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Enjoy the Kendal Trails this Summer

New for 2017 an exciting series of printed trails around the historic market town of Kendal. The trail can be printed off from the https://visit-kendal.co.uk website or found in over 20 locations around the town.

Visitors to Kendal are of all ages and the various trails have been thought out so as there’s something for everyone. Starting off with the children’s trails of which there are four of. Look out for the bright and beautiful umbrella displays and installations and the Trail Treat signs for places to picnic eat and drink. Children will love ticking off the points of interest along the way.

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Being a town steeped in history there’s a trail taking visitors around all the historic points of interest, many being the unique and plentiful yards found all along Highgate and Stricklandgate. These yards are full of intrigue and are the oldest parts of Kendal each having a very different story. Trail Treat signs can also be found on this trail.

Then onto the final topic, the Kendal Boozy Beer and Wine Time Trail. Kendal has a huge choice of pubs and inns and the trail takes visitors on a tour around the traditional and oldest inns through to the new, modern wine bars and restaurants as well as the local breweries. Again there’s Trail Treats along the way, Kendal is fast becoming a foodie town too.

Looking for accommodation whether you’re into history, visiting with the family or looking to enjoy the Boozy Beer & Wine Time Trail? The Riverside Hotel is located beside the River Kent and offers great value accommodation with a choice of twin, double or family rooms. Family rooms on the special Two Night Summer Sizzler Break is just £310 for 2 adults and 1 child which includes breakfast both morning, free use of the leisure facilities and inner on the first evening. Visit http://www.riversidekendal.co.uk for more details.

Lakes and Dales cycling from Cartmel

The Lakes and Dales cycle route from Cartmel to Kirkby Lonsdale is our pick of this circular loop taking in the full circumference of the Lake District, Cumbria and the into The Dales.

Each of the 6 segments offer stunning scenery and some more challenging than other. Cartmel to Kirkby Lonsdale is definitely the one for food lovers with both locations being famous for some of the best food to be found in the whole of Cumbria.

This section is 36 miles in length taking cyclists along to the coast and Grange over Sands onto the picturesque Levens before heading south through the delightful villages of between Crooklands and Heversham onto Hutton Roof before finishing in the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale.

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Both location offer cyclist friendly accommodation or for a real challenge and adventure, stay in Cartmel and do an out and back to Kirkby.

This section of the 196 mile Lakes and Dales Loop offers views of the Lake District fells, the pretty villages in South Cumbria, the medieval village of Cartmel, Cumbria’s unspoilt coastline and then then the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Other options can be found on the designated Lakes and Dales Loop website including a lovely Cartmel to Rusland Valley 19 mile loop http://www.lakesdalesloop.co.uk/cartmel-to-rusland-valley-loop-3/ or a Cartmel to Sizergh Loop at 29 miles http://www.lakesdalesloop.co.uk/cartmel-to-sizergh/

For accommodation then self catering is ideal for cyclists and their kit. Cartmel will not disappoint as a base with 5 star luxury across the board in any one of a number of luxury rental properties. The Lakeland Cottage Company specialise in the Cartmel area with a choice of rentals from heart of the village bolt holes for 2, converted barns through to historic, rural cottages.

Visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottages/cartmel_collection/ for more details.

Biggest and best yet Bowness Bay Blues Festival nears

We’re just over a month away from the music extravaganza that is the Bowness Bay Blues Festival on the weekend of 7-9 April 2017.

After a string of very successful previous festivals, this blues festival in various atmospheric venues around Lake Windermere, is being held for the 6th year running. Social media buzz and increased ticket sales suggest the 2014 festival.

The headliners this year are Geoff Achison, LaVendore Rogue, The Revolutionaires and The Stumble with a further 18 other bands. Choose to attend and purchase tickets for either of the 3 nights/days or for the whole weekend as well as separate cruise options.

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Not only is this a celebration of blues music but being organised by the Rotary Club of Windermere raises money for extremely worthwhile organisations. This year’s proceeds will go to will support two local charities – Ambleside and Langdale Mountain Rescue and Blood Bikes Lancashire and North West Blood Bikes Lancashire and Lakes.

