The coach house formed part of the Church Brough Rectory estate. The rectory, servants' quarters, stables, coach house and barn were privately acquired about 15 years ago and converted into four separate properties. One property, the coach house and stables, is linked by an enclosed glass hall with separate internal access to both buildings.
Located on a bridleway, turning left or right out of the cottage, you can take the newly waymarked Wainwright Pennine Journey route - see OS Explorer Map OL19 ref 14 79, Grid reference NY 79253 13895. The bridleway is linked to a little used lane/Roman road with its metamorphic sandstone sides leading north to the village green and Brough Castle and south west to Great Musgrave.
Brough lies at the foot of the Stainmore Pass that crosses the Pennines. The Romans built a military road from York to Carlisle and a chain of forts, one of which was Verterae in Church Brough. One thousand years later the Normans built a castle on the same site.
Over the years the castle was destroyed, rebuilt, burned down and in the 17th century once again restored by Lady Anne Clifford. A 100 mile pathway that follows the route Lady Anne Clifford took to visit her many castles from Skipton, passes through Church Brough going on to Penrith.
Market Brough, the part of the village on the northern side of the A66, was an important centre of trade from 1330 when a charter for a weekly market was granted.
The Vale of Eden is a popular area for walking, with the Pennine Way, the Coast to Coast route, Hadrian’s Wall - easily reached by road and now, more recently, Wainwright’s Pennine Journey route which passes the cottage. Here is a link to Walking World, based in Cumbria https://walkingworld.co.uk/2018/01/22/walking-roots-getting-started/
An extensive network of footpaths and bridleways crisscrossing the local countryside is directly accessible from the cottage.
Popular too with cyclists, the Cycle Route 71 can be joined west at Great Musgrave or east at Barras, both close to Church Brough. See OS Landranger Map 91 for detail.
We have turned the coach house into a self catering cottage, modernised, insulated, double glazed and fully heated by far infra red wall mounted panels, thermostatically controlled.