Harrison House is situated in historic Clifton, a farming village on the A6, 2 miles south of the Cumbrian market town of Penrith where supermarkets and shops can be found. Penrith also has a wide range of eating houses and pubs. Clifton is on the edge of the Lake District National Park and Ullswater, Haweswater, Derwentwater and Thirlmere are all within easy reach as are Blencathra, Helvellyn and the High Street range of hills.
The village has an excellent gastro pub, the George & Dragon which is within stumbling distance from Harrison House. The last battle on English soil was fought in Clifton in 1745 when the Duke of Cumberland defeated the remnants of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army – the fallen soldiers were buried in the village churchyard and the fallen Jacobites behind the village pub. There is a memorial to the battle in the village.
The surrounding villages also provide many fine places to eat and visit. At Melkinthorpe is the Larch Cottage Nurseries, with its fantastic restaurant and the amazing Red Barn Gallery which has regular exhibitions from many renowned artists...a garden centre with a difference!
Brougham Hall is a 14th century property which is now a complex housing local artists and potters, such as Mary Chappelhow.
Lowther Castle is just a short drive from Harrison House and lovely short low level walks can be enjoyed within its grounds and the surrounding deer park. Just further on from Lowther Castle is the beautiful village of Askham which also has pubs, a craft shop and studio of local potter Stuart Broadhurst. Open in the summer months is Askham outdoor heated swimming pool.
For days when the weather is less clement, The Rheged Centre which is situated on the A66 heading towards Keswick, is a modern complex which has cinemas, craft shops, mountain shops and great cafes.
The list of things to do and places to visit is endless and Harrison House is ideally situated as a base from which to explore the Lake District and Eden Valley..
Airports: Newcastle-90minutes, Manchester-100minutes, Liverpool-110minutes.
Train Station: Penrith 2 miles (taxi available outside station)
Car rentals: Enterprise and Avis in Penrith
Motorway: M6 J40 3 miles
Nearest restaurant/pub: George and Dragon Clifton 5 minutes walk
Golf: Penrith Golf Club, Keswick golf Club
Leisure Centre/Pool: Penrith 2 miles
Hospital: Penrith has a minor injury/minor illnesses unit 2 miles