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Choose Coniston for your 2019 Family Staycation

Choose Coniston for your 2019 Family Staycation

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.

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 Duddon Valley if you wish and catch a sight of Scafell Pike even.

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. Visit the website for an excellent choice of Lake District self catering properties in and around Coniston.

South Lakes Holiday Cottage Refurbishment and Renovation

South Lakes Holiday Cottage Refurbishment and Renovation

Keeping a holiday let pristine and 5 star standard is paramount in today’s competitive self catering industry and this is very much the case in the Lake District.

The quality of self catering cottages, apartments and houses rivals any other in the United Kingdom, from quaint cottages to castles, barns and large country house, there is a holiday let to suit any guest in the Lake District. It isn’t just the day to day cleaning but the maintenance and upkeep on the property both inside and out and this is of even greater importance in a period property, of which the Lake District is awash with period holiday lets. It’s what people want and expect from a rental here, the chance to stay in a bit of history, different to their own home and set amongst stunning scenery.

Weather, age and use all play in factor in the constant upkeep of a property here and luckily there are plenty of very well qualified tradesman to carry out such work. Working on a period property is infinitely more difficult than work carried out a new build. Extra care, extra attention and extra knowledge is required as well as the need to adhere to strict planning guidelines such as those found within the Lake District National Park.

Large agencies as well as private holiday rental owners have a fleet of trusted tradesman they call upon. Loss of business, bad reviews or safety concerns are not options for this industry and at the end of the day.

Fallowfield Joinery in Kendal are experts in period property renovation and maintenance having over 20 years experience in providing high quality interior and exterior joinery manufacture and fitting to a variety of tourism accommodation business in particular within the self catering sector.

A Brimstone’s Throw Away from Luxury in the Lake District

A Brimstone’s Throw Away from Luxury in the Lake District

One of the most luxurious hotels in the Lake District also happens to be in one of the most beautiful of locations.

Set in the true heart of the lake District national Park is the Brimstone Hotel. Not on a main road, not in a village centre yet not in an un-accessible location. Brimstone Hotel lies within the Langdale Estate in the Langdale Valley. Mark the centre of the Lake District National Park and Langdale is where it is. A short drive, walk or cycle from Ambleside, close to the beautiful Coniston Water and its range of fells but also the gateway to the Western Lakes including the mighty Scafell Pike, Eskdale and Wasdale Valleys and the undiscovered (for many) Cumbrian coast.

This area has everything to introduce a Lake District newbie to this marvellous part of the UK but can also more than satisfy the most adventurous outdoor enthusiast.

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Arrive at Brimstone, park in the underground car park (or have your host do this for you) and then simply relax. Within a “Brimstones Throw Away” enjoy the best of the Lake District fells, cycle and mountain bike routes, boating, open water swimming and why not a bit of stone skimming?!

The best of the Lake District scenery is there to enjoy, admire and photograph but the same is also experienced in any of the stunning Brimstone suites guests choose to stay in. With local, natural materials used in many aspects, a real sense of bringing the outside in is prevalent. This is further bolstered by the large, private balconies where guests can sit and relax and breath the fresh, Lake District air no matter what the weather. Wake up and take breakfast, relax post walk with a lovely cup of tea, watch the sun go down with a glass of wine or cocktail.

What the Brimstone Luxury Lake District Hotel does is provide everything required to enjoy the Lake District, the 21st century Lake District, both inside and out.

Last Minute No Compromise on Lake District Accommodation

Last Minute No Compromise on Lake District Accommodation

Any Cumbria and Lake District business in any way connected to the tourism industry will have had a bumper Summer. The weather, the new businesses and hotels opening, with the region now bring a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lake District is not just a popular destination for UK travellers but it’s appeal is now international.

Of course, the trend the tourism industry has been experiencing in recent years has been that of last minute and late bookings. It’s a fact of life now for this industry with all forms of travel from a night away to full holidays being booked in this way. Guests want the very best prices and feel last minute bookings are the best way to achieve this. The unpredictability of the weather has also contributed to the late booking trend.

