Cartmel – The Culinary Capital of Cumbria

Cartmel, tucked away out of site but most definitely not out of mind. Within easy reach of the M6, Kendal and Grange Over Sands yet secluded, peaceful and quiet.

Rolling hills yet easy to access from the M6 for visitors, close to Lake Windermere and the South Lakeland fells, it’s no wonder Cartmel is a popular destination for holidays and short breaks. But recent years, Cartmel has become popular for another reason. The reason being food and most notably, Simon Rogan and the 2 Michelin star L’Enclume restaurant. Within the village Simon also owns Rogan & Co which excitedly for them and the village and Cumbria as a whole received their first Michelin Star in September. Each venue offers a different cooking and menu style as well as ambiance. In the Cartmel Valley he also owns a farm where produce is grown for the restaurants.

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But food doesn’t stop with Simon Rogan. Cartmel is home to the world famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee pudding. Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding is revered by chefs, by the biggest STP aficionados and can be found worldwide! A few years ago, who would have thought making puddings in the back kitchen of a village shop could result in worldwide recognitions and success, a true testament to a fantastic product.

Other excellent places to visit when in Cartmel are Cartmel Coffee and Cartmel Cheeses. As with all the businesses in the village, these two offer the highest quality produce and service and really make the most of the area and sourcing locally. Cartmel Coffee has been awarded 4 Cup ‘Exceptional’ by BSA and serves home baked cakes and Cartmel Cheeses is an artisan cheese retailer being cheesemakers themselves and a cheese-tastic 50 cheese from Cumbria, the UK and aborad to choose from.

And all these businesses wouldn’t be as popular if it wasn’t for the setting of the village, the architecture and the surrounding landscape. For a guide to eating, drinking and staying in Cartmel, visit

A winter warming offer not to be missed from Damson Dene Hotel

The lovely Lyth Valley an unspoilt location on the edge of the Lake District National Park. A stone throw from Bowness on Windermere and Lake Windermere as well as Kendal. Handy for access from the M6 too. Rolling countryside, crags, fells, a glorious valley, it’s should be the location to explore in 2018.

What better time to visit for the first time or if you’re a Lyth Valley veteran than the winter. Bright, crisp days, lots of places with roaring log fires, lots of lovely food and beverages to devour after a day walking this special location in Cumbria.Winter walking is wonderful here with two absolute must do routes for views, Gummer’s How and Scout Scar. Both walks can be done whatever the time of year, are short so can be done even on a summer’s evening but for views both are hard to beat. Gummer’s How can be approached from two ways but ultimately it’s the vista, a view down to Lake Windermere, almost it’s full length and the fells beyond. Scout Scar is equally as impressive where those that head a little further to “The Mushroom”, a shelter with a view finder detailing what you can see from the 360 degree view. On a clear day you’ll be able to see the Langdale Pikes, Morecambe Bay and on very clear days, even Blackpool Tower.

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It really is a special and enjoyable walk with many viewing rewards.What could be better than a great deal too to add to it. The Damson Dene Hotel has a not to be missed winter offer available for stays until 22nd March 2018. Equating to a 50% saving this two night Winter Getaway includes:• a 3 course meal on your first evening• a full English breakfast each morning• cream tea on arrival, and• full use of our leisure facilities throughout your stay.

Simply look up the desired dates, enter WINTERSALE into the promo code section of the hotel website online booking form and reveal prices starting from £148 for 2 nights for 2 guests.Needless to say, it’s booking up fast, needless to say, book quickly to avoid disappointment! Only available to book direct and it’s via their website here

One Lake District hotel’s key to a warming winter break

Green methods of heating hotel rooms can actually work in a hotel’s favour in more ways than one.

Take the Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate in the Lake District. They have installed wood burning stoves into each of their 16 suites and rooms and since opening four years ago, it is one of the most talked about features especially for guests staying in the Autumn and Winter months. A guest can light the stove whenever they like with the logs provided, a great little bonus in a hotel room and that’s without the enjoyment of sitting in front of it after a long and damp day on the Lake District fells. You’ll also find a welcoming woodburner straight away from outside in the feature hallway.

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But wheat needs to be focused on even more here is the way in which this system of room heating is fabulous for the environment. The location of Brimstone being on the Langdale Estate where woodland is plentiful means not only do these stoves lower carbon emissions compared with central heating systems but also that the wood used in locally sourced and managed meaning very little in the way of wood transportation.