Friday night is particularly exciting for the festival as both Geoff Achison and The Stumble will be headlining at the Wheelhouse Venue. Geoff Achison will be playing with the Souldiggers, a ripping live band with an infectious sound combining elements of blues, funk and soul is building for such a prestigious act performing in Bowness.

There are many places to stay in and around Bowness from B&B’s to hotels and self catering but why not have the best of both worlds and avoid the hustle and bustle by staying somewhere a little quieter and enjoy some R&R too. The Damson Dene Hotel is a short drive or taxi from Bowness located in the Lyth Valley. Easy to access from the A590 yet tucked away and secluded to have a break from all the music.

Full ticket, programme and venue details for the festival can be found here http://www.bownessbayblues.co.uk/

Car Free = More Fun in and around Windermere

The train station at Windermere played a huge part in making this beautiful Lakeland town so popular. Having opened in the mid 1800’s, it enabled visitors from across the country to travel by train due to the direct link to Oxenholme which was on the Lancaster – Carlisle line which is now the West Coast Mainline. With travel times at their lowest, it is now possible to travel by rail from London to Windermere in little over 3 hours with just one change at Oxenholme.

Encouraging visitors to travel by rail is one thing, to enable them to get around whilst staying in Windermere or Bowness is the other half of the transportation process. With projects such as GoLakes Travel and other low carbon initiatives such as Co Wheels, a variety of transport options are now readily available to thoroughly encourage and make leaving the car at home as easy as possible.

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Yes, not everywhere in the Lake District and Cumbria lends itself to a car free holiday, some places are just too remote. But use Windermere or Bowness as a base with the hubs of the bus and train stations, bike and boat hire and lake cruises and it’s quite amazing where you can get to including being able to travel from Windermere to Whinlatter Forest near Keswick with your bike.

This year there is the return of the bike bus. Bus number 800 is Stagecoach’s specially converted Bike Bus service to carry up to 12 bikes and handily links up with Windermere Lake Cruises’ ‘Bike Boat’ over the school holiday times commencing weekends 27 May to 16 July and daily from 22 July to 3 September. . Whether for use by cycling pros in order to cover an even greater area or for families to help younger children see further afield or break up a bike journey, the Bike Bus is a very handy service.

Family and cyclist friendly accommodation close to Windermere can be found at the Newby Bridge Hotel at the southern end of Lake Winderemere. Choose to cycle to Ferry Nab for a quick hop across the lake to Bowness to pick the bus up or cruise from Lakeside to Bowness. For information on the hotel and to book visit http://www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk/.

It’s all about music and drama in Grange over Sands

Grange over Sands is often referred to for its climate, the choice of places to eat and drink in and around it and the views of Morecambe Bay.

But arts are very much the order too in this Edwardian resort located between the Lake District and Morecambe Bay. The Grange and District Art Society is very well represented and supported, in fact throughout the county but it’s the music and drama arm of the arts we’re focusing on here and especially in February and March.

Before the Easter holidays begin and two months further when the racing starts at Cartmel races, what a great time to not only visit Grange and the surrounding region but to also enjoy some very fine performances.
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Firstly on Friday 10th Feb 2017 live music by Dave & John from 8.30pm at The Pig & Whistle in nearby Cartmel. Look out for their year round live music events, in the cosy bar in the winter and outside in the summer. Another live music venue is the Keg & Kitchen in Grange. Look out for regular bands, duo’s and solo singers and performers.

The second half of March is all about the drama kicking off with the Cumbria Drama Festival at Victoria Hall. This is a preliminary round of the All England Theatre Festival, the only countrywide competition for one-act plays in performance. The date Saturday March 25th with an afternoon and evening session to enjoy.

Accommodation is required can be found at the equally as artistic Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast in Main Street, a converted private residence with features galore. Call 015395 36793 to book.

Status Rock this June in Windermere

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From a one day event held to Windermere Rugby Club for the past two years to a three day rock and music extravaganza in 2016, it’s the year to Rock on Windermere.

