age and infirmity makes it hard.
I know how it feels. But go there whilst you can. Who wants to be stuck in a house, clamped in by 4 walls. You're lucky that you have such a vast garden. We like Penryth Castle as well, just love the massive walls and the lovely details.