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For anyone in two minds as to whether or not to make their way up to “The Lakes” then JUST DO IT! The place is looking stunning even more so as Autumn approaches and the leaves change to shades of ochre, reds and browns. After the good summer, it is exceedingly dry underfoot. We all know this may change but what a time it is for anyone looking to grab a last minute deal, getaway, holiday?

And thanks to websites such as a the new website, it’s now even easier to find that great place to stay so too that great place to eat, great activity to enjoy and great shop to buy from. For accommodation including hotels, B&B’s, self catering and campsites this website purely lists only the very best and visitors can view the businesses own website and deal with them direct.

There are some amazing deals being offered at Lake District hotels, b&b’s and self catering accommodation providers in the county so it really is a great time to enjoy The Lakes. Visit today.

Last minute Christmas shopping in Windermere and Bowness

Last minute Christmas shopping in Windermere and Bowness

Over the last few years Windermere and Bowness have steadily and quietly been making a name for themselves in terms of retail.

Once it was just the lakes, hills and accommodation in its varying forms but now along with Ambleside, those wishing to combine a bit of shopping with walking or purely just some retail therapy are all catered for.

The number of independent shops is far greater than many other small towns that have succumbed almost entirely to the large, mass nationwide retail chains. That’s not to say the large chains are no prevalent, they are but interspersed and let’s hope it stays that way but a combination of the two different sectors of retail makes for an ideal shopping environment for the consumer.
Christmas is an extra special time in this area of the Lake District with lights and decorations sparkling and festive food and drink oozing from the cafes and restaurants.

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A great number of people will be breaking up from work for Christmas on Friday December 22nd and so too many will still have a few last minute Christmas gifts and supplies to buy. This weekend is the ideal time to combine purchasing those last few unique gifts with a night away. Start up at the top end of Windermere with Lakeland and Booths for all things kitchen, home and food. After those wander down to Forget Me Not Interiors for some individual home and gift ideas stopping in at Sweet Stuff for Christmas chocolates, sweets and stocking fillers. Have a quick coffee and make your way down to Bowness by car or foot and stop in at Pandora for some stunning jewellery before crossing the road to The Bath House Shop for handmade in Cumbria luxury scents and toiletries. Keeping with the Cumbrian theme and on Ash Street is Love the Lakes for Cumbrian made and inspired gifts, toiletries, ornaments, food and drink and The Northern Line for art prints and gifts.

The Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere has availability on the run up to Christmas and stay any 2 days between Sunday and Thursday and receive a free 2 course dinner for 2. The hotel is located on College Road in the centre of Windermere and has off road parking. Relax after a day at the shops in The Villa Bar. With spacious rooms and hot tub suites, they’ll definitely be space for all the last minute purchases! Visit for more details.

You’ll go Cuckoo over these Lake District B&B offers

You’ll go Cuckoo over these Lake District B&B offers

At the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey you’ll find some extremely tempting, New Year 2017, room rates.

Being regularly included in the most family friendly, dog friendly and walkers friendly lists in national publications such as The Telegraph and The Times, Cuckoo Brow has a lot to offer everyone an is perfectly located to do so.

Take advantage of the Winter offer available until February 16th 2017. The two night package for two people starts at just £150*. The break includes dinner, bed and breakfast on the first evening and bed and breakfast the next. The clean and fresh, spacious rooms come in a choice of superking, family and twin and for a small, extra charge, some rooms allow dogs. More benefits include free, off road parking, wi-fi and the use of the games room with arts board, pool table and games.

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Breakfast with a super Lake District view at The Cuckoo Brow Inn

With roaring log fires and wood burners, the Cuckoo brow is an ideal haunt at this time of year. Head back to inn after a stroll up to Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top, after a potter on a bike on the country lanes or after a venture up onto the fells. The winter menu is full of seasonal and filling dishes to warm guests up with hearty real ales to match for local breweries such as the award winning Watermill Brewery at Ings, Cumbria Legendary Ales brewed at Hawkshead and the Hawkshead Brewery from nearby Staveley.