Formally called Windermere Rocks, the event attracted a huge amount of support from musicians and visitors alike with tickets demand high. In light of the horrific floods experienced by so much of Cumbria in December 2015 Rock on Windermere was born, a music event organised by Windermere Rotary Club raising money for the Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal. There are still people who aren’t back in their homes, businesses till shut and environmental damage across the county, events such as this raise finds, give cheer and laughter and bring visitors to the area as well as the local community.

The location – The Glebe in Bowness, an outdoor stage with views down Lake Windermere. The dates, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2016. Now the most exciting part, the acts, well they’re pretty special and only just recently announced. Saturday headliners none other than rock legends Status Quo with Toploader proceeding them and Sunday, 10CC. These three bands will be complimented by local, tribute and past performers at Windermere Rocks.

Tickets are available via the Brewery Arts Centre and Ticket Line and can be bought for individual days or the full weekend. Prices start from £15 and provide excellent value for money with hours of live music each of the nights/afternoons.

Limited, last minute accommodation can be found at Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere on College Road. Enjoy a pre-gig drink in the bar or on the terrace before strolling down to Bowness. Wake up to a full Lakeland breakfast before heading out on a cruise on Lake Windermere, take a scenic hike up Orrest Head or blow the cobwebs away by hiring a bike from Windermere Station just 1 minute walk from the hotel.

Travel with distinction to Ambleside – the Lake District

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Ambleside is gaining popularity year on year. Of course it is obvious that it’s a popular destination. Ambleside has restaurants, bar and pubs, more outdoor shops than you can shake a stick at and lots of lovely gift shops, it even has a cinema. Great for families, great for couples, for outdoor enthusiasts and groups with all the facilities yet with the chance to get away from it all never too far away.

Surrounding Ambleside there are some very quaint, very peaceful villages that will fulfil any real getaway from it all requirement particularly the area to the west of Ambleside. To the west you will find villages such as Hawkshead, Near and Far Sawrey. These areas have all you require for a great Lake District holiday or weekend break with a wide choice of high quality bed and breakfasts, hotels and guest houses as well as super country pubs and restaurants. All this but at a much slower, quieter pace than Ambleside.

Far Sawrey and Hawkshead are delightful villages. Faw Sawrey is the home of the National Trust Hill Top property, the once home of Beatrix Potter. Hawkshead just down the road is home to the her gallery, also owned and run by the National Trust. Then what brings most visitors and guests to the Lake, District, the wonderful lakes and mountains.

If staying in a bed and breakfast in Ambleside, you can take advantage of the nearby pier for cruises up and down Lake Windermere and even an effective way to travel in the busy summer months. Hire bikes and take the bike boat one day, cycle along off road routes or even tackle some of the famous mountain passes such as Wrynose and Hardknott, eek!

Claremont House B&B in the centre of Ambleside provides excellent and friendly low cost accommodation and a great breakfast. Rooms from just £60.

More luxury Lake District yoga retreat dates announced

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The combination of the beautiful surrounding and landscape of the Lake District, the stunning, relaxing and natural interiors of the Brimstone hotel suites has created a quite mesmerising location for a yoga retreat.

All the retreats are being led by instructors and brands hugely knowledgeable in their field bringing expertise, fulfilment and enjoyment to all who attend. The Well Connected have also joined together with many of the top health brand from juice to snacks, food and teas to clothing and accessories. These, coupled with the access to some of the top chefs in the region within the Langdale Estate has proven the perfect marriage. The meals from breakfast through to dinner have showcased healthy food, delicious food using as much local produce as possible as well as creative dishes.

The second yoga retreat break at the Brimstone Hotel in the Lake District is about to take place and due to the success of the first along with the quick uptake of places for the second during April has prompted The Well Connected to enlist more leading yoga and fitness professionals to lead retreats during 2016. These include the return of Nicky Urwin in July, in September a PureEarth Juice, Ypga and Spa retreat as well as a House of Voga retreat and finally in October, Lavish Fitness led by leading celebrity trainer Olivia Cooney.

