With plenty of the school summer holidays remaining and there’s also plenty still to do, see and explore when visiting Cumbria and the Lake District National Park.
Have you thought about venturing to the east of the county? It’s home to Penrith, Orton, Shap and Kendal, all easily accessed from the M6 yet minutes away from the South and Central Lakes and within touching distance of the North Pennines giving visitors the best of both counties.
It truly is a family friendly destination with quiet lanes if you’re a cycling family, plenty of none scary walking routes for small, fell walking novices and also lots of activities and attractions when it’s a little damp, well worth bearing in mind for a staycation.
If walking means a complete get away from it all then the area surrounding Haweswater Reservoir is ideal. This year is does look different to the photos however due to the record lack of rain experienced in Cumbria. This is not to say this area is without any passes by for Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk follows the northern shores of this body of water. What can be said is this far eastern area of the Lake District National Park is more of a place for solitude than many others.
It is great to see so many visitors walking, wandering and cycling around the Lake District National Park and Cumbria now but when, for whatever reason, peacefulness is required then there are still plenty of areas to visit in this, the largest in land mass of the counties and one of the lowest in terms of population.
For Wainwright fell baggers then Haweswater is a starting point of place to pass through to go up many of his 214 fells including those of High Street and the Ullswater fells so too the Kentmere Horseshoe to the south. But what always astonishes people when they visit Haweswater either by the reservoir or venturing up the fells are the views. So those can be seen towards Ullswater, down to the Kentmere Valley and Staveley and across to the Howgills.
Father’s Day is fast approaching – June 17th if you aren’t aware! In an age when it seems the phrase “What do you buy the man who has everything?” as bigger as the equivalent and long standing female version, treating Dad to celebrate this special day is no mean feat.
Should you have the even bigger issue of a Dad who has a Birthday close to the Father’s Day then the problem is even bigger! You’ve done the golf balls (on multiple occasions), socks (on more than multiple occasions), aftershave, meals out, experience days….the list goes on and on.
Here’s an idea, treating Dad to one ultimate gift combining Birthday and Father’s Day and depending on budget even Christmas. Memories and experiences are exciting and precious with material items lessening in value in more ways than one. Thinking along those lines what a great way to treat the Father’s out there to something like a voucher for a night or weekend away in a hotel. Not just any hotel, not one your Dad would book, but somewhere completely different, a real treat. Brimstone Hotel at Langdale can provide just that level of “treatness”. Reviews flood in about the hotel with countless being guests celebrating a Birthday or an equally as big occasion. The hotel offers sleek luxury in the Lake District and is located on the Langdale Estate which means it doesn’t matter if Dad is into walking or not. It’s in the heart of the Lake District National Par with facilities galore on the estate as well as on the doorstep. The all new Brimstone Spa could be just the extra treat with male spa therapies as well as exclusive for Brimstone Hotel Lake District guest use.
For food then the Stove Restaurant & Bar has everything from fine wines to real ales, hearty steaks to signature lamb. And then a minute walk from the hotel is Wainwright’s Inn for real ale heaven.
The hidden gem in the Western Lake District. Hunday Manor Country House Hotel is one of the leading wedding venues in the area. This April, come and visit and see exactly why so many brides and grooms choose this wedding venue for their very special day.
On Wednesday April 12th 2017 the annual Hunday Manor wedding fayre is taking place between 6pm and 9pm. Over 20 trade stands helping and inspiring couples with all the pieces to create the perfect wedding jigsaw from entertainment to flowers and the all important dress. A must time to be there is 8pm when they’ll be a catwalk show of stunning bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and Mother of the Bride designs from locally acclaimed Olivia James Bridal of Egremont.
Hunday Manor Country House Hotel is a grand residence with style, charm and comfort with views of the Western Lake District fells as well as the Cumbria coast, the Isle of Man and southern Scotland. The landscaped gardens that wrap around the hotel also contain woodland and the delightful gazebo all giving an array of photo opportunities during the day. The traditional gazebo can be a place for photos, for the bride and groom to have a few minutes to take in the very special day or even for small, intimate services.
