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. The owners of Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere love golf themselves and are golfers. So much so they have purchased a corporate membership for the award winning Carus Green Golf Course in Kendal. This allows guests to play this challenging 18 hole course, completely FREE!

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.

For more information on the Lake District golf breaks at Applegarth Villa 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.

World Travel: Tourism & Conservation on Tanzania Safaris

Tourism and conservation is so important and not just on our doorstep in the Lake District but also further afield. This is never more the case than in Tanzania where the elephant population has declined to worryingly low numbers as a result of poaching or other species and the degeneration of their habitat.

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A Tanzania safari is a holiday of a lifetime but it is also an educational one with a chance to learn and understand what is happening with some of Earth;s most treasured, beautiful and spectacular creates. Through supporting and choosing Tanzania safari tour operators such as A Tent With A View Safaris, travellers are not only going to experience the very best in safari travel but are helping to sustain these creatures for years to come. David Guthrie who along with Masa Kilanga devote their time equally between offering beyond magical safaris in various locations within Tanzania and their foundations helping both the elephants, other endangered animals and the local Tanzania communities in which their lodges and camps are located.

For more information visit

June sees both new and refurbished cottages at Lake District agency

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Clogger Beck, Cartmel on the left and The Bothy, Windermere on the right

As the summer holidays approach and last minute bookings are being taken by agencies and accommodation owners in the Lake District, everyone is hoping for a bumper season.

The Lakeland Cottage Company who’s portfolio of 80 luxury Lake District and Cumbria holiday cottages and apartments has just grown by one in readiness for summer. The new property is located in the heart of the delightful village of Cartmel. With an extensive knowledge of the area and already offering a sizeable choice, Clogger Beck Cottage sleeps 4 and is a perfect addition. Stylishly decorated and equipped, Clogger Beck is just 2 minutes from Cartmel’s square where guests can choose from a variety of places to eat and drink including pubs, restaurants and cafes, peruse the lovely shops and purchase for sticky toffee pudding. The cottage is ideal for both weekend breaks and holidays being just minutes from Lake Windermere and the Southern Lake District.
The cottage is also in prime position for those attending Cartmel Races.

Moving into The Lakes and The Bothy at High Borrans near Windermere has had a makeover and refurbishment for the new season. The Bothy is a perfect retreat for 2 with a mezzanine bedroom, en-suite with free standing bath and a walled patio garden for having breakfast or drinks in the evening. For those wanting complete peace and tranquillity, The Bothy is hard to beat yet just a short drive takes guests to busy Windermere and Bowness.

Both properties have a limited amount of availability remaining for July and August. Full details of each cottage along with prices and booking information can be found on The Lakeland Cottage Company Lake District cottages website.

Super new suite at Grasmere boutique B&B

Grasmere used to be thought of the sleepy sister of Ambleside, the village you pass on the way to Keswick but not now, it’s a hub of excitement, change and development.

The December floods brought heartache for many along with “The Gap” collapse of the main A591 road but as always, the community has taken it in their stride and the village has emerged brighter and even more beautiful than ever. Even the shuttle bus taking visitors and locals to and from Keswick has proved very popular.

Grasmere has superfast broadband, has seen a number of businesses open shops and eateries in the village including a Herdy gift store and Cunninghams the independent outdoor retailer. Grasmere now offers food both local and from the world in the form of cafes right through to fine dining.
Grasmere really offers everything; for the leisurely stroller to hardened fell walker, food lover, culture and the arts appreciator, Grasmere is the go to destination for 2016 and beyond.

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Raise View House exterior and brand new Silver How Suite

And when it comes to where to stay not only is their choice with B&B’s, hotels and self catering but also expect the same high quality found throughout the village. This has been realised only too well by John & Karen Greaves owners of Raise View House Bed & Breakfast in Grasmere. Having been proprietors of the B&B and business for 14 years they set upon some extensive renovations with their most notably conversion of two rooms into one large and super luxurious suite. Silver How has everything you’d expect from a 5 star hotel room yet with the one to one service and peacefulness of a bed & breakfast. The interior design a credit to owner Karen and the bathroom, well it really does have one of the best looking out to an uninterrupted view of Helm Crag. Already proving popular with new and past guests, the suite price on a B&B basis starts from £120. Visit or call 015394 35215 for more information and to check availability.

