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Glassonby Old Hall in the Eden Valley is a Grade II listed sandstone long house with four double bedrooms and a large breakfasting farmhouse kitchen. It has two wood-burning fires, a massive open-plan great hall and separate sandstone walled snug. Additional accommodation is available in neighbouring Elk Cottage and Jenny's Croft, each offering two en suite bedrooms. The estate has lovely open lawned areas and private gardens. Glassonby is a quiet village close to The Lake District National Park and one of England's largest Druidic stone circles – Long Meg and Her Daughters.
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About The area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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