Windermere the place to be for Lake District Summer Music

The internationally acclaimed Lake District Summer Music festival starts on Saturday 29th July and runs right through until August 11th.

The concerts take place in various locations in Cumbria and the Lake District including Windermere, Ambleside, Hawkshead and Kendal in town halls, churches, parish halls and even a cinema. Each venue offers something different in sound and ambiance and have been specifically chosen to match the performer.

The 2017 festival is Lake District Summer Music’s 33rd and each year the attendance grows and the quality of the artist’s increases from all over the world and is set not to disappoint both for first time visitors or seasoned LDSM fans.

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Windermere’s Carver Church will be hosting a plethora of concerts including the penultimate day of events on Thursday August 10th. At 11am the location of Carver Church with the Fitzroy Strong Quartet followed by Gwendolen Martin (soprano) Tom Primrose (virginals) 5.00pm at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness. The full list of venues, concerts and events can be found on the LDSM website here

Bowness and Windermere makes a perfect base for attending any of the 2017 international concert series of performances being easy to travel to Kendal or Ambleside from there. Even the Hawkshead Music For A Summer Evening concert being held at 8.00pm on Tuesday August 8th. From Bowness simply hop on the Windermere Ferry across to the western shore of Lake Windermere, the easiest, quickest and most exciting way to travel to Hawkshead.

Looking to stay over then accommodation is booking up fast with very little in the way of availability next week in the Bowness and Windermere area. Damson Dene Hotel is located just outside of Bowness offering complete relaxation and great value rooms, food and beverages. Visit to book.


We Love Windermere!

Have the best of both worlds when visiting the South Lakes and choose Windermere Village to stay at instead of Bowness.

Who can fail to love this area where everything is on the doorstep yet there are still plenty of secluded locations to explore? But it has to be said, Bowness because of the boat moorings, cruise jetties and attractions is an extremely busy place for of hustle and bustle. For some, this isn’t the best location to stay.

But then Windermere is by no means void of facility or life. Firstly, it is home to the train station so travelling to the Lake District by be done by rail (handily connected to the West Coast Mainline) and a choice of accommodation from B&B’s to hotels and self catering cottages and apartments. Windermere also has many facilities including shops, butchers, services, pubs and cafes, banks and garages.

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Windermere has everything you need, even the views

And then the town is by no means out of the way being just a leisurely 1 mile walk from Bowness where yet more restaurants and pubs await, different shops and the main draw, the lake. Lake Windermere, just 1 mile from Windermere town centre where paths run alongside the lake for walking or cycling and ferries can be taken across, up and down it as well as boat hire. To continue a car free holiday then Windermere bus station, right next to the train station is a stop on the major 555 route that runs the length of Cumbria taking in Kendal, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick.

In the evening then Windermere is a hub for foodies with choices of chilled bars through to restaurants and some excellent dining to be had in the hotels in the village too. Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere is one such place with a delightful conservatory restaurant and relaxing lounge bar. Hotel guests staying in any of the rooms or luxury hot tubs suites between Sunday and Thursday are treated to dinner for free on one of the evenings but the restaurant is also open to non residents also. Top Tip: Go there also for afternoon tea and sit looking out over the park and the fell tops.

So for pleasurably relaxed accommodation with great food and facilities, choose Windermere to stay on your next visit to the Lake District.


Last call for 5 star luxury in the Lake District for less

Fancy some 5 star luxury in 2017? Even better, with a very enticing discount? The owners of Lyme Cottage located in the pretty village of Lindale near Newby Bridge in the Lake District are offering a 20% discount for any bookings in 2017 made by June 30th 2017. This is the final call with 36 hours left to book.

The cottage is picture perfect and has been given one of the highest gradings by Visit England, 5 stars. Sleeping 2, the cottage is romantic heaven, away from the busy towns of Bowness and Windermere yet with easy access to get to them. Lindale Village is quaint, peaceful and a hidden gem in the region and has a lovely county pub, The Royal Oak just a 2 minute walk away. Close by there is Grange over Sands and the beautiful village of Cartmel making Lyme Cottage a good choice for anyone attending the famous Cartmel Races during the year. Both Grange and Cartmel have a plethora of places to eat and drink, this is an area you most definitely won’t go hungry in.

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Being graded 5 star, it’s not hard to imagine the level of quality of the interior of Lyme Cottage. Enjoy a summer break and explore everything the area has to offer or cosy up under the oak beams and light the wood burner for romantic winter nights in.

Other features include free Wi-Fi, a welcome hamper of locally produced freshly baked bread, scones, oat biscuits, jam and tea and complementary L’Occitane toiletries. Furthermore Lyme Cottage is dog friendly allowing one well behaved dog at just £30 per stay.

So whether you’re looking to visit Cartmel, perhaps even head further west and explore the Western Lakes or head across the bay to Arnside, Lyme Cottage is must stay in 2017. Remember, book before the end of June 30th and receive 20% off.

