Taste Cockermouth This September

fredericks cockermouth restaurantAfter the roaring success of Taste Cumbria in Cockermouth, where it was born and originated, comes the eighth instalment, Taste Cumbria in Cockermouth 2017, Friday 2nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September.

With spin offs in Ulverston, Tynedale, Kirkby Lonsdale, again in Cockermouth for the Christmas market and most recently in Whitehaven, Taste Cumbria is the foodie festival of choice across Cumbrian and the Lake District.
This year expect even bigger, even better and most definitely even more delicious, a weekend of food and fun and plenty of flavour. There’s entertainment right from the off on Friday evening with a an exclusive dining experience courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Kevin Tickle of The Forest Side in Grasmere will cook for just 32 guests in Wordsworth House & Garden. It is set o be the perfect marriage of fine food in one of the finest settings. The weekend will be packed to the rafters on Cockermouth’s Main Street with a massive food market for purchasing Cumbrian food as well as food to devour on the day. More food stalls and suppliers will be showcasing their produce on Station Street and South Street.

Look out for live demonstrations and masterclasses by Cumbrian chefs from local hotel chefs and producers including the new and exciting Cumbrian spirit makers, the region isn’t just about food you know!

It really will be a celebration of independent, Cumbria and Lake District businesses and a great support of one of the upcoming foodie destinations in the region. Look put or Fredericks Lounge Bar & Restaurant on Station Street. Open throughout the festival weekend, sit outside and sip Cumbrian cocktails whilst watching the visitors and entertainment up and down Station Street. Visit https://frederickscockermouth.co.uk/ for more cocktail, opening and food information.

Enjoy a marvellous massage treatment on your Lake District break

lake district massage therapyEverybody’s idea of relaxation is different but it doesn’t matter whether it’s leisurely strolls or high octane adventure challenges, the Lake District is the perfect base for all. Make a visit to The Lakes extra special by booking a massage treatment.

But a massage can be for many reasons. Simply for some R&R and a treat or for remedial benefits as so many visitors to the Lake District come to enjoy the adventure side of this region. More and more people come to take part in cycling, running, open watering swimming and triathlon events in the Lake District. It really is becoming one of the go to locations for outdoor events of all kinds in the UK. With bodies being pushed to the limits, a massage therapist who knows exactly what is required to help recover is essential.

Just looking at the event calendar for the remaining few months of 2017 and there’s still plenty of adventure to be had like Grasmere Sports on August 27th where one of the regions highest profile fell running races takes place, the Windermere One Day Swim from Newby Bridge September 3rd and the Cumbrian Cracker Cycle Sportive on November 19th starting from Grasmere.

Penny Irvine offers everything from the most relaxing mind and body aromatherapy massages through to deep tissue massages for sports men and women. Just read her testimonials to discover the diverse reason why you should book Penny for a massage whether it’s in your luxury hotel room, home or self catering cottage in areas such as Kendal, Bowness, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston.

Penny has provided her massage services in various hotels in the Lake District such as Cragwood Country House and Applegarth Villa in the Windermere area and Rothay Garden Hotel in Grasmere along with a variety of self catering cottages in Cumbria. Visit http://pennyirvinemassagetherapy.co.uk/ for more information on Penny’s services and qualifications.

Hot tub heaven at Lake District hotels

hot tub hotel windermere

There’s a hot tub frenzy at the moment in the accommodation industry. From hotels to even bed and breakfasts and holiday cottages, news that hot tubs are being installed is becoming more and more frequent.

When one Lake District hotel was embarking on a new development of luxury suites, they initially thought of including a swimming pool into the plans. After talking to guests and industry associates, the majority verdict was that private hot tubs for each of the suites was a far more preferred option.

Reason and points included, more privacy, more exclusivity, many said they wouldn’t swim on a luxury break anyway and said there was no worry about feeling self conscious as some may do in a shared pool. What a choice it was when the suites were launched 12 months ago. Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere is now famous for its hot tubs, the first of its kind in the Lake District.

Each large suite has sliding doors opening out into a terrace and/or large balcony with a table and chairs and a private hot tub, not overlooked by any of the other seven suites in the development. With views over towards Lake Windermere and fells, the owners of Applegarth Villa are finding many of the guests are not wanting to leave their room and hot tub at all! For a special treat, for complete privacy or for the ultimate in special occasion, the Lake District is the place for luxury in the North West.

For more information on the luxury hot tub suites at Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere visit, http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/rooms-and-suites/av-suites

The Lake District – the “Scenic Northern Powerhouse”

windermere self catering cottagesHaving stumbled on a BT blog post in the lifestyle section, “Is the north the most beautiful place in Britain?” I think we can wholeheartedly confirm it is.

The blog sights the survey by Nikon the camera specialists and the conclusion was amongst those surveyed, that the north, or top half as they called it, is far more photogenic than the south. There are sure to be scores of people from the southern part of the UK with smoke coming out of their ears at this but this was a true and honest survey.

The UK is blessed with stunning scenery from the very south to the very north. After a bumper summer with more people choosing a “staycation”, it could be we’ve falling back in love with this special island. How many times has the phrase been heard “Oh, I didn’t realise it was so nice in the Lake District/Scottish Highlands, North Devon coast….”. These places are on our doorstep (with a bit of driving in between) and surely the fact more and more overseas visitors are coming to the UK shows just what a special place it is.

But it is with great pleasure to announce top of the survey with 38% of the votes was Windermere, “undoubtedly the most picturesque location.” Windermere is extremely beautiful, has a wonderful light for photography and is extremely accessible for those visiting the Lake District, it is no wonder this busy part of the Lake District National Park has been voted number 1.

Stay in luxury at:
4 and 5 star Gold Award Windermere and Ambleside holiday cottages and apartments from The Lakeland Cottage Company. Visit https://www.lakedistrict-cottages.co.uk/ or more information.

The full blog post including some stunning Lake District images can be found here, https://home.bt.com/lifestyle/7-scenic-spots-is-the-north-the-most-beautiful-place-in-britain-11363993408408

There’s now even more of the Lake District to enjoy

 

tebay services hotel lake districtAs of August 1st 2016 the largest National Park in England became even bigger so even more fun, even more scenery so even more beauty to enjoy.

Firstly to the south of the Lake District National Park and an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell, an area north of Sizergh Castle and part of the Lyth Valley.

The largest added section comes further north where not just the Lake District NP has increased but so too the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This has created a large area made up of Whinfell, Grayrigg, Orton and Tebay meaning the M6 is now the only dividing line between these two National Parks.

Orton and Tebay have always been popular areas to visit being gateways to not just the two National Parks but also the Northern Pennines. With more support, promotion and increased rights of way, they are due to flourish even more so.

Many will know Tebay as the home of the famous motorway services, Tebay Services. Until their sister site opened, Gloucester Services of the M5, Tebay was the best services in the whole of the UK, now it has one of its family members to contend with! There’s now even more reason to visit this area, now withint he Lake District National Park, take advantage of the beautiful walks, great cycling routes and stunning landscape. Bring the dog, bring the family, stop on business or with a group of friends. The Tebay Services Hotel on the same site as the services is an ideal place to stay with advance booking rates at just £87 per room including breakfast. Stay in comfort with a vast range of local produce and come and enjoy the newest part of the Lake District National Park.

A Lake District family holiday…… in Coniston

coniston lake district cottages

With the school summer holidays in full swing, it seems quite fitting and appropriate to talk about family friendly destinations. A lot of parents will agree, despite not wanting to stay in a specific children’s resort, a family friendly destination is more than a good decision and adds to the enjoyment of the holiday for children and adults alike.

One such extremely family friendly destination is Coniston in the true heart of the English Lake District. This village and surrounding area has everything required for a family holiday from accommodation to food outlets to shops and activities……lots and lots of activities.

