Windermere is becoming more and more of a foodie destination as the weeks go by. What a choice of places to dine there are both in stand alone restaurants and restaurants within hotels as well as wholesome cafes and takeaway venues, independent butchers and bakers.
It is definitely something the owners and head chef at Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant have noticed and they have more than stepped up to the plate to offer their diners, residents and non residents, an even better gastronomic experience.
Local, seasonal produce are the buzz words up and down the country at the moment which is so good to hear. It’s what we should be eating as much as possible for it’s sustainability, support of local businesses, freshness and goodness. Here are three great reasons to visit and stay in a hotel that understands all this:
Reason 1 – Breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Here are two different breakfast options offered by Applegarth Villa, Cumbrian smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and eggs benedict with Cumbrian ham, both using local, free range eggs.
Reason 2 – Cumbrian beef and lamb. Cumbria and the Lake District farmers know a thing or two about rearing the very, very best. They are both highly popular choices on menus up and down the county.
Reason 3 – Sticky toffee pudding. Not all the ingredients may be local but it is most definitely a pudding born in Cumbria and well worth celebrating (and devouring!). John’s recipe is also gluten free making it .
What better place to visit than the Lake District at Easter. Although not being the birth place of daffodils, the Lake District does represent the daffodil very well with the abundance on roadsides and in parks and the hugely famous Wordsworth poem of the same name.
The daffodil seems to epitomise the Lake District being bright, fresh and plentiful just like the open countryside, fresh air, lakes and mountains in this region. A certain Mr William Wordsworth most certainly had a fondness for them.
So it lends itself quite well to either a cheeky Easter weekend break or for a family taking advantage of the two week school holidays. For a family, it’s a great time to enjoy a full week away or even really go for it and make it two weeks.
Spring time is an excellent time to visit the Lakes. Even though is a beautiful place to visit whatever the time of year, there is something about the spring air, the colours of the landscape and the fact it really feels as though it is coming alive. Everywhere is bright green, fresh and new including the super cute lambs found in their thousands in nearly every visible field.
Easter is perfectly located in the middle of April this year, the freshness and newness will be even more evident in the Lake District and even some daffodils may be out. It is just really worth while taking advantage of the extra long Bank Holiday weekend isn’t it. Two free days off and often much needed after a long, cold winter of which this winter has been long and cold for all!
Spring heaven can be found at the Damson Dene Hotel in the Lake District. 3 night Easter breaks including breakfast each morning, start from just £385 per room when booking direct. Situated in the Lyth Valley and close to Bowness, Damson Den is the perfect base for an Easter break and the area is still a flood with everyone’s favourite bright yellow flower, the daffodil. For more information visit https://www.damsondene.co.uk.
Keswick, where most people who have visited the Lake District during their lives will have been to at least once. Where imposing mountains meet beautiful lakes.
Keswick is a short journey up the A591 from Ambleside and Grasmere yet it seems a million miles away. Ambleside and Grasmere are simply stunning, quaint and picturesque and far smaller in terms of population. Keswick on the other hand is far more dramatic, the geology far more rugged and extreme, typical of the Northern Lake District. This ruggedness combined with the terrain naturally makes this a highly popular destination for walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and anyone who loves outdoor pursuits.
Equally Keswick has beauty in abundance and is easily accessible from the M6 motorway via the A66. From Junction 40 of the M6 it’s just a 20 minute drive to Keswick so for people coming from the South, North East or Scotland, Keswick is a prime location.
But why is it that Keswick not only drawers adventure seekers but also people who simply want to take it easy? Well that’s because Keswick is simply stunning at the time. Yes there are the rugged, mountainous areas but there are also such idyllic spots as Cat Bells and the Castle Rigg Stone Circle. Both these places of interest should be visited by all regardless of age or thrill seeking necessity.
For lakes then Derwentwater is a delight and the launch is a must thing to do enabling the fells to be viewed from the water, a completely different perspective. For serenity then Bassenthwaite Lake is hard to beat. It now has the award winning Lakes Distillery beside it too.