For full details on the cottage and to book visit,


Let off some steam and gather in Grange over Sands

On the weekend of July 29th and 30th 2017 the annual Cumbria Steam gathering will be taking place at Cark Airfield in Flookburgh, near Grange over Sands.

The Cumbria Steam & Vintage Vehicle Society Ltd have been organising this event and it is now in its 44th year. The gathering brings together excitement of noisy steam engines along with vintage commercial vehicles, classic cars and motorcycles, military vehicles and even pedal bikes. Along with the pull of so many steam engines being in one place, the other major exhibits are farm and agricultural machinery with Flookburgh’s rural location and the Cumbrian farming industry as a whole. Visitors come from all over the country to see this large and very unique vehicle and steam show.

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This year look forward to a very special exhibit, two of Barry Sheene`s world championship winning Suzuki RG500 motorcycles. Also this year there will be an extreme Moto Cross display by Broke FMX, the Pantoni All Stars Orchestra, the Morecambe Bay Archers and the all action North West Lawn Mower Racing Association.

Food and beverage stalls will be plentiful too both to keep you going during the weekend as well as local food producers selling goods to take home. Music and various other forms of entertainment will be held during the weekend and all the information can be found on the Steam gather website here

Flookburgh has a small number of places to stay over the weekend but Grange over Sands less than 4 miles up the road where visitors will be find plenty of places to stay of all types, hotels, self catering, camping, caravan sites and b&b’s. To continue the vintage theme then Bay Villa bed & breakfast has period features throughout and offers luxury b&b accommodation from £125 per room.

Double Award for Lake District Inn

The 2017 Tripadvisor awards have been received and it has been excellent news for many accommodation businesses in the Lake District and the Lake District National Park as a whole.

But one Lake District Inn is having a double celebration, The Cuckoo Brow Inn part of the South Lakes Hotels Group received not one but two Tripadvisor certificate of excellence awards this year. With two listings on the travel review site, one for the Inn including dining and drinks and one for the bed & breakfast side of the business.

The Inn now has over 870 reviews with a huge 73% being 5 star and in the restaurant section, over 420 reviews.

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Highlights of the Cuckoo Brow Inn that people most talk about in their reviews are the choice of real ales, the hot pot, burgers, muddy boots, family friendly, dog friendly, the Cumbrian breakfast and superb service. Each factor makes this one of the most popular Lake District inns for over night accommodation or simply just for a post walk pint and sustenance.

If you’ve never explored this area of the Lake District then it is a must. The west of Lake Windermere it is accessed either via Ambleside, from the south via Newby Bridge or hop across on the Windermere Ferry from Bowness. On this quiet side of the lake, enjoy everything that is Beatrix Potter, Claife Heights for mountain biking and sightseeing, leisurely strolls or the big hills not far away and Wray Castle, a great place to explore inside and out with the whole family.

Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn offers high quality yet great value accommodation with some special offers during the year. Book direct for the best rates either bed and breakfast or dinner, bed and breakfast. Family rooms and dog friend rooms available. Visit for more details.

Awe Inspiring Autumn Breaks in the Lake District

September, October and into November are excellent times to get away for a short break or holiday before the winter finally sets in. And well, Cumbria and the Lake District is quite beautiful at this time of year and still an absolute pleasure to visit.

We may be finally experiencing the back end of the year after such a super September but the Lake District is awash with colour even on a dull day at the moment with the most beautiful oranges, yellows, reds and burnt sienna hues coming from the trees and bracken. Despite the stunning, openness of the Lake District, the other thing this region does so well is cosy.

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From cosy cafes to country pubs, quaint B&B’s to self catering retreats with open fires and snugs, the nature of the way of life and properties in the Lake District and Cumbria is autumn and winter heaven. Better still, it’s the time to book and enjoy a great value break too.

The Lakeland Cottage Company is one such Lake District accommodation provider who have choices of properties from cost retreats for two up to larger house great for families. Each cottage is available with affordable autumn discounts of up to 20%. From family friendly Ullswater cottages, Coniston cottages for adventure seekers to couple friendly romantic retreats in Cartmel, this time of the year is suits all. View their full portfolio of Lake District cottages here.

Beautiful bathrooms – what’s hot in the hotel industry right now

If you haven’t already noticed, hotel bathrooms are big deals in the hotels industry now with guests seeking opulence in greater and great quantities. To be even more specific, the bath is becoming the focus and the star of hotel bathrooms now and especially in the luxury sector.

Baths have most definitely made a resurgence in recent years. Today’s business and leisure guests expect large bathrooms filled with large, sumptuous baths and a separate, walk in shower.

But it is the location of baths in hotel rooms these days that is causing a stir and definitely breaking room the norm of years previous. Baths are now found beside windows in the main room area and beside beds. Yes, the locations are not to everyone’s taste but it has to be agreed that it makes for a dramatic focus within a hotel room.

