Right here in the Lake District and Cumbria our significant structures are different in character to those in many other parts of the country. Several started as small castles, built below in the buffer region between more heavily populated parts of England and marauding middle ages Scots.
Some were easy fortified towers, now built right into exclusive farmhouses spread throughout the east of the area, and others have been established over the ages into grand stone erections. There are also holiday cottages in the lake area which you can remain in which belong to these Stately Houses.
Many of the Lake District and Cumbria’s crucial residences are smaller sized in scale compared to those located elsewhere. We do have our substantial monoliths to sophistication, yet you can additionally visit numerous examples of more modest properties. This is rather a different experience from the ‘walk-along-the-special-carpet’, ‘don’t-lean-over-the rope’ sort of home, as it’s frequently simple to visualize yourself transported back in time, living there quietly.
Unlike much of the country, a lot of our stately homes and castles are still under exclusive or charitable ownership, instead of the National Trust or English Heritage. This has its advantages, as typically the individual effects of past owners continue to be on screen, and the insides aren’t refined to impractical perfection.
Our grandest buildings are Muncaster Castle on the west coast and Levens Hall, Holker Hall and Sizergh Castle, all in the south of the area.