The hotel has 27 individually designed bedrooms including a show stopping four poster suite for the bride and groom. Catering for Cumbrian weddings of all sizes, the function suite can be split or used as a whole. There is also the light and airy restaurant and stylish bar. A true hotel for the whole weekend and one that wedding party guests from all over the country will be delighted with.
New Year, new challenges, let’s not use the word resolutions. A chance to start a new year with a positive outlook no matter what. Getting out more is definitely high of many people’s agendas whether it be for increasing fitness, making new friends or exploring new places and the Lake District fits the bill as a destination for all three.
Cycling is one activity that is growing in popularity up and down the country and especially in the Lake District National Park. It has some of the best roads for road cycling and off road mountain bike tracks, an ever increasing network of cycle paths and routes and in the summer, bike buses and now even bike boats.
But cyclists and those wanting to get out and about needn’t wait until summer. The 2017 programme of cycling events by Sky Ride will be starting in Cumbria mid February. Definitely a date for the diary is February 12 for a 16 mile ride called “Ride and walk in the jaws of Langdale”. This route is classed as steady and starts from Ambleside Primary School on Vicarage Road, Ambleside. It is quick and easy to book a place and the places and it’s free, a great idea for a family activity day.
Ambleside, Windermere and onto Langdale, has some fantastic off road yet flat cycle routes. Make use of the Windermere Ferry which runs across the lake from Bowness to Far Sawrey. Simply hop on with your bike and explore a different side of the lake.
The western side of the lake is often a quieter place to stay over to and very affordable. The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey is an easy cycle from Ferry House enabling the Windermere Ferry to be caught. A short cycle through Bowness and the start of the Windermere loop awaits. Standard tariff rooms at Cuckoo Brow start at £111 per night bed & breakfast based on 2 sharing but there are offers throughout the year for certain dates from just £77 all when booking direct. Call 015394 43425 or visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk.
Start as 2017 is meant to go on with a super new year break in the Lake District this January. Relax from all the stresses and strains that Christmas may have brought and relax at the Langdale Hotel & Spa.
New Year resolutions needn’t be broken here. Enjoy a 4 star getaway in one of the Langdale Hotel’s Cosy Signature rooms for just £135 per room including breakfast based on 2 people sharing. Generally these great prices are available on selected days Sunday to Thursday and the rate also includes free use of the Langdale leisure facilities including the 21metre pool, gym, sauna, steam room and spa bath (on the day of your arrival and the day of your departure all day) and a hearty Cumbrian breakfast in the Stove Restaurant.
For those with New Year resolutions to be more eco friendly and to reduce their carbon footprint then the Langdale can help towards this too. Being one of the leaders in green tourism and having this recognised with numerous awards, the Langdale Estate utilises a biomass boiler for heating and hot water, encourages green activities when on the estate and the local area has a fleet of Renault Twizy electric cars available for guests to hire. Those travelling to the estate by electric car can charge it for free at the car charging point on site.
Further discounts and benefits can be found when joining the Langdale Fan Cub. The biggest bonus being book 30 days or more in advance and receive 15% off the room rate. This proves a fabulous discount whatever time of the year and none more so during January.
For information on this Lake District 4 star hotel & Spa as well as all the information on the Langdale Estate visit http://www.langdale.co.uk
After the stress of Christmas, running around buying gifts, cooking for friends, family and neighbours, what better way to unwind than going on a January city break and what better place to choose than York.
York, full of culture and history where visitors can wander the quaint streets, attend a show or play at the Theatre Royal, visit a museum or art gallery. Easy to get around without the need for taxi’s or public transport, on foot is the way to travel in York. Walking all or part of the city walls is a must and be transported to as far back at Roman times.
During January enjoy a variety of exhibitions at York Art Gallery including “Flesh” and “Art Between Life and Science”. There is still chance to catch the pantomime Cinderella at York Theatre Royal and at the Castle Museum the “Shaping the Body: 400 Years of Fashion, Food & Life” exhibition.
