Valentine’s Breaks in the Lakes

So often voted as one of the most romantic locations in the UK to visit, the Lake District this year is set to continue the trend.

With Wordsworth and the Romantic Poets in the mid to late 1800’s taking huge inspiration from the Lake District with its overall beauty, lakes, tarns, rivers, hills and wildlife, what bigger confirmation is there. Now it is a place for many an engagement, a proposal on the summit of a fell, in a lovely restaurant, on a cruise on Lake Windermere. It is a place for the dream wedding or honeymoon too.

So as Valentine’s Day approaches, the Lake District is the perfect place for a romantic break. Enjoy romantic strolls, head up one of many fells, take photo memories to treasure forever, take a cruise or hire a boat.

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Valentine’s day is a Friday this year, 2020 so there is no excuse not to book a loving break in the Lakes. In and around Lake Windermere is ideal being easy to access from the M6, having the beautiful Lake Windermere to enjoy walking around or cruising down and a choice of hotels and things to do.

At a time when it is “just the two of you” then Newby Bridge at the southern end of Lake Windermere is great location. Just a short walk to Lakeside Pier for Windermere Lake Cruises, just 15 minutes from junction 36 of the M6 yet far more peaceful than Bowness or Ambleside.

The Newby Bridge Hotel has a special Valentine’s break offer for rooms including breakfast on Friday, Saturday or Sunday starting from £78. A special Valentine’s menu is also be served at just £31.95 per person with a choice of tantalising dishes. To book visit

Lake District Hotel Gift Vouchers From Langdale

Where has 2019 gone? How is it Christmas already? What do I buy the pickiest of people, the ones who have everything already?

Worry, fear and stress not as with the help of a very special Santa that show stopping gift can be bought, delivered, sorted. The Langdale Hotel and Spa is Santa in disguise this year with their offering of gift vouchers for purchase via a new for 2019 voucher service provided by WeAreGifted. This new system makes it even easier to purchase vouchers, even via a smartphone. Choose electronic vouchers (super for if you’ve left Christmas shopping extremely late!) or via mail.

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What makes the Langdale gift vouchers different from a general retail store voucher is they can be purchased for specific products, stays or experiences. The Langdale vouchers range from one and two night stays to dinner for 2 at Stove Restaurant, spa breaks and monetary vouchers starting from £25. The monetary vouchers are a great idea for a friend or relative as part payment to a stay or a “Buy a bottle of Champagne on us!” gift.

A gift of a Langdale Hotel voucher is surely a super gift for those who have stayed before but the location of the estate, the facilities and the 4 star quality, it’s the safest bet for a gift for even those who have never been before (or the most difficult of recipient!). With their Stove Restaurant serving delicious food all day, every day to the all new Brimstone Spa for luxury and bespoke spa experiences and treatments, the Langdale 4 Star Lake District hotel resort has it all. Visit to peruse and purchase.

The Spa-Licious Lake District

The Lake District is now far more than the fells and the lakes. The spa revolution is firmly positioned throughout this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With jobs and lives becoming busier and busier, the need to getaway from it all with essential R&R is more important than ever. The Lake District is beautiful and now visitors can feel beautiful too, inside and out. is a new website which is already a must go to resource when visiting the Lake District. Far more than just a place to find a hotel to stay in, has listings and advice on where to eat, shop, what to do and an extensive Spa & Beauty section.

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With a healthy amount of spa facilities in hotels throughout the region, these have been renovated and refurbished offering some of the best the UK has to offer, most notably the new Brimstone Spa on the Langdale Estate. Find Lake District Spa Therapies/Experiences, Leisure Facilities including gyms, Hair & Beauty and Health & Fitness which also incorporates Pilates and Yoga.

The food revolution in the Lake District sits perfectly with the spa revolution too. Healthy delis at spa, cafes serving whole foods and vegan dishes and restaurants going seasonal, light and fresh such as the Michelin Starred Forest Side.

So for spa, leisure, relaxation and well being, visit

Autumn in the Lake District at Damson Dene

Autumn into winter are always fantastic times to grab a bargain break and an excellent time for some R&R before the build up to Christmas begins.

Cosy accommodation, good food and drinks and a bit of warmth is just what is required at this time of year and it is just what the Damson Dene Hotel in the Lyth Valley, within easy reach of Bowness, Windermere and Kendal are offering with their 2 night autumn deal. The vivid autumnal, Lake District landscape combined with cosy log fires and hearty, local food, it’s what this hotel is made for.

But all guests staying, both leisure and business, of the food from the bar meals, to breakfast and the dinner menu in the restaurant. Cumbrian produce is the key and local producers and suppliers featuring highly in both the restaurant and bar menus as well seasonality. The area in and around the Lyth Valley is particularly famous for game so what better place for an autumn break than here.

