Your dream home in the Lake District

Moving up to the Lake District and buying that traditional Lake District stone or slate house is what dreams are made of.

Interior and exterior work may be required and both of which may be not only subject to strict planning regulations if in the Lake District National Park or the many Conservation Ares found throughout Cumbria. Combine that with the need and desire to retain original features and a simple job such as replacing doors and windows becomes a harder task.

Luckily in the Lake District and especially in the very desirable South lakes areas, there are tradesmen and craftsmen to help. Their knowledge of the area, planning constraints and the most valuable, their experience in working on period cottages and properties where nothing will be straight, no doorway is the same size and trying to implement techniques and design for today’s requirements in somewhere that has been around for years.
The interior is as important as the exterior. Internal doors, kitchens through to wardrobes and flooring. Externally then to replace windows with double glazed units that still fit in with the style and period of the property is not easy. Even being sympathetic when removing the old frames is something only true professionals can carry out.

This is why a joinery company with years of experience is one of the first tradesmen required. Fallowfield Joinery in Kendal have been working on properties and for businesses throughout Cumbria and the lake District for over 20 years now. Working with architects, planners, interior designers and property owners to provide bespoke joinery services in the form of windows, doors, staircases and extensions.

Glam-P up your Accommodation Business!

There are accommodation businesses in honeypot locations within the Lake District, Devon and Cornwall for example that frequently have to say “Sorry, we are fully booked”. What a great position to be in, and naturally no owner is complaining, but if they have a stunning location, great marketing and know they could fill more rooms, expansion could prove a turning point in the business.

As too many accommodation owners know, it is not always easy. When situated in a conservation area, National Park, with limited space, limited funds and limited time, expansion is often out of the question.

But thanks to the new wave o innovative exterior dwelling available, expansion could be easier, quicker and cheaper than many think. Pods, huts and garden buildings are the answer. Low cost, can be fitted out to the owners specifications, small footprint, delivered onsite ready built, no mess, the ideal solution.

cumbrian shepherd huts for saleShepherd huts are particularly appropriate for location within a farm or countryside setting such as the Lake District, Devon, North Yorkshire etc. It is now possible to purchase a ready constructed shepherd hut, fully decorated even with a woodburner heating. Cumbrian Shepherd Huts have been hand manufacturing from their base in Staveley, the Lake District for 5 years now and the finding them very popular with businesses who already offer accommodation in and around the Lake District from farms to B&B’s and campsites.

These shepherd huts fit into the landscape, are quirky yet highly stylish – traditional and can really add value to a business. No need for expensive extensions and the hassle of planning permission, Cumbrian Shepherd Hut products start from a VAT free friendly £13,945. Built using the expertise of Fallowfield Projects Joiners with over 20 years experience, Cumbrian Shepherd Huts for sale can also offer fitted kitchens, shower rooms and fitted beds, electrics and solar if required, a true bespoke service.

New Windermere Guest House Suite Proving a hit this Summer

Ellerthwaite Lodge, an iconic guest house in Windermere has undergone a programme of extensive refurbishment since being bought by the South Lakes Hotels Group earlier this year.

Now called Windermere Park, each room has been painted, upgraded, new soft furnishings and new bathrooms whilst keeping the integrity of this prominent period building just outside of Windermere village on the road to Bowness and Lake Windermere.

The most exciting addition has been the creation of the Oscar Wilde Suite. Oscar Wilde was a lover of the Lake District and in particular, the design of properties and buildings such as Windermere Park. The use of wood internally, the distinctive plaster work and stained glass window features all of which are throughout this property and which with it’s corner plot has always been a building many people drive past and look at or walk past to stop and stare.

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The Oscar Wilde suite offers something that little bit different to many of the other suites in the Lake District. Being housed in a guest house rather than a hotel for one to one service, a huge square footage and separate living area and the ability for this large suite for families to stay in but equally this is a romantic space for couples. Prices start from £190 for 2 adults and up to 2 children provides luxury and great value accommodation (and with breakfast too). Relax and unwind in the lounge area surrounded by one of the best examples of 1900’s stained glass in Windermere first thing in the morning, post walk or after dinner.

