Bed Breakfast and Self Catering at Hawksdale Lodge Country House Cumbria

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About the local area

Rose Castle stands in a beautiful valley through which flows the river Caldew, and is the historic residence of the Bishop of Carlisle. It is supposed to have been the chief residence of the bishops of Carlisle since 1248; it has been twice burned down-in 1332 by the Scots, and during the Civil War in 1648. After the Restoration it was rebuilt and improved by different prelates, and thoroughly remodelled by Bishop Percy during the 19th century. You can take a beautiful circular walk to Rose castle straight from our door, picking up the Cumbrian Way, and following the River Caldew, there are some lovely spots to stop for a picnic too. if you would like to have a packed lunch or take a picnic out with you for the day, Please ask about our optional extras, or look at our prices page where you will find a list of things we offer.

Dalston The village is on the River Caldew and is served by the Dalston railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line. It is well served with small local specialist shops, a brilliant Bakery, a butcher, a Co-op, Pharmacy, Post Office, two Pubs, hairdressers, a market garden, specialist plant nursery and a number of other small independent shops, selling things from wedding shoes to gifts and cards.

Dalston was the birthplace of sculptor Musgrave Watson (born in 1804) and the translator Georgiana Harcourt who was born three years later. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a not-infrequent visitor to Green Lane, Dalston, his sister Angel, had married the local curate, and they lived at Whitesmiths at the top of the Green Lane drive. Mrs Beeton also came from a nearby village and visited Dalston regularly.

Wreay the nearby village has an exquisite church well worth visiting; St Mary’s church in Wreay, Cumbria was constructed and designed by Sara Losh between 1840 and 1842 and has a rectangular nave and a semicircular apse following the style of Roman basilicas of the early church. Prominent in the churchyard are a mausoleum of Sara Losh's sister, Katherine, and a copy of the Bewcastle Cross.

Bullen reports Dante Gabriel Rossetti's enthusiasm for this church (and Losh's other works in the village) which Rossetti described as "extraordinary architectural works" with "a church of a byzantine style and other things ... full of beauty and imaginative detail, though extremely severe and simple" and "much more original than the things done by the young architects now". The stonemason who carved the designs was William Hindson. A plaque to his memory is displayed in the church.

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The Solway Coast

Local Artisans & Craft Workshops/ places to visit:
Cookery Courses combining the love of cooking with the scenic surroundings of the Lake District, capturing the essence of fine Cumbrian food with friends. Flower workshops and Bespoke days available for groups of friends.
Specialist cheese maker, a fabulous way to spend a day learning about cheese making.
Craft workshops and fabulous shopping!
Clay Shooting tuition for all levels.
Soft furnishing & upholstery workshops
Luxurious handcrafted quality chocolates
Carlisle Castle
Tullie House Museum in Carlisle
Walk the length of Hadrian's Wall on the Hadrian's Wall National Trail




Hawksdale Lodge, Hawksdale, nr Dalston Cumbria, CA5 7BX. Tel: 07810 641892 Email: