The Hidden Gem of Far Sawrey in the Lake District

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People may have heard of the location Far Sawrey in connection with its most famous past inhabitant, Beatrix Potter. Despite thousands visiting Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter, each year, this area of the Lake District remains tranquil and unspoilt. It is sneakily located sandwiched between the western side of Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water, just a handful of miles from the larger village of Hawkshead.

A little extra bonus when travelling to Far Sawrey is being able to go on the Hawkshead Ferry across Lake Windermere. When visiting from the south of east this is by the far the quickest way to reach it. Of course, it isn’t too far away from Ambleside either so every facility is close by whilst peacefulness is retained.

If you stay in this little village and you’re into walking, you could stay a week and never have to use a car there if you wanted, there are just so many different walks to do from the village.From walking up fells to around tarns and lakes to circular walks incorporating woodlands, none of the scenery will disappoint.

For anglers there’s Esthwaite Water, home to trout, pike, coarse and roach fishing. A short drive away there is Grizedale Forest which is an excellent place for families with adventure trails, sculptures and the Go Ape experience but so too mountain biking enthusiasts with trails to suit all abilities.

Accommodation varies from bed and breakfasts to self catering and inns such as The Cuckoo Brow Inn. The Cuckoo Brow is family and dog friendly, has contemporary bedrooms with local produce featuring throughout the menu as well as local real ales so very well suited to a holiday or short break in the area. Visit https://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk for more details and to book online.

So by choosing Far Sawrey for your next Lake District holiday gives you the best of both worlds. Great and handy location with peace and tranquillity.

Easter is egg-extremely close, get your Lake District break booked today!

As the second month of the year races to the end already, much to everyone’s surprise, it’s now time to give an important thought to Easter. Although a late Easter in 2019, it is less than 8 weeks until Good Friday and the start of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend celebrations and time off for many. Surely you will have noticed the implementation of chocolate eggs in shops as a gentle reminder!

It is the first proper Bank Holiday weekend and being the barer of two free days off, this weekend is always a busy one for going away. This year it almost coincides with the clocks going forward which will happen just the week before, lighter mornings and evenings equalling longer days.

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Easter in the Lake District is one of the best times to visit the region. Everything is new from animals and life, the bright green shoots on the trees to the sight of the brightly coloured signature flower of the Lake District, the daffodil. It also means the region is fully open with every shop, attraction and eatery now fully open, full time.

Longer days opens up what and how much can be done in the day. The fells, despite being open all year round may not be accessible for all but in spring they are ready and raring to be explored. The water, well Lake Windermere will no doubt be a hive of activity around Easter. Combine the water with walking with the Windermere Lake Cruises Springtime Walkers Ticket. Leave the car behind for the day and enjoy 2 cruises and a 4 mile walk during the day, https://www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk/cruises-fares/springtime-walkers-ticket/.

Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere have availability for the Easter weekend in a choice of rooms ranging from Deluxe to the luxury hot tub suites. Each room can be viewed in detail by visiting, https://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/.

Five Star and Fabulous Shepherd Huts in the Lake District

These shepherd huts are made entirely in the Lake District using the highest quality materials and all made individually by hand. The glamping industry is now worth millions in the UK with new and alternative locations to enjoy a less backpacking, more 5 star version of camping. In CSH product, kitting it out is the choice of the purchaser with options such as wood burning stoves to handmade tables, bookcases and wooden shutters. These huts are bespoke glamping of the highest proportion and for businesses, will provide a ROI extremely quickly.

We’re all loving the fact we can have a short break or a holiday in the true outdoors making the most of the beaten track locations whilst not giving up practicality. Enjoy stunning countryside surroundings without the need to put up tents, being affected by bad weather or having to cart around an articulated truck load of gear. But accommodation such as shepherd huts with their quirky and funky looks and interiors have become extremely popular. The big plus, the views that can be had from then. Just imagine being cosy and out of the elements yet opening the door to lake and fells views.

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Why not try one out before purchasing? High Borrans Farm on the fells above Windermere – the Lake District, a traditional Lakeland hill farm and a truly idyllic location is home to “Percy”. “Percy” is a luxury hut manufactured by Cumbrian Shepherd Huts complete with a kitchen, shower room and even underfloor heating.

Lodge’s have really taken off in the UK both for existing site owners and farmers diversifying, but shepherd huts bring something just that little bit different. They can be moved unlike a lodge, they arrive ready and can be let straight away in the case of the standard huts and are far cheaper too.

At Cumbrian Shepherd Huts, it’s only the view that is not included! Visit their website http://www.cumbrianshepherdhuts.co.uk/ for more information on their shepherd huts for sale.

Have your pick of All of the Lake District thanks to new website

all of the lake district accommodationLaunched in Winter 2017, Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk is a one stop resource for accommodation, where to eat & drink, activities, shopping, weddings and spas.

In the year the Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, it is an extremely exciting time for those who visit the Lake District as well as those who live and work in it. Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk is aimed at being an extremely insightful and helpful resource for both visitors and residents.

As the largest and busiest National Park in England, the Lake District from all over the world and has a choice of some of the best accommodation in the whole of the UK. Enjoy the finest self catering properties, hotel rooms, glamping and bed & breakfast venues of which Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk provides information and links to.

Onto the growing matter of food in the Lake District. With Michelin stars, Rosettes and larder on the doorstep an envy of many a chef up and down the country, it’s not just the fells attracting repeat visitors.
Onto activities and the Lake District being the adventure capital of England. Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk brings ideas for activities and attractions to visit to entertain the teen that never tires or outdoor enthusiast.
Bringing it down a gear or too and the rise in spa breaks is as evident in the Lake District as anywhere else in the UK. The Lake District can furnish guests with private hot tubs or onto luxury and innovative spas with treatments to match.

On top of all this, fine a handy guide to the towns and villages so the perfect choice of location can be found. To find your perfect Lake District break or escape visit https://www.allofthelakedistrict.co.uk/

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.

Hot tub heaven at Lake District hotels

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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

Lovingly Langdale – the Lake District destination from proposal to anniversary

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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.

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

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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 https://www.lakedistricthotel.co.uk.

Recharge and rejuvenate after the Brathay Marathon in Ambleside

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Brathay Windermere marathon and half marathon is taking place on Sunday May 22nd 2016. After the previous 9 year success of the full 26.2 mile Brathay Marathon, the organisers have added a half marathon, a brand new event for 2016. This marks the 10th anniversary of arguably the most beautiful UK race of this length and the reason why it is referred to as “The Beautiful Marathon”.

The half marathon will surely not disappoint, a 13.1 mile route through the beautiful village of Hawkshead, onto Esthwaite Water, returning with views of the iconic Langdales and the surrounding fells. The closing date for entering either event is Friday May 20th 2016.

Whether its pre or post race, either full or half marathon, some rejuvenation to the legs is a must and why its worth choosing accommodation with a pool and even better the healing properties of hot bubbling water and saunas.

In the heart of Ambleside in a peaceful location is The Old Vicarage Bed & Breakfast. Hidden away under the garden terrace is a 9 metre heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, the only one of its kind in the area within a B&B. The leisure facilities are ideal for relaxing and gathering thoughts pre and post race.

Unlimited, free use of the pool, sauna and hot tub is available to all guests at The Old Vicarage. For more information and to book online visit http://oldvicarageambleside.co.uk/