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.