New Gold Collection Lake District cottages website launched

To focus further on the simply jaw dropping luxury self catering holiday properties available in the Lake District and Cumbria, The Lakeland Cottage Company have designed a brand new website to sit alongside they’re already successful holiday cottage marketing agency site.
Focusing on the their Visit England 4 Star, 5 Star and Gold Award properties, the site has been designed for those who are looking for something over and above the normal self catering experience.

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The properties range from stunning village locations in the historic yet ultra trendy village of Cartmel to luxury lakeshore properties surrounding Coniston Water. Whether visitors are looking for a romantic retreat for two or a large country house for a family gathering or special occasion, each property has been not only vetted and graded by Visit England and given the highest grading possible but also by the team at The Lakeland Cottage Company.

To make a stay in one of these luxury Lake District self catering properties even more special and to have the best of both worlds, then take advantage of My Personal Sanctuary to book massage and beauty treatments within the holiday cottage. Or perhaps decide not to cook yet with no need to leave the beautiful holiday home and order home cooked food from reputable catering firms delivered directly to the cottage.
Visit the new site here, or call 015395 38180.

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

Brighten up your weekend with a burst of Marmalade madness

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On the weekend before Easter it’s not all about chocolate in Cumbria and the Lake District but another delicious sweet yet tangy treat, marmalade. The annual World’s Original Marmalade Awards will be taking place at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens at Penrith and close to Ullswater on the weekend of March 19th and 20th 2016.

This year, with its continuing success and global popularity, the 2 day festival will span 3 sites, Dalemain, Rheged and Penrith with special events going on at each with a special “Orange Express” shuttle bus running between all 3 sites during the day.

People from all over the word enter this prestigious event and tasting has been going on by the judging panel for some weeks now as an astonishing 2000 entries were submitted. But it’s not just about marmalade but also food from across the North of England and Southern Scotland with artisan producers and stalls ranging from chutneys to bread & baking, sweet treats and fresh produce as well as ales, wines and soft drinks.

The difference this year being an artisan food market in Penrith Town Centre as well as family fun and events and at the Rheged Centre they’ll be more food and craft producers, chef and cooking demos by Peter Sidwell and his Simply Good Food TV and marmalade inspired family activities, Paddington Bear will be a very busy man that weekend!

Where to stay? The Tebay Services Hotel just south of Penrith off the M6 is a handy base and is the sister business of the Rheged Centre (along with Tebay Services) so you can expect the same high quality facilities throughout. Simply park at Penrith and make use of the shuttle bus during the festival weekend. The hotel has a bar and restaurant and the breakfasts are always raved about by guests.

Brooklands Hotel means boutique business

The award winning Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey has now got another high profile fan, British Airways.

The 4 star Brooklands Hotel located on the site of the iconic race circuit has be tipped as one the top 6 coolest hotels for business travellers. The Club is BA’s digital travel magazine for members of the British Airways Executive Club published monthly and giving readers and members travel news, tips and how to travel smarter. Brooklands Hotel was the pick for the UK with the other recommended hotels located in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Singapore and Malaga.

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Brooklands Luxury Hotel in Surrey

Described as being situated in “London (almost)” the team at Brooklands have been leading the way in business travel in the area since the hotel first opened its doors in 2010. Its location has proved ideal for both national and international business travellers, conferences and meetings due it its location being just 17 miles from Heathrow and just minutes from the M25. The train station at Weybridge means just a 30 minute journey to or from the capital.
The rooms are clean and modern yet ultra stylish and many with views of the Mercedes-Benz test track. The interior design throughout the hotel oozes glamour and luxury. The 1907 Restaurant regularly wins awards and has a 2 AA rosette rating and the bar & lounge are ideal for casual meetings, afternoon tea, a cocktail or coffee. You really can mix business with pleasure at this luxury hotel in Surrey, the Brooklands Hotel.

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.

Tanzania the hot honeymoon destination

Although recently listed as one of the top honeymoon destinations for A-Listers in Harpers Bazaar, it will have come to no surprise for the lucky newly weds who have chosen Tanzania in the past.

Harpers Bazaar noted one of the most famous celebrity couples and marriages Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel stating they stayed in and around Grumeti. Tanzania is the ultimate honeymoon destination and it never fails to supply the once in a lifetime holiday which perfectly suits such an important occasion as marriage.