The standard of places to eat in drink in Coniston is, as the rest of the Lake District, very high. Anyone that has been to any of the other nearby locations such as Ambleside or Grasmere will know it is very hard to have a bad meal. Pubs are always popular in the Lake District with a great choice of food, often locally sourced, a great range of children’s meals and of course, for parents excellent liquid refreshment in the form of local real ales.

The real draw to Coniston is its location surrounded by some of the best scenery in the Lake District and the lake which is just a stone’s throw from the village. The lake has activities galore around it and on it including the steam yacht gondola where a different view of the lake and the fells such as the Coniston Old Man can be viewed. This is well worth a trip on and is a great activity whatever the weather. And there are many other activities on Coniston Water also endless paths for walking and other outdoor pursuits as well as the Ruskin Museum and Brantwood, the once home of John Ruskin so even some educational time can be included!

Where to stay? The area has a fantastic choice of self catering cottages and properties as well as camping and caravanning sites. Each of these types of accommodation, as any parent will know, is the easiest and most practical when holidaying with children and also allows the family pet to go along too. Whether camping or staying in a cottage, there is typically outside space so even if the kids haven’t been tried out completely throughout the day, there’s a space for them to on site. Click for self catering cottages in Coniston from The Lakeland Cottage Company.

To some up Coniston, it really does have all the ingredients for a family holiday and most importantly, a family holiday that both the kids and parents will enjoy (and any 4 legged members of the family too!). Being smaller than Ambleside, Windermere and Keswick makes it very relaxing offering peace and tranquillity without being off the beaten track and with the endless activities.

Lovingly Langdale – the Lake District destination from proposal to anniversary

brimstone luxury hotel lake district

Picture the scene, a bright Lake District day in the Langdale Valley, stunning 360 degree scenery, peace, calm and tranquillity, pure proposal perfection.

The Langdale Valley is home to one of the most iconic and well known picture postcard views, the Langdale Pikes. Choose to ask the question of a lifetime on one knee besides Blea Tarn or Loughrigg Tarn with The Pikes behind.

So where to stay in the Langdale area? Although the Langdale Hotel holds a civil wedding ceremony licence catering for small to medium weddings, it’s not just about The Big Day. The Langdale Estate incorporating 35 acres of private grounds just 4 miles from Ambleside and set in the true heart of the Lake District National Park, it is the ultimate destination for popping the big question, engagement celebrations, honey moons and mini moons as well as the joy of celebrating countless anniversaries.

Adding the luxurious Brimstone boutique hotel on the Langdale Estate into the mix gives the ultimate in exclusivity for such life memorable occasions. The hotel can be hired out exclusively for celebrations for close family and friends but the true USP of this place is exclusivity for two. At Brimstone, you don’t even ever have to leave the suite if you don’t want to!

Top Tip – Check out the Langdale Estate map on their website and locate the Founders Seat where the best views of the Langdale Pikes can be seen. It’s private and proposal location perfection!
View the Brimstone Hotel rooms here and select the perfect place for wedding memories throughout life.

Destination Ambleside

 

ambleside lake district

Ambleside is a very popular and picturesque town situated at the heart of the Lake District National Park, close to the shores of Lake Windermere, which is England’s largest lake.
The town itself has become a major tourist resort and one of the most popular bases for exploring the Lake District with an array of excellent shops, restaurants, plus a great choice of places to stay.

Ambleside is mostly a Victorian town, although there has been a settlement there since pre-Roman times. Galava, a fort located beside Borrans Park was built by the Romans and was used to house around 500 soldiers. The fort was built to defend the lower fells of South Lakeland from invasion by the Picts and Scots, and also to guard the road to the Roman Port at Ravenglass which is accessible from Hard Knott Pass just a few miles away from AMbleside.

Many well known characters have been connected with this region including William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. The Armitt Museum provides more information about each of these famous characters and just 4 miles away visitors will be able to experience the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness. There’s also Rydal Mount in Rydal which was the home of the Wordsworth family from 1813 and Dove Cottage in Grasmere, which is where William Wordsworth wrote most of his greatest poetry.

