Photos and the City

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hutton in the forest, cumbria, england, uk, photos and the city, historic building, house, building, walled garden

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)

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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.

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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.

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View in direction of the private apartments, more about the Fletchers is on their website.

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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.

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cumbria, england, uk, lake district, lowther castle, photos and th city

It was time to leave the Lake District and England, but before crossing the borders to Scotland I just had to do two more stops. Just a short drive from Pooley Bridge lies the Lowther Castle.

The roots of Lowther Castle go back to the 14th century, when Edward III granted Sir Hugh de Lowther a charter to enclose a 200 acre tract of land for a deer park beside the River Lowther. Sir Hugh built a motte and bailey fortification beside the river, but later in the 14th century this was replaced by a pele tower to better defend against Scottish raides from north of the border. (Britainexpress)

cumbria, england, uk, lake district, lowther castle, photos and th city

In 1691 the medieval building was torn down and replaced with a Jacobean residence which was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1718 and remained mostly a ruin until 1806 when architect Robert Smirke created an impressive new house in the style of a medieval castle, incorporating the ruined house. Smirke later designed the British Museum in London.

cumbria, england, uk, lake district, lowther castle, photos and th city

The house was closed in 1936 and became an empty shell when the roof was removed in 1957 and it took about 70 years until a charitable trust started a huge restoration and the castle was opened for the public in 2011.

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The castle itself looks like out of a fairytale and it´s a shame that I didn´t have more time to explore the gardens they must be stunning.

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