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Picturesque beaches and beautiful clear blue waters, there are few more desirable places to unwind than the exotic ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar.

Look out across miles and miles of Tanzanian landscape in parks and reserves such as Grumeti, Serengeti, Saadani and Selous. Watch sunrises and sunsets like no other. Witness wildlife all in their natural habitats. Experience activities such as trekking, canoeing, hot air ballooning and boating.
But it is the escapism and the fact everyone is on one level that is sure to be a real hit with the celebrities and us normal folk too.

A Tent With A View have taken hundreds of honeymooners on this very special of holiday adventure. Choose a tour that takes in the Saadani National Park finishing off with a few days on Zanzibar and the companies luxury hotel The Zanzibari and enjoy the white sands beaches of this island in the Indian Ocean. So whether you need privacy or just want it, a honeymoon in Tanzania is the choice whatever. View the full list of the Tanzania safaris provided by A Tent With A View here,

Luxury Lake District Yoga Retreat Nears

A first of its kind at Brimstone Hotel in the Langdale Valley, a luxury yoga retreat break.

Led by The Well Connected, a wellbeing company based in the Lake District they know how stimulating yet relaxing the Lake District. What a perfect marriage it then is that this first of 2016 retreat is to be held at Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate.

Brimstone has been designed with relaxation at its core where all materials are natural and where guests come from far and wide to experience escapism, wellness and to enjoy the stunning Lake District landscape on the doorstep. With stunning bathrooms, private balconies, room service and various places to relax, each Brimstone suite will be the perfect place to return after each session and in the evening.

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What makes this retreat even more special is that every level of yoga will be catered for so it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or experienced yogi, each person will be nourished and fulfilled. Charlie Morgan programme leader is well known in the yoga industry and it is set to be a very memorable retreat for those attending.

The exclusive retreat is a fully inclusive break with both food, snacks and beverages of the healthiest and most nourishing kind by the 2 AA Rosettes chefs at the Brimstone Hotel. There will be no refined sugar, caffeine or alcohol and the meals have been created so that those attending enjoy and make the most of this highly relaxing, mindful and luxurious yoga break.

The team at Brimstone are highly excited to have the retreat exclusively based at the hotel and all guests will have the use of the Berghaus Bootroom for the hire of outdoor walking kit during the retreat. To find out more and book a place on The Well Connected yoga retreat visit

Romantic Holiday Cottages in the Lake District

Romantic, peaceful, tranquil, luxury are all the terms associated with a honeymoon or mini moon. It is time to spend absolute quality and uninterrupted time with your new husband or wife.

So why do so many newlyweds decide to honeymoon miles to the other side of the world to experience often fraught airports and lengthy travel times?
Surely romantic, peaceful, tranquil and luxury describe somewhere much closer to home, the Lake District. But don’t just take my word for it. Perhaps a certain Mr Wordsworth, Mr Coleridge and Mr Southey could help certify the Lake District as romantic? Wordsworth Daffodils was sighted as the defining moment of early English Romanticism and these poets can describe the Lake District better than anyone.

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Ullswater for tranquillity, romance and escapism

Romantic Cottage Interiors in Ullswater and Coniston
The Lake District has long been popular with families and groups of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts but it is also now becoming quite the place for a couples retreat. Luxury retreats come in various forms of accommodation but the ultimate for couples really has to be a luxury self catering retreat. This needn’t mean remoteness, although such holiday properties do exist if you so wish, no this means undisturbed time when in the property. Combine quite simply stunning properties in stunning locations with the quality of food found in restaurants across the region. All that and the biggest pull to this area has been missed, the scenery! All this combined is surely honeymoon perfection?

Stunningly Tranquil Ullswater
Coniston, Ullswater and Cartmel are three idyllic areas that have all the right ingredients to make the ultimate honeymoon in the Lake District. Each provide breathtaking scenery, each have some of the best examples of self catering cottages and homes in the UK and each have a choice of show stopping places to eat. Cartmel is home to The Good Food Guide number one restaurant, L’Enclume and Ullswater is home to the much revered Sharrow Bay.
Using the knowledge of a holiday cottage agency will ensure you find the perfect property for the perfect honeymoon. The Lakeland Cottage Company have a superb choice of honeymoon and romantic holidays cottages in the Lake District and have extensive experience in offering romantic retreats for special occasions.

Call 015395 38180 or visit