30 Jun 2015 jennyandrew
With a lovely new, fresh website and some excellent new posters, banners and leaflets, the 2015 Langdale Gala is anticipated to be the most attended to date.
A true, Lake District event, the Langdale Gala is a centred entirely around the community, for and about the community but visitors are not excluded and it really is a festival for all. Starting at 12 noon and running throughout the afternoon will be sporting events galore for all ages including junior and senior fell races, children’s flat races, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and much more. More fun for all the family will come in the form of the much anticipated and taken part in fancy dress for the little ones, stalls including crafts, food and drink, music and general entertainment and activity. Even the four legged attendees are not forgotten with a fun pet show to watch and enter.
The fell races are always the highlights of the gala as Langdale being in the true heart of the Lake District and home to some of the most talented young and old fell runners in the UK. In association with Ambleside Athletics Club, the races are in classes Under 14, Under 17 and Senior.
Although it has to be mentioned, a new competition has been introduced for 2015 that may rival the fell racing, a best beard competition! Don’t touch that razor boys!
If this has wetted your appetite for attending the gala on Sunday the it’s not too late to visit and stay with a small amount of availability still to book at The Langdale 4 Star Hotel who are one of the leading supports of the event and who maintain and designed the website. Lakeland Signature Rooms available either double/twin or family via http://www.langdale.co.uk.
Further details on the gala can be found here, http://www.langdale-gala.co.ukMore
25 Jun 2015 admin
After a start to the year of uncertainty relating to the availability of fuel for those mooring vessels at Windermere Marina, everything is now ship shape.
After discussions, Windermere Marina decided to install a diesel fuel station at the marina for berth holders as well as other Lake Windermere users. It has proven a valuable addition to the Marina facilities and a petrol pump is being looked at as a further addition too.
Windermere Marina mooring clients receive a discount on the per litre rate. Bookings for fuel are required, ideally 24 hours in advance by telephoning the marina on 015394 46551 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that a member of staff is present to dispense the fuel. A declaration of use form is to be completed also.
A further service is yet to come into action but is due very soon is an aqua taxi and recovery service coming soon for all Windermere Marin berth holders. This service is being provided and offered Lakeland Valeting Ltd, the appointed valeters at the marina. Charles McPhee, owners an director of Lakeland Valeting Ltd has a vast knowledge of the lake as well as many of the mooring clients and this service is expected to be popular one.
For more information about short or long term mooring at Windermere Marina, visit https://www.windermeremarina.co.uk/More
25 May 2015 admin
What do you look for when looking for walker friendly accommodation in the Lake District?
- Heart of the Lake District location, check
- Plentiful real ale, check
- Local food galore, check
- Super king-size beds, check
For walkers, these are surely the top four points on the consideration list for accommodation when staying and visiting the Lake District.
With so many people having long commutes to work or constantly toing and froing, dropping off and picking up family, what could be better than not having get into a car once arrived at the accommodation?
Not only is it an even greater break and change from the norm and day to day routine but it is also better for the environment and saves on fuel too.
The Telegraph has recently published their top 10 best Lake District hotels for walkers with each of the four points above being considered. Making the top 10 is the uber walker friendly, traditional Lake District inn, Cuckoo Brow at Far Sawrey. The inn is very close to Hawkshead, Ambleside and within easy reach of Lake Windermere across on the ferry. Fell, forest and bridleway walks are all on the doorstep yet the location is a haven of peace of tranquility.
Above all, a warm welcome is required and with the (no doubt highly probable) chance of there being the odd spot of rain when out on the Lake District fells, you won’t be turned away for having muddy boots. In fact at The Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn, ‘Muddy Boots’ is included in their very welcoming strap line.
Phone 015394 43425 or visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk for more details.More
11 Dec 2013 admin
The Lakeland Cottage Company have added a brand new property to their Lake District holiday cottage portfolio.
Beehive Barn is a newly converted barn at Caldbeck in the Northern Lake District. The team at Lakeland Cottage Company are very excited about this new addition which opens up their cottage collection to a new area.
Beehive Barn sleeps 4 people and comprises of 1 king bedded room and 1 twin also benefiting from a bathroom as well as a shower room. The decor and furnishing is to an extremely high standard throughout including the exterior where there is a lovely garden to sit out in, parking for 2 cars and storage for bikes.
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need, even to create Michelin star dishes should you wish! The lounge has a 40″ Smart TV, DVD and CD players and there is Wi-Fi available too. The wood burner is just the perfect place to relax and unwind in front of after a long day on the fells and a complimentary bag of logs is supplied.
The location really makes this new property. Caldbeck Village has amenities such a pub, restaurant, post office and local store within walking distance but just a short drive away are the stunning lakes Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater and Ullswater. But likewise, being at the very northern tip of the Lake District means Carlisle and the Borders are easily accessible also.
