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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,

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

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,

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,

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.