Before crossing the border to Scotland I made one final stop: the historic house Hutton-in-the-forest near Penrith, the home of Lord & Lady Inglewood set in an extensive garden and forest.
Originally a medieval stronghold with a pele tower, succeeding generations have altered and added to the house, and the outside and inside show a wide variety of architectural and decorative styles from the 17th century to the present day. (Visitcumbria)
Besides the medieval tower, today used as the main entrance, there was a gallery added in the 1630 – a very rare feature in the North of England. The hall with the cupid staircase was built in 1680, mid-18th-century rooms and even a private suite, drawing room from 1830 and a library from 1870.
If was kind of funny to hear about how important it was to have a safe space (the tower) whenever the Scots attacked as I heard the same story the other way around on the other side of the border, with the English attacking.
The walled garden was built in 1730 and contains many different flowers, herbs and plants and was busy with bees – the perfect place to sit down and just relax.
View in direction of the private apartments, more about the Fletchers is on their website.
The house is open from End of March to October and definitely worth a visit and I also recommend taking a tea-break in the cloister café and a little walk around the woods.