This new boutique hotel in the Lake District won the Best Eco/Sustainable Build category in the Northern Design Awards in 2013 an continues its ethos of sustainability, natural and local products and services.

But don’t forget it’s also about beauty and luxury and that is exactly what guests experience all year long at Brimstone. Look to stay this Autumn or Winter and remember, book 30 days or more in advance and receive 15% off the room rate.


National Parks Week in the Lake District

It’s National Parks Week this week July 24th – 30th and what an even bigger celebration it is for the Lake District.

Just two weeks ago the Lake District National Park was granted UNESCO World Heritage status making it the second site in Cumbria, the other being Hadrian’s Wall and the largest site in the UK.
National Parks Week which is perfectly timed to coincide with the start of the school summer holidays and has been set up to bring people together which is more important than ever in 2017 than any.

In all 15 of the national parks in the UK there will be special events held during the week from high octane adventure challenges to farmers markets, wildlife trails and group walks.

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In the Lake District there are plenty of guided walks during National Parks week also family cycle rides and face painting at Brockhole – the Lake District Visitor Centre at Windermere. But it’s not just about organised events, the whole of the Lake District is open to explore for leisurely strolls, long hikes, climbing, cycling and other outdoor adventures. Why not visit a part of the Lake District you’ve never been to before? Perhaps head to the water and go canoeing or kayaking? Make use of the miles of cycle paths and take the whole family for a two wheeled adventure day out?

In the true heart of the Lake District is the Langdale Valley so what better place to make a base in National Parks Week 2017. The Langdale Lake District Hotel & Spa are outdoor adventure mad and if you haven’t got any routes or ideas mapped out already, they are the people to ask with miles and miles of ideas directly from the hotel. Last minute availability bed and breakfast rooms start from £170 for their Cosy Lakeland Signature or £180 for a Roomy Lakeland Signature. Use of the leisure facilities are included and there’s the lovely Stove Restaurant or Wainwright’s Inn for dining and drinks during the stay. Visit for more information and to book.

Newby Bridge, a gem of place to visit in the Lake District

Newby Bridge, located at the southern end of Lake Windermere and often a newly discovered gem for most on their first visit.

Although it has a pier at Lakeside just minutes away for the iconic ferries running up and down Lake Windermere, the area is great for those who don’t want the ice cream stalls and huge hustle and bustle of Bowness and Waterhead especially when it comes to a place to stay.

But Newby Bridge has so much to do including some of the biggest attractions in the county yet manages to combine it with a slower, more tranquil and peaceful way to enjoy a day out or holiday. Attractions and activities include the Holehird Gardens, Lakes Aquarium, Lakeland Motor Museum, the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and the brand new Cliffhanger Rooms – the live adventure game so something for all from children to adults of any age.

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Newby Bridge is a great base for exploring the Lake District Peninsulas and the Duddon Valley long with picturesque Cartmel; the historic and foodie destination and fabulous walks around the southern end of Lake Windermere. From Newby Bridge have it all, a riverside setting, lake views, forests and fells.

Enjoy great views from the Newby Bridge Hotel down Lake Windermere on the approach into the village. Twin, double and family rooms available ranging from standard to superior and food is available in the restaurant as well as the Huntsman’s Inn (lots of local produce too), the relaxed bar that is definitely worth visiting for the stunning wood panelling. Families as well as dogs are most welcome including in the Huntsman’s Inn. Book direct for their best rates via

Cycle the award winning Bay Cycle Way this summer

What could be better than cycling this summer beside the coast? The Bay Cycle Way can provide that and with ease, just follow National Cycle Network route number 700.
The route named the Bay Cycle Way runs from Walney at Barrow in Furness, Cumbria in the north to Glasson Dock, Lancaster to the south. The route is fairly flat and most importantly friendly for the whole family where those doing the full or even just part of the route are never far from facilities (toilets, cafes, pubs, places to stay), essential for people of all ages and abilities.

Morecambe Bay is so scenic so having the coastal views of it along with the surrounding, villages and country pubs as well as the fells makes it a great 81 mile route taking in Cumbria, the Lake District and North Lancashire. There are very few stretches of road to cycle on and the Morecambe Bay Partnership along with partners Sustrans are working on creating even less on road sections. The route is very well signposted and a route map including suggested 4 day itinerary can be downloaded via

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The route’s popularity and beauty has been recognised tis in the 2017 Cumbria Tourism Awards where it came first in the Tourism Experience of the Year category. Full of history and stunning landscapes, it’s no surprise this route has grown in stature since officially opening in two years ago.