Regular updates can be found on the The Well Connected website and social media pages along with more details on the location and facilities offered at the retreat base, the boutique Brimstone Hotel. The yoga in such surroundings has prove extremely popular but so too the hiking in the area where all the gear is supplied via the Berghaus Bootroom at the hotel and the Lake District great outdoors is right on the doorstep. A two for one retreat we say.

For more information on the hiring the Brimstone Hotel out exclusively visit http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk/exclusiveuse.html

Choose Cumbria for the most wonderful wedding destination

Cumbria – the Lake District with its stunning scenery has been welcoming visitors for generations. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, mountains reflected in still waters, picturesque villages, stunning shorelines and above all its tranquillity.
Take over a whole Lake District Hotel for the weekend for your friends and family or tie the knot with just the two of you in a special setting – the possibilities are endless. All the facilities – hotels, car hire, wedding photographers, catering etc. are already in place to help you plan your day, your way, with your ideas.

There is a vast choice of locations and options, formal and informal, including traditional church weddings in churches made of local slate with centuries of history and a wide range of venues for Lakeland Weddings to suit everyone’s tastes, with many offering civil ceremonies in their own grounds.

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As well as being an ideal location for weddings in Cumbria, the Lake District is one of the most romantic destinations to be found anywhere, which makes it an ideal honeymoon destination, with roaring log fires, cosy walks along country lanes and romantic candlelit dinners.

Cumbria encompassing the English Lake District is one of fifty places worldwide that National Geographic states is a must to visit, and there is no better way to see it than on foot whether it be for a short break or even whilst staying up there at a relative’s wedding. Escape for a day on the Lake District fells, take a cruise down one of the lakes or visit any one of the many delightful market towns. The scenery is so amazing that even if you are not into walking then just looking at the spectacular views is enough. This makes the Lake District an area for all ages. Couple that with endless activities, museums, gardens and local farm shops to visit. There are many hotels in the Lake District and many beautiful areas making the choice of where to stay endless.

Top Cumbria Wedding Tips:
• There are some really talented wedding photographers in the county who really know and understand the landscape for the ultimate in memories.
• Think about where guests are travelling from and choose a destination not too remote.
• With so much delicious food to be had in Cumbria, choose a venue that offers such delicacies on the menu as it will wow guests.
• A venue offering all of the above and for an affordable cost is Roundthorn Country House Hotel in Penrith offering a location between The Eden Valley and Lake District. For more information regarding the wedding packages there visit, http://www.roundthorn.co.uk/weddings/

A winter of sailing awaits on Lake Windermere

Sailing is a 365 day a year activity on Windermere with many people taking to the lake to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of autumn and winter on the lake.
But if something a little more competitive is your thing then the Winter Series sailing regattas held monthly during autumn and winter are perfect. Organised by the Windermere Cruising Association and sponsored by Windermere Marina, these are a chance for a spot of competition out of season and a continuation of the growing in popularity Summer Series of racing.

The Winter Series is also gaining in popularity attracting sailors from across the North West and very serious and competitive ones at that, the weather does not in any way put these participants off! The outcome, plenty of exciting races, close finishes and major competition. All in all, a great day for those taking part as well as spectators alike.

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The next regatta is a fantastic Pre Christmas one on December 20th. As always it back to The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant at Windermere Marina for the announcement of winners, post race discussion and much needed beverage and food.

Windermere Marina is open all year round for visitor mooring with more details to be found via https://www.windermeremarina.co.uk or by calling 015394 46551. Also remember Windermere Marina offers luxury self catering apartments and cottages available for weekend breaks and full week stays handy for just watching or when sailing in the winter is fine but sleeping on the boat isn’t.

Grasmere, #theplacetobe this Christmas

In fact, Grasmere isn’t just the place to be during Christmas but even a month before. Grasmere Welcomes Christmas is an event in the Lake District village of Grasmere where the festivities begin.

This 2 day weekend event starts on Saturday November 28th with the whole village supporting it including residents, shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation. They’ll be fun for the whole family with Santa’s and a fairy grotto and treasure trail for the little ones along with storytelling by Taffy Tomas. Then choir, brass band, clogg dancing and late night shopping for the adults.

