The reason for my lack of regular blogging these days is because something has been taking up most of my time.
Seeing beyond the colourful interior....
Which was hiding a much older building......we set to work.
Uncovering and discovering....and with the help of a local property historian, we came to the conclusion (as we thought) that this was an old Bastle house built in the late 16th century, when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne, Shakespeare was penning his sonnets, Sir Walter Raleigh was off adventuring and in Northumberland...... "Reiving".... was rife.
In order to protect the village inhabitants, defensive Bastle houses were built, often in clusters for combined security and also as beacon style warnings of an impending attack.
A Bastle house therefore, is a fortified farmhouse..... unique to Northumberland and the Border regions, built to protect the occupants and their animals from the fighting and thieving of rival families.
More can be found HERE.
The "cottage"also came with an overgrown woodland garden
And hidden under rampant ivy...a tumbledown shed.
Full to the brim with years of rubbish.
So... undaunted....( some said we were completely bonkers to undertake such a project ).... we are slowly bringing the ugly duckling back to life and fit for 21st century living whilst still retaining its historical importance.
A lot of work has already been done and over the next few months I will bring you up to date with our renovations.
Till next time...