Monday, February 11, 2008
Owning A Fortified House
I am fortunate enough to live in an area of the UK that is full of ancient history. This fabulous building you see here is a Bastle, a fortified house that was built to keep out the Scots who came over the Borders and stole livestock. Having said that the Northumbrians did the same. There would not have been steps up to the door originally as the farmer and his family would climb up a ladder to enter and then drag the ladder in.
Some friends of ours own this amazing Bastle not far from our cottage. It is Listed Building so they are the custodians of this piece of fascinating history. Colin& Mark have created a website - Gatehouse Cottage - that has all sorts of fascinating information and gorgeous pictures about their home, its history and the surrounding area. Sorry it's not to rent.