Combine what’s on with the setting and what a start this could be to the 2015 Christmas celebrations, a getaway as well as entertainment and the chance to do some gift shopping.

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Grasmere #theplacetobe this Christmas

Where to shop:
Grasmere has the world famous Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, gift and galleries including the Heaton Cooper Studio, National Trust and Herdy shops, and plenty of outdoor shops including Cunningham’s. Food and beverages are never far away to keep visitors sustained for the whole weekend.

Where to stay:
The Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere has availability for that weekend with prices starting at £212 for 2 nights, 2 people including breakfast. A top tip is to in there too in the hotels 2 AA rosette restaurant, The Dining Room. Visit http://www.lakedistricthotel.co.uk for more information.

Enjoy leisurely luxury at Langdale this summer

One of the leading 4 star hotels in the Lake District for luxury, facilities, ecotourism an innovation, the Langdale Hotel & Spa have launched a super summer offer.

This family, friend and couple friendly destination and resort in the heart of the Lake District in the Langdale Valley is set amongst picnic heaven, has cycle routes and walks from the hotel door and stay on a Thursday and enjoy the ultimate in summer dining with the famous Terrace BBQ. Every Thursday during he summer holidays select any 5 of Lake District BBQ goodies and to give you a taster, things like Cumberland and Damson sausages, local lamb cutlets and rump steal burgers. Sides include salads, artisan bread and jacket potatoes all for just £18 per person.

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Summer at Langdale Hotel & Spa

Whether it’s been a long day on the fells, taking a Renault Twizy electric car for a spin over Wrynose and Hardknott or cycling to Ambleside on the new cycle way, some good food and a comfy bed will be definitely be required.

The summer spectacular offers means guests can stay in one of the hotels Lakeland Signature rooms from just £140 per room including a lavish breakfast the following morning and the rate also includes full use of the leisure facilities and pool at the Langdale 4 Star Lake District hotel. Call 015394 38014 or book online via http://www.langdale.co.uk.

Where to stay and things to do with distinction in Devon

My fondest holiday memories as a child were from North Devon. Coming from the land locked East Midlands, this place littered with coves and beaches, craggy in some places, vast in others was a world away from home and school. I remember always feeling like there was space to explore and this created dreams and extra excitement with a feeling like I was part of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five despite there only being my Mum, Dad and I.

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Must visit – Clovelly Village and Lundy Island

Camping was exciting, the beach was exciting, rock pooling was exciting, Clovelly was mesmerising, I’d never walked down such steep steps and although I didn’t realise at the time the harbour dates back to the 14 century, I knew even then it was pretty special. I even never tired from walking around Ilfracombe Harbour and Lundy, well I didn’t even want to leave. It is a must day out when staying anywhere along that North Devon coast. The boat trip is amazing on its own but, Lundy, this lump of rock sticking out of the Bristol Channel, is something else and the first time I’d ever seen puffins. Sailing operate from Ilfracombe daily between March and October.
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As everything in life, camping and caravanning facilities have moved on since the 80’s when my parents and I made the annual trip to North Devon. Back then I remember sites with little more than a swing, a shop selling out of date, extortionately priced goods and a shower block you would feel cleaner by not washing. Now sites such as Stowford Farm Meadows at Combe Martin are actually, holiday resorts. There is a pub, restaurant, large shop (not a Frey Bentos pie in sight thank goodness), swimming pool, crazy golf, tennis/football and basketball courts, woodland walks, and even better, lots of other families and a great chance to meet up with fellow little people. This North Devon campsite is beautifully landscaped and the bathroom and shower blocks are bright and clean.

Read more about Stowford’s caravan and campsite here, http://stowford.co.uk

The east is easy this summer in Cumbria

It’s August, there’s still plenty of the school summer holidays remaining and there’s still plenty to do when visiting Cumbria.

Have you thought about venturing to the east of the county? It’s home to Penrith, Orton, Shap and Kendal, all easily accessed from the M6 yet minutes away from the the South and Central Lakes and within touching distance of the North Pennines giving visitors the best of both counties.

It truly is a family friendly destination with quiet lanes if you’re a cycling family, plenty of none scary walking routes for small, fell walking novices and also lots of to when it’s a little damp, well worth bearing in mind for a staycation.