Grange over Sands is the central location along the route making it a handy base for doing the full route or even just half of the route. The train line there connects for stations to Barrow and Lancaster so a total car free few days can be had. There are plenty of places to stay in and around Grange too including Bay Villa on Main Street right in the centre. A B&B on the doorstep to nearly all the places to eat and drink in the town. Luxury bath tubs and breakfast served to the room ensures complete post ride rejuvenation. Visit for availability more info.


Summer Holidays at Hill Top in the Lake District

The school summer holidays are in full swing and it’s all about Beatrix Potter in the Lake District.

There are events galore throughout the summer holidays and of course the beautiful Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter, is where it is all happening.

Hill Top that encompasses the house, garden and shop is an excellent way to spend a day or even just an afternoon. See where Beatrix Potter was inspired and take a true step back in time and the experience never fails to impress the whole family, young and old. Simply book and visit the house and gardens as well as shop which is open daily from 10am 5pm daily. Entry to the House is by timed ticket (places limited). Access to shop and garden free during opening hours.

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The detailed opening times of the whole site and special tours and events can be found here The special tours to enjoy this summer include Hill Top Showcase Tours, Garden Tours and Beatrix Potter Beyond Tours. Also look out for the Heritage Open Days in September.

In the area of Near and Far Sawrey surrounding Hill Top are some super little walks and plenty of places for cycling with children. Being tucked away to the west of Lake Windermere and the east of Coniston Water means it is a safe haven for families walking and cycling and offers a mixture of bridleways, quiet roads and forest tracks.

Accommodation for families can be found in the form of The Telegraph listed best Lakeland pub for families, Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey. The inn offers family rooms, a great children’s menu (but equally too extremely tempting dishes for adults and bigger kids) and is just a 5 minute walk to Hill Top. Check availability by visiting or just peruse the menu with a look to just dining.

Kendal – the key to a successful conference

So why choose Kendal for the next conference, meeting or seminar? Well let’s start with location. It is just 15 minutes from junction 36 of the M6 meaning easy access for delegates travelling from the north or the south. Kendal also has a train station linking passengers directly with Oxenholme – The Lake District, a West Coast mainline station.

The “Auld Grey Town” is full of history and culture which certainly goes to promote successful and fulfilling conferences and seminars. Delegates can choose on down time to walk around Kendal or as it is the Gate to The Lakes, perhaps jump on the train to Windermere, around a 15 minute journey.

Heading out in the evening then Kendal has a choice of bars as well as The Brewery Arts Centre for film, theatre and music events.

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The Riverside Hotel in Kendal offers a choice of two rooms for conferences, seminars or meetings all complete with 50” TV screens, air conditioning and free WiFi. Meeting Room 1 accommodates 10 and 2 a maximum of 18.

Choose to hire the rooms for just one day selecting the various day delegate food and refreshment options or for longer conferences and meetings stay over in one of the 58 bedrooms. Dining options, the River View Restaurant or Tannery Bar and all delegates receive full and complementary access to the Sanctuary Health Club (which includes a gym and pool) during the conference period. Further benefits include car parking and the hotel is just a minute walk from Kendal train station. Visit for more details.

New Lake District restaurant heating up

Having only opened in April this year, the brand new Stove Restaurant & Bat at the Langdale Hotel and Spa is proving very popular receiving numerous positive reviews noting both the choice and quality of the food and the service.

Having completely renovated the old site that used to house Purdey’s Restaurant and Hobson’s Bar, Stove is a completely new way to dine at Langdale if not within the whole of the Lake District. Features include an open kitchen, chef’s table, a mezzanine level and of course, stoves galore.

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Seating up to 200, open from breakfast until late and with a spacious bar area, guests of the hotel, lodges and self catering as well as none residents can enjoy food whatever time of the day or even just a drink. The interior has been cleverly designed with various seating arrangements and options, more secluded areas, comfy sofa lounge areas, a private dining room and wine room and fabulous outdoor seating complete with blankets for dining outside until late and even booths with wood burning stoves.

The food ranges from home smoked produce to locally sourced, plenty of healthy fish and vegetarian meals as well as Josper Grill meats and stone baked pizzas. Enjoy a fresh lunch post spa visit or warming local lamb post fell walk.

