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 http://www.tentwithaview.com/

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 http://www.raiseviewhouse.co.uk/ 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, https://www.lakedistrict-cottages.co.uk/ 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 http://www.lindethfell.co.uk/

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 http://www.bayvilla.net 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, http://www.tentwithaview.com/

Beat the January blues with luxury in The Lakes

To coincide with the opening of the newest luxury hotels suites in the Lake District and to alleviate the January blues, a great offer has been launched.

Having welcomed their first guests just before and during Christmas, the 7 new luxury suites development at the Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere has really taken off. These unique hotel rooms are large, lavish, the ultimate in luxury and the first for the area, each with private balconies or terraces and each with a private hot tub.

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Stickle Suite

The hot tubs can be used all year round thanks to the well thought out, feature wooden roofs. Sip Champagne and take in the fresh air and views of the Lake District across to Lake Windermere.

The interiors are all uniquely designed with coordinating colour pallets running from the bathrooms right through to the bedrooms. State of the art functionalities come as standard from the Smart TV’s to superfast broadband, mood lighting, bean to cup coffee machine and innovative air purifier. Choose to relax in the bath or enter the rain shower. Order room service, ether food or just a beverage to enjoy on the balcony or the lounge area or perhaps in the private atrium entrance lounge.

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Broadcragg Suite

As January approaches and with thee new suites hot off the press, it’s the time to test them out and for an enticing and mood lifting price of £350 per room. This rate is based on 2 sharing, includes breakfast and is for selected midweek nights. This is a saving of £75 per night based on the full rate. So beat the January blues with this January sale of a hotel room offer at the new Windermere hotel suites at Applegarth Villa.

Check availability and book via http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk

 

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 http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk.

Win a #LangdaleAdventure of a lifetime in new competition

Post your snap of your Langdale adventure to win a luxury adventure in Langdale this winter!

Launched this week is the new competition organised by 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 wonderousness of the landscape that sits on the doorstep.

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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 whopping £500 worth of Berghaus outdoor gear.

For further information on both hotels visit, http://www.langdale.co.uk/ and http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk/

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 https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/