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Where to stay
Take the kids, take the dogs, it’s the Tebay Services Hotel, friendly to all serving delicious food, affordable and the Tebay Services Farm Shop on the door step for foodie goodie purchasing.

What to do outdoors
Take a bike ride and discover the scenery on the quite routes of the Eden Valley and Orton Fells. LOts of off road, family friendly routes can be found here http://www.visiteden.co.uk/outdoor-adventures/cycling-in-eden/family-cycling

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What to do indoors
Head to Rheged, just up the M6 at junction 40. A lovely cafe and on during the school holidays a Minecraft inspired exhibition as well as 70 events, including 3D printing workshops, film making sessions, Minecraft inspired craft and cookery workshops, Bushcraft, survival skills and 3D films. A day will easily to passed, may be even 2!

A fun four days in Ambleside awaits August 20th – 23rd

If you’re in the Ambleside area already or looking for a pre Bank Holiday weekend break then there’s an even bigger reason to visit.

Starting on Thursday August 20th and running until Sunday 23rd is the 4 day Ambleside Festival organised by the Market Square Group. This is the first year of this 4 day event being held on Rothay Park and featuring family fun, music, entertainment and freshly cooked hot and cold food stalls, others traders, groceries, crafts and a beer festival. The event will be open 10am until 6pm daily (Saturday you get an extra hour, closing at 7pm).

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Rothay Park, Ambleside and festival produce

This very popular and beautifully located park is the ideal venue, with the town of Ambleside in touching distance and the fells in the background. Further details can be found here, http://www.marketsquaregroup.co.uk/core/eventdetails?id=157.

Accomodation can be found just across from the park at the Rothay Garth B&B in Ambleside. A few rooms remain during the 4 days from £51 per person per night. Dog friendly bedrooms may be available. Call 015394 32217 for more details or visit http://www.rothay-garth.co.uk/

Enjoy an awesome Autumn courtesy of Brimstone in the Lake District

Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate is offering just the tonic for shorter days and cooler temperatures this autumn.

Brimstone suites can keep you warm and cosy without being shut in and enclosed thanks to the large balconies. The high tech temperature systems in the suites work with the temperature outside and the wood burning stoves are just the added cosy touch.

Every guests in every suite has the 24/7 Reading Room to hand where reading can of course be enjoyed but also complimentary beer, wine soft drinks, teas and coffees as well as nibbles, snacks of the sweet and savoury kind. This is of course a very popular room and completely unique to the Lake District.

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Collect+Rest+Read at Brimstone

Brimstone have even thought about keeping warm when guests leave the hotel on days out and have joined forces with Berghaus. The Bootroom is stocked full of waterproofs and other outdoor gear as well as rucksacks and boots for use during guests stays. Such a facility if proving popular with the guests who travel to Brimstone by train, no big bags full of walking gear to travel with. And on the note of trains, one of the very nice hosts will collect guests from Windermere Train Station in Brimstone’s own Land Rover Defender, built for travelling whatever the weather.

Leisurely lounge, leisurely graze and leisurely enjoy the Lake District this autumn. Brimstone luxury hotel rooms start from just £240 per night (if booked 30 days or more in advance) including lavish breakfast which can be served in the room (access to the Reading Room, Defender transport ad Berghaus Bootroom access – all included). Don’t forget the Langdale spa is free to use for Brimstone guests too. Visit http://brimstonehotel.co.uk to book or call 015394 38062

A Beatrix Potter packed school summer holiday

We all still love Beatrix Potter and the Lake District being her home and inspiration for her books is the place to find out more about this author.

Starting with her home, Hill Top. The house, gardens and shop are a great place to start. The house itself and the Surrounding villages of Near and Far Sawrey are a delight in themselves. The National Trust work tirelessly to keep the gardens looking as they were when Beatrix Potter tended to them and Peter Rabbit was bouncing about. The house is just as it was and the shop a lovely place to buy mementos of the visit.

