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.
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.
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.