Anyone for tea?!

The Great British cuppa has undergone a 21st century revival in the last couple of years. It has still retained it’s traditional and comforting nature but now the choice of different teas is immense.

Let’s not take away from the good old black tea in a bag, it’s served practically the whole of the UK for years now but how nice is it to have some choice now as we do with coffee.

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Look out for these on the bat at the Cuckoo Brow Inn

And now even Lake District inns and pubs are offering different and varied tea blend choices. After a fell walk, whether it be the summer or winter, a refreshing cup of tea is just the ticket, thirst quenching and warming at the same time. The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey has always offered a range of coffees but now stocks a selection of artisan loose leaf teas including summer fruits, pepper mint, blue lady and spiced chai. Not only do they taste lovely, they look gorgeous too and can be found in  pride of place on the bar at the Inn. Book to stay at the Cuckoo Brow Lake District B&B and inn this winter from £77 B&B per room and pull up a chair next to the log fire with a warming brew.

 

Feel the history of Cartmel Priory through a guided tour

If you missed the Magna Carta 800th anniversary extravaganza at Cartmel Priory in September then there’s still chance to experience some of the ambience.

Each Wednesday there are guided tours of Cartmel Priory where visitors learn about the rich and exciting history of the priory. Visitors will be transported back in time with tales of witches, mermaids and monks.

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Church View Cottage with a view of the church, Cartmel Priory

In the year one of the most celebrated documents in history the Magna Carta truend 800, it seems more fitting than ever to learn about the history of this and how Cartmel Priory in Cumbria played an integral part in sealing this seminal document. Tours start at 11am and 2pm and cost between £1 and £3. For more information telephone 015395 36536.

Mid week accommodation breaks can be found via The Lakeland Cottage Company choice of cottages in Cartmel to hire within walking distance of The Priory and of course this very popular and enchanting village. 4 night mid week offers from £394.

Go to Grange for gift buying this Christmas

Despite the exceptional sunshine we’re experiencing in Cumbria and the Lake District this autumn where its felt more like summer than summer, winter is approaching bringing with it Christmas, eek!
The weeks are flying by and couple that with parties, events and other pre Christmas celebrations, there’s not an awful lot of weeks left to buy gifts. Cumbria though is very much prepared and perfectly on hand to help.

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Last years Winter Market at Holker Hall

Grange over Sands is a lovely town in Cumbria where there are plenty of independent shops ideal for gift buying. Looking ahead to November and the wonderful Holker Hall will be holding their annual Winter Market on the weekend of the 7th and 8th.

The market will be packed with stalls full of Cumbrian and Lake District produce, food, crafts and gifts. They’ll be music and hot food to eat whilst walking around. It will definitely be the place to pick up some one off gifts to really impress family and friends as well as items for the Christmas table and dinner itself. Visit http://www.holker.co.uk for more information.

And Grange is also a pretty lovely place for a weekend away too making the all too often stressful task of buying Christmas presents an enjoyable event. Bay Villa luxury B&B in Grange over Sands on Main Street has rooms available for the weekend of the Holker Winter Market. The large rooms mean you won’t be tripping over the mounds of shopping bags, it’s just a short walk to a choice of restaurant and pubs for dining and the baths will sooth those tired, over spending feet! Breakfast is served in the room for complete relaxation. Rooms from £130, book via http://www.bayvilla.net.

Half Term+Halloween=The Lake District

In a blink of an eye it’ll be half term. After a fantastically dry summer and having experienced as close as we’ve ever experienced Indian summer in Windermere and the Lake District, it’s never been a better year to make the most of half term.

It’s a very well timed half term this year too being right at the end of October meaning Halloween celebrations can be more than enjoyed and taken part in all week. In Windermere and throughout Cumbria will not just be half term activities but also many Halloween themed ones too.

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Forward booking of accommodation is very much advised as rooms and self catering properties are booking up quickly. Windermere Marina Village for Lake District self catering waterfront accommodation have a small amount of availability. It’s also worth checking their late deals page too.

Set off from Windermere Marina Village, take the Windermere ferry and venture across to the Western Lakes where Muncaster Castle has the biggest Halloween spooktacular in the whole county. It’s well worth a trip over and it is always a fun filled and frightening packed day out. Windermere Cruises will be having half term fun cruises too along with events at Brockhole and The World of Beatrix Potter. For the full event listing for the week visit GoLakes here.

Overseas visitors are loving the Lake District

The Lake District attracts visitors from all over the world but in recent years, overseas visitors has grown and continues to do so.

