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.
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/
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.
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.
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.