On the way over to Bowness and The World of Beatrix Potter, have a stop off at the Claife Viewing Station on Windermere’s western shore. Great views and now the added bonus a lovely new tea room, perfect for light refreshments before heading across the lake on the Windermere Ferry.

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Hill Top and a scene from The World of Beatrix Potter atraction

It’s not time to head across the lake and for younger children, the World of Beatrix Potter. Located in the centre of bustling Bowness the attraction is packed full of character models, information, historical pieces and fun things to do. A date for the diary on Bank Holiday Monday, a special event where children can meet Peter Rabbit. He’ll be making an appearance hourly during the day for hugs and photos.
This route can all be done on foot or on bike so it is a great chance to leave the car at the bed and breakfast or hotel for the day.

And Friday could be the day with Hill Top opening up every Friday in August, during the rest of the year, the house is close Friday’s (please note the earlier closing time of 3.30pm on these extra Friday openings).

Accommodation just 5 minutes away from the start of this Beatrix Potter extravaganza day can be found at the Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn at Far Sawrey. Family rooms available and delicious food for both adults and little people.

Launching of the Tanzania Safari Land Rover Suites

The time has finally come to be able to announce the new Land Rover Suites from Tanzania Safari tour company, A Tent With A view are now officially launched.

An exciting time for all at this tour operator and for both new and returning A Tent With A view safari travellers. The new Land Rover Suites have been designed to enable maximum engagement with the landscape within the Selous Game Reserve and Saadani National Park.

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One of the luxury Land Rover Suites

The Land Rover suites really do provide the best of both worlds being able to be driven to the best locations for experiencing the wildlife and animals within the reserves whilst at the same time having all the benefits and luxuries of the camps, Sable Mountain Lodge in Selous and Babs’ Camp in Saadani National Park which includes guides on hand and personal chefs. With relative ease, the suites can be moved at very short notice, when word has been given by the guides, on the potential for witnessing particular and exciting nature action within the reserves.

The suites come complete with solar powered lighting and hot water making them the ultimate in safari glamping. Each reserve offers different experiences and tours and many of the safaris combine the Land Rover Suite experience with other forms of accommodation on the camps. To view the full list of Tanzania safaris offered by A Tent With A View visit, http://www.tentwithaview.com/tours

An artistic August in Grange over Sands

Have a break from the norm of staying at and visiting the South Lakes and venture slightly west this August and to the Edwardian town of Grange over Sands.

Grange is easily accessed by car or rail and there is plenty to see and do this August with a distinctive artists theme.

Art is very popular in the region with events, exhibitions and notable art societies such as the Grange and District Art Society and just up the road in the village of Cartmel is also one. August 11 until 15 is when the Cartmel Art Society will be holding their annual exhibitions, 10am until 6pm daily at the Village Hall in Cartmel. This a great chance to see and meet local artists and purchase very reasonably priced, original works of art. The works for sale will be in a variety of media and subjects although the landscapes are always the first sales due to the plethora of subject matter and inspiration found in this region for the artists.

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Loughrigg Tarn (Pastel) by Doreen Hannigan, Cartmel Art Society

Onto the arts of a different type and at Grange’s Victoria Hall one of the Lake District Summer Music International Festival events is being held on Wednesday 12 August. This Grade II listed building is set to be an awe inspiring backdrop for Ursula Smith (cello) Emiko Tadenuma (piano).The full programme starting with Beethoven Twelve Variations in F major on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, Op.66 can be found here http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2015-08-12-ursula-smith-cello-emiko-tadenuma-piano.

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Built in 1901, the Victoria Hall in Grange

In general, Grange is a delightful holiday or short break destination having a lovely town to walk around and excellent cafes and places to stay to the best of both worlds with Morecambe Bay and the fells. Accommodation is reasonably priced for the quality such as Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast on Grange over Sands Main Street from £110 per room per night with lots of goodies and extras and large rooms with views.

Bookings now being taken on new luxury Windermere hotel suites

Anyone walking along College Road in Windermere will not have failed to see something quite extensive happening next door to the Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant. Alan & Suzanne Mumford owners are currently converting this building, The Coach House, into 7 luxury hotel suites to complement the 15 rooms in the main hotel.