You may be shopped our after Christmas but shopping is fabulous in York and it would be rude not to take advantage of the January sales after all! A must is the visit one of the foodie shops full of local produce to take home.
If you’re looking to visit more than one of the exhibitions or events above then the York Pass is a great idea. The York Pass is a city sightseeing pass that saves time and money. The pass includes the following attractions and museums, York Minster, York Castle Museum, York Dungeon, York’s Chocolate Story and many more. Available online via http://www.yorkpass.com/ and take advantage of the special January offer of 20% on all passes. Simply enter the promo code “JAN17” when purchasing.
It’s time to think about where to stay and relaxation needs to be the key. Just outside of the city centre, just a 5 minute walk away is Hedley House Hotel. Quiet and peaceful, the hotel has private, off road parking, an intimate restaurant and bar and even spa facilities. Book direct via http://www.hedleyhouse.com/ and receive 10% off stays of 2 days or more and extras such as early check in, luggage drop, car parking, a refreshment on arrival and a free glass of wine when dining. Bed & breakfast rates with the discount start at just £84 per night based on 2 sharing.
The big fat juicy worm rate is still evident for new customers in some business sectors. Despite a client being loyal to a particular company for years, for example an electricity supplier, a new customer can sign up and receive a better rate.
Enticing new customers to any business is important but why do so many forget their long standing clients and customers, ones that have been with them for years, have used their services up tine times, continue to purchase goods from them?
Thankfully more and more businesses are understanding the need to reward those loyal customers for it is those that keep coming back and that require no advertising, all the need is to feel wanted and special.
Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere are doing just this for guests who have stayed with them previously this Winter and into early Spring. Running until April 17th*, Applegarth Villa Hotel are offering their valued guests a staggering 50% off the bed and breakfast rate in the new luxury hot tub suites. It is as a huge thank you to them for their custom throughout the year or years. It makes it an even better time to book and visit whether you’re looking to do a spot of Christmas shopping in Windermere or looking at some much needed post Christmas R&R, this offer couldn’t be better.
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*Available Sunday – Thursday except Christmas and New Year weeks and can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Well, the last Bank Holiday before Christmas has just passed and we are not meaning that to sound in any way depressing. This is just a little nudge for those whom this event has sprung up on and that have no plans. This Bank Holiday more than any shouldn’t be wasted. There isn’t any point in leaving it until the last minute to see what the weather is doing, it’s Britain. Take the Lakes by the horn and get somewhere booked and quick.
Having been included in the Lonely Planet 2015 Ultimate Travel 500 top sights list and other huge world travel compilations in the last 12 months, the Lake District is obviously hitting the right note with travellers worldwide. Facilities are increasing and getting bigger and better, the travel network expanding and areas such as Windermere with some of the best places to stay in the whole of the UK along with an ever growing restaurant industry and nearby Cartmel being the home, for yet another year, of the UK’s number 1 eatery, L’Enclume.
The bustling areas of Windermere and Bowness make for great September weekend away. Plenty to see and do whatever the weather, cruises, rowing boats, cycling, walking and the ability to never dine in the same place twice with the huge choice of bars and restaurants.
Where to stay:
For easy access to Bowness and Windermere but is a secluded location try the Damson Dene Hotel.
What to do:
Cycle Windermere’s western shore by travelling across on the Bike Boat or Windermere Ferry or around the quite roads of the Lyth Valley. Visit Brockhole – the Lake District Visitor Centre. Experience Swallows and Amazons in film for or in real life in many locations around Windermere and Bowness.
Where to eat:
Local, seasonal food can be found in abundance in the Heron View Restaurant at the Damson Dene Hotel. Alternatively there is a choice of traditional, Lake District inns just a short drive away.
By now everyone will have heard the fantastic news that for the massive fouth year running, a Cumbrian restaurant has been voted Britain’s best by the Good Food Guide, L’Enclume in Cartmel.
For Cartmel village and in fact the Cumbrian and Lake District food industry as a whole, having this accolade within a far northern county normally only associated with fells and lakes is an even bigger deal. With L‘Enclume being crowned Britain’s best restaurant for a fourth year, this has put the region on the global map and fully cemented it as foodie destination.
