It’s an exciting time coming up in 2016 for fans of Beatrix Potter for it is the 150th Birthday of this most famous of author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist.
Firstly it has recently been announced to mark this event, the Royal Mint has designed a new 50p coin with Peter Rabbit on it. This is an exciting time for the Lake District where Beatrix Potter lived and where visitors can still walk into her world at Hill Top her home and garden from 1905 until her death in 1943.
During the year there is set to be many celebrations, events and activities to mark this extremely talented woman who’s books and legacy is as strong and as popular today as ever with people from all over the world.
The new coin and Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top
Hill Top, owned and managed by The National Trust, will have special guided tours on selected dates from spring into summer and during her Birthday month of July. Near Sawrey where Hill Top is located is a delightful, Lakeland Village. Acorss Lake Windermere and at The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness commemorative exhibitions and a new musical will be shown from June until September.
This is definitely the time for visiting the Southern Lake District whether you’re a Beatrix Potter fan or are wanting to find out more about her life and work. The Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn at Far Sawrey, just 5 minutes from Hill Top is also handy for catching the Windermere Ferry across to Bowness. Family rooms are available and the inn serves local food and real ales. Prices from £138 for a family room and £77 for a double including breakfast.
What better time for getting away from it all just the two of you after a packed and stressful run up to Chistmas, New year and the entertaining of the children in the school holidays?
January and February are ideal times to visit the Lake District and enjoy some quality time together and to take advantage of hotel offers that are so widely available. Langdale is an excellent choice of destination for a complete and relaxing getaway.
Just some of the activities to do when staying at Langdale hotel in the Lake District
There is plenty for couples to do whilst visiting the Langdale Valley:
1. Take a stroll around Blea Tarn and gaze at the Langdale Dale Pikes. It may just inspire you to actually walk them the next day! Either level of walking, there are plenty of routes in the Langdale area. Remember too, Fresh Air is Free!
2. Hire an electric car for a hour or 2 and drive over the Wrynose and Hardnott Passes, the steepest roads in England. Great views can be had no matter where you look and is such a peaceful way in which to travel.
3. Have a trip over to Grizedale Forest and either cycle around the well signposted routes or walk them and look out for the sculptures hiding in and around the forest.
4. Museums galore if that’s your thing nearby including Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s home and The Ruskin Museum.
5. Well and truly relax and unwind with a spectacular spa day or half day. The Langdale Spa has a swimming pool, sauna and steam room as well as treatment rooms for all the spa treatments you’d expect from a luxury facility. Treatments for men and women and there’s not a man yet that hasn’t come out feel revitalized!
In terms of accommodation there is the Langdale 4 Star Lake District Hotel as well as Brimstone Hotel, both excellent choices of places to stay for couples. Being able to take advantage of the everything at the resort like their restaurants and bars and they hire out electric cars too. Join the Langdale Fan Club and save 15% on all room rates when booking 30 days or more in advance. For more information visit http://www.langdale.co.uk/#fanclub
What do you buy the couple who have everything? How do you break a routine of buying someone the same gift each year and how do you show thoughtfulness and generosity without spending hours trailing up and down the high street?
Gift vouchers, the age old answer to all of the above problems but a book voucher, one for a home or music store is quite lack lustre. But a gift voucher for a hotel stay is a very different proposition allowing the lucky recipients to enjoy an experience rather than a material gift.
Brimstone at Langdale are in full swing of sending out gift vouchers at the moment. This very special, boutique hotel in the Lake District will make for the most special of gifts this Christmas with vouchers being purchased by people across the country and even abroad. Choose between monetary vouchers for the hotel in various denominations to 1 and 2 night breaks choosing from the Plush Rooms to the premier Duet and Spa Suites. The monetary vouchers are a great way to contribute to someone stay if you know they are going already or have booked.
If you’ve not already realised, Christmas Day is next week so despite this being a fantastic idea and one that will nstant make you the recipients favourite person ever, time is running out. Brimstone Hotel recommend ordering by Friday December 18th for Royal Mail First Class (although this is not a tracked or guaranteed service – for guaranteed choose UK Royal Mail Special Delivery at the checkout).
The vouchers can be purchased via the Brimstone 3rd party voucher supplier here, https://brimstone.skchase.com/ and for more information on the Brimstone luxury hotel suites and its Lake District locations visit http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk