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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk. And book 30 days or more in advance and receive a 20% discount.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Launched earlier this month, the competition from the Langdale 4 Star Hotel and Spa in the Lake District in conjunction with their sister hotel, Brimstone and Berghaus the leading outdoor clothing and gear brand, has already received hundreds of entries.
The social media based competition where people enter via sharing a photo of their adventure using the hashtag #LangdaleAdventure has received entries from people all over the world. It has so far been extremely interesting watching these entries coming in day and night of such varied adventures people are on. There is everything from skiing to climbing, walking and cycling and worldwide as well as our little pocket of Lake District loveliness.
Adventures have included indoor and outdoor activities but also very poignant adventure such as images of people who have just become man and wife in the Lake District on their married adventure. All are fantastic images, some selfies, some just stunning landscapes, some focusing on the special people in their lives.
The winner due to be notified on March 10 2016 will be an extremely lucky person along with their parent for the prize for the best image will be a 2 night break at Brimstone Hotel, the luxury Lake District boutique hotel on the Langdale Estate as well as £500 on Berghaus outdoor gear.
A long car journey with children and/or dogs can make you ask yourself the questions, “is it really worth it?” And “I thought this was supposed to be a holiday?”
Scotland is magical country, diverse and with so much to offer. Everyone should visit at least once and the further north in Scotland you go, the more rewarding it is. But for those living in the Midlands or the south of the UK, Scotland is a mammoth journey. Yes there is always flying or the train but with children, copious amounts of luggage and possibly a dog, a car is the most practical method of transport.
Through careful planning of a journey, looking at the best places to stop on route, not doing too many miles in one day or scheduling a journey so as to travel when the roads are quieter, can significantly lower the stress of a long car journey and enable families to take their brood that bit further away and open up even more places to visit on holiday.
But the other great thing about Scotland is its border with Cumbria and the Lake District. A long journey up to Scotland could also mean spending a couple or a few days in the Lake District too giving everyone the best of both worlds. We’ve heard fantastic reports on the Tebay Services Hotel. It is on the M6 motorway between Kendal and Penrith and makes an ideal place to stop either just as a one night stopover to break a journey up or to stay for a couple of days and visit the Lake District on the way up to or back from Scotland.
The hotel is very family friendly for starters as well as dog friendly and even if it’s just a quick night stopover, the grounds are great for walking around both for dogs and to help entertain children and the restaurant sounds fab too that serves their own reared lamb and beef. But to top it all off, there is the Tebay Services. You can buy supplies for both humans and dogs as well as toys and gifts and great local Cumbria produce from the services.
Breaking up a journey in this way can significantly add to the enjoyment of a holiday, allow the family to see even more of the UK and take the stress out of a long car journey.
It’s been 12 months of working around the clock by both the owners and all the contractors involved in the building of the AV Suites, art of and adjacent to the Applegarth Villa Hotel in the centre of Windermere in the Lake District.
Since the launch of Ultimate Luxury Suite 1 at the Applegarth Hotel 2 years ago and along with the other Ultimate Luxury Room, both the largest and most luxurious rooms within the 15 bedroom hotel, the popularity of them has been immense. People have come back 2 even 3 times to stay in them and so it was only natural to look into how to increase the amount of luxury rooms the hotel could offer.
The Old Stables building, a residential property at the time, was purchased and just prior to Christmas 2014 the build commenced turning this delightful, traditional Lakeland slate building into 7 luxury hotel suites.
It is with great pleasure and relief to owners Alan & Suzanne Mumford that the first 2 suites are now ready, have been photographed and have very happy guests in them. Each suite is individually designed, the highest spec of everything can be found from the Lutron mood lighting to the furniture, bathrooms, coffee machines, TV, broadband speed and to top them all off, private outdoor hot tubs with views over Windermere. The suite are spacious, have large, private balconies and/or terraces, their own allocated parking space and a butler to see to any need.
Each suite has been designed to be an oasis in the heart of Windermere, both convenient yet secluded with the ability to be completely incognito should you wish. Choose from in suite dining or have the best of both worlds with the knowledge there is the relaxed Applegarth Villa Bar & Restaurant at the hotel 2 steps away.
For the residents and those who visit the Lake District and Cumbria the findings from a recent study carried out uncovered no surprises. The Lake District and Cumbria came out as being one of the regions where those living an visiting felt the most healthy confirming many peoples ideas already that living in a more scenic location makes you feel very well indeed.
Highlighted in the research in particular were locations such as valley bottoms and that of the Langdale Valley. Two very interesting pieces of information were found though. Not all the healthy locations were in the countryside, some were urban places and through these results it was then found that simply green spaces do not deliver the whole package, it appears the aesthetics of these spaces whether countryside or urban were extremely important take the added features of the fells, crags, lakes and even stone walls the Lake District and Cumbria is full of.
Aesthetically, a valley bottom such as the Langdale Valley provides framing of the landscape with the mountains and especially with the Langdale Pikes. Just look at the many thousnads of people who visit and take photos of this iconic mountain range each year.
To further confirm the Lake District and Cumbria’s ‘scenicness’, it only needs a glance at the top 10 most scenic locations in England and Wales where the region has 3 entries, South Lakeland, Copeland (the western Lake District), the Eden Valley rated 3rd, 4th and 7th respectively.
And at the Langdale Hotel & Spa in the ultra scenic Langdale Valley, they are going even further to promote a healthier lifestyle whether living or visiting the Lake District. Their spa is the must go to facility in the South Lakes and they encourage walking and cycling offering their vast knowledge of the area to give routes tips to guests. The latest venture and website Langdale Active details where to go for outdoor adventure in the lakes and healthier food alternatives will be featuring in the new Stove restaurant set to open early 2016.