Bed and Breakfast Cumbria Accommodation B&B

Tantallon House Bed and Breakfast accommodation is in Gilsland Village on the border of Cumbria and Northumberland, offering guest a fantastic place to stay to explore the surrounding counties of Hadrian's Wall.

Bed and Breakfast Cumbria AccommodationTantallon House has fantastic views over Hadrian's Wall and is in Gilsland Village on borders of both Cumbria and Northumberland. Take a look at our beautiful bed and breakfast rooms and book your stay with us now!
A peaceful and relaxed stay with a genuinely warm welcome. Location is stunning and we loved watching the abundant birdlife. Extremely comfortable and spacious accommodation. Will come again! - Mike and Janet M - Los Gatos, California.

Things to do in Cumbria

There are so many things to do in the beautiful county of Cumbria, in the North West of England, not least visiting Hadrian's Wall, which was built as a symbol of Roman power and spans the width of the country. There are a number of stunning walks in Cumbria, including the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail, which is 84 miles in total. Tantallon House offers the perfect place to stop over, offering 4 star comfortable bed and breakfast rooms for you to relax in.

You can also cycle along the Sustrans Hadrian's Cycleway National Route 72, which goes from Ravenglass to Southshields, following Hadrian's Wall, through the town of Haltwhistle. The total route is 174 miles, and incorporates stunning scenery including coastal view, Roman Ruins, sweeping countryside and occasionally some local wildlife!

Bed and Breakfast Brampton Cumbria Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria

Brampton market town is 8 miles west of Tantallon House Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the country of Cumbria. With cobbled streets, Brampton town has all of the facilities you would expect of a country town. There are a number of shops which sell local produce as well as some pubs and restaurants which are well worth a visit.

Looking for Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Brampton, Cumbria?Then you should stay at Tantallon House on the border of Cumbria and Northumberland. Our accommodation overlooks Hadrian's Wall and we are the perfect place to stay to explore the surrounding areas. Have a look at our stunning bed and breakfast rooms...

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Brampton Cumbria near Hadrian's Wall

Brampton's origins go back to the Romans some 2000 years ago and to the 7th Century when the Angles were living in the area. There are Roman connections to the town as well but these remain uncertain. Brampton is not far from Hadrian's Wall (about two and a half miles to the north) and running in the east-west direction is the Roman Road called "Stanegate" which can be found about 5 miles to the east. There is an old Roman Fort on the edge of the town where now only the Chancel remains of a 17th Century Parish Church. A statue to the Emperor Hadrian stands in the centre of the town.

Beautiful house and rooms, very comfortable and we were made to feel very welcome. A lovely stay, many thanks.

Brampton amenities

Today, Brampton is a small bustling town, there are plenty of places to eat and drink, with coffee shops and a good range of shops such a florists, butchers, hairdressers, clothes, iron monger and, of course, there is the weekly market on a Wednesday. There is an excellent Antique centre called Cumbrian Antiques which is located close to the town centre which has a big range of antiques such as furniture, clocks, china, glass, jewellery, paintings and other works of art as. Surprisingly, you can buy genuine Roman artefacts here as well.

Brampton railway

Railways have always featured in the areas history, and Brampton is no exception. The Earl of Carlisle built a railway from Brampton to Carlisle in 1775 to transport coal so when the Newcastle to Carlisle railway was built around 1836, this joined onto the Brampton to Carlisle line. May be this explains why the station is a mile or so from the town centre as the original line was used for coal loading.

Brampton History

In 1252, Brampton's Charter for the market was granted by Henry III which would have been held in its wide cobbled main street. James I also granted Brampton a charter in 1606 and a copy of this is held in Moot Hall. Moot Hall was built in 1648 at one end of the main street and was once was used by Oliver Cromwell to house prisoners. No trace of this Hall is now left as the building was replaced by a new Moot Hall built in 1817 by the Earl of Lancaster. The octagonal building has arched and pointed windows, a square turret mounted on the roof holding the clock and a square roofed structure formed of timber posts and diagonal bracing. There is a pinnacle on top of this separate roof structure. It also has two external stairs. The Hall is a nicely detailed building with an ornate roof and slate tiles. It used to be an open sided building forming part of the market arcades but was enclosed in 1896. The Tourist Information Centre now resides in the building.

The prominent mound of earth which was called a large motte, now called the Moat, lies to the east of Brampton's town centre, and may have been the site of an old castle. There is a statue of the 7th Earl of Carlisle, a British statesman and politician, and this lies on the highest point of the 135 feet high mound. In the centre of Brampton lies St Martin's Church. This was built of sandstone in 1874 to 1878 and was designed by the Pre-Raphaelite architect, Philip Webb. There are beautiful stained glass windows which feature themes such as paradise, childhood, worship, and heroes of the Bible. The windows were designed by Edward Burne-Jones and were made in William Morris's workshop. The Church is normally open during the day and information about the history is available from the church shop. There is a memorial called the Capon Tree Monument on the outskirts of Brampton. This records the hanging of six Bonnie Prince Charlie supporters in 1746 by the Duke of Cumberland. These supporters were left behind at Carlisle Castle after Bonnie Prince Charlie had fled.

Lake District Accommodation Cumbria

We are happy to help our bed and breakfast accommodation guests help plan their route down to the Lake District and where is best to visit. Although Tantallon House is quite a way north of the Lake District, being situated on Hadrian's Wall, it is still accessible, so our accommodation offers a great spot to explore everything this county has to offer!