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If enjoying them at the hotel isn’t enough, the landscape is just changing to delights of the autumnal colours. A short distance and there’s Bowness and Lake Windermere or the immediate environment for the pretty Lyth Valley full of rolling hills. But it’s not just about game, the Lyth Valley is also the home of damsons. Damsons are the quintessential autumn fruit pairing perfectly with game, as a chutney, desert or delicious damson gin.

And there’s even more of a reason to visit this Autumn with the Damson Dene Hotel offering over 40% off with their special Two Night Stay Deal. Enjoy a 2 night Autumn break at the Damson Dene Hotel with a 3 course meal on your first evening, a full Cumbrian breakfast each morning and cream tea on arrival. Also included is full use of the guest only leisure facilities. All this from only £110 per person (extra supplement applies for weekend stays). Get there before anyone else snaffles this bargain as it only runs until November 4th 2017. Only available to book direct via or 015395 68676.

Hawkshead & Far Sawrey – Real Lake District Getaways

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. Despite this, Ambleside is not for everyone. With growth and popularity, this in turn makes it a very busy town. Sometimes getting away from it all really means getting away from it all.

This is not to say that Ambleside should be avoided, not at all, it is well worth a couple of visits when staying in and around it. The shops really are very good and the restaurants too.

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.

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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 Hawkshead, you can even take advantage of the nearby landing for the Hawkshead Ferry, a car ferry that takes passengers and vehicles across Lake Windermere to dock at Bowness. This is such a convenient way of getting to Bowness and Windermere eliminating the need to take the lengthy road right around the Lake.

So with peace and tranquillity, yet with the hustle and bustle being not too far away, Hawkshead and the surrounding villages are a well worth looking up.

Looking for somewhere to stay? Cuckoo Brow Inn is a great choice. Food and beverages served daily along with 14 bedrooms, walker, children and dog friendly. Visit for more details.

It’s not unusual to love Cartmel Races this June

After a fantastic start to the 2017 racing season at Cartmel with three days of racing over Whit Bank Holiday weekend and into half term.

And June is set not to disappoint either but this time a day of racing and evening of entertainment. June 30th is the date, the next fixture at Cartmel with the first race at 2.20pm and the last race 5.20pm. Following the racing is a very special concert being held at the racecourse, Sir Tim Jones singing and performing live. And an even bigger treat, Into The Ark who Sir Tim Joes mentored on The Voice 2016 will be playing a set too. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through the Cartmel Racecourse site here,

The whole village and surrounding areas will be buzzing that day and into the weekend with this double bill. Jools Holland was the special guest act last year and it was a huge success, this concert is set to be even bigger.

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Cartmel, for fabulous food and drink whether you’re on the racecourse site for the events and racing or in the village itself. Visitors will most definitely not go hungry and be treated to some excellent local produce from any one of the caterers, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Places to stay can be found in Cartmel village as well as the surrounding villages and just 2 miles away is the Edwardian town of Grange over Sands. Easy to access from the M6 Grange and Cartmel also have train stations with Grange being just an hour and a half from Manchester by rail. Choose Grange for even more places to eat and drink and better value accommodation. Bay Villa on Main Street offers luxury, views and a great breakfasts along with stunning bathrooms to sooth any aching limbs from walking/dancing during the day/night or cheering on the horses. Visit to check availability.

Golfing in the Lake District far from “under par”!

Golf isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when the Lake District is mentioned, the lakes and fells are most definitely what people think of.
Cumbria and the Lake District does however have more than its fair share of golf courses and typical of the environment and landscape in general, the golf courses are in truly stunning locations. Dotted around this county and national park are courses to suit everyone from rolling parkland courses such as Carus Green in Kendal and Windermere Golf Club, links courses like Seascale and Silloth where open qualifiers are held to fell courses such as Kendal. Each course is challenging but above all, hugely scenic, bursting with views and all of an extremely high standard.

Carus Green in Kendal has seen extensive development over the last 5 years both on and off course. Improved greens and fairways along with an award winning new club house with function suites, 16 bay range and fully stocked pro shop, restaurant and bar has put this Kendal par 71 parkland course beside the River Kent firmly on the “to play” list for golfers throughout the UK.

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From a central base, golfers can experience the wide variety of courses on offer in the region. Windermere is ideal being easy to access from the motorway and having the Windermere course as well as being only 8 miles from the Kendal courses, Carus Green and Kendal.

After a full round of golf, have the knowledge you’ll be going back to the luxurious surroundings of Applegarth Villa. Jump into the hot tub and refresh before heading for a pre dinner drink in the bar and delicious evening meal.

To book the Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere, visit

Win a #LangdaleAdventure of a lifetime in new competition

Post your snap of your Langdale adventure to win a luxury adventure in Langdale this summer.

Launched this week is the new competition from the Langdale Hotel & Spa and Brimstone Hotel in the Lake District. They are passionate about this region promoting it every which way they can and especially the stunning beauty of the landscape that is right on the doorstep of both hotels.

