About Standing Stone farmhouse
Welcome to standing Stone Farmhouse bed & breakfast. A delightful Grade II listed Estate house, situated less than a mile from the pretty village of Matfen in beautiful Hadrian's Wall country.
The house is part of the Blackett family Baronetcy and Matfen estates. Dating from 1700 it features a distinctive castellated parapet roof, Gothic arches and cruciform slits, with original fireplaces and working shutters to the interior. The house was later extended circa 1800 to form a Dairy at the rear.
To the front of the house stands a Bronze Age 'Menhir', known locally as the 'Matfen Standing Stone'.
Matfen's Magic Standing Stone
A single 'Standing Stone' or 'Menhir' (French Breton meaning; men 'stone', hir 'long') can be found mostly in Western Europe, in particular in Ireland, Great Britain and France (many of which are in Brittany). Menhirs were associated with Beaker people who inhabited Europe during the late Neolithic (5000BC) and early Bronze Age - later 3rd Millenium B.C. Recent research suggests some have a far older origin dating back to six or seven thousand years ago! The Matfen Standing Stone is typically carved with mysterious cup and ring marks, little understood symbols added at the time of its creation. Such Standing Stones were regarded as an artistic medium in megalithic art, linking them to astronomy and geometry, while an association with the Druids saw them raised next to buildings of religious significance, and seen as territorial markers.
We believe the Matfen Stone has 'Magical Powers', and people often visit especially to see and 'touch the stone'. It is also widely, or 'wildly' rumoured, that while building the Roman wall, Emperor Hadrian's soldiers sharpened their swords on the Stone!
The picturesque village of Matfen lies within a one mile level walking distance of Standing Stone B&B. An 18th century estate village, it has a pretty village green, A real ale pub, and a well stocked village shop & Tea Room selling delicious cakes, and homemade produce. Matfen Hall country house has a 27 hole golf course and award winning leisure facilities, a well established and popular venue for weddings and golfers. On the periphery of the golf course are 'Go Ape' tree top adventures, and 'TurboVenture' outdoor pursuits who host a wide variety of exciting activities.
Matfen is a great place for walking, hiking, cycling and horse riding and you may stumble across 'High House Brewery & restaurant', where you can enjoy a bottle of 'Matfen Magic' Ale! Great Whittington is our pretty neighbouring village with a 300 year old coaching Inn.
Hadrians Wall is a World Heritage Site, built during the reign of Emperor Hadrian, to define the Northern frontier of Rome's great Empire nearly 2000 years ago! The Roman Wall stretches some 73 miles from coast to coast, from Segedunum at Wallsend (the river Tyne) to the shore of the Solway Firth where forms the border between England and Scotland. Walk along side the wall and immerse yourself in its history, with stunning views and natural wilderness to explore. Visit the Roman sites and army museum of Vindolanda and Housteads Fort.
Stand beneath the iconic Robin Hood's tree at Sycamore Gap, as featured in the film 'Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves' starring Kevin Costner. There are numerous walking routes, cycle routes and the Hadrian's Wall bus service which runs a regular service from Easter to the end of October.
Corbridge Roman Town
Corbridge lies 18 miles west of Newcastle and 6 miles south of Matfen. Once a Roman town and settlement known as 'Corstopitum' it was a supply town for the Roman troops on Hadrian's Wall. You can visit the English Heritage site and walk along the main street of this garrison town, observing the ruins of what were once Roman granaries, markets, workshops and temples.
Modern day Corbridge is now a pretty, bustling town, despite having experienced a bloody past! The town was burnt down three times by invading Scots, including William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, becoming a ghost town for almost a century. Now a place full of character and charm, it has an impressive array of individual and unique shops, art galleries, cafe's, pubs and restaurants. There is an attractive market square with the Saxon church of St.Andrews, and plenty of riverside walks nearby.