But lets not forget Keswick town itself. What a lovely market town full of independent shops and walking shops galore not to mention a Booths supermarket and lots of places to eat and drink.
As it is a place many people return to again and again, purchasing a holiday home there is extremely popular but often too expensive for most. The solution can be had at Brigham Holiday Park. Less than 20 minutes from Keswick, Brigham Holiday Park offers holiday homes for sale in the Lake District. Prices from £39,999 mean just that little bit out of Keswick itself saves close to £50k. Brigham Holiday Park also has the benefit of being just 5 minutes from the historic market town of Cockermouth too. Find out more about the holiday homes for sale, Brigham the village and Brigham Holiday Park here.
Within touching distance of England’s deepest Lake and its highest Peak, the village of Nether Wasdale is a delight in itself.
New for 2018 is Low Wood Lodge providing self catering accommodation for up to 14 people with views of the Wasdale Screes and the epic Scafell Pike. Converted from an existing building within the grounds of Low Wood Hall, the location couldn’t be more perfect for groups wanting to walk, climb, cycle and explore the unspoilt Western Lake District. A short walk and Wastwater awaits, England’s deepest body of water and the monumental Wasdale Screes ploughing down into it.
What sets Low Wood Lodge apart from many large self catering properties is its makeup of six, en-suite bedrooms. No need to worry about who’s using the bathroom and with plenty of space to get away from it all and relax. Linen and towels are provided too AND Wi-Fi.
Low Wood Lodge is also a great place for family gatherings for special Birthday’s and celebration or wedding party groups. This beautiful location is very popular with brides and grooms choosing to hold their special day in one of the wedding venues.
So it has the location, it has the view, it has the bedrooms and bathrooms, the icing on the cake is the residents only bar and dining next door. Low Wood Hall serves food and drinks daily for guests staying there and at Low Wood Lodge. Delicious food, perfect for refuelling after a day on the fells or any Western Lake District adventures. Sit in the bar or in the dining room and the views are some of the best of any restaurant in the Lake District.
A new Lake District website has been launched to challenge OTA’s and third party booking facilities.
Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk has been set up by the true people in the know regarding travel and tourism in the Lake District from day to day running to the all important digital online and offline marketing. With over 40 years of experience working for some of the best hotels and most influential organisations, the team has the real knowledge to lead a successful campaign to help tourism operators in the Lake District and Cumbria cut down the ever growing monopoly of OTA’s.
What you get with using a location specific travel portal such as Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk:
A business reared in the Lake District
Absolute knowledge of the region
More in depth, specific location information
More insightful descriptions of each accommodation venue so you’ll pick the perfect place for your holiday or short break
Easy to navigate and search for accommodation from B7B’s to hotels and self catering depending on what you fancy
After a one off, annual advertising payment, all bookings are done direct – better for the guests/better for the operator
Social media targeted to this, the UK’s newest and largest UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll be certain to find the best offers and latest super scenic pics whether you’re on the Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pages, no need to wade through images of elsewhere in the UK, just pure unadulterated Lake District!
Whether you’re tourists looking for where to stay and things to do in the Lake District or are an tourism business operator looking advertise, all the information you need can be found on https://www.allofthelakedistrict.co.uk
Winter should most definitely not be overlooked as a time to visit the Lake District. With snow capped fells and warming log fires, it is one of the best times to visit the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy everything the Lake District has to offer with peace and tranquillity of this season.
And the Langdale Hotel & Spa has just the break on offer to make winter wonderful. Their Winter Spa Break is available between 6th November 2017 to 22nd March 2018 (excluding 22nd December 2017 to 7th January 2018) so choose pre Christmas relaxation and escape from the madness or a rewind after the big festive celebrations and to beat the January/February blues.
The brand new Brimstone Spa has proved a massive hit since opening with guests, journalists and bloggers coming from miles to experience the first of its kind spa in the Lake District. This extremely tempting, warming and relaxing spa break includes accommodation at The Langdale Hotel in a Lakeland Signature Roomy Room and a Full Cumbrian breakfast in Stove Restaurant. And then onto the spa with unlimited access to Brimstone Spa, 2 x Brimstone Spa treatments and lunch in the Brimstone Spa Deli.