Waterhead pier is only a mile south of Ambleside town centre and this ferry terminal allows visitors to experience scenic ferry trips on Lake Windermere. The ferries run regularly throughout the day between Waterhead, Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside at Newby Bridge.

A car isn’t always required and a great walk is up to Stock Ghyll Force, a highly picturesque waterfall, which can be reached through Stock Ghyll Woods. This spectacular seventy foot drop to a bowl shaped pool can be viewed safely from a hand railed vantage point. The ghyll once powered twelve watermills and the scenery around Stock Ghyll is truly magnificent.

For B&B accommodation with private off road car parking and a warm and friendly welcome Rothay Garth on Rothay Road is a good choice. Family and dog friendly rooms and delicious breakfasts. Visit http://www.rothay-garth.co.uk for more details.

Walking is wonderful in the Lake District

walking lake districtWhether it’s the onset of summer or to aid in getting people to do more exercise, it seems national newspaper journalists can’t help but write about walking in the Lake District at the moment. Both online and in print, the last couple of weeks has seen articles on the best walks, best places to stay for walkers and dog friendly walking routes in the Lake District.

But it is no surprise really, journalists naturally want and need to write about what is popular at the moment and walking and especially in the Lake District and Cumbria is just that. Fell walking is more popular than ever and is far from that of a few years ago when it seemed it was always the slightly older end of the population. Now every age group from all over the country can be seen including families breeding a new generation of fell walking lovers.

Although the smaller members of the family may need to be coaxed along with the promise of an ice cream at the end, they always seem to have the broadest smile when they reached the top of the hill, even at their tender age they understand it is an achievement and love to see the landscape from up high.

With plenty of child friendly places to eat and drink and most definitely a plethora of accommodation geared up for families, it is no wonder the Lake District National Park tops the lists of family friendly and walking friendly destinations in the UK.

Accommodation Highlight:
The Damson Dene Hotel near Bowness on Windermere in Crosthwaite with a choice of family rooms including three separate annexe family suites in the hotel grounds. The hotel also has a family friendly restaurant and bar, leisure facilities and plenty of outside space for children to play. Family rooms range from £86 – £150 per night. Visit http://www.damsondene.co.uk/bedrooms/family for more details.

The Growing Appeal of the Lake District

grasmere hotel restaurant

Yet another year of very successful Easter and Whitsun holiday periods, the English Lake District has further broadened its appeal. With the fells to bursting point with seasoned walkers and newbie’s alike, the beauty of this region is truly being appreciated. To compliment the free fresh air are a multitude of festivals and events on this year too.

It’s the little things that are contributing to the Lake District appeal. For food lovers then the local produce in Cumbria the Lake District is hard to beat. Cumberland sausage gaining its protected status has further cemented this region on the culinary map. Then the now ultra famous and in demand Herdwick lamb hoggat and mutton, Cumbrian produce is highly sort after in London such as at Borough Market. Then sweet treats and condiments like Grasmere Gingerbread, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and Hawkshead Relish now international brands. Chefs in many of the hotels in the Lake District have been resurrecting traditional Lakeland dishes and using as much local produce as possible on their menus. The for real ale fans, Cumbria and the Lake District has the highest concentration of micro breweries in the country. All in all, a foodie paradise.

The outdoors and walking is paradise for dog owners. The Lake District is geared up for dogs with the endless walking routes but also many pubs and other establishments being dog and pet friendly. There is now a very good choice of dog friendly hotels in the Lake District. Not every dog owner likes self catering holidays or like having to put their dog into a kennel. Dog friendly hotels suit both the dog and its owner.

So, Cumbria and the Lake District is really leading the way in tourism in this country. It is moving with the times, enabling visitors to try out diverse activities and experiences and caters for adventurists, romantic weekend break seekers and now more than ever, foodies. Grasmere is definitely #theplacetobe for foodies. Check out Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere village with their award winning 2 AA Rosette The Dining Room Restaurant. Exciting food in relaxed surroundings. Visit http://www.lakedistricthotel.co.uk.