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Mountains and Views at new holiday cottage in the Lake District

New to The Lakeland Cottage Company portfolio of luxury holiday properties for rent in the Lake District and Cumbria is Mountain View.

Located in Blawith which lies south of the beautiful Coniston Water, Mountain View explains itself perfectly with superb views of the very famous Coniston Old Man amongst others. The perfect chic, cosy romantic retreat for two, the living accommodation makes the most of the view being on the top floor of this converted coach house. Sure to be awarded at least a 4 star gold by Visit England expect high quality fixtures, fittings, facilities and interior design. To top it all off, the lower floor has a gym great for exercise during rainy days, for fitness fanatics or to warm down after a day on the fells.

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Coniston offers a relaxed Lake District experience being quieter than Bowness and around Lake Windermere yet has gondala boat trips, stunning scenery, walks galore and plenty of adventure should you wish.

For anyone travelling from the south, Blawith is an ideal location for making a base. Less than 5 minutes drive from the southern tip of Coniston Water and a quick and easy 30 minutes from junction 36 of the M6 avoiding all the Central Lake District traffic. Although Coniston Water and Village aren’t far away, why not explore the nearest village of Lowick, a hidden gem of South Cumbria. There you will find the Red Lion pub for food and beverages (little over a mile from Mountain View). Torver is another location for food with two excellent pubs the Church House Inn and Wilson’s Arms, both around 4 miles north of the cottage (towards Coniston).

To be one of the first to stay in this brand new luxury holiday cottage in Coniston, book exclusively via https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottage/mountain_view_cottage/ where you’ll find more pictures and information.

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The Lake District, for a choice of the most diverse waterside retreats to stay in

The north of England is blessed an extremely diverse choice of waterside accommodation for visitors. It has reservoirs, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, tarns, waters and some of the most beautiful coastline in all of the UK.

But when it comes to being near water, the Lake District most definitely has the upper hand. Staying in this, the largest of England’s National Parks, guests are never far from water, in particular Lakes. The Lake District National Park is a varied landscape containing England’s largest natural body of water Lake Windermere to small tarns and waters such as Elterwater and Blea Tarn.
Sometimes these bodies of water just appear from out of nowhere, they are tucked away yet just waiting to be discovered and it is these quieter and smaller locations that make the Lake District so special.

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Waterside accommodation is so popular when choosing where to stay on a holiday or short break. There is something about waking up to waterside views or knowing it is close by. Waterside retreats in the Lake District range from camping pods to lodges, converted boathouses to luxury cottages, hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Living North is a privately owned publication presenting the very best of the country and city lifestyles and business in the north of England. Focusing predominantly on Yorkshire and the North East, Cumbria is also very well represented being close to both regions and easily accessible. It is then very natural that in their article “10 Waterside Retreats” that Cumbria would feature on more than one occasion. The newest of the hotels in the Lake District is listed, Brimstone Hotel at Langdale. On the Langdale Estate where the hotel is located is home to various becks, rivers, tarns and waterfalls. The Langdale area means Lake Windermere, Coniston water and even Wastwater in the Western Lake District can be reached easily.

Advance purchase rooms at Brimstone Hotel are worth looking out for, saving 15% when booking 30 days or more in advance, that’s if you can wait that long!

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5 Star Self Catering on the Langdale Estate

The Langdale Estate in the true heart of the Lake District and a one of its kind in Northern England. Housing a 4 star hotel, the luxury boutique Brimstone Hotel, one of the most exciting new restaurants, leisure facilities and now home to a new wave in spa experience thanks to the Brimstone Spa. All this and let’s not forget 5 star self catering properties too.

As one of the most exciting and unique self catering destinations, the choice of properties on this site range from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments to Scandinavian lodges and traditional Lakeland slate properties and cottages sleeping up to 8 people. Each property type provides something different and with the 35 acre estate setting, locations are very diverse with each property interspersed with waterways, tarns and woodland. And the surrounding fells most definitely cannot be forgotten. The Langdales, Great and Little, are two of most famous and most photographed fells in the Lake District and these can be walked right from the Estate, no need for a car.

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The facilities on the Langdale Estate are what makes it even more special. Choose from the new Stove Restaurant or just a 2 minute walk away, Wainwright’s Inn, also leisure and spa facilities and the hotel.

By visiting http://www.langdale.co.uk/rental.html, all available properties can be viewed on the easy to navigate calendar along with prices and property descriptions. Look out for late deals for short breaks and holidays throughout the year, they really are worth investigating.

The estate offers even more now thanks to Stove Restaurant & Bar serving food all day, every day with different rooms so you can have a romantic meal for example in the wine room, an al fresco meal beside the waterwheel or a family lunch in the light, bright and airy space offering dining all day, every day.

Self catering guests can still benefit from the leisure facilities including pool, steam room and gym as well as the ability to book spa and beauty treatments.

Don’t forget, the Lake District is right on the front door. Simply park the car on arrival and there’s no need to use it again being able to take advantage of the footpaths, cycling and running routes directly from the estate. 3, 4 & 7 Nights available from just £500.