John owner of the Lakeland Cottage Company says “For me this super property seems perfect for those seeking a romantic retreat or a base for family holidays, set far from the busy centres, yet with good local amenities and plenty to explore both near and further afield – Perfect…”.
Beehive Barn Caldbeck can be booked for full weeks or short breaks of either 3 nights at weekends or 4 nights midweek. Availability and for all other details, visit the direct link to the Beehive Barn here http://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottage/beehive_barn
By Jenny AndrewMore
4 Nov 2013 admin
Sunday saw the first winter series of sailing on Lake Windermere.
The winter series follows on from the summer series organised by the Windermere Cruising Association and in association with Windermere Marina Village.
The first in the series was a great success of Sunday with IRC & PY fleets. The weather helped the two races with plenty of wind and the off glimpse of blue sky making an appearance. It was great to see a good crowd of spectators and an even better crowd back at The Boathouse at Windermere Marina Village. A full list of results can be found on the WCA website here http://www.windermere-cruising-association.co.uk/winter-series-1/.
The next race, and excitedly being sponsored by Blackpool & Fleetwood Yacht Club, will be held, weather permitting, on November 17th.
Since its opening, The Boathouse Restaurant and Bar at WMV has been the location for announcing the results of the races as well as the much enjoyed chat about the days sailing. It has been a great facility for after races throughout the summer and now also. The food, drinks and building fantastic.
28 Oct 2013 admin
Being so new and such a stand out building and conception, it’s no wonder journalists and travel writers are queuing up to stay and review this, the newest hotel in the Lake District.
The latest review is from the Hello! Magazine blogger Charlotte Pike and is published in her ‘Free From’ Kitchen blog. The glowing review hits perfectly each detail Brimstone have wanted to achieve with this new venture. Charlotte picked up on the quirky aspects of Brimstone, the gadgets that “don’t feel gimmicky” and the high level of service from the friendly and committed hosts.
Charlotte wrote “it’s a hotel room with hotel service, but a bit more freedom and privacy than some hotels to relax and do as you please during your stay.” This sums up Brimstone and fits perfectly with the luxurious yet understated and calming interior the owners and designers have created.
The rest of the facilities on the Langdale Estate are an extremely important part of Brimstone being where guests of Brimstone dine, drink and for spa and leisure visits. Charlotte describes the estate including points such as where she dined, at Pudey’s, Langdale’s 2 AA rosette restaurant. Hobsons Bar and the Wainwrights Inn are other dining and drinking establishments within the resort. She described the spa as “absolutely brilliant” and as it is just a minute walk away from Brimstone, perfectly located. The full review/write up can be read here http://blog.hellomagazine.com/freefromkitchen/2013/10/brimstone.html
Brimstone could very well be in the national if not international news again soon having been shortlisted in The European Hotel Design Awards, due to be held on November 19 2013 in London. Up against hotels from London and Norway, Brimstone have made it to the finals of the New Build Hotel category.
So keep an eye out in the news for this new and beyond boutique hotel in the Lake District, Brimstone Hotel.More
25 Oct 2013 admin
Goosemire Cottages are specialists in dog friendly cottages as well as short breaks making a self catering holiday in the Lake District as easy and accessible as possible whatever time of the year the visit is.
Goosemire Cottages have some excellent cottages available for short breaks during November and December
Their exceptional 20% off discount is still in effect too which applies to 7 night bookings if taken over the next 3 weeks. The popularity of late bookings is evident throughout the whole tourism sector and the Lake District is no exception.
Being a small, family owned and run agency means personal service is always given. If unsure on any point regarding facilities, accessibility, location or suitability for dogs, Goosemire can answer any query as they have extensive knowledge of each property, inside out.
On the subject of dogs, Goosemire have for years now and are continuing with their “Pets Go Free” policy. Despite an increasing number of holiday cottage owners and agencies allowing dogs now, quite often a charge is made. With no charge for pets and importantly, no booking commissions or fees, Goosemire’s cottages are some of the best value in the Lake District.
Keeping a look out on their Twitter page is well worth doing for all the latest offers, cancellations and availability https://twitter.com/Goosemire
Full Availability and information on all the offers can be found on their website http://www.lake-district-cottages.comMore
18 Oct 2013 admin
Going away for Christmas isn’t for everyone but I believe it is starting to become more popular.
Stress is often a common problem at Christmas time. From worrying about the cooking of Christmas day lunch to keeping peace between family members, the festive period can all too often spiral out of control into an event of dread. Then there is the run up to Christmas where work is more than likely busy, shops are fraught with shoppers and everyone is running around like a headless chicken.
So it isn’t too hard to understand why going away for Christmas is becoming more popular. It also makes sense as a time of the year to take a short break. Christmas and New Year gives 3 free days off for most and some firms shut completely down between Christmas and New Year.