Since the first number one slat this Cartmel restaurant secured there has been a number of movers in the top 5 with Restaurant Nathan Outlaw at Rock in Cornwall moving to second and Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham in at third, a great display of the quality of Great British chefs, cooking and produce.
But back to Cartmel and although a large amount of people visit and stay there to dine at L’Enclume, you can’t help but fall in love with the whole village. It has the priory, the history, the quaint streets and buildings yet just a stone’s throw from the fells and lakes, it even has one of the most highly regarded horse racing courses! But walk through the village and you can’t help but notice food is at the heart of it and rightly so being located within such a fertile and diverse farming landscape. From cafes to coffee shops, pubs to restaurants, you could spend 2 weeks in Cartmel and never get bored of dining out.
But remember, room should always be left for pudding, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding of course. But then who can pass up the exceptional cheese on offer at Cartmel Cheeses in Unsworth’s Yard or Higginson’s award winning butchers in nearby Grange over Sands?
As with the high quality and choices of the places to eat and drink in Cartmel, the accommodation is of the same high standard. Enjoy views of Morecambe Bay from Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast in the Edwardian town of Grange over Sands. Just a short cycle or drive to Cartmel or even take the train. Bay Villa has large rooms, breakfasts served at a time that suits the guests and lavish bathrooms.
Heading into September and the new school year is about to start, now’s the time for to book that luxurious, adult only weekend break full of pure relaxing. For parents looking after their children and entertaining them all summer to those who prefer the quieter months of the year to enjoy a short break, September and into early autumn is an ideal time.
Although York is a 365 day a year destination and a stunning place to visit at any time of the year, it’s still nice to enjoy as much of the day as possible to make the most of the “no matter what the weather” packed programme of events. With an abundance of culture including theatres, historic houses and museums to scenic river boat trips, bus tours and ghost walks, York is never short of things to see and do. Shopping is also an extremely popular and highly enjoyable reason to visit this city. Independent boutiques are interspersed with high quality national and international retailers all located in and around the historic, cobbled streets and yards. For the super organised, it could even be the time for Christmas shopping!
Enjoy some luxury for less in September and the autumn months too. The Grange Hotel, a 4 star hotel in York city centre, has launched a fantastic Autumn Escape offer. The offer includes a 3 course table d’hôte dinner, bed, breakfast and a 12pm late checkout from just £145 per room based on 2 people sharing. In fact, guests can take advantage of this offer up to and including November 30th. Look out for Friday nights in their Ivy Brasserie for live music including motown soul, jazz and contemporary.
Hotel suites are THE way to stay for the modern traveller, leisure or business. Suites offer added luxury both in terms of interior design and furnishings and facilities but also space.
Whether it’s a romantic weekend away or a business trip, many hotel suites are like mini apartments but with the added benefit of no cooking or washing up! With lounge areas, a large square footage and in some cases outdoor space, be undisturbed in complete privacy.
The Brooklands Hotel in Surrey located at the home of British Motor Racing, the iconic Brooklands Circuit, has suites of panoramic proportions. The three panoramic suites not only offer panoramic luxury, style and space but panoramic views from private balconies over this hallowed site.
There’s no shortage of space being a whopping 75 square metres (or 807 square feet). They come complete with private doorbell and hallway, separate living room and bedroom, for the business guests a meeting table and chairs, two 42” flat screen TV’s and the stunning panoramic decked balcony with sun lounges. Plush yet stylish the suites are proving extremely popular for brides & grooms getting married at the Brooklands Hotel, motor racing fans as well as national and international business guests.
Single hotel rooms are requested by a variety of travellers with the popularity increasing yet it is not as easy as you’d imagine to find not just a single room, but also a quality one.
Whether it’s for solo business travel, travelling with friends or relatives that would prefer each to have their own room through to solo leisure guests, the need is quite significant. Despite a single occupancy rate for double rooms offered by many hotels, solo travellers are often charged over 50% more per person than double occupancy.