Windermere Village is now a place for foodies from daytime cafes to delicious restaurants. Also enjoy places like the Crafty Bar with one of the finest and most extensive selections of craft ale in the Southern Lakes. Wander down to Lake Windermere – just 15 minutes away, arrive by car and park in the private, off road car park or arrive by train and Windermere Park is just a 5 minute walk from Windermere Train Station. Don’t forget to stock up of Lake District delicacies from Booths Supermarket and the flagship Lakeland Limited store for everything for the kitchen and home. The restaurant there is another hot spot to try.

Book direct with Windermere Park for the best rates either online or by phone. Enter “DIRECT” into the promo code function for further discounts.

2018 The Summer of Love in Windermere

The Lake District continues to be THE place to be to get married with more couples than ever choosing this stunning National Park to celebrate this most special of occasion.

But it all starts from the proposal and the romance of the Lake District is also a big draw for the very start of the wedding journey.

Whether “the big question” is asked on a fell top, on one of the stunning lakes, in one of the delicious restaurants or sumptuous hotel rooms, the region provides a backdrop and experience never to be forgotten.

windermere hotel engagement
But as perfect and beautiful as the Lake District is, the weather can often throw a curve ball, even in the summer months but one hotel in Windermere has just the solution. Since launching their seven luxury suites each with their own, private hot tub, romance has most definitely been in the air and this summer has been no exception. The suites are over 500 square feet, have drench showers and large baths, dressing area, comfy sofas, private balconies and/or terraces and a magnificent hot tub. Relax, unwind, propose in luxury and privacy and with the help of Applegarth Villa’s staff. A quick call or email and they’ll arrange Champagne, flowers, chocolates and stunning rose petals that can even be arranged to pop the question itself! This was a request made during the summer and it’s with great pleasure to be able to report that Louise said yes!

The Lake District is then the one stop shop for all your romantic requirements. From hen and stag weekends to the ceremony and big day itself, pre wedding getaways, mini moons, honeymoons and anniversaries. Mini moons are growing in popularity and The Applegarth Hotel in Windermere have happy couples throughout the year and the new “24 Hours of Luxury” package is just the ticket. 24 hours in a hot tub suite of choice. Explore Windermere, the fells and the lake or choose not to leave the suite. The “24 Hours of Luxury” package starts from £485.

Langdale Hotel’s Restaurant Stove For The Ultimate Summer Cocktails

With cocktails and especially gins being what everyone wants at the moment, what could be better than delicious cocktails in the delicious Lake District?

Stove Restaurant & Bar is located on the Langdale Estate, home of the Langdale and Brimstone Hotels, their luxury self catering lodges and properties, the stunning Brimstone Spa and leisure facilities. In a private 35 acre site, Stove is the go to restaurant & bar in the area and open to non residents also. Stove is sophisticated, relaxed, informal or guests can dress up. Enjoy outdoor seating anytime of the year thanks to outdoor woodburning fires and blankets. Choose to dine overlooking the beck via the floor to ceiling glass area with the ultimate Mezzanine above, for romance The Wine Room, the various formal and informal areas or why not enjoy a cacophony of cocktails at the bar?

Holidays equal fun and cocktail heaven. Stove have a new a super summary choice with fashionable and seasonal cocktails with some made with Lake District spirits. They are proving extremely popular with guests for an aperitif or even as an after dinner treat. Paired with the perfect glasses, highlights include the Rhubarb and Ginger Sour, Mojito, Bedrock Bramble, Mary Millington Martini.

lake district hotel cocktails

With everything under one roof so to speak on the Langdale Estate, with food and leisure just a few steps away, staying at the Langdale Hotel, Brimstone Hotel or the self catering lodges make this destination a 365 place to visit. No matter what the weather enjoy the very best of the Lake District and once parked, there’s no need to use the car again. Walks from the door and even dress up to the nines and dine at Stove. No taxi’s required (a Langdale umbrella may be advised sometimes!).

And don’t forget, along with Stove and just a one minute walk out of the estate is Wainwright’s Inn. Owned and run also by the Langdale Estate this traditional inn is the place for post walk refuelling (food & drinks!) has a lovely outdoor seating area looking out to the fells or in the winter, a cosy real fire.

Visit for the best prices guaranteed for booking this Lake District hotel and the full menus, including cocktails, for Stove.