An article on the Daily Mail website highlighted this trend “From glass tree houses in Botswana to £15,000-a-night infinity tubs in Paris: The world’s most luxurious hotel bathrooms revealed”. Stunning locations in general with equally as stunning baths and bathrooms. But you don’t need to visit far flung, exotic destinations to experience bathing heaven, the UK is following the trend too and with some luxurious examples. More importantly, more affordable.

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The Four Seasons, Hong Kong and Brimstone Spa and Duet Suites

The Lake District is as far removed from the likes of Paris, Hong Kong and London as it’s possible to be but for wow views over spectacular scenery and the new design led interiors being seen in the hotels here, it could be said they can rival these cityscape hotels in the bathroom stakes.

And examples can quite easily be seen of this and no more so than at Brimstone Lake District Hotel at Langdale. Special focus and design has been spent on the bathrooms and the positioning of the baths within the rooms especially in the case of the Spa and Duets Suites. Both suites integrate the bath or baths within the main hotel room to make the most of the views but also have a separate bathroom for those who prefer to bath privately.
But what is definitely different about these luxurious Lake District bathrooms is the price which is not £3,165 per person per night as at the Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong and most definitely not £15,000 per night as at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. Spa and Duet Suites at Brimstone are £425. Rooms are exclusively booked through the Brimstone Hotel website here And book 30 days or more in advance and receive a 20% discount.

Selous safari hotel makes Tanzania top 10

Based on 5 star excellent reviews on the site Tripadvisor, Sable Mountain Lodge within the Selous Game Reserve has been voted as one of the top 10 small hotels in Tanzania.

Owned and managed by A Tent With A View the Tanzania safari specialists, Sable Mountain Lodge is a haven for wildlife lovers being the largest game reserve in the whole of Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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With large populations of some of Africa’s most stunning mammals such as the hippo, Africa hunting dogs, lions and buffalo, it is also the place to witness the majestic elephant. Selous has the second largest single population of any conservancy of elephants in Africa and the reason why so many people choose to tour this area.

Sable Mountain Lodge itself is located in the Beho Beho hills in the Selous Game Reserve. Each room spacious and private and most importantly, with jaw dropping views. It is the haven to return to after a day of wilderness experiences. Take a dip in the fresh water swimming pool before heading to the Landrovers Return for a refreshing drink. The hotel chefs then prepare dinner in the restaurant under the stars.

To view the full list of Selous safaris provided by A Tent With A View, visit

Jump into January with Lake District Inn’s offer

The Lake District, an all year round destination, beautiful whatever season (yes even in the fog, mist and rain!) and open for business 365 days a year.

This January is no exception despite the awful flooding the region experienced in early December. The county and National Park is open and after a very successful Christmas and New Year is looking forward to 2016.

January really is the time to bag a bargain weekend or short break, even just a one night stopover. It is the quietest time of the year but as everywhere is one, they want you to visit and what a time.

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Whats on Jauary and the view from Cuckoo Brow

Stunning deals are being offered across the region and the fells and lakes are all looking stunning and ready for visitors. The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey is no exception. A weekend break taking advantage of their January offer is a not to be missed £126 for 2 people, 2 night bed & breakfast. Park up and walk or cycle from the inn on endless paths, bridleways, fells and routes. Back at Cuckoo Brow warm up in front of the log fires, real ale in hand, tasty and hearty supper on the table. Full on winter relaxation for a January sale price.

Book this offer by calling 015394 43425 or online via

New holiday cottage at Newby Bridge, Cumbria

A secluded, romantic and inviting countryside retreat on the edge of the Lake District has just opened after extensive refurbishment over the last year of the property.

Nethercroft in the village of Finstwhaite near Newby Bridge near the southern end of Lake District and the Lake District sleeps 6 in total Lake District luxury. The holiday let does not allow pets of children so it is a true couples bolt hole or one for an adult family.

This light, bright and airy cottage offers views galore and is less than 2 miles from Newby Bridge with a choice of hotel restaurants and bars to dine in. Inside and the refurbishment throughout is made up of a stunning extension with roof windows and wood burning stove, a large social kitchen with Aga and breakfast bar island a well as newly decorated bedrooms and bathrooms.

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The newly refurbished feature lounge at Nethercroft

Finsthwaite is ideally situated for exploring all the Lake District has to offer either by car or with the many walks that can be done from Nethercroft’s door and is just 7 miles from Cartmel Races. Cycling is also popular in the area and there is secure bike storage available. All in all, this is a cottage that more than exceeds its Visit England 5 Star Gold rating and one which many guests return year after year. As described in this walking guide perfectly by Countryfile Magazine “Explore the southern tip of Windermere, where there’s always something to do, come rain or shine.”

To view the full description an check availability of Nethercroft cottage in Cumbria, Newby Bridge visit or call agents The Lakeland Cottage Company to speak direct.