The Brimstone Spa has a variety of experiences both inside and outside in the Lake District air. Treatments are of the highest calibre using all natural, Lake District made products especially for the spa. The spa is exclusively for Langdale and Brimstone Hotel guests.
World Gin Day is fast approaching and it is certainly set to be the biggest and most celebrated yet. The date – Saturday June 10th 2017 with tastings and events happening worldwide.
Gin has had a massive revival in recent years and it must be said, even the makers could not have predicted just how big and popular gin has become not just in the UK but throughout the world.
At Fredericks Lounge Bar & Restaurant in Cockermouth, gin is the super refreshing drink or aperitif for many visitors and diners.
Along with artisan tonics and mixers, different herbal flavourings and accompaniments and the diverse choice of gins, it is one of the most popular drinks served at this bar in Cockermouth. There is now a gin for everyone from the traditional juniper botanicals to those with tasting notes of lemon and coriander.
At Fredericks gins are available from all over the world but even more exciting some distilled just 10 miles away. Choose from 10 different gins including the famous Scottish gin Hendricks (great with slices to cucumber) through to lesser known Mare from the Mediterranean (Fredericks like to serve Mare with mango and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic). Excitingly close to home are three Lake District distilled gins that are not just loved by locals but by bar and restaurant owners and gin lovers throughout the UK. Representing the Lake District is the fabulous Bedrock Gin as well as their Export Strength. Bedrock goes fantastically well with lime and basil and of course Fever Tree tonic.
The gin revolution has further been confirmed with the vast choice of tonic waters now available. Fever Tree is absolutely the brand to mix right now with exciting flavours including the Mediterranean above or the elderflower.
It doesn’t matter what the weather brings on June 10th at Fredericks in Cockermouth. Sip in the sun outside on one of the relaxing outdoor tables or stay inside in the stylish lounge bar. To book a table and to view the full list of gins and food available, visit https://frederickscockermouth.co.uk
As the adventure capital of the UK, Cumbria – the Lake District holds its fair share of events and sportives for those more active types especially cyclists. From now until September there is a steady stream of cycle sportives to suit a variety of abilities but many learn towards the hardcore cyclist out there. It’s quite obvious when you think about it due to the nature of the roads and Lake District terrain.
The biggest most popular and most famous of the Lake District cycling races is the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge, challenge being the operative word.
The Fred Whitton is a gruelling 110 mile race at nearly 100 feet per mile. Starting and finishing in Grasmere at the Sports Field taking in nearly every Lake District pass with the utterly ridiculous Hardknott Pass with its 30% gradient thrown in towards the end. Scenic it is so for spectators and support teams there are far worse places to be stood around, the scenery however is not a factor for the riders! At the finish, plenty of wobbly legs and hugs from friends and relatives, everyone with a look of joy that it had finally come to an end with many saying “I never want to see that bike again”. Despite this, most people don’t just do it once and it is one of the most entered and oversubscribed cycling events in the country!
There are many of these lunatics that are local to Cumbria and the Lake District but a massive amount come from all over the UK which require somewhere to stay. Bicycle lovers themselves who will more than welcome and understand what has just been accomplished is Jacky of Raise View Bed & Breakfast in Grasmere.
The Fred Whitton Challenge will be taking place on May 7th 2017 and all the proceeds go to charity each with the recipients of 2017 being Macmillan Cancer Support, Duddon & Furness MRT, North West and Great North Air Ambulance and finally Millom BeSpoke BikingTM – a cycling based life enrichment project for pupils in the Millom area. “The Fred” has raised over a million pounds in the 16 years it has been held.
The western Lake District is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK and which is also the location for the highest mountain in England.
The western Lake District covers a large area from the Solway Firth at the northern most tip right down to Millom. It is extremely diverse in its landscape having some of the largest mountains but also having miles of coastline. It is the most enriched areas of Cumbria but which offers real escapism from the hugely busy South Lakes.