Some visitors will come specifically to see the Lake District which has a high concentration of lakes, fells and picturesque villages and towns, so different in terms of size to anywhere else in Europe of not the world and it of course is steeped in history which compliments the landscape perfectly. The Lake District is also one of the destinations when people are visiting the UK as a whole with on the way or back from a visit to Scotland.

For some years now, Japanese tourists have flocked to the Lake District, the history and inparticular Beatrix Potter being such a big reason for making the huge journey. But recently more and more different nationalities have been arriving and it is great to see and if the bid is successful for the Lake District to be made into a UNESCO World Heritage site, this is surely only going to increase.

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What a view to have on the doorstep when staying at the Langdale Hotel & Spa

The wider audience has been felt very much so by the Langdale Hotel & Spa in the Langdale Valley whos overseas visitor numbers are continually increasing. Having all the facilities on site has proved favourable whilst at the same time, quaint villages and scenery are on the doorstep. These are two points made in two separate articles from overseas visitors/journalists, on here from Sarah Nicholson of the Australian Daily Telegraph and another, Visit Britain promoting The Lake District on the German Yahoo blog here. The accommodation at the Langdale 4 star lake District hotel is modern yet true to the surroundings and the hotel or the self catering lodges lend themselves to both couples and families. Visit http://www.langdale.co.uk for more details and to check availability.

Summertime adventures courtesy of the Brimstone Hotel

Brimstone Hotel located within the private Langdale Estate started off pushing boundaries from the moment the plans were drawn up and has continued to do in the two years since its opening.

The hotel is ultra cosy in the winter thanks to in room wood burners but a haven of cool in the summer. The large, private balconies with every suite let light and air into the room whilst the in room climate controls keep the room at the perfect temperature come rain or shine.

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The ultimate pic – a – nic basket organised for guests by the Brimstone Hotel Langdale

But it is now summer and finally warm and it is time to start thinking of summertime adventures in the Lake District. Yes, a must is a fell walk to take in the Lake District in its best vantage point, up high, but leisurely downtime is the key to a perfect summer break.

Brimstone Hotel can organise for guests to be delivered by the hotels Land Rover Defender to a secluded hideaway complete with ultimate, homemade picnic (including fizz!) for the ultimate in summertime Lake District loveliness. This is just one of the many extras the hosts at brimstone can organise for the guests staying.

Still available throughout the summer is the book 30 days in advance of more and receive 20% off the room rate. The Brimstone Lake District Boutique Hotel hosts can be contacted on 015394 38062 and availability checked through the website at brimstonehotel.co.uk.

Ullswater – the Lake District #PlaceToBe in 2015

Ullswater seems to have the right balance between visitor numbers and tranquillity. Despite the Lake District becoming more and more popular as the weeks progress, Ullswater has still managed to keep that little bit quieter than the villages and locations around Lak Windermere and well, the scenery around Ullswater needs no explanation.

There is and has been a lot going on in and around Lake Ullswater this year. Firstly made the finals in the National Coach Awards and this steam attraction has grown from strength to strength over the past few years including winning A Goldstar Award through the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

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The new pier on Ullswater, Aira Green for Aira Force

Next and continuing with water based activities is a brand new pier at Aira Fice, the National Trust site of this impressive 65ft tumbling waterfall. With the backdrop of woodland paths and in front the stunning lake that is Ullswater, this is of course one of the must visit attractions in the area (well along with sailing, walking, travelling by steamer……..). The pier is the first new stopping point for 50 years around the lake and takes travellers from Glenridding to the newly named Aira Green pier for Aira Force.

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The setting, Waternook, luxury self catering on Ullswater

And finally, a first for the region if not the whole of the Lake District, a new luxury self catering facility of two properties with direct lakeshore access to Ullswater. Waternook on Ullswater has the setting, the views, the gadgets, the space and the décor, even helicopter access and with the Howtown Pier within touching distance served by Ullswater Steamers, can deliver exclusive guests to this exclusive new slice of luxury in The Lakes. Visit http://www.waternookonullswater.com for more details.

So it has to be said, Ullswater is leading the way in so many ways within the tourism sector whether it be sustainability, access, opening up and moving forward with accommodation never seen before in the Lake District National Park.

You get lake access and a lake view at new Lake House holiday cottage in Coniston

New to the portfolio of holiday cottages in the Lake District at The Lakeland Cottage Company is Lake House. Set within the Lane Head Estate on the north east head of Coniston Water, Lake House has views of the lake whilst having a backdrop of the Coniston fells.