Simply walk in or to ensure a table book by telephoning 015394 38080 or book online at

Exclusive Luxury at Lake District Hotel

The 16 suite Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate can be hired out in its entirety for surely the ultimate in exclusivity in the Lake District for special events such as weddings, Birthdays, family or friend get togethers, courses, retreats or for business meetings/conferences to make the ultimate impression.

Special event packages for a maximum of 32 guests includes reading room refreshments, fizz, breakfast, Brimstone spa therapists for treatments and manicures and a 3 course dinner can be added. Business packages cater for 16 guests including reading room refreshments, breakfast, lunch and dinner and of course a meeting room. As standard with any guests staying at Brimstone is the full use of the Langdale luxury spa and for dining, the new Stove Restaurant & Bar and Wainwright’s Inn.

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Exclusive use is becoming increasingly popular for many types of special events with weddings topping the list. A wedding party having a whole hotel to themselves where they can relax and have no interruptions from anyone outside of the guest list makes the special day even more special and becomes a sanctuary rather than just a venue. For business meetings then again, no one outside of the delegate list can pass through or disturb a meeting and all information can be kept as confidential as possible. Moving onto retreats for well being, yoga and and fitnss due to Langdale’s extensive facilities.

The Lake District is naturally beautiful as well as being one of the most peaceful areas of the UK, a real chance to escape. Due to this, the Lake District has become a destination hotspot for weddings, corporate events and meetings by people all over the UK. Combine the location with exclusivity and this can only make for even more exciting times within the accommodation sector there.

Brimstone lends itself perfectly to exclusive use as the hotel operates daily to provide exclusivity to each individual suite through the services of the hosts and the many in room and concierge options available. Visit for more information about exclusive use

Spa breaks on the menu for men now too!

Gone are the days when it was an all female area, spas are now popular with both sexes. A couple can go for a romantic hotel break and both enjoy some pampering or how about spa gift vouchers for the man who everything who is always a nightmare to buy for?!

The male grooming sector has increased beyond what even industry experts could have imagined or predicted. The latest fashion for beards has meant males are closely looking at their face, not just grooming the beard but also looking after the skin on show. Men have realised how relaxing massages can be and that actually, pedicures really do make feet look and feel so much better!

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Brookland Hotel spa in Surrey and a room with a view

Finding the right spa that appeals to both sexes is the key though and ones that provide bespoke, for him treatments. We’ve found a great one that couldn’t be more perfect in appealing to both sexes in more ways than one. Brooklands Hotel in Surrey is the place, you may recognise the name, yes it’s located on the old iconic Brooklands Race Track. Step inside and instantly feel the heritage of the race circuit and the art deco inspired interior which runs throughout the whole hotel. It also happens to be adjacent to Mercedes-Benz World and the Brookland Museum is a must visit too.

The spa is stylish and modern with spa packages for her, for him and for couples. Using Butter LONDON products for both men and women there’s single treatments and collections available as well as a fitness centre and an outdoor hot tub.

Visit the Surrey Spa pages on the Brooklands Hotel website here, for more information, to purchase gift vouchers online and view the full range of facilities.

Ladies, choose the Lake District for a 2016 leap year proposal

Every four years February is graced with an extra day, 29 instead of 28. Dating back to the 5th or some facts say the 13 (whichever, we’re talking a many, many years ago) century there is the long standing tradition as the 29th of February being the day that women can propose to men. Now we are in what we like to call modern day times, women can and do propose at any time of the year and it is becoming more common. There is still very much a sentimental feeling and that of a very special nature of a woman proposing on a leap year afterall, despite equality etc, only 5% of females pop the big question.

So ladies, why not make 2016 the year to propose. Don’t wait another 4 years, have the best engagement story to tell friends and family and choose the Lake District, the land of romance to ask the question.

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The Brimstone Duet Suite for the perfect duo this Leap Year.

A weekend away, luxurious hotels, the Lake District landscape to wander around and a backdrop that will never be forgotten. The Lake District is a place that so many people get engaged, return for honeymoons and anniversaries. Where to propose, the choice of endless in the Lake District. Maybe at the summit of a fell, when cruising down one of the lakes, in one of the award winning restaurants or perhaps in a luxury hotel suite.