Still on the coast and moving down to Whitehaven and Workington, the areas busiest and most central locations. Whitehaven has undergone much regeneration in the last few years and the harbour there is really worth a visit especially the biennial Whitehaven Maritime Festival. Further down the coast and you get to St Bees. St Bees has one of the best beaches in the UK. Clean sand and wonderful views towards St Bees Head.
The mountain and lake panoramas are the most dramatic of the whole of the Lake District. The market towns of Cockermouth and Keswick are havens for walkers attracting thousands of visitors each year to walk the famous and accessible fells of Skiddaw and Helvellyn. It also situated next to the beautiful piece of water, Derwentwater and only 3 miles away is Bassenthwaite. Bassenthwaite Lake is the only piece of water that is officially a “lake”. All the other bodies of water are either a “mere” or “water” for example Buttermere and Crummock Water.
Finally, panoramas do not get any better than the view from the southern end of Wastwater looking towards Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak. This view won “Britain’s Favourite View” a few years ago but there’s no doubt it is still the case. To add to it’s accolades, Wastwater is also the deepest lake in the Lake District at 260 feet deep.
You are sure to find an activity or attraction in the Western Lake District to suit the entire family. There is a wide variety of Lake District Attractions on offer. There are award winning visitor attractions as well as exciting new activities and many outdoor pursuits. The possibilities are endless.
Easy to access from the North, East and South are the areas of Workington and Cockermouth which provide excellent bases for exploring all of the above. Hunday Manor Hotel has stunning views, a choice of affordable rooms starting from just £95 and serves delicious food in the bar or restaurant daily. Visit http://www.hundaymanorhotel.co.uk/ for more details.
What a year 2016 has been in the land of hotels in the Lake District and Cumbria.
Hotels have been developing, expanding and rejuvenating throughout the year and being recognised for their efforts in the form of awards both nationally and internationally.
Despite still some recession doom and gloom hanging around any business putting effort in has been rewarded with guests and recognition in the press and tourism industry it seems when it comes to the hotel sector in Cumbria. Many of them not the cheapest hotel rates in the country by any means but what a guest gets when they stay in this county if value for the money they spend. It is very similar to how consumers are now reverting to the way they shopped years purchasing from the retailers offering customers added value not just in the price but also in service and after sale support.
Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate is the perfect example. Gaining national and international acclaim opening 3 years ago and even more importantly, local acclaim and approval. From journalists coming up from London and the south and reviewing very favourably to couples coming over from the North East for a special birthday or celebration, Brimstone is a hit with all.
After the first half of 2016 seeing the brand new Stove Restaurant and Bar open on the Estate to the autumn opening of the Brimstone Spa, it has been yet another revolutionary year for both Brimstone and Langdale Hotels.
The region as a whole had a great end to an already busy year with overall room occupancy it’s highest in a decade at a whopping 79.4% according to the Cumbria Tourism business report.
So keep a watch out for hotel news coming from the Lake District and Cumbria as everyone knows is already a 5 star location but now has 5 star accommodation, spa and food to match.
Eskdale combines picture postcard cottages and hamlets with dramatic Lakeland fells and a location offering activities and adventure galore.
From the Eskdale embark on walking up England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. The views from the summit are simply stunning.
The area is a cyclist’s paradise whether it’s mountain bike or road biking routes. For road bikers then it has to be Hardknott Pass, a technical challenge or mind body and strength! Hardknott Pass leading to Wrynose Pass is the gateway to the central Lakes including the Langdale Valley too. Facts – England’s steepest road, a gradient of 30% (or 1 in 3).
For mountain bikers there are routes for all abilities from flat, bridleways and riverside tracks to downhill mayhem. With the narrow roads in the area, getting around on a bike is one of the best ways.
But let’s not forget the water activities including kayaking and caneoing, rock climbing, abseiling and more. Eskdale and the surrounding area really is adventure (and enjoyment) paradise.
Eskdale is fully geared up for groups breaks and holidays whether that be families, friends or a collection of couples. With some excellent large self catering properties to hire at rates far cheaper than the south and central lakes, it’s time to sample the wonderful Wester Lake District in 2017.