Bed and Breakfast Lake District AccommodationWhile Tantallon House is not in the Lake District, Cumbria, it does offer a great place to visit the lakes from as they are only an hour away. Take a look at our beautiful bed and breakfast rooms and book your stay with us now!

Lake District Bed and Breakfast, Cumbria

Our bed and breakfast accommodation is in the county of Cumbria, which is renowned for its spectacular Lake District. It has 12 of England's largest lakes and is fantastic place to explore, either walking or cycling on a day trip if you are staying at Tantallon House. Most areas of the Lake district are accessible within an hour or so from us, as we are only 20 minutes along the A69 from the M6 which dissects the county of Cumbria.

Lake District Activities

The Lake District has a whole host of activities to ensure everyone has a fantastic visit. For those looking to enjoy the lakes themselves, there are numerous water sports activities such as sailing, kayaking, water skiing and wake boarding, to name just a few. Windermere lake is highly suited to beginner water skiers, as the speed limit has just been restricted to 10mph to ensure a calm and serene lake. For those looking for a different experience, there are numerous other water sports clubs dotted around the lakes.

Keswick and the Northern Lakes

Keswick on Derwentwater is perhaps one of the most well known lakes in the Lake District region of Cumbria, and is just a little over an hour away from our bed and breakfast accommodation on Hadrian's Wall. Keswick and the other Northern Lakes cover roughly one half of the entire Lake District National Park. It is a perfect place to visit for a relaxed day out or an action packed one. The area caters for all. The town of Keswick itself has numerous shops to explore, restaurants and art galleries. There are great walks around the area, as well as fantastic climbing opportunities.

Penrith Lake District

Penrith is seen as the gateway to the Northern section of the Lake District. Penrith is a historic town and is one of the oldest in the region, and is located next to the Eden Valley, which makes it a popular location for seeing both the Lakes and the Eden Valley. Also nearby is Ullswater Lake, another lake well worth visiting.

Bed and Breakfast Gilsland Accommodation Cumbria

Gilsland is a unique village straddling the boundary line of the two counties of Cumbria and Northumberland. Hadrian's Wall close to the heart of the village and can be seen from Tantallon House. The village has a 2 pubs and a convenience store, which are around 5 minutes walk from our Bed and Breakfast.

Tantallon House Gilsland Bed and Breakfast AccommodationOur bed and breakfast accommodation is in Gilsland Village which sits on the border of both Northumberland and Cumbria. It is the perfect place to explore Hadrian's Wall. Have a look at our bed and breakfast rooms...

Gilsland Attractions near our Bed and Breakfast

The Poltross Burn Milecastle, which is just south west of Gilsland village, near the old railway station, offers the visitor a clear idea of a Roman Milecastle. The Vellum defensive ditch becomes the pathway leading eastwards about 3 miles to Carvoran Roman Army Museum, the nearest fort to the East. There is an excellent museum which provides a brilliant video giving a dramatic view of what the Wall was like in Roman times.

What a wonderful find! Beautiful hosts - we would have loved to stay longer at Tantallon House! - B Lyn and J Lack, Tazmania.

Westwards, the Hadrian's Wall runs on the south side of the spectacular River Irthing and you can see Tantallon House Bed and Breakfast on the north side of the Irthing Valley from Hadrian's Wall Trail. The path descends through fields to the remains of the old Roman ramparts of the Willowford Bridge. The Wall then climbs an embankment up the side of the ravine to continue on to Birdoswald Fort, a distance of 2 miles from Gilsland. We can provide you with an excellent map to help you plan a wonderful walk around the area.

Gilsland Village History

The Irthing Gorge with its spectacular ravine, through which the Irthing River runs, is a must for visitors to explore; it is beautifully wooded with pathways winding across two bridges to ancient woodland. In the past, the Gilsland Spa drew many visitors seeking health cures by drinking its waters. Its popularity gave rise to the village of Gilsland becoming the "Harrogate" of the North West. The visitors caused an explosion of construction of large attractive boarding houses which caused the village to expand into a thriving commercial centre containing a surprising number of flourishing shops for a village of such humble beginnings.

Gilsland was popularized by Robbie Burns, Coleridge, the famous novelists and also drew Sir Walter Scott who proposed to his future wife in the Irthing Gorge. Thousands of visitors poured into Gilsland for weekend breaks by train on the Carlisle to Newcastle railway. The visitors visited the place where Sir Walter Scott popped the question which is now known as Popping Stones. The Irthing Gorge became a spot associated with romance and secret liaisons where the various classes of people rubbed shoulders with one another as they bathed in the pool set by the river and enjoyed the walks around the Gorge.

Gilsland Village Tourism

The Gilsland Spa Hotel, a cooperative venture since the turn of the century, had many attractions and visitors, young and old, who enjoy its spectacular views, walks and hospitality. The hotel and village were kept immaculate by an army of gardeners which gave employment to many who lived in the area.

From being a bustling little spa town for well over a hundred years, Gilsland declined in the middle of the 20th Century with the advent of the package tours to Europe. The reopening of Hadrian's Wall in 2002 has revived the village's fortunes again and it is interesting to see how former boarding houses have been revived for new visitors to stay in the area.

Today, Gilsland has a primary school, a Convenience Store, and two pubs, one of which serves food as well as the Gilsland Spa Hotel. We also have The House of Meg's coffee house and café in the centre of the village. Gilsland is an excellent location to base your stay in the Hadrian's Wall area and provides easy access to local towns and places to visit such as Haltwhistle, Brampton, Bewcastle, Carvoran Roman Army Museum and Birdoswald Roman Fort.