The Lake District is one location where there is a high demand for single rooms being a place where friends meet up but also the region is very popular for solo walkers. Within two hours of the major Northern cities by car and Windermere train station which connects to the West Coast mainline, this National Park is highly accessible.
The single room market is something one luxury bed and breakfast in Windermere has realised. Lindeth Fell Country House is located just a short distance from Bowness in acres of landscaped gardens with views over Lake Windermere. No crowds, no groups, just peace and quiet. With two single rooms Loweswater and Derwent having recently been refurbished, these rooms are far from an afterthought. Decorated to an extremely high standard with the all the same extras as a double room including a decanter of sherry, walk in shower, White Company toiletries and DAB radio with Bluetooth. What’s more, the rooms are priced at £90 including breakfast per night, the average room rate at the hotel per person.
So whether you’re a seasoned solo guest, needing a room for business trip or taking your first forage into travelling by yourself, Lindeth Fell Country House offer luxury value for money and a stunning setting. For information on all the rooms and facilities at Lindeth Fell in Windermere visit, http://www.lindethfell.co.uk/
Pre order one of the platters one evening, deliciously full of local produce. Sit and devour whilst admiring the view of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells wither from the gardens or in the light and airy dining room.
Branching from Kendal’s main street through the centre of the town starting at Kirkland onto Highgate leading to Stricklandgate are yards. These yards are characterful, historical and full of intrigue. With some dating back to the medieval period, it isn’t hard to understand why these cobbled alley ways have been preserved and maintained with help from the Kendal Civic Society and why visitors to the town will flock to walk down them.
With beauty and historical merit to boot as well as many being bustling hubs of activity all these years on, the yards are being used this July to showcase art in the form of “Yarn in the Yards”.
Running from Monday July 25th until Saturday July 30th, it’s a full week of arts in the “Grey Auld Town” from plays through to visual arts and most importantly situated in the many historic yards. What creative gallery spaces for those exhibiting and performing a where modern techniques meets the past. Six yards will house this exhibitions during the week. Pick up a programme and guide at the Brewery Arts Centre or the Festival Hub at the Town Hall. It gives times of specific events as well as location details. Being the school summer holidays, it is the ideal activity to enjoy this weekend with the whole family. For more details visit http://www.kendalcommunitytheatre.org/kendal-yarns
For somewhere to stay? It’s not too late to book a weekend away with family accommodation available at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal. The hotel has a restaurant and bar for dining, children’s menu, special family rooms and even a pool and leisure facility. Car parking completes the package or if travelling by train then the hotel is just a 2 minute walk from Kendal station which links to the West Coast mainline station, Oxenholme.
We’re nearing the legend that is Beatrix Potter’s 150 anniversary on July 28 but there’s no need to wait to mark, celebrate or languish in the characters in one of the most famous series of children’s books in the world.
Visitors and Beatrix Potter lovers and enthusiasts can have the choice of a huge numbers of events, exhibitions and productions with many on right now and with more to come as we approach the end of July and the official day.
With Beatrix Potter being such a talented artist and highly knowledgeable naturalist here celebration is far from just aimed at children. The Lake District and especially the South lakes area around Hill Top here home at Far Sawrey, Hawkshead and Windermere, are already seeing an influx in visitors specifically to mark the anniversary and from far and wide due to the international appeal and love.
Featured events worth going to see starting with something aimed at little-uns. From now until September 4th enjoy Beatrix Potter musical “Were is Peter Rabbit” at the Old Laundry theatre in Bowness just a stone’s throw from The World of Beatrix Potter.
For the older audience then Hawkshead is the destination and the Beatrix Potter Gallery where there is an exhibition of her original watercolours and illustrations on her love of the natural world, wild animals, the seasons and her beloved mushrooms. Entitled “Romance and Realism”, it runs until October 2016.
Beatrix Potter friendly accommodation can be found just 5 minutes from her former home Hill Top in Far Sawrey. Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn and B&B is a traditional inn serving food and ales all day and with 14 en-suite bedrooms. Visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk to check availability.