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Lake District accommodation for walkers

What do you look for when looking for walker friendly accommodation in the Lake District?

• Heart of the Lake District location, check
• Plentiful real ale, check
• Local food galore, check
• Super king-size beds, check

For walkers, these are surely the top four points on the consideration list for accommodation when staying and visiting the adventure capital of the UK and the largest National park, the Lake District.

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With so many people having long commutes to work or constantly toing and froing, dropping off and picking up family, what could be better than not having to use a car once you’ve arrived at the accommodation? Not only is it an even greater break and change from the norm and day to day routine but it is also better for the environment and saves on such costly fuel too.

One of the leading daily newspapers and travel experts The Telegraph, has published their top 10 best Lake District hotels for walkers with each of the four points above being considered. Making the top 10 is the uber walker friendly, traditional Lake District inn, Cuckoo Brow at Far Sawrey. The inn is very close to Hawkshead, Ambleside and within easy reach of Lake Windermere across on the ferry. Fell, forest and bridleway walks are all on the doorstep yet the location is a haven of peace of tranquillity.

Above all, a warm welcome is required in any accommodation venue in the Lake District and with the (no doubt highly probable) chance of there being the odd spot of rain when out on the fells, you won’t be turned away for having muddy boots. In fact at The Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn, the phrase ‘Muddy Boots’ is included in their very welcoming strap line.

Phone 015394 43425 or visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk for more details.

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Ulverston Walking Festival this April/May

Starting on Saturday April 22nd until Monday May 1st it’s the annual Ulverston Walking Festival.

Each day there is a choice of 3 to 4 walks, a total of 32 over the festival week. Although the heading is the Ulverston Walking Festival, the walks take place in and around Ulverston but also as far as Seathwaite, Ulpha and Dunnerdale, Coniston and Tilverthwaite and the east in the Leven Valley.

The walks are all guided and have specific start points to meet up at, the website gives details of terrain, length and ability requirement. Each walk costs from Free to £3 and start either around 10am or after lunch at 2pm. What a fantastic time of the year to explore the south and western areas of the Lake District with the new shoots on the trees, lambs everywhere and bluebells to discover.

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Many of the walks have themes such as the Historial Walk Coniston Copper Mines & Levers Water on Sunday 23rd April, Ulverston Ale Trail on Friday April 28th and Herb Walk starting from Bardsea Church on Monday May 1st.

The Newby Bridge Lake District Hotel is located on the main A590 road at the southern end of Lake Windermere at Newby Bridge and is just 8 miles by car or bus to Ulverston for events and walks starting from there but also very handy for the Coniston and Tilberthwaite walk start points. As well as the Leven Valley and Spark Bridge walks. Rooms during this week start from £76 per room B&B based on 2 sharing or choose dinner, bed and breakfast from just £118. The restaurant and bar serve locally sourced and hearty food, perfect for post walk refuelling.

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Kendal’s Moonfest for a musical extravaganza this May

The location; Kendal Rugby Club, the dates; Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May 2017, the event; the amazing Moonfest.

After a year off in 2016, Moonfest the magnificent charity music and family festival in Kendal is back and celebrating its 10th Birthday but also the last ever. Kendal Rugby Club will be moving to a new stadium, ground and clubhouse at Strawberry Fields off Oxenholme Road.

The doors open at 12pm Friday 12th finishing at 1am and on Saturday from 11am until 1am. During the day the festival is fun for the whole family with a kids zone, music, events, entertainment, food and beverages. There is also a chill-out zone “The Moon Garden”, fairground rides and festival merchandise.
As the evening draws closer on both evenings, the headline acts and DJ’s come out to play, a mixture of local and North West DJ’s playing everything from house to old skool.

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Headlining on Friday will be Hot Red Chilli Peppers (tribute band) and on Saturday, Jeramiah Ferrari with acts of nearly every other genre to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Moonfest is held in the beautiful surroundings of Kendal, officially known as the Gateway to the Lake District. Moonfest takes places over two days, with a superb line-up of live music acts and entertainment. Taking to the stage this year are headliners Hot Red Chilli Peppers and Jeramiah Ferrari, a 4 piece Indie/Alt Rock/Reggae band from Manchester.

Through charging a small fee on the gate we have managed to attract close to 2,500 people some years and have raised figures up to £11,000. Last event’s proceeds were donated to the Wayne Broadley Trust Fund. Moonfest is a great weekend event.

The charity Moonfest continues to support is extremely close to the festival organisers and Kendal Rugby Club’s heart, the Wayne Broadley Trust Fund. At just 21 years old, Wayne was injured playing rugby at Kendal resulting in him being paralysed from the neck down. The trust fund helps him with equipment, physio and everything for day to day life.

For more information visit http://www.moonfestkendal.co.uk/

For accommodation – just a short walk away is the Riverside Hotel in Kendal. The hotel has private parking, affordable rooms as well as a restaurant and bar.