But of course, the decision is where to go and in my eyes, the Lake District has it all as a destination for a Christmas break. It has literally, all the right ingredients! The scenery is spectacular, it is walking heaven (to walk off all those Christmas indulgences!), has stunning hotels to stay in and fabulous food. Areas such as Windermere are really accessible too and travelling can also be done to there by rail.
So why not make the most of time off at Christmas and more importantly, actually enjoy a relaxed Christmas this year and book a hotel break in Windermere.
Practically all the hotels in Windermere offer Christmas breaks including Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant, http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/villa-special-breaksMore
17 Oct 2013 admin
We are heading full throttle into Winter now. The nights are drawing in, the weather is becoming colder and more unsettled and the wind experienced recently is making lots of trees look decidedly sparse.
With darker nights and cooler weather comes the need for comfort, for robust food and equally as robust beverages. The perfect solution to satisfy each of those three requirements is the Lake District inn or pub. This region is blessed with so many fantastic pubs, some of the best in the country. From the more trendy, restaurant orientated ones to the good old local and ones that manage to combine the both. They are the backbone of many small villages and communities in the Lake District.
The Lake District has always been famous for its real ales but now even more so than ever. The quality and choice is unparalleled with many people choosing to visit the region for the ales alone, the fells and stunning scenery a bonus! To be able to find “a good pint” in almost every pub is quite some luxury compared with other regions of the United Kingdom and what residents of this region often take for granted.
Many a Lake District inn is cosy and welcoming and many have a real fire. Now, whether it’s just a quick drink en route to somewhere or warming up after a blustery day on the fells, a real fire, hearty food and real ale is what everyone wants.
Places to try include Wainwright’s Inn – Langdale, Tweedies Bar – Grasmere and the Dog and Gun – Keswick.More
15 Oct 2013 admin
It is the perfect time for a quick break in the Lake District or perhaps, even a full week away.
There are some tempting deals on self catering cottages around at the moment especially the week commencing 19 October, the week before the majority of children break up for half term.
Not only are the leaves on the trees in full, Autumnal amazingness now but the clocks haven’t gone back and there is still a bit of warmth in the air.
Getting away at this time of year whether for a long weekend or a week holiday, really sets you up for the Winter and of course, Christmas. Time to relax, a chance to unwind and take in the scenery of the Lake District in all its glory. The ability to still walk all day whilst it being cool enough to appreciate a real log fire in one of the traditional Lake District inns.
Food wise, well the Lake District is a fully packed larder at this time of year. Game is plentiful and is found on many menus across the county from pigeon to venison and partridge. Wild mushrooms a perfect partner for game can also be found as well as damsons and autumn Lakeland lamb. Real ales from local breweries are getting darker with more notes of coffee and chocolate and make the ideal aperitif to a game casserole or Cumbrian Tatie Pot!
The Lakeland Cottage Company is one such company offering excellent deals on weekend breaks and full week holidays starting on October 19. To browse the cottages available, visit http://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/More
15 Oct 2013 admin
The Autumn/Winter menu at the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey continues it’s love affair with produce within 20 miles of the Inn.
The team and chefs are receiving very favourable comments on the new Autumn/Winter menu from regulars and new customers alike. When using local and seasonal, food miles are down to a minimum and food is at it’s very best.
A “taster” of the items on the menu range from Hearty Lamb Hot Pot and Rabbit Stew with Herb Dumplings. Both excellent, warming dishes and perfect if the weather has been a little fierce on the fells. Naturally the lamb is local and arguably some of the best on the United Kingdom so too the quality of the beef used for the Sunday roasts and steaks.
So proud is The Cuckoo Brow Inn of the quality of the local produce they use that they have compiled a fantastic map detailing the suppliers and producers as well as each location. The very informative map can be viewed here http://www.bestlakesbreaks.co.uk/user_uploads/pdfs/cuckoo%20brow/cuckoo-brow-20-mile-menu.pdf
With a roaring log fire, local real ales and even now even Bedrock gin in Keswick on offer, it is a very warming, very welcoming and local affair at The Cuckoo Brow Inn.
30 Sep 2013 admin
It really is the time to start thinking and planning Christmas and New Year especially if going away is on the cards.
We’ll give you a little help here by suggesting Windermere as a destination and specifically Windermere Marina Village and they have just released their Christmas and New Year packages and they are quite exciting and tempting.
Windermere Marina Village understand that for today’s needs, flexibility if the key. With this in mind, all their self catering properties are available for flexible breaks where not only can guests choose the durations 2,3,4,5,6,7 or more nights but also which day of the week for arrival between November and March.
With the new Boathouse Restaurant opening this year, spending Christmas and New Year will be even better this festive period.
Both the cottages holiday cottages and luxury apartments are beautifully furnished and fully equipped offering you a home from home experience in the heart of the Lake District. During your stay at Windermere Marina Village you will receive complimentary use of the fantastic leisure club & spa facilities at The Old England hotel just up the road in Bowness.More