Grasmere – for a wonderful weekend break in the Lake District

Grasmere is a haven of peace and tranquillity, has low level paths, bodies of water to walk around as well as fells. When staying in Grasmere there’s no need to use the car again until going home, everything is on the doorstep.

The National Trust has a great selection ranging from 2 to 5 miles including lakeshore and fell walks, Although Grasmere is an ideal place for low level walks equally there are many high level, longer routes for the more adventurous. A fabulous one is a circular walk taking in six Wainwright Fells providing stunning views along every inch. View down to the breath taking Langdale Valley, walk alongside Easedale Tarn and view the full glory of Grasmere Village from above before finishing on one of the Lake District’s most famous fells Helm Crag, AKA The Lion & The Lamb as most people know it.

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There’s not a shortage of places to eat and drink in Grasmere which is fast becoming the place to be for foodies in Cumbria. Very different to Cartmel which many say holds the title of number 1 culinary destination in the county, Grasmere has great pubs, lots of artisan cafes, independent restaurants and the highly regarded and newest restaurant within the Forest Side Hotel. With their innovative and ultra seasonal menus combined with the new fresh approach in cooking and a vast kitchen garden, it’s no wonder Forest Side was awarded a Michelin Star in its first year of opening.

Let’s not forget the most famous person to have ties with Grasmere, William Wordsworth. Even if art & literature isn’t your thing, a trip to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum is really worth a morning or afternoon jaunt to. Any lovers of the Lake District will have an affiliation with him due to his obsession with it too.

Now where to stay. As with food offerings in Grasmere, the choice of accommodation is vast and of the highest quality. Raise View is a luxury bed & breakfast in Grasmere that offers style and elegance, has uninterrupted views of Helm Crag, delicious breakfasts and allows the freedom to go out and explore all the fabulous eateries Grasmere has to offer. Rooms start from £120 per room B&B based on two people sharing. Visit for more information.


Autumn+Lake District+Great Deals=Holiday Perfection!

It is the perfect time for a quick break in the Lake District or perhaps, even a full week away.

There are some tempting deals to be found at hotels in the Lake District at the moment especially during October and November and even including half term. Not only are the leaves on the trees in full Autumnal amazingness now but the shorter days are now perfect for sitting in front of a real log fire in a hotel bar.

Getting away at this time of year whether for a long weekend or a week holiday, really sets you up for the Winter and of course, Christmas. Time to relax, a chance to unwind and take in the scenery of the Lake District in all its glory. The ability to still walk all day whilst it being cool enough to appreciate a real log fire in one of the traditional Lake District inns.

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Food wise, well the Lake District is a fully packed larder at this time of year. Game is plentiful and is found on many menus across the county from pigeon to venison and partridge. Wild mushrooms a perfect partner for game can also be found as well as damsons and autumn Lakeland lamb. Real ales from local breweries are getting darker with more notes of coffee and chocolate and make the ideal aperitif to a game casserole or Cumbrian Tatie Pot!

Onto where to stay and Lake Windermere has it all and the southern tip so easy to access from the M6 motorway, good whatever the weather. All year long enjoy cruises up and down the lake and attractions and adventure on the doorstep. The Newby Bridge Lake Windermere Hotel for accommodation is worth looking out for. Offers throughout the year but especially some very tempting B&B rates during the autumn and winter. Delicious food and a real fire complete the offering.

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Destination Windermere Village – the place to be in 2017

With such spectacular scenery, Lake Windermere attracts thousands of tourists each year from anglers, to canoeists to yachtsmen and walkers.

But surrounding Lake Windermere is just so much more than simply the water itself. Starting from the south of the lake and Newby Bridge is where you will be. Continuing up the lake and you pass Cartmel Fell, Far Sawrey, Bowness-on-Windermere, High Wray and the lake comes to an end at Waterhead, only a short walk into the centre of the bustling Ambleside. The views are of course sights to be hold all the way down but the most spectacular are towards the north of the lake where the Fairfield Horseshoe, Great and Little Langdale and Coniston Old Man are in view. The Windermere Marina continues to thrive with around 400 boats having mooring there, the largest inland marina in the North of England.

Cruises along Lake Windermere are an excellent way to travel. Sailing on this stunning lake is direct, allows the stopping off at the top destinations along the lake such as Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside and to the many Lake District hotels and makes for a very relaxing journey in complete relaxation.

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Windermere Village is located to the east of of the lake and is in actual fact one and a quarter miles from the lake but all for the better. Just off the main A591 road connecting all of the major towns and villages in the Lake District, Windermere is now the destination of choice. It has a Booths supermarket, many local independent shops stocking stylish gifts and clothing, the flagship Lakeland Limited store and now new in the last 12 months an ever growing bar, restaurant and café offering. For foodies visiting from anywhere in the UK, Windermere is now the place to be.

With everything on the doorstep, Windermere Village is not only the place to be to eat and drink but also the place to stay. Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant is a gem of a bolt hole in the heart of the village combining the conveniences of a central location with stunning views of the Lakeland Fells, off road car parking and even the train station just a 2 minute walk away.

For more information on Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere and to view their choice of 22 hotel rooms and luxury hot tub suites, visit

Pancake Day Everyday at Langdale Hotel in the Lake District

Each year, 40 days before Easter Sunday is Pancake Day or officially, Shrove Tuesday.

Pancakes are now eaten across the globe, 365 days a year, not just Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes are versatile with super tasty recipes in both sweet and savoury options. But the brunch revolution has definitely helped the international love of pancakes. Brunch pancakes either savoury or sweet are delicious, can be high in protein and also easy to be gluten free and still be super tasty and filling.