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Applegarth Villa Hotel & Coach House

The new suites have been designed to offer the very best in luxury hotel accommodation in the area. There will be three different suites types, AV Suites, Garden Suites and one Duplex each with stunning fells views and complete peace and tranquillity despite being in the centre of Windermere Village. Order drinks to be delivered to the room by the butler or perhaps choose to dine on the terrace or balcony for either breakfast or dinner and there is still the chance to dine in the Applegarth Restaurant next door too.

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View from the hotel & suites

Most suites will have a private hot tub and all either a terrace and/or balcony. Each will have luxurious bathrooms with walk in drench showers and most with spa baths, mood lighting throughout, king sized beds and gadgets enabling guests own music to be played throughout via any device.

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Hot tubs+champagne=perfect combination!

The Garden Suites are particularly exciting offering accessible accommodation and/or dog friendly. After doing extensive research, Alan & Suzanne noticed there was a lack of luxury accessible accommodation in the Southern Lakes and so the Garden Suites were born.

 

And dog friendly doesn’t get much more luxurious either. Four legged friends can pre-order food and treats for the stay and the private entrances enable easy, direct access to each suite.

Additional luxuries will include coffee machines, fresh flowers, AV chocolates, summer/winter bathrobes, fresh fruit baskets and luxury toiletries.

Booking are now being taken for the suites which will be launched on December 1st 2015 and they can be booked by calling 015394 43206 or online via http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/

Outstanding autumn offers on luxury Coniston cottage

It may be the height of summer but that doesn’t mean an autumn break is out of the minds. It could be time off can’t be had until them or like so many, the preference to take a break  out of the school summer holidays.

Whatever the reason now could be time to enjoy a little (well actually quite a lot) of luxury for less. Tent Lodge, the Visit England 5 Star Gold holiday poperty, sleeps up to 13 people and 2 well behaved dogs (out of school holiday periods of which so much of autumn is). Located on the edge of Coniston Water with extensive grounds reaching to the lake, private jetty and mooring and just a miles stroll to Coniston Village.

Children have the ideal landscape to play in, so do the adults who also get to experience staying in an historic, Georgian property with an interior to die for. It is said on countless occasions that the four legged members of the party never want to leave either.

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The view of complete luxury when staying at Tent Lodge, ConistonWater.

The beauty of Tent Lodge (aside from the location, interior, facilities of course!) is the flexible choice of holiday durations. Choose from a 3, 4, 5 or 6 night break. To give a perspective on the amount that can be saved take a 6 night break commencing Friday September 11. Full rate £3400, the amazing autumn offer enabling up to 13 guests stay for just £2550, we know you don’t need this working out but just to clarify, that is a show stopping £850 discount.

September is such a good time to visit the Lake District and Coniston with its tree lined lake has to be one of the best examples of an autumn landscape to be had in the region.Take advantage of this great offer asap before the weeks get booked up by clicking here, https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottage/tent_lodge/.

The growth of the luxury Lake District

Despite the Lake District and Cumbria not having a 5 Star graded hotel. it probably won’t be long before one either arrives or a 4 Star increases its grading.

But the lack of an official 5 Star hotel is more than made up for in the choice of extremely high quality 4 Star hotels, 5 Star guest accommodation such as B&B’s, inns and smaller hotel style venues and one of the largest concentration of 5 Star self catering properties in the whole of the UK.

The Lake District National Park has been home to some internationally award winning hotels for some years now but as the world food revolution continues to rise, so has the need for this stunning venues to bring the food offerings in line with the accommodation. This is what so many of the hotels, inns and guest accommodation operators have been up to the past few years and with amazing effect.

The Lake District and Cumbria can most definitely offer 5 Star food starting of course with the amount of produce available on its doorstep. This is produce that is so good is is revered in the capital of food London and around the world. The regeneration of the food industry in Cumbria has meant high profile chefs coming back to their roots, relocating, really wanting to cook in this county and visitors can’t get enough of it.

So keep posted on this blog for all the latest regarding luxury travel, accommodation and food in the Lake District and Cumbria right here on Distinction Travel.