Accommodation spotlight: Rowan Bank cottage in Eskdale, an 8 person self catering property within touching distance of the famous Woolpack Inn at the foot of Hardknott Pass. The owners also run West Lakes Adventure, activity and adventure providers. Due to open spring 2017 are two exciting eco bunkhouses in the same location each sleeping 6.
Taking place over three days in October 14 – 16, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only event of its kind in the UK gaining more and more critical acclaim every year. 2016 will be the fourth festival and the biggest yet.
2016 has been a huge year for Cumbria and the Lake District with celebrations up and down the county to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter. The Lakes Conic Art fest is also taking part through the competition “Beatrix Potter Reimagined”. This exiting competition which closed on September 1st was open to all students of the arts to reimagine the characters, tales or artwork of Beatrix Potter by giving it a modern or unusual twist in a comic art style. The winners have been selected and the works are most definitely going to be one of the highlights of the festival.
Over the three days and in various locations around Kendal will be both free and ticketed events with something for any age. Gain insights into comic artists working, take part in workshops and demonstrations or look around the many pop up art venues across the town.
Looking for accommodation? The Riverside Hotel in Kendal has parking, offers good value for money rooms and is close to the train station. It also has a bar and restaurant and is just a 2 minute walk into the centre of Kendal.
The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey has had a tremendously busy summer and it seems their customers and guests have been busy too, giving 5 star excellemt ratings and glowing reviews on Tripadvisor.
Just 3 more 5 star reviews will take this traditional Lake District inn to s staggering 550 first class reviews. “Friendly”, “welcoming”, “great food”, “lovely staff” are just some of the review headlines.
The Cuckoo Brow Inn continues its growth in popularity and guest numbers year on year since its change of ownership and refurbishment. The Inn has a lot to live up to due to its location in the peaceful and stunningly beautiful village of Far Sawrey, the once home of Beatrix Potter and where her house can still be visited owned and maintained by the National Trust. Nearby Hawkshead is a typical and true Lake District village offering plenty to see and do but what brings so many to stay at the Cuckoo Brow is the walking of the many fells surrounding the Inn.
Cuckoo Brows approach of Muddy boots, children and dogs welcome has created a relaxed atmosphere yet they have combined it with first class service, decor and food. Only the very best, local produce is used with traditional dishes, some given a little twist, but all delicious. The local real ales on offer are always a hit whether dropping in for a drink post walk or whilst staying over in one of 14 refurbished bedrooms. All en-suite, twin, double and family rooms are available.
During October and organised and led by Cumbria Wildlife Trust are two Conservation Work Parties in the Grange over Sands area. The work parties held throughout Cumbria offer the chance to be educated and learn about each special location whilst at the same time helping to save and conserve rare species and habitats within it.
Firstly on Thursday October 6th the location is Brown Robin Nature Reserve. Brown Robin is a very special site with superb views of Morecambe Bay. Within the reserve you’ll be rewarded with fungi, sites of geological and historical interest, spring flowers and wildflowers and the spectacular view. From 9.30 am until 4pm those attending the work party will have the chance of experiencing various tasks including coppicing at this varied nature reserve above Grange-over-Sands learning some traditional forest management techniques.
Before winter arrives then it’s really worth doing one or all of the Morecambe Bay Partnership Seldom Seen walks. A set of 5 maps has been developed by Barrow-based artists Art Gene covering Morecambe Bay, to help you explore from Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness in South Cumbria, all around the estuaries to Cockerham, south of Lancaster in north Lancashire. The Flookburgh to Humphrey Head is of particular interest and great when staying in Gramge over Sands. Uncover ancient sites, explore the fishing and shipbuilding heritage and immerse yourself in this unique corner of Britain and especially the compelling landscape.
If you missed celebrating the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter during the summer then it’s still not too late to do so in and around Windermere.
Hill Top, her home for so many years and now owned and maintained by The National Trust are continuing the 150th celebrations with the exclusive after hours Hill Top Showcase Tours and day Garden Tours taking place during October. The garden and shop are open daily throughout the whole year with the house closing for the winter on October 30th and also every Friday. Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top for more details and to book.