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At Stove Restaurant at the Langdale Hotel its Pancake Day everyday with their extremely popular brunch combination, maple syrup and bacon, sweet and savoury satisfying our two main taste buds or for veggies, maple syrup and fresh berries. Choose to have pancakes at breakfast when staying at the Langdale 4 star hotel & spa, hop to Stove for brunch when just visiting or if you’re a lodge self catering guest ( why not take advantage of delicious food on the doorstep despite self catering!).

Stove is open 7 days a week for brunch/lunch, snacks throughout the day onto dinner and a evocative menu full of local Lake District produce (the signature Lakeland lamb being one of the most popular dishes) in the form of traditional favourites cooked on the Josper Grill through to stone baked pizza and full flavoured Mediterranean fish and pasta dishes. Dress up, dress down, dine in, dine out, sit at the bar, multifunctional Stove means diners can enjoy a romantic meal just the two of you, family dining through to cocktails with friends.

To view the full mouth watering menu available at Stove each and every day visit,

The latest Brimstone Hotel adventure in the Lake District

The Brimstone Jog, what better way to see the area and feel fabulous about yourself at the same time.

The Brimstone team publish adventure ideas on their website and via email newsletters offering even more reasons to stay at this luxury hotel in the Lake District. With knowledge and first hand experience of all the activities, the team can give great guidance, ideas and advice for those wishing to do a mountain bike trail, road cycling, canoeing, boating, open water swimming, hiking and jogging.

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Beginning and ending at Brimstone, there’s no need for a car, just head out straight from the hotel. It’s an all off road 4 mile route combining sections along the river, through woodland, on bridleways and across countryside and which makes it a great route for walking too. The most scenic part is beside stunning Elterwater, definitely a place for a breather and to take in the views of the iconic Langdale Pikes. More importantly, this route is a one that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

The thought of Brimstone at the finish line is enough to achieve the best PB’s ever! Back at the hotel choose to use to brand new Brimstone Spa and book spa therapies, some of which no other spa in the Lake District are offering or simply head back to your suite and enjoy a relaxing bath before heading to the The Reading Room for complimentary drinks including wine and beers.
You’re never away for some delicious food when staying at Brimstone. Choose from a short amble to Wainwright’s for a quintessential Lakeland pub experience, head to Stove just a 30 second walk from Brimstone or if the suite is too good to leave, order from the in-room dining menu and your Brimstone Host will deliver food and drinks.

For more information on Brimstone adventures and to book one of the Brimstone luxury hotel suites visit,

Cracking Comedy in Kendal in 2017

Whether its theatre, art house cinema, plays and productions, exhibitions or music, Kendal and The Brewery Arts Centre is the arts hub of South Lakeland.

But another creative genre has been steadily building over the years, comedy. The Brewery is now one of the top comedy venues in the north of England with bigger and bigger names choosing to add this location to their dates each year.

From a humble monthly comedy night to now some of the world’s highest regarded and ultimately, the finniest comedians now performing in this town in Cumbria.
But why should anyone be shocked? Kendal is small and perfectly formed, is the gateway to the Lake District, looks pretty good too and even more so compared with the some of the sprawling and uninspiring cities many of the acts have the perform in night in night out and The Brewery, well it’s a little hidden gem of a venue off Highgate in the centre of Kendal.

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Here’s a brief selection of what to expect during 2017 at The Brewery for comedy lovers:

Friday January 20 – Mark Radcliffe….Should You Be Interested
Thursday February 9 – Gary Delany “There’s Something About Gary”
Friday March 24 – Miles Jupp
And two dates for your diary later on in the year, Ed Byrne. Ed will be doing a first for The Brewery, two nights back to back Thursday November 9 and Friday November 10.

There are many more acts and dates during the year, all of which can be found here, Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office on 01539 725133.

Popular not just with the comedians but also comedy lovers from afar, these nights regularly attract visitors from all over the UK and what a place to make a weekend of it too. With the lakes and fells of the Lake District on the doorstep, lots of places to eat and drink and an historic town to walk around, no wonder it is growing in popularity for events such as these.
Where to stay:

Just over the River Kent and with views of Kendal Castle, the Riverside Hotel is great value and has a restaurant, bar and leisure facilities too. Travelling by car, there’s a private car park, travelling by train, it’s just a 2 minute walk from the station. Book direct and receive a £10 to spend in the restaurant and bar during the stay. Visit and look out for the special 2 night break offers.

Travellers love luxury hotel in Windermere

The Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards have just been announced. The awards now in their 8th year showcase the very best of travel chosen by millions of travellers.

A great accolade for the Lake District tourism sector has been the inclusion of Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere in the top 25 luxury hotels in the UK category. This hotel is the only choice from the region and one of only three hotels from the north of England.

2015 was also a great year for Applegarth Hotel having made the top 25 romantic hotels in the UK at the awards. This year it has been even more exciting making the top 25 luxury hotels in the UK, an even bigger and wider sector.

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One of the new luxury suites at Applegarth Villa with private, bubbly hot tub

It comes within weeks of opening seven brand new luxury hot tub suites. A completely new development for this family owned and run, independent hotel in Windermere. The suites are already proving a huge hit with both past guests of Applegarth and new guests. The suites are generously proportioned, individually designed with luxury interiors, fixtures and fittings, all the latest gadgets including superfast broadband and mood lighting as well as outside space in the form of balconies and terraces each with their own private hot tub.

Alan & Suzanne Mumford, owners of Applegarth Villa luxury hotel in Windermere, know how important a good reputation is and how vastly used such review sites are nowadays for finding venues as well getting an insight into the facilities, quality and service.

For more information on the hotel and new luxury hot tub suites in Windermere visit

Couple up for a Lake District getaway this winter

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.

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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

Luxury Lake District hotel vouchers – the perfect gift this Christmas

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.

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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, and for more information on the Brimstone luxury hotel suites and its Lake District locations visit