There is much for our guests to enjoy in the area. The Lake District is within easy distance, with Ullswater (often described as ‘England’s most beautiful lake’) being just a 15 minute drive away. In the opposite direction the Pennines rise to the north and east and a drive or ride up Hartside Pass rewards you with an incredible panorama of the Eden Valley, Lake District fells and mountains and the sweeping plains up to the Solway Firth and beyond into Scotland.
The market town of Penrith is only 5 miles away and has plenty of options for supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, and a fantastic selection of local, independent shops. The Lakeland village of Pooley Bridge, at the head of Ullswater, is only a further 5 miles away and hosts a local farmers’ market on the last Sunday of the month from April to September.
Edenhall is a small village in the beautiful Eden valley which borders the Lake District to the north east. The village’s principle features are its church and its ‘Luck’. The church is dedicated to St Cuthbert, and is set in beautiful countryside, apart from the village and in open fields. Dating back to at least the 14th century, it’s east window originates from Venice, and the church is well worth a visit for this alone.
The ‘Luck of Edenhall’ is a goblet, thought to date back 800 years, and of Syrian origin. Legend has it that a butler found fairies dancing around the goblet on the hall’s lawn and he grabbed it from them, however, he was warned by the fairies that
“When e’er this cup shall break or fall,
Farewell the luck of Edenhall”
The cup survives and is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Unfortunately, the hall didn’t survive, it was demolished in 1934.
The hall and village are very much linked to the Musgrave family, who claimed descent from a knight who came over with William the Conqueror, and the ‘Luck’ was most probably brought back from Syria by a Musgrave who accompanied King Richard on the crusades.