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 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

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 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

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 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.

Mayday, Mayday, last minute short breaks for May Day in Windermere!

Make the most of the “Free” day off on Monday and away from the school holidays and come to Windermere this Bank Holiday.

After a slow start to May Day Bank Holiday weekend interest in coming away to the Lake District, the last few days have seen many events and accommodation venues filling all places and rooms. The weather forecast has surely helped as it is now predicted to be far better than first thought of earlier in the week.

In the area surrounding Lake Windermere the tree shoots have given the place an overall brightness and it is a great time to dust off the bicycle or perhaps hire one from the many places in Bowness and Windermere.

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If you fancy taking to the water then cruises can be taken from Bowness up and down Lake Windermere with regular sailings by Windermere Lake Cruises. Self drive and row boats can be hired for those wanting a little more adventure or to enjoy the lake at their own pace.

Brockhole of course has a packed programme of events and fun things to do especially good if travelling with small children.

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Windermere Apartment 40 at Windermere Marina Village

Accommodation is booking up for the weekend but for those lucky enough to have tagged a couple of days onto the Bank Holiday weekend or have the full week off, what better than to take advantage of getting 5 days off work for the price of 4! Windermere Marina Village have some excellent late deals on Lake District self catering short breaks starting Bank Holiday Monday May 4th or Friday the 8th and makes the ideal base for exploring the region. There are 3 apartments and 1 cottage remaining, sleeping 4 or 6 and with prices starting at £407. The highlight apartment is luxury Windermere Apartment 40 sleeping up to 4 people. This ground floor apartment has a Jack & Jill wet room, south facing balcony with views over the marina as well as space for 2 travel cots all laid out over a whopping 950 square feet. The 4 night rate starting Monday is £507 and the 3 night rate from Friday 8th is £608.

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.

First Windermere regatta of 2015 to set sail this weekend

The first Windermere Cruising Association Winter Series sailing regatta will be taking place on Sunday 11th January all being well with the weather. The forecast is for a very blustery Saturday but let’s hope it moves across in time for the racing on Sunday.

Sponsors of the Winter Series Windermere Marina Village have had a bust Christmas with rising water levels and plenty of wind but have managed to keep all boats safe and secure.

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The Winter Series runs until March where the Summer Series regattas begin. Each race is different due to entrants but mainly the conditions on the day which vary race to race keeping the crews on their toes.

The next racing date for the diary is January 25th, Burns Night, where there will be 2 races. Windermere Marina Village have short break self catering cottages and apartments available that weekend which is sure to be much attended race day. Check availability here, and maybe The Boathouse will be doing a haggis dish in the evening???