Whether it’s a family weekend away, a way of using up the remaining annual leave days or to spend some quality couple time in the peace and tranquillity of the Lake District after the festive madness, with fine food, accommodation and at these very attractive prices, the Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn is ideal. To check the availability and to book, visit

*Offer available Sunday – Thursday from 1st November 2016 to 16th February 2017.
Sunday to Thursday. Excludes school holidays.

Three years of fabulous reviews at Brimstone Hotel at Langdale

Three years of fabulous reviews at Brimstone Hotel at Langdale

Despite having been open for just over three years, Brimstone Hotel at Langdale is still receiving a bucket loads of reviews. The reviews are in print and online and range from individual bloggers to the local and national press including The Telegraph, The Times & Sunday Times and The Telegraph.

Some very different sets of guests have stayed and reviewed Brimstone over the three years. From interior design bloggers and publications praising the materials and design to wedding bloggers making wow remarks regarding the suites being the ultimate in romantic hotel accommodation. There was only one frustrated review by Lancashire Life Magazine. The reviewer wrote “There is no one more irritable than a hotel critic with nothing to criticise”. They were hoping for a cold breakfast being as it was served in the room, it was piping hot and the final straw was on departure when a brown paper bag was left outside the room full of journey home provisions!

brimstone luxury lake district hotel

In the last two months Brimstone has been included in the 50 greatest hotels in Britain for summer in The Telegraph and What I Really Wanted blog describing the unique nature of the Langdale Estate and the two for one opportunity of being able to choose either the Langdale or Brimstone hotel to stay in.

Have a browse at the collection of suites and the facilities on offer at Brimstone luxury hotel in the Lake District by visiting their website here,

September – officially the month of the delicious damson

September – officially the month of the delicious damson

The Lyth Valley turns a shade of purple in September with the famous damson trees weighted down with this old English native fruit.

The Lyth Valley or Westmorland damson, a variety in itself, is highly aromatic with September being the best month to pick and enjoy this fruit. Damson orchards can be found at Low Farm in the Valley and if you’re lucky walking around Crosthwaite, Winster and Underbarrow you may come across the odd tree.

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This very versatile fruit can be used in sweet and savoury dishes and condiments. Damson jam the perfect Autumn afternoon tea accompaniment, damson chutney with a British cheeseboard and the famous damson gin, delicious with sparkling water as an aperitif or as it is as a post dinner liquor. Farm shops, independent food stores and Booths supermarkets in the area all sell a great selection of damson goodies.

September is also a fantastic time to enjoy a weekend break and the aptly named Damson Dene Hotel in the Lyth Valley has to be the hotel of choice surely. Full of peace and tranquillity, the Lyth Valley is the perfect base for exploring the historic market town of Kendal and just a short drive from Bowness and the Central Lakes. is A new menu has just been launched full of the new season’s produce from locally shot pheasant to haunch of Lyth Venison. On bookings from September 19 until November 20 take advantage of the special Autumn 2 night break with prices starting from just £94 person including dinner on one evening, a complimentary glass of house wine, a full Cumbrian breakfast each morning. Visit for more details.

5 Star Self Catering on the Langdale Estate

5 Star Self Catering on the Langdale Estate

With two of the leading hotels in the Lake District, the Langdale and Brimstone Hotels, it’s often forgotten the estate is also home to the largest number of 5 star self catering properties too, around 100 units.

The properties on the estate range from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments to Scandinavian lodges and traditional Lakeland slate properties and cottages sleeping up to 8 people all set within the private, 35 acre site. Each property type provides something different and with the picturesque 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 fells are some of the most famous and most photographed in the Lake District and these can be walked right from the Estate, no need for a car.

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On the Langdale Estate enjoy everything under one roof with leisure and spa facilities as well as the brand new Stove Restaurant & Bar with both indoor and outdoor seating and Wainwright’s Inn, a traditional Lakeland pub.

Many of the short breaks and full week holidays remaining in August are discounted with some properties such as Chapel Stile Apartment No.3 reduced from £1150 to just £600. This is a 7 night holiday starting on Sunday August 21 and the apartment sleeps 4, a deal not to be missed.

Visit for all the details on each property including location map and for availability.