Greystoke Castle has been in the "Howard" Family for about 500 years. The original was built in 1353, but had been badly damaged during the Civil War. It was rebuilt only for it to burn down again in 1868 when (rhumour has it) a maid left a lit candle in an linen cupboard! Once again it was restored.
During the 2nd World War it was taken over by the army and used as a Prisoner of War Camp, the estate was also used to train Tank Drivers. After the war much of the land and property wa sold off to pay for the incoming "Death Duties" tax.
Between World War 1 and World War 2 Greystoke Forrest was sold to the Forrestry Commision, but today it is owned by Malcolm Wilson a former World Rally driving star, and Managing Director of M-Sport based at Dovenby Hall near Cockermouth for his World Class Rally Driving Team and workforce. Every now and then you are able to hear them 'testing' to help them get the job right.
Another highlight in Greystoke Forrest has been a round of the World Championship Husky Racing Teams. The last time they were here was January 2010 when we also had lots of snow and we were lucky enought to actually have a team stay with us here at Stafford House. There were 7 people and 3 long wheelbase vans, all kitted out with colour co-ordinated dog beds, food bowls and leads for 37 Husky's!
The Castle is not open to the public, but is a sought after venue for Weddings and other events, such as book signings, open air concets and much more.
The next thing that may spring to mind is of course - Tarzan! Apparantly the first manuscript didn't actually mention Greystoke, but was subsequently changed at a later date. The only link being that Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan;s Author) had been a war correspondent and had met a member of the Howard Family during the Boer War and consequently became friends.
And yes - the Castle is haunted, there are apparantly 9 in total and some have been seen by the current owner quite recently, though he admits he doesn't normally see things perhaps it was just a trick of the light, but assures us that he has every intention to come back after he's gone to see how things are coming along, and the perfect nuisance of himself!
Please be aware that unfortunately we do not allow pets into the main building of
However you are more than welcome to bring them along when you are staying in our Lodges