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.
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 http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk for more details.
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.
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 http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk
*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
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!
Just when you think a Tanzania safari holiday couldn’t get any more special along comes the chance to stay in accommodation that matches the uniqueness of this special part of the world.
The accommodation in question is a converted Land Rover, but converted to beyond what most would imagine creating a suite on two floors, welcome to the new way to safari, the Bush Rover. The Bush Rover has a tent packed into the roof of it, simply drive to the chosen area within the fully facilitated campsites and experience the best view in the house.
The Bush Rover suites are the latest and exciting addition to the safari tours and accommodation offered by A Tent With A View. David Guthrie founder of A Tent With A View and The Bush Rover Comapny describes them as “The amazing Bush Rover Suites may well be the greatest innovation in safari living since the camel.” Not only are they unique but they also provide spectacular vantage points in locations where other accommodation cannot be found whilst being in complete comfort.
The Bush Rover can be experienced in many of the TWAV Tanzania safari tours in stunning locations such as the Serengeti, Saadani National Park and Selous Game Reserve within their Simply Saadani Camp, Sable Mountain Lodge and Bab’s Camp. For more information on the various including the background to their 20 years providing the highest quality of Tanzania safari tours, visit http://www.bushrovertanzania.com
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.
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 http://www.damsondene.co.uk/ for more details.
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.
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.