Greystoke is the hive of lots of activity, and has seen lots of comings and goings in it's long history. The word on the Grapevine has it, that Greystoke is one of those places in the World where people seem to live long and prosper!
Please take a few minutes to check out some of the interestings things in and around Greystoke, and if you click on your chosen subject in the left hand column, you will be able to see lots more information together with some amazing images.
Most people will think of Tarzan when they hear the name "Greystoke Castle". Unfortunately it was only a story. Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs who worked as a War Correspondant during the Boer War, had a chance meeting with a member of the Howard Family, who then and their ancestors still do, reside in Gresytoke Castle. However, there is a bit more to the Castle, so have a look and read on!
Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912, himself a friend of the "Howard" family who then resided in Greystoke Castle (as do further generations of the Howards do today) was know to visit on occasions. As it was mainly the aristocracy and learned elite who aquired nd ready books in those days, he thought he would need a little known place in which to build his "Tarzan" story. If he chose somewhere such as Windsor, everone would have known everyone else so it could not then become plausable, so choosing Greystoke it stood much more of a chance of being true?
Nicky Richards' Racehorse Stables
We still have our Racehorses which file through the village daily in two, three and sometimes four lots on their way to and from the gallops. The Trsiner in residance at the Rectory Farm at present is Nicky Richards, son of the late Gordon W. Richards, who was one one of the most formidable "Trainers" of his time
The Boot & Shoe Pub
The Boot & Shoe Pub is a 17th Century Coaching Inn and sits right in the middle of the village. It is always very busy, and to see why you only need to take a wander accross there whether just for a quick drink to quench your thirst, or to spend a little more time and have a meal and a get together with friends, as Ben and Jan Mandale along with their family and staff, will welcome you like long lost friends.
Village Shop, Post Office and Tea Room
Almost opposite the Pub we are lucky enought still to have our village shop and post office. Run by Annette and Gerry, you will find just about anything you might find yourself short of, and the Post Office side of things is a real bonus o have.
It is also a fantastic place to stop off for coffee and cake!
Cycle Cafe & Quirky Workshops
Run by Annie Swarbrick, this facinating little place has two bites at the cherry regsrding it's visitors.
Firstly it is a great place to stop off for a refreshing drink and light refreshment as well as home made goodies on offer. The second is her "Quirky Workshops" which are numerous courses that are avaialble for booking yourself on, anything from bike maintenance, to cookery, dry stone walling to chicken wire sculptures, willow weaving to Blacksmithing, painting and drawing to rug making? Just about anything you can think of.
St Andrews Church
St Andrews Church was built in 1255, and is comparatively large for a village church. The tower part of the church was supposidly used by the villages as a pele tower in which to hide themselves away from the marauding "Scots".
Greystoke Primary School
We are lucky enough still to have our village School. Having attended there myself it still holds lots of memories for me. It was founded in 1838 by Lady Mabel Howard, herself a resident in Greystoke Castle.
After years of endless fundraising our heated outdoor swimming pool was finally opened for business in 1973. Now open from May to September, is a a great place to be. Now with a fabulous grant much needed maintenance and improvements have been made to ensure our Swimming pool and Sports Facility remain in the heart of the community for generations to come.
There are two pools, the smaller shallow one is used by toddlers just getting the hang of being in the water, and the larger one has a depth of 6 feet at the deep end decreasing to about 4 feet at the shallow end.
There are many walks in and around Greystoke, all of various lengths and can also demand various levels of fitness!
Usswater our nearest lake is only 7 miles from Greystoke, and has inviting walks right around the Lake. In Spring you can walk amongst those yellow dancing heads of "Wordsworth's daffodils and take in the fabulous views on offer, take a ferry trip on the lake and walk back to your car at your own pace, or if not stop off at either end Pooley Bridge or Glenridding. do a bit of sightseeing or shopping
The C2C (Coast to Coast) cycle route runs right through Greystoke. The ususal starting point is either Whitehaven, Workington or Maryport, heading this way towards Keswick through Whinlatter Forrest (where you can spend all day on the various runs and routes if you want to) on to Gresytoke which is the usual 1st day stop. The second day on to Penrith, Langwathby, Alston, Rookhope or Allenheads, then the third day on to their destination of Tynemouth or Sunderland.
We do get the few who are able to do all of it in one day, then one or two more who are so fit they are able to get there and back in the same day!!
But if you're are just wanting an easy day there are lots of little runs in and around Greystoke which will hopefully "fill a gap"!
Greystoke Forrest is used for a number of Motorport events throughout the year. Owned by Malcolm Wilson of M-Sport, who are based at Dovenby near Cockermouth in Cumbria competes in WRC all ever the world with his RS Fiesta Teams.
The 39th Malcolm Wilson Rally takes place on Saturday 7th March 2015, and has stages in Greystoke Forrest which make for spectacular viewing!
Greystoke Stages Rally
Also there are is "The Greystoke Stages Rally" taking place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July 2015.
We are also "Biker Friendly" and have many visiting groups that have now become friends within the 'Biking' fraternity.
The BMF (British Motorcycle Federation) have one of their early in the year rallies with us (The Daffodil Rally) which takes place over the last weekend in March and we can have 20+ people staying and having various rides out over the Weekend!
We even have a guest who stays with us 4 or 5 times a year during the motorcycling season on his way bacwards and forwards up and down the country and accross into Europe - his occupation amongst many is an "Official Photographer" for Moto GP and World Sperbike!
After the Government Announcement today Wednesday 30th December 2020, we have unfortunately had to close again for a 3rd time after being placed into Tier 4 for the forseeable future.
Thank You For
Your Patince and
for your Custom,
we will look forward to hopefully seeing you all again very soon.
With the "Utmost Safety" of our Customers in mind,
we take every precaution possible including the
"Updated Guidelines" from the Government
as to how to keep
Business - Safely!
(Once We Have Been Allowed To Re-Open?)
We invested in a "Fogging Machine"
which along with the solution used is certified to kill ALL Viral
and Bacterial Infections, should there be any present.
We also meticulously clean and sanitise all areas which could have been touched either by ourselves or our Guests, and finishing with a "Steam Cleaner"
so that we can be sure that everything is safe.
There are Hand Sanitisers in the Rooms of the Main House,
as well as the Lodges, and we also wear
Face Masks and Gloves too.
We will look forward to welcoming you back to Stafford House in the very near future.
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
Over the winter of 2019 and into 2020, we have been making changes to the Lodges.
Blencathra Lodge now sleeps up to 2 People, and
Pennine Lodge can sleep up to 6 People.
There are still more changes to come, and hopefully you'll like them!
Check out the Lodge Section to see what we have done!