What A Year for Hotels in the Lake District

brimstone luxury lake district hotelWhat 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.

For more information on the Brimstone Luxury Lake District spa, visit http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk

Eskdale – the Lake District’s Hidden Adventure Capital

eskdale lake districtEskdale 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.

For more details on accommodation and activities visit http://www.stayineskdale.co.uk/

Coniston – At the Heart of the Lake District

coniston lake district cottages

Coniston is situated in the heart of the English Lake District with Hawkshead to the east and the western Lake District to the right and surrounded by a tremendous landscape of streams, lakes and mountains including the most famous and distinctive, Coniston Old Man. Coniston Old Man rises to 2,633 feet and can be walked in various ways to suit all abilities. Dow Crag provides some of the best rock climbing in Great Britain, while lake-shore walks to Torver are very popular. Grizedale Forest, located nearby is the ideal landscape for mountain biking, viewing the many sculptures within the forest, walking and there is a Go Ape experience there too.

Tarn Hows is a location that a huge number of visitors to the Lake District make a trip to. Its stunning setting and panorama brings some three-quarters of a million people a year to view it. This view looks almost due north across the foot of the Langdale valleys towards Helvellyn.

Coniston Water is only 10 minute walk from Coniston village. On the lake there is a Steam Yacht Gondola, a plush Victorian steam-powered yacht and the Coniston Launch. The Coniston Launch has been converted to solar-electric power and has a regular sailing timetable in the season with the ability to also hire each boat for private functions.

Synonymous with the lake is Donald Campbell. It was on Coniston Water where he lost his life attempting the world water speed record in the famous Bluebird boat. His body is now laid to rest in the local cemetery. Donald Campbell successfully broke the water speed record in 1955 but it was when he was trying to regain it in 1967 that the incident occurred. Coniston has lots of references and memorials in memory of him including information regarding him in the Ruskin Museum.

Brantwood is the home of John Ruskin. It can be visited by cruising across the lake or a pleasant walk by foot. It is a house of historical importance but also a centre for contemporary arts attracting 30,000 plus visitors each year. John Ruskin was a very influential man inspiring the founders of the welfare state, the National Health Service, the National Trust and public libraries. Brantwood is now an essential attraction to visit when in Coniston.

Coupled with the landscape, culture, activities and adventure are great places to stay especially self catering cottages. Period cottages, slate houses and country houses can all be found to rent in and around Coniston offering everything from romantic retreats for 2 up to large properties ideal for large or extended families. One of the best selections can be found at The Lakeland Cottage Company where quality if the key too. Visit
https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottages/coniston_collection/  for more information.