For various reasons the word mini moon is cropping up and being mentioned more and more. Once thought to be a faddy saying that would come and go is now the buzz word for brides to be.
For some, a mini moon is an appropriate title for those who either don’t have the time for a full honeymoon or perhaps not the money to. A couple of days away is still marking to occasion. The growing trend now though is to have a mini moon straight after the wedding, not too far from home and then the full honeymoon taken a month or so later.
Jetting straight off on honeymoon after the wedding day is pretty full on. Not only is it something else to think about, the travelling to the airport, making sure bags are packed etc, but it doesn’t give the bride and groom chance to take everything in that has occurred over the past 24 hours. This is one of the most special of days to cherish and savour and goes by far too quickly as it is. The following day can then be a chance to gather thoughts and meet up with friends and relatives as so many travel from afar these days.
But it is a lovely thing to be able to spend some quality time together, the first as a partnership and this is where a mini moon is an excellent way in which to do so. If the word mini moon is baffling, it is basically a short break but mini moon sounds so much nicer!
The Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere has definitely noticed a rise in couples staying for a short break after their wedding. The chance to get away from it all, especially in a location as romantic as the Lake District, is a lovely way to start marriage. For a spot of luxury in extremely peaceful surroundings Applegarth Villa Hotel is the choice and has a no children policy. The seven brand new hot tub suites mean you don’t even need to leave your room.
There are so many places to choose from for a mini moon but the romanticism of the Lake District suits this occasion perfectly, it has been voted the most romantic destination in the UK after all.
With the summer holidays fast approaching most people who are looking to come to Windermere and the surrounding area may have booked but it isn’t too late to book a holiday around Lake Windermere.
A great family activity is cycling and a great method of transport too and by the end of July, everyone will be have surely got Tour de France fever if they’ve not already got it! Cycling is an excellent way to get around the Lake District as well as see it. When the roads are brimming full of visitors going from A to B, get the bike out and cycle on one of the bridleways or cycle paths.
Also, cycling around South Cumbria has been given an extra boost in recent years with the introduction of the Bike Boat the number 800 Bike Bus. The new Bike Boat service is a great way for those staying in and around Windermere to get from one side of the lake to the other cutting out the busy A591 road. The service, from Windermere Lake Cruises, departs from Brockhole over to Bark Barn and the floating jetty on the western shore of Lake Windermere. The Bike Boat timetable works alongside the Bike Bus service so both can be used in conjunction with one another. The Bike Bus stops at Ambleside at Waterhead, Brockhole at the Visitor Centre , Windermere Train Station, the Bowness-on-Windermere Pier, Fell Foot, Newby Bridge, Lakeland Motor Museum with the final destination being at Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway.
Looking for somewhere to relax and unwind after a day’s cycling around The Lakes? Newby Bridge Hotel near Lake Windermere is family friendly and serves super tasty post cycling food. Close to the Lakeside Pier for boat transport down to Bowness, take the cycle track to Brockhole and head across on the bike boat for a full day out.
The success of Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate since its opening in June 2013 has prompted the same ethos, design and quality to influence the latest developments within the estate.
Stove, the new dining experience restaurant & bar definitely echo’s Brimstone with wood fires, natural materials alongside opulent fabrics and soft furnishings. Having only opened in April 2016, it is proving extremely popular with guests staying at Brimstone, the Langdale Hotel, self catering and lodge guests as well as none residents.
But due to open in Autumn 2016 is what so many people associate with the Langdale Estate and that is first class spa and leisure facilities. The old spa will make way for the brand new Brimstone Spa.
Expect all the very best spa, pool, therapies, gym and fitness facilities as with the old Langdale spa just bigger, better, modern and ground breaking for the Lake District. A brief insight includes a Laconium, lava and herbal saunas, Himalyan salt steam grotto, both indoor and outdoor pools and an outdoor sauna.
Autumn is set to be THE time to visit the Langdale Hotel and Brimstone Hotel in the Lake District and try the new spa facilities first hand and body. Remember, book 30 days or more in advance at Brimstone and receive 20% off all room rates. Autumn has never been so appealing.