The weekend has to be perfect and the accommodation needs to live up to the very special occasion. Brimstone Luxury Lake District Hotel at Langdale is geared up for leap year proposals. Each suite is secluded, private, has private outdoor space, luxury bathing and ultra luxurious fittings throughout. Suites available this leap year start from £275 but our tip is for the Duet Suite complete with two free standing baths for £400 per night including breakfast.

The Lake District, the home of the brilliant breakfast this #BreakfastWeek

The official celebration Breakfast Week is happening right now from Monday 25th January until Sunday 31st. If you weren’t aware, Cumbria and the Lake District have one or two extremely decent places to enjoy the most important meal of the day. When we say one or two, we mean one or two thousand!

Fast becoming the must go destination for not just walkers but foodies too, even the smallest of hotel or B&B have upped their game and are serving guests high quality produce, a vast choice and cooked to perfection. But it really is the quality of the local produce that has made the county a breakfast lovers paradise.

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Gaining a massive number of returning guests for the quality of service, standard of the rooms but even more so the breakfast is Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere. Despite the restaurant also serving dinner, rates to stay are on a bed and breakfast basis making this first meal of the day very important to both themselves and their guests. Tripadvisor reviews rave about the breakfast at this hotel and the AA have praised them also with a Breakfast Award. Choose from the famous full breakfast, the hugely popular eggs benedict (or have it Hemmingway style with smoke salmon) or crepes with a berry compote along with a variety of other options. Across the whole menu, the use of local produce is in abundance.

So support and most importantly, enjoy #BreakfastWeek this week. Try something new or simply devour your favourites.

Penrith is still #theplacetobe even in January

There is always something happening in Penrith over on the eastern side of Cumbria, within touching distance of the Lake District National Park and with the Northern Pennines to the other side. Along with the beautiful Eden Valley, this region is a delight for walkers, sightseers, shoppers, photographers and families.

Even in the winter months the area is open, always welcoming and there’s plenty to see and do. This January have a trip to the stunning Lowther Castle and Gardens with as special winter discounted entry of just £5 per adult between January and March 20 with children under 16 being free. A visit to Lowther Castle is a real gem of a full day out with the castle and terraces, evolving and regenerating gardens steeped in history as well as a café and shop. Visit opening times and the book tickets online.


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Come rain or shine, sleet, hail, freezing temperatures or snow, the unique Rheged Centre is always open. This January and running until the end of February 2016 is an aerial footage film titled “Tales of the Southern Lakes”. Broadcast daily, the film provides viewers with angles of the landscape previously impossible to have been viewed, history, stories and gripping tales of murders and ghouls as well as answers to many questions such as how did the Coniston Old Man get its name. Visit for show times.

Accommodation providing easy access to both Lowther Castle and Rheged is Tebay Services M6 Motorway Hotel. Owned and run also by the same organisation as Rheged, guests will be treated to the same quality, service and food as at Rheged and Tebay Services, the award winning motorway services on the M6. Rooms at the hotel (where guests receive a 10% off voucher for use in the Tebay Services Farm Shops by the way) start from £80 including breakfast. Full details can be found here

5 Star timeshare ownership in the Lake District

How many times do visitors come back time and after, year after year to the Lake District?

The Lake District is a super family holiday destination, so much to see and do, a super couples destination and a super place to come and unwind in later life. When talking to visitors and it is evident they have been coming to the Lake District for years and regularly also.

Bearing this in mind, timeshare could be a great option as it is also apparent that many visitors will also book the same accommodation each year too. Timeshare is often not thought of as an option in the Lake District after all, there are so many self catering cottages, B&B’s and hotels to choose from but having a place that is your own for a particular week or weeks each year at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a holiday property there is quite tempting, no missing out of that desired week again.

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Holiday homes in the Lake District are very popular and in the National Park, also very expensive. It then becomes a worry thinking about and carrying out the upkeep on the property. Timeshare eradicates all this especially on a resort such as The Langdale Estate. With a choice of properties from lodges to traditional slate cottages, the estate is really quite special so too is its location in the Langdale Valley.

Everything is taken care including clean products, bed linen and towels so the holiday starts right away. The Langdale Estate have a Timeshare Owners community and website but being as the estate also has restaurants and bars open to none residents, 2 hotels and leisure facilities, there is always a lovely mix of people and it is an excellent place for families. Further benefits include up to 15% savings across the Estate in the Spa, Bars and Restaurants, and in The Langdale 4 Star Luxury Hotel and the Brimstone Hotel.

For more informing on becoming a Langdale Estate timeshare property owner, visit