Brougham

This pretty village lies on the outskirts of Penrith, near the confluence of the rivers Eamont and Lowther, in the county of Cumbria. With the Lake District to its west and the Pennines to its east, it is the perfect base for visitors who want to explore the surrounding countryside. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Brougham, you will discover the heather moors, tumbling rivers, hay meadows, dales and peatlands of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Also nearby, the glacial ribbon lakes and fell mountains of the Lake District National Park are a paradise for outdoor pursuits. The village itself is little more than a scattering of farm buildings and cottages, strung out along a couple of narrow lanes, surrounded by farmland.

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This unspoiled rural community is best-known as the location of two historic properties, Brougham Hall and Brougham Castle, both of which are must-sees on self-catering holidays in Brougham. Near the riverbank, the castle dates back to the 13th century, when it was a formidable defence against Scottish invaders. Managed by the National Trust, its warrens of passageways and spiral staircases are fascinating to explore, and there are breathtaking views from the top of the keep. Brougham Hall is another impressive building, dating back to the 14th century. It was recently rescued from dereliction and is now home to a tearoom and arts and crafts workshops. A stone’s throw from holiday cottages in Brougham, the town of Penrith is famous for its imposing castle. Best explored by foot, its maze of narrow lanes is home to a variety of independent businesses. Walk from the town to the hilltop monument of Penrith Beacon and you will be rewarded with spectacular views across Eden Valley. Drive west from Brougham and you will soon reach the eastern Lake District, where Ullswater has a reputation as one of the most picturesque locations in England. Surrounded by green hills and mountains, it is a wonderful place to walk, swim, sail or take a tour on a traditional steamer boat.