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Delightful Damsons Celebrated this April in Cumbria

After the disappoint of the 2o16 Damson Day Fair being cancelled due to a waterlogged field and car parking area, it’s looking a firm yes, that the 2017 fair is to go ahead. The weather is looking like it is going to continue to behave itself after what can only be described as an absolutely terrible run up to the scheduled 2016 fair with the devastating floods of December 2015 and continuing wet weather into early 2016.

This annual far takes place in the stunning Lyth Valley at Low Farm in the heart of the area. Although the damson fruit is an autumn bloomer, it I now damson blossom season where the valley is covered in white flowers as far as the eye can see. It is a very special time of the year and so rightly so, should be celebrated.

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Saturday April 22nd from 10.30am until 4.30am there will be lots of activities, shows, entertainment such as live music, archery and even some Morris dancing, competitions and above all, an abundance of local food. Everything from pies to jams to chutneys, beer and puddings will have a distinctly purple fruit theme too you’ll be surprised to learn!

Along with the many trade stands there will also be refreshments provided by Friends of Crosthwaite School including freshly made crepes with a range of fillings (including damson coulis and cream) and to wet the whistle, decadent Damson Royales. All proceeds from the FrOCS stalls will help our local school provide an even more amazing education!

Damson Day is a country fair held in celebration of the arrival of spring and the Damson blossom in the Lyth Valley. A fun-filled family day out packed with local crafts, local produce and entertainment.

Hawkshead Brewery will be there for beer refreshments from their serving a number of beers with a special note to the Damson Stout along with Lakeland Gold, Bitter and Lakeland Lager.

Nearby accommodation can be found in the form of the Damson Dene Hotel. The Lyth Valley is located between Kendal and Bowness making it easily accessible and with plenty to see and do to make a weekend out of it.

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Get About on Water or on Wheels around Coniston

Really, the whole of the Lake District is family friendly but there are certain areas that are more so than others and Coniston is definitely one of those. It appeals to and engages children of all ages but at the same time adults too. It has the fells, the lake, the activities, the places to eat and drink and the places to stay for families to have a fun and relaxing holiday.

Activities are the key to a family holiday and whether yours like walking, cycling or taking to the water, all these activities are plentiful and safe. Coniston Boating Centre is a must visit location for any families. Run by the Lake District national park, the centre hires out motor and rowing boats, canoes, sailing boats and bikes, even electric bikes. Hire of any of the equipment can be done online and routes, maps and safety details are given comprehensively to participants.

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But it is cycling that is so good in this region and for any ability. What better place to gain a young child’s confidence and enjoyment of cycling than one of the paths around the lake. For older children then take a mountain bike over Walna Scar. View Coniston Old man, Coniston water and head down into the Dudden Valley if you wish and catch a sight of Scafell Pike even.

Rachael Oakden of The Guardian has just written a piece on family cycling around Conistn and their route was Coniston to Torver and starting from the Coniston Boating Centre. A 6 mile route that families even with young children can do, mainly off road. Torver is a lovely village to the west of Coniston with Wilsons Arms for food and refreshments too.

Being so scenic, Coniston is also an ideal place for introducing children into the world of fell walking, such a worthwhile activity that i also highly educational. Learn the countryside code, about plants and wildlife as well as geography on a fell walk. There may be tears and tantrums on the way up but once they’ve reached the summit of whatever gradient, look across at the view, the youngsters always feel proud and elated at what they have achieved. The promise of an ice cream at the bottom is always a winner!

Back to accommodation and Coniston does have a choice but does happen to have some fabulous self catering properties. A location of specialism for The Lakeland Cottage Company is Coniston and they have some larger properties in the area that are perfect for a couple of families or extended family holidays. Some even have private jetties and mooring facilities, ideal for when hiring a boat from Coniston Boating Centre if should guest wish to bring their own.

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Luxury motorway services accommodation? It can’t be!

Luxury and motorway services accommodation are phrases those travelling up and down the UK are not familiar with hearing together. The Westmorland Family, owners of the Tebay Services Hotel just off the M6 between junctions 38 and 39, have changed any negative preconception.

Although having a 3 star hotel classification, it is beyond 5 stars when it comes to a place to stay on a business trip or as a stop over on a long journey to or from Scotland, basically two of the most popular reasons travellers choose a motorway services hotel, for the convenience.

tebay motorway services hotel
A large car park, rural views, peace and quiet is what awaits and stepping inside only continues the joy. Local is the driving force within the Westmorland Family whether it’s the Tebay Services, The Rheged Centre or the new yet highly thriving Gloucester Services. The hotel has a selection of real ales, all locally brewed of which Cumbria has some of the best micro breweries in the UK. Expect offering from Tirril Brewery nearby Appleby but also artisan offerings from the other side of the county and Stringers of Ulverston and their extremely popular gluten free ale.

The food continues the same with meat reared on the Westmorland Family own farm, other locally sourced and produced produce as well as keeping with seasonality.

Many business or one night stop over guests return for a short break and at the moment can enjoy room rates including breakfast from just £94 based on two people sharing. All guests receive a 10% off voucher for use in the Tebay Services Farm Shops so if setting off early and could only have one of the fantastic real ales, they can purchase some to take home. For more information and to check room types and availability visit http://www.tebayserviceshotel.com