Moving onto the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness and “Meeting Bea” a theatre production by Eric Pringle is on daily from September 16th until October 9th; after ‘Miss Potter’… Meeting Bea … a new life… a new love… two uninvited guests shatter her peace. Beatrix Potter, now Mrs William Heelis.
Also at the Old Laundry Theatre on October 30 is the Beatrix Potter Magic Lantern Show with Afternoon Tea. Enjoy an exquisite traditional afternoon tea, and join Beatrix Potter as she educates, entertains and enthrals us with her Victorian “Magic-Lantern Show. Tickets should be booked in advance, £14 for adults, £10 for children via http://www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk/.
Every day except Christmas there’s also the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness which is worth walking around for any Beatrix Potter fan but definitely a fun filled experience for children. Looking ahead to half term and look out for special events going on there.
Windermere is really geared up for families with so much to see and do, boredom is not a factor. Both Windermere and Bowness have an array of places to eat catering for just about all tastes from Italian to Thai and Greek and even British!
If the thought of the short days and cold weather is filling you full of dread as we approach winter, fear not, the luxury brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate is just the antidote to all of those worries.
Brimstone Hotel on The Langdale Estate offer a superb year round offer, 20% off all room rates if booked 30 days or more in advance in order to feel warm, soothed and relaxed and ready to take on winter. This equates to these luxury rooms starting at a very reasonable £240 per night which includes breakfast, access to The Reading Room (full of complimentary food and drink goodies to enjoy during the stay) and use of the Berghaus boot room.
The spacious rooms are spaces where hours can be enjoyed. Intelligent lighting and heating ensures that no matter what the weather is like outside, the climate and ambiance is just right. If it’s really nippy the real log fire can be lit. Step outside onto the vast, private balcony to take in some fresh, Lake District air and before too long be out on the fells kitted out from head to toe in the latest, free to borrow, Berghaus walking kit from the Brimstone Berghaus Bootroom.
Stove the brand new dining experience on the Langdale Estate is the place for great food and drinks, all day, every day. Choose to have breakfast there or have it in the comfort of the Brimstone suite.
With a reputation for relaxed luxury with minimum disturbance, Brimstone Hotel can only be booked direct. For full details and availability visit https://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk or call 015394 38062.
We are in the midst of experiencing the hottest September on record with dry, above average weather looking to continue further for the next few days. Early autumn is one of the best times of the year to visit the Lake District for a relaxing break after the school summer holidays yet still with some length to the days.
Although the British weather can be unpredictable no matter what time of the year it is, September into early October gives the chance for long days outdoors enjoying the Lake District fells for walking, cycling, sailing and even alternative ways of driving thanks to electric car hire.
Electric car hire but with a different o many, a Renault Twizy. Small, compact, perfect for two and the best way in which to travel along the multitude of mountain passes in the Lake District. These vehicles enable visitors staying in the south and central Lake District to visit the Western Lakes taking in Wrynose and Hardknott Passes. Renault Twizy’s can be hired from the Langdale Hotel and are just the best form of travel over these narrow passes. Head over these historic roads and reach attractions such as La’al Ratty, the miniature steam train which runs from Eskdale to Ravenglass by the sea and western fells. Charging points can be found at Eskdale to top up before returning to the Langdale Valley.
Another great drive and destination in a Langdale hired Twizy is over Kirkstone Pass and to Ullswater where a cruise on one of the Ullswater Steamers can be enjoyed. Another fantastic day out and the views when heading down Kirkstone Pass in the valley are stunning.
Langdale Hotel have a fleet of Twizy’s that can be hired from the hotel reception for just £10 per hour. A valid drivers licence is required to be shown and the rate includes membership of Co-Wheels. For accommodation then this Lake District Hotel has a variety of room choices starting at £125 per room or alternatively rent one of the self catering lodges, cottages or apartments for 3, 4 or 7 nights. Full details of all the accommodation options and Twizy hire details can be found by visiting http://www.langdale.co.uk.