Brenda and Brian Neasham
– Wonderful Place
Blenkinsopp Castle Home Park is situated in the grounds of a 14th century castle and is for the retired and semi-retired
20 Acres & 74 Homes
Seventy four homes are set out spaciously amongst twenty acres of trees, shrubs and hybrid rhododendrons. Pets are welcome provided they are kept under control.
Eight acres of the park is high ground overlooking the estate and includes a pond which is ideal for exercising the dog. Seats are set out in this are so you can sit and enjoy the superb views of Hadrian’s Wall
Brenda and Brian Neasham
Welcome to Blenkinsopp Castle Home Park
Blenkinsopp Castle Home Park is situated in the grounds of a 14th century castle and is for the retired and semi-retired. Seventy four homes are set out spaciously amongst twenty acres of trees, shrubs and hybrid rhododendrons. Pets are welcome, providing they are always under control.
Eight acres of the park is high ground, overlooking the estate. It also includes a pond which is ideal for exercising the dog. Seats are set out in this area. While breathing in the pure Northumbrian air, you can sit and enjoy the superb views of Hadrian’s Wall, Thirwall Gap and the South Tyne Valley.
Blenkinsopp Castle Inn
The Blenkinsopp Castle Inn is on the park. In addition to a tea room and restaurant, it also provides a takeaway service and hosts events. Additionally, the Castle Inn has recently opened bed and breakfast rooms. For further information visit: www.blenkinsoppcastleinn.co.uk
Linda and David Bolland
– Amazing Place
The Story of the White Lady
Bryan de Blenkinsopp held the castle some six centuries ago
Although a brave and distinguished man on the battlefield, his one weakness was an inordinate greed for wealth. At a wedding feast, he was teased about his own marriage plans. But replied: “Never, never shall that be until I meet with a lady possessed of a chest of gold heavier than ten of my strongest men can carry into my castle“. Subsequently feeling ashamed of this outburst, Sir Bryan quit the castle and the country.
After many years he returned with a wife and a box of gold that took 12 strong men to carry into the castle. However, the marriage was not happy because Sir Bryan’s wife would not tell him where she and her servants had hidden the chest. Eventually, Sir Bryan left the castle and no-one knew where he had gone. For more than a year his bride was grief-stricken and filled the castle with inconsolable shrieks. She sent out servants to try to find him but they failed, so she went out herself to look for him. Neither of them was heard of again.
It is averred that the lady, tortured by remorse for her undutiful conduct, cannot rest in her grave. She wanders back to the old castle, mourning over the chest of gold until somebody shall follow her to the mysterious vaults where it lies buried, remove it and thus give her unquiet spirit rest.
The 18th Century
During the eighteenth century the parents of a young boy were woken one night by his screaming. He cried “The White Lady, the White Lady”!, covering his eyes with his hands. “She is gone”, he added, “but she looked so angry at me because I wouldn’t go with her. She said she would make me a very rich man. When I said I was afraid to go, she tried to carry me off, and then I shrieked and frightened her away“.
Although the parents managed to soothe the child, the same thing happened on three consecutive nights. When they moved him out of the castle, they heard no more of the spectre.
The 19th Century
Belief in the treasure was strengthened in the nineteenth century by the arrival of a lady in a nearby village. She dreamed that a large chest of gold was buried in the castle vaults. When she arrived at Blenkinsopp she at once knew the castle as the one she had seen in her dream. Until 1820 the castle was home to various poor families and remained badly neglected and in ruins. Later, the owner of a neighbouring farm ordered the vaults to be cleared out so that he could winter his cattle in them. While this was being done, a small doorway was found and people flocked to see it.
Only one man was willing to enter the narrow passage, not high enough to allow him to walk upright. As he progressed the passage started a steep descent and noxious gases extinguished his light and he was forced to retrace his steps. His employer ordered the entrance to be sealed up and the contents of the vault have remained undiscovered to this day.
Other sightings were made by Major George Anne’s family who lived in the castle around the turn of the century and other strange things did happen in the castle. Violent knocks would be heard on the bedroom door, always at 2 am and 5 am. These were so regularly that it was possible to set your watch by them. Sometimes the paraffin lamp would be alarmingly turned off as one lay in bed reading…
We have lived on our park for the past 16 years and have enjoyed the peace and security which it brings. Blenkinsopp Park offers us a very attractive lifestyle with plenty of helpful neighbours to support our thriving community.Veronica & Eddie Yarwood
We have lived here nearly 17 years and love the peace it affords us and we enjoy being part of the mostly active community.Marjorie & Michael Dibb
Living here at Blenkinsopp Castle is a lovely place to settle, in retirement in the country. Blenkinsopp Castle is a quiet haven away from busy towns and cities and is a breath of fresh air.Brenda & Brian Neasham
We have made some wonderful friends and there is a sense of community on the park.
We have lived at Blenkinsopp Castle for 7 years, it is a beautiful place to live. We particularly appreciate how safe and secure our home is here as we spend quite a lot of time abroad.Linda and David Bolland
OUR RESIDENTIAL HOME PARK IN GREENHEAD
Our residential home park is for the retired and semi-retired and is situated within the Tyne Valley and amongst a lovely rural landscape. There is a bus service which runs along the A69, stopping just outside the park.
The nearest small town is Haltwhistle, just a couple of miles away. It claims to be the geographic centre of Britain. The town has a number of independent shops as well as small supermarkets. Everything you are likely to need day to day can be found here.
Places to Explore
The park is equidistant between Hexham, a lovely old market town with winding streets housing small independent shops and galleries and the lovely Hexham Abbey. In addition, all the main supermarkets can be found here. The Hexham Gaol tells the story of the Border Rievers. Furthermore, the town boasts a racecourse overlooking the town. Nineteen miles in the opposite direction is Carlisle. With its lovely castle dominating the city, all the main supermarkets can be found as well as a number of out of town retail parks.
The small village of Greenhead is half a mile away and has an infant school, church, hotel, tearoom and village hall. The Lake District, southern Scotland and the Northumberland coast are all within one hours drive.
Northumberland National Park
The park is also very close to Hadrian’s Wall, with 73 of the 84 miles snaking its way through Northumberland. Some of the best-preserved sections of the wall are within this area. Archaeological sites and museums charting the occupation of the Roman Army are prevalent here.
The Northumberland National Park covers 400 miles. It stretches from Hadrian’s Wall, the Cheviot Hills and north to Kielder Water and Forest Park. The park covers almost a quarter of the county and is one of the least populated areas in England. It is an area rich in wildlife from red squirrels, deer and otters amongst many others.
Other Local Attractions
The North Pennines are also close by. Moreover, this is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is well deserved. It is also a European and Global Geopark. The Pennines comprises of high fell, heather moors, dales, lovely wild landscapes and has some of the last remaining wildflower hay meadows in the country.
Kielder Water and Forest Park is within an hours drive. At 250 square miles, it is the largest working forest in England and has the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe. In the summer it hosts breeding ospreys and there are miles of walks both in the forest and lakeside. There are also water sports and it is a designated Dark Sky Park where Kielder Observatory is a star gazing and astronomy heaven.
These are just some of the areas you can enjoy. However, there is so much more for you to discover whilst you enjoy a well-deserved retirement at our residential home park located in Greenhead, Northumberland.