To while away the hours we were to share in the scenic Lake District, Paula rented this magnificent house for our group of seven. The very interesting history of this former school was well documented in the Headmaster's Diary. From it's inception as a village school for Ullswater's children - with bouts of chicken pox, croup and mumps, influenza epidemics, and being 'smoked out' of the classrooms by old coal burning stoves supplying heat, or worse no heat at all on freezing Winter days - through the days of taking in evacuees during the second World War, the Grammar School House breathes history all while sitting in the middle of beautiful panoramic farmland.
Driving up the lane from the lake below, the greenery of the fields, trees, ferns and moss almost took one's breath away. The dampness of the climate had made Spring spellbinding, covering everything in a brilliant, verdant green.
151 years of history contained in one great house!
The school is now a spacious and most comfortable house complete with everything one needs to truly feel at home, plus extras such as the AGA stove that we had fun learning to use, and we all want one in our kitchens now!
Super large kitchen, our daily meeting point for coffee, tea, snacks, now and then a home cooked meal..............plus lots of sightseeing planning for our days out.
Paula and Babs getting ready to cook breakfast..............we are such a compatible group of traveling friends, and now we feel like family!
Bob enjoying his "full English" breakfast with Babs - chef Rob at the AGA.
Kitchen window view out to the lane.
The Grammar School House today.
Nearby the house, just down the lane, a lovely property FOR SALE! We all wanted to buy it - especially if it came with lambs!
No pool for dipping but a lovely pond in the back garden......
.......and, just over the wall, our very own meadow with cows and their calves.
A lovely spot in England's northern county of Cumbria...............hope to return again some day.