Luxury In The Lakes – Closer Than You Think

Countless studies have found the majority of guests visiting for a night or weekend away come from within a two hour travel time radius. This is most definitely the case with visitors to the Cumbria and the Lake District with those coming from further afield for a full week or more holiday.

Less than a two hour drive means more time can be enjoyed on the short break. Two hours from Cumbria and the Lake District takes in central Scotland, the North East, Yorkshire, Manchester and Liverpool. Whether it’s the eastern region of Cumbria and the Eden Valley, Western Lake District and Cockermouth, North Lakes including Ullswater, Keswick and Bassenthwaite or the honey pot Central Lake villages of Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere all are achievable within two hours meaning even an overnight stay can be on the cards.

all of the lake district hotelsApproximately just one hour and twenty minutes (around 78 miles) from central Manchester can have you right in heart of the Lake District National Park. Welcome to fells, lakes, countryside, open space, peace, quiet and most importantly, adventure and great food!

The Lake District I fast becoming as famous for its food as it’s fells these days but what is an ever constant is the tremendous amount of stunning and idyllic Lake District inns. With period features, roaring fires, comfy seats (perfection after a long day walking on the hills), some of the finest real ale you’ll find throughout the UK and super delicious, locally source food, really, what more could you ask for.

To find all of the above for the perfect Lake District escape, the new Lake District accommodation resource has been launched. It’s really handy to use. Simply select whetrh it’s an activity you want to do, looking for somewhere to stay, a spa break or a place to eat. Select the location but it gives you a great function to search within a larger mile radius and then if there’s something like a special requirement “dog friend;2, “gluten free” etc. All listings can then be booked direct which usually means best price guaranteed which equals great for all!
Visit today.

Christmas gift ideas galore at Cumbria’s Holker Winter Market

It’s nearly November and despite the handful of super organised people out there, Christmas gift buying is still far from being started.

It can be dread for so many people and that’s not to say just the male of the species and it seems even more so this year after a fabulous September of weather and the feeling and utterings up and down the country of “it really can’t be winter can it?!”. Well it is and the weekend has just confirmed this with the clocks going back and, well in Cumbria anyway, a distinct change in weather to “quite inclement”.

But the key to a happy and fulfilling Christmas shopping experience is combining it with a weekend away and it has to be said, Cumbria, the Lake District is a great location for both aspects.

Step just outside of the busy southern Lake District areas of Ambleside, Windermere and Coniston and the areas to the west of the county, Grange over Sands and Cartmel are pure and unadulterated Christmas gift shopping and weekend break heaven.

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The town of Grange over Sands and the village of nearby Cartmel have gift shops galore as well as stunning artisan food producers and markets with goods available all year round. New for 2017 is the L’Enclume shop. As December nears and the big day, Christmas, more and more markets are held and weekend special craft, gift and food events.

In the area on the weekend of November 4th and 5th is the Winter Market at Holker Hall. Situated just 4 miles from Grange over Sands, Holker Hall is a magnificent historic house renowned for the gardens and regular food and craft events. The Winter Market will include over 90 stalls (a huge increase on previous years) from mainly local suppliers and producers with everything from food to decorations and all manner of gifts. For the chance to purchase pieces to make Christmas at home extra special to some extra special gifts for friends and family, this upcoming market at Holker Hall is definitely going to be a one stop shop.

Grange over Sands is a good choice of location to stay at too when attending the market at Holker. Bay Villa, a luxury bed & breakfast have rooms available, visit the website for more details here,

Christmas in Cockermouth

Christmas is approaching scarily quickly and it’s not just all about gifts.

For businesses it’s where to hold the staff Christmas party or lunch and for families and friends the question, should we go out for Christmas Day lunch?

For businesses in and around Cockermouth in West Cumbria, Fredericks Lounge Bar and Restaurant have the answer to both questions. Now launched and taking bookings is a special Christmas Day Lunch menu and a Festive Christmas Menu for the days leading up to the big day.

