This was one of my favorite days of our Ogle’s family tour – it had an antique-filled manor house, dogs (including a corgi), sheep, fabulous gardens, a delicious lunch and local brew at a centuries-old pub and a lovely little church with bees in it’s eaves…
Eglingham Hall, an Ogle residence dating from the 16th or 17th century
The estate passed out of the Ogle’s family in 1890 to the Bewick family, and today, April Potts, a descendant of that family, resides there. The estate has 450 acres that remained from what was originally thousands, and they have a sheep operation. When you walk through the door it’s like stepping back in time. It is untouched and generations of treasures are lovingly lived amongst by the family.
Today’s owner of the manor is April Potts, in the middle of the below picture with the Arizona Ogles cousins. She’s as down to earth as any farmer you’d meet and loves Elvis! She welcomed us into the house and didn’t seem to mind that we freely roamed throughout the house and grounds (and attic ; ) They need to film one of the English road show episodes here!
A photo of Eglingham Hall dressed up for a party…
The courtyard at the back of the house is the entrance to the stables. I loved the clock!
Doggy “time-out” for one of the collies
Now check out the inside…
LOVE the antique rocking horse
Roman pots found in the area
I love this picture of George and Jim Ogles – brothers born in Manchester, Tennessee and my husband’s great uncles. They were so fun to spend time with on the trip!
Boys will be boys… especially when they find REAL swords just sitting behind a door in an umbrella stand!
Their sheep corral – pretty cool if you’re into sheep! (and I am)
Me and the resident corgi
Their view from the front door…
The dog topiary was so CUTE!
After wishing we had inherited the manor and having checked it out as thoroughly as time allowed, it was time for lunch just down the road at the Tankerville Arms Pub. A 17th Century Coaching Inn set in the picturesque town of Wooler, North Northumberland, we couldn’t have asked for a better place for lunch. They are also a hotel if you want to visit: http://www.tankervillehotel.co.uk/
They had tables laden with delicious homemade food waiting on us – but first – BARTENDER!!! I’ll have a lager and lime! Most everyone enjoyed sampling the variety of local brews on tap. I was instantly in love with their addition of a liquidy lime juice that gives the beer a ZING!
Our trip coordinator and fearless leader, cousin Jim Ogle from Snellville, Georgia and Wally
Our buffet almost ready to be devoured… this was the best meal in England besides the fish and chips in Alnmouth.
Here’s a variety of snapshots of the Ogle(s) cousins. Sorry guys – I don’t remember anyone’s names!
Our driver – note, no beer for Billy!
The waitresses and bartenders had sufficiently fortified us for a trip to the church next…
Off we walked, which was a good thing as we needed to walk off lunch – and beer
St. Maurice Church is the church near Eglingham Hall where the Ogle’s lived centuries ago, worshipped and are probably buried. According to Wikipedia: “The 13th-century parish church is dedicated to St Maurice and may originally have served as a fortified pele tower where the villagers could take refuge from marauding bands of cattle thieves, or Border Reivers. The church bell, cast in the Low Countries, is one of the only two foreign bells in the Diocese of Newcastle; the other is at Lambley.”
Our group had gathered a donation for the church to help with upkeep and restoration. The far side of the church had an overgrown cemetery area and bees were living up in the eaves.
We were probably having too much fun to be in church…
What a GREAT day! I want to go back – maybe April will let us stay with her and herd sheep and root through the attic more.