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Lake House fell and lake views

The property sleeps 6, has a comforting log burning stove and Wi-Fi but the huge extra to this holiday rental is the use of the private jetties accessed from the nearby the Tent Lodge Estate and private lake short access. Either hire a boat or bring your own up to a maximum of 26ft. Boats can be hired from the nearby Coniston Boating Centre too. The private stretch of lake shore can be enjoyed for free for swimming, picnicking and relaxing and a great place for children to play. An enclosed terrace garden is a safe place for smaller children staying at Lake House.

Lake House has the peace and tranquillity so many people long for out of their Lake District holiday yet just a short walk or cycle takes guests to Coniston Village itself with transport links, pubs, cafes, shops and for supplies. Walks are plentiful from the front door so there is no reason why upon arrival, the car is not required. Take advantage of the cycle network, buses and the Coniston Launch for travelling up and down Coniston Water.

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Lake House exterior and living room

With the owners of the property living on the Lane Head Estate, quality and continuity is guaranteed and this is a very exciting new addition to the portfolio of luxury holiday cottages in Coniston for The Lakeland Cottage Company. Being a new to rental property, there is a large availability range at the moment but with the house being of such high quality and with the private lake access and location, Lake House is expected to book up quickly so prospective guests also need to be quick to book.

Full details on the use of the jetty can be found by clicking here along with the full details of the property and location. Alternatively, phone The Lakeland Cottage Company team on 015395 38180.

Leisurely luxury this Christmas and New Year at one B&B in Grange over Sands

The Christmas and New Year period is most definitely the time leisurely luxury is required whether home or away.

Everyone strives to push the boat out, do something a little bit special and create a difference from any other time of the year. It is also and most definitely a chance to treat whoever is special in life and this can mean not just through gifts but also by spending time together.

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Imagine walking along Grange’s prom on Christmas morning?

Although Christmas and New Year is very focused on bringing family and friends together, this may not be possible or what is wanted. It can also be that preparations for gathering and events during this time of the year are becoming hectic. It could be for these and various other reasons that the amount of couples choosing to have a short break away together over Christmas, in between or during New Year is on the up.

One town and region in Cumbria that is most definitely geared up for leisurely luxury is Grange over Sands. The relaxed, slow life of the town with its grand buildings, being on the doorstep of villages such as Cartmel and with views of the sea as well as the fells makes Grange an excellent location for Christmas and New Year. The town is superbly decorated for Christmas and all the local shops and businesses really get into the Christmas spirit.

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Leisurely luxury accommodation at Bay Villa B&

To complete the leisurely luxury experience in Grange over Sands this Christmas, the accommodation needs to live up to the festive period. Bay Villa are offering 3 night stays between December 24th and January 2nd, choosing 3 nights of choice to include a champagne breakfast and the option to order a luxury hamper to enjoy in the privacy of your own room. Bay Villa is a bed and breakfast located on Main Street so very convenient for access to anyone of the restaurants in Grange over Sands for evening meals. For more information on the offer and availability at Bay Villa, visit their website http://www.bayvilla.net/.

A successful show for Windermere Boat Sales

Windermere Boat Sales based at Bowness Bay Marina on the edge of Lake Windermere have just returned for an extremely successful time at the 2014 PSP Southampton Boat Show.

This 9 day festival of boating is held at Mayflower Park/Town Quay, one of Europe’s largest purpose built marinas, making this show also one of the largest on water boating shows in Europe and most definitely the largest of its kind in the UK.

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At the Southampton Boat Show 2014

The show encompasses everything possible to do with the boating industry from accessories and supplies to boat sales, safety advice and demonstrations and attracted over 112,000 visitors this year. Amongst all the trade stands and berths were entertainment, celebrity guests and activities for the whole family.

Windermere Boat Sales (WBS) were very excited to unveil two brand new vessels, the Alfastreet Marina Energy 18 and 23c at this years show. Being sole UK distributors of Alfastreet Marine, WBS knew it was going to be exciting and much focused boats for people to view and there were certainly plenty of interest. The Energy 23c is a contemporary day cruiser designed for offshore and inland waterways, perfect of course for Lake Windermere. Available in petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, it offers stability, safety and power to owners.

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The Alfastreet Marina Energy 23C

Thankfully transportation went smoothly to and from Southampton from Lake Windermere despite the 600 mile round trip! This was thanks to specialist boat transporters Gilbert Brown of Hawkshead so a great representation of the boating industry of the Lake District.

There’s no rest for WBS, it’s back to the marina to continue in the sales of new and used boats as well as repairs and maintenance. For the current stock list held by WBS, visit http://www.windermereboatsales.co.uk

By Jenny Andrew