With lots of businesses in the area, Christmas parties will be springing up in every bar, inn and restaurant in Cockermouth. The Festive Christmas Menu at Fredericks is full of tasty dishes including of course Turkey with all the trimmings (sourced locally from Cocklakes near Penrith) but also something a little bit different in the form of Pan Seared Fillet of Seabass with Beetroot Linguine, Curly Kale, Sauce Vierge and Goats Cheese, Spinach and Tomato Strudel with Olives, Sun-blushed Tomato and Red Onion, Red Pepper Coulis. The 3 course Festive Menu is just £28 per person and it can be booked to enjoy in the main restaurant or The White Room which can hold up to 50 guests.

christmas lunch cockermouth

Onto The Big Day, Christmas Day and it is getting more and more popular to eat out for this most important meal of the year. With the rise in cost of produce and utilities combined with the often stressful preparation and organisation, why not let someone else do it all! And we’re not even mentioning the washing up! Priced at £58 per person, the Fredericks Christmas Lunch is set to be a fabulous festive feast. Along with delicious starters to choose from the mains include Medallions of Lakeland Beef Fillet and Pan Seared Supreme of Sea Trout and puddings in the form of Christmas Pudding, Black Cherry Pavlova or a Platter of Local Cheeses.

Fredericks are gearing up for the decorating the lounge bar & restaurant to the nines for Christmas. For the full menus and more information on Fredericks Restaurant in Cockermouth visit,

The Langdale Valley, “Challenging” Some May Say

The Langdale Valley, the real heart of the Lake District. Stunningly, scenic landscapes no matter when you look. The source of inspiration for artists and poets for hundreds of years and a place where people come to experience complete relaxation.

But the Langdale Valley also appeals to another very different lot of people as Langdale is at the end of England’s steepest roads, Wrynose and Hardknott and surrounded by some of England’s highest mountains. So it is no wonder that Langdale is also quite popular with outdoor enthusiasts and those adventurous types.

langdale lake district
On to running and the much respected Great Langdale Road Races running club hold a magnificent marathon and half marathon each year. Yes, a marathon as in 26 miles but not along the streets of London but through the bumpy Lake District National Park. Taking place on Saturday 21st October this year, competitors can enjoy (endure!) the stunning true heart of the Lake District, the Langdale Valley. It’s no surprise there are a few hills here and there, some being 1 in 3 gradients making it invigorating and challenging. The route starts from Great Langdale following an anti-clockwise direction via Little Langdale and through the picturesque hamlets of Skelwith Bridge, Chapel Style and Dungeon Ghyll.

Sponsors, supporters and outdoor lovers the Langdale Hotel & Spa have just the location for pre and post race relaxation and rejuvenation. The Hotel as a choice of rooms either for those taking part or for spectators and the new Brimstone Spa is what will be required to sooth aching limbs. Visit for more information.


Welcome Summer at Country Fest in Cumbria this June

Country Fest returns again this year organised by the Westmorland County Agricultural Society and held on the County Show Ground at Crooklands near Kendal. The weekend, June 3rd and 4th of June 2017.

As with so many of the Cumbria country and outdoor shows, it has grown year on year with 2017 set to be the biggest and best yet. As a true event for all there will be something for the whole family giving everyone a taste of the countryside.

Exhibitors will be coming from all over the north but most will be from Cumbria and Lancashire showcasing just how much these two counties love the countryside and the high quality produce and activities available.

country fest cumbria

Food of course will be plentiful with lots of trade stands selling the delicious produce produced and supplied in the area. Take plenty of bags for buying food and go hungry as they’ll be lots of hot and cold food stands for meals and snacks during the day.

What you’ll be able to see and enjoy at the 2017 show: Live music from TwentyFourSeven, Honda UK’s Official Stunt Team Bolddog Lings are coming to Country Fest (you may have seen them on Britain’s Got Talent), a kite festival, a cookery theatre and workshop and a vintage revival to name just a handful of what’s on during the two day show.

As with any country focused show, animals will play a large part with poultry and rabbit shows, dog shows and sheepdog trials, a children’s discover farming experience and a young shepherd show.

Ticket prices: Adults £9.50; Children £3.00 (5 – 16 years); Family £22.00 (2 Adults & 3 Children). For more information on Country Fest visit

Looking for somewhere to stay? There is MIlnthorpe close to the show ground also Levens or head to Kendal which has plenty of choice of places to stay including the Riverside Hotel in Kendal. Rooms from £135 B&B. Visit to book.

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