The Stables (Baldwinholme)
The Stables is a reverse accommodation cottage sleeping up to four people in Baldwinholme, just six miles south of the City of the Lakes, Carlisle. Its appeal lies in its proximity to the historic city, Hadrian's Wall, the northern Lake District and the Solway Coast. The cottage itself was originally built in the mid-nineteenth century as a stables on Linden Farm and looks onto the old farmyard, which is now used for private parking. Linden Print Studio is housed opposite the cottage and offers printmaking courses with renowned artist and cottage owner, Vega Brennan.
Tourists flock from far and wide to visit the area's local attractions, but The Stables offers something very different to the large hotels in Carlisle. Situated in the quiet village of Baldwinholme, guests can expect a peaceful stay without having to battle the city traffic at the start and end of each journey. Cycling to Burgh-by-Sands on the Solway Coast takes around 30 minutes and the starting point of Hadrian's Wall is just a little further on, located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Views over the Solway to Criffel on the Scottish coast can also be seen on most days.
Carlisle's heritage is marked by its status as a Roman settlement, established to serve the forts on Hadrian's Wall. During the Middle Ages, because of its proximity to the Kingdom of Scotland, Carlisle became an important military stronghold; Carlisle Castle, still relatively intact, was built in 1092 by William Rufus, and once served as a prison for Mary, Queen of Scots. The castle now houses the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and the Border Regiment Museum. For around three centuries, Hadrian’s Wall was a vibrant, multi-cultured frontier sprawling almost 80 miles coast-to-coast. Built by a force of 15,000 men in under six years, it is as astounding today for its sheer vision as it is for its engineering. Milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts punctuate a diverse landscape that provides a dramatic backdrop. Explore bathhouses, turrets and shrines, visit galleries and museums and watch live excavations uncover fresh details of ancient Roman Britain before your eyes.