The new competition asks people to take a photo of them on their Langdale adventure, out and about, up the fells, climbing, cycling or simply enjoying the facilities at the Langdale & Brimstone Hotels. Use the hash tag #LangdaleAdventure when posting on any of the social networks, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to be in with a chance of winning what can only be described as a monumentous prize, a two night break at the luxurious Brimstone Hotel and an Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket. The combined prize total amounting to an incredible £1300.

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The competition is also a celebration of Arc’teryx, the new Bootroom partner at Brimstone Hotel. Arc’teryx is one of the leading outdoor and adventure clothing and equipment manufacturers, the perfect partnership for Langdale adventure 365 days a year.

Entrants have got the rest of the spring and early summer to share their adventures with the closing date being Friday 14th July 2017. Full terms and conditions can be found here

For further information on the Langdale Estate visit,

Exclusive Lake District spa therapies for two in The Bubble

Be in a beautiful bubble at the brand new Brimstone luxury spa in the Lake District.

The first of its kind in the Lake District, a spa room just for two. The Bubble is one of the components of the new Brimstone Spa on the Langdale Estate.
A private spa facility with a maximum capacity of two people. Within it enjoy exclusive Pure Alchemy treatments in complete privacy and relaxation. Choose the treatments to enjoy, the both of you at the same time, on duel treatments beds. Also to experience in The Bubble, a feature shower, spa bath and My Spa Heaven cabin made for two where guests can be rejuvenated via a range of heat and steam experiences.

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The choice of massage treatments is very different to any found at other spas in the Lake District. Firstly the Hammam Mizzle Massage meaning damp and misty – a full body massage with gentle body exfoliation in conjunction with heat and steam. The Ghassala Cocoon meaning to wash – A head and scalp massage using volcanic clay with essential oils and pure salt offering purification or how about Venik – Stimulating and desquamating body treatment with oils and locally sourced Birch twigs.

The Bubble is for those who seek absolute privacy and what an amazing experience for a special occasion especially that of a honeymoon. Mix and match your treatments thanks to the way The Bubble works where 90 minutes of treatments are included per 3 hour booking per person. Choose to enjoy for 3 hours or 7 hours for £250 per couple and £450 per couple respectively. Visit for more details or call 015394 38062.

Beautiful Boutique Windermere

The Lake District is fast becoming the home of the boutique B&B and hotel in the UK. New places to stay are opening and established businesses are updating, upgrading and most definitely making this region the go to destination for bespoke, luxury weekend breaks.

With an increase in facilities, improved footpaths, cycle routes, ferries and alternative forms of transport like the funky new fleet of Twizy electric cars to hire, Windermere and the Lake District is becoming more accessible, more enticing and easier and more fun to explore once here.

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Lindeth Fell Country House and Brown Horse (bottom right)

As B&B’s and hotels update and create even more impressive rooms and suites (some guests often find hard to leave!), so has the food available. Cumbria and the Lake District has always had the fine produce and artisan suppliers required for high quality food but there are now the chefs to cook it and most definitely the guests and diners to enjoy it. Dining out in Windermere is a delight with such a choice of places to eat from excellent gastro pubs to vegetarian, authentic Italian, fine dining and fish.

At a typical boutique bed & breakfast in Windermere expect to find some of the highest quality bacon and sausage, the finest local smoked fish with everything homemade as when staying at a B&B, breakfast is most definitely the most important meal of the day.

Our tip for classic Windermere boutique B&B accommodation is Lindeth Fell Country House. Classical yet sumptuous décor throughout, 5 star service and celebrating 32 years in business. Views and grounds to die for. A 10 minute drive takes guests to Lindeth Fell’s owners favourite place to dine, the Brown Horse at Winster where you’ll find seasonal, local produce with an ever changing menu and real ale from their own brewery. To view availabilty and more info visit

Luxury Valentines breaks booking up fast in Cumbria

Cumbria, the Lake District is arguably the ultimate location for love. Wordsworth and many more poets and artists agreed and so do the many thousands of couples who can’t wait to experience the romance, the fresh air and landscape this region has to offer.

So Valentine’s weekend is always an extremely busy time of the year for the romantic capital of the UK. Bookings have been in place for a whole year for some places with couples wanting to make sure they will be staying in the perfect place on the most romantic weekend of the year.

With the fells behind and the coast in front, Grange over Sands has it all for long leisurely walks just the two of you. Nearby Cartmel is a must visit for its lovely shops, and lots of fab places for lunch. Drive, cycle, walk or take the train to Cartmel.

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The opulent Silverdale Suite at Bay Villa

In the evening Grange has a choice of restaurants serving some of the famous food available in this part of Cumbria. Now it’s just about finding somewhere to stay and our top pick is Bay Villa, a luxury bed and breakfast on Main Street. All restaurants and amenities can be walked to yet there are views across Morecambe Bay and beyond. But it is inside this very special 3 room B&B that is the real gem and one that is made for a romantic Valentine’s weekend away. Large rooms, luxury bathrooms, even baths with views, breakfast served in the room and complete relaxation and uninterruption. Visit for booking details and to view their restaurant recommendations.