March 15, 2011

Luxury Cottages Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall is without doubt one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions and one of the reasons is that it can actually accommodate many people all at once! Unlike a medieval castle or a famous place such as Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm, Hadrian's Wall is not restricted to a single site. Stretching for around 70 miles from the west to east of Northern England, the wall has many sites along its length with numerous forts and milecastles.

Towards the western end of the wall in Cumbria, there is Birdoswald with an exhibition gallery and some wonderful excavated remains of the Roman fort that was once so dominant in the area. Nestled just 3 miles in the valley below is a hidden gem - the historic village of Lanercost with its medieval priory.

Lanercost Priory was built, many believe, with stone from Hadrian's Wall and has seen some celebrated visitors over the centuries - from King Edward I who lived here for several months towards the end of his life to Robert The Bruce who came a few years later, to the Victorian artists William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones who were visitors whilst staying as guests of George Howard the 9th Earl of Carlisle at Naworth Castle just a couple of miles away.

Next to the priory a number of stone buildings have been renovated by no less than one of George Howard's descendants and now offer luxury holiday cottage accommodation. Alongside there is also an excellent Cumbrian tea room which people travel to from miles around to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and quality food.