Autumn Winter Exceptional Ullswater

If you’re looking for peace, tranquillity and a place to get away from it all before Christmas then Ullswater is the destination to choose.

This stunning location in the Lake District is beautiful at any time of the year, during any season with autumn into winter being no exception. This year particularly the autumnal colours are still vibrant with the lake surrounded by a sea of yellows, oranges and reds.

As so much of the Lake District now, nearly all attractions and services continue through the winter months including Ullswater Steamers and the bus services. One excellent bus service runs 7 days a week even through winter from Penrith to Patterdale. When staying in accommodation around the lake, use it to visit Penrith and Rheged, lovely villages like Tirril or for transportation between Glenridding at the southern end of Ullswater up to Pooley Bridge in the north.

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Laburnum Cottage, Glenridding Ullswater

And another great thing about being out of the school holiday times and in the off season is exceptional value for money. Take Laburnum Cottage for example located at Glenridding. This is ultra luxury self catering with fabulous views of the lake, a luxurious interior throughout, separate annexe and a gym, all this with autumn/winter week rates starting from £719 (a saving of £239 on the full rate). The cottage just a 2 minute walk to all the amenities of Glenridding including a shop, post office, restaurants and pubs and just a mile from the lake and the steamer pier. The 508 Penrith to Pooley Bridge bus service mean guests can even travel car free with Penrith being on the West Coast Mainline.

What else is there to do around Ullswater in the Winter? Lot’s, the fells are still open, visit Aira Force Waterfall or arrange a multi activity day with one of the local outdoor activity providers.
Check the full availability and details of Laburnum holiday cottage Ullswater including how to book here

Cumbria provides comprehensive conference facilities

Cumbria has the location, most definitely, made up of the county, Lake District National Park also the edging into the North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales National Park. Check, great hotels offering space, first class facilities both for accommodation and practical conferencing materials. Check, stunning views and an abundance of fresh air that are proven to maximise delegate interaction, performance and training. Finally check, areas such as Penrith that are close to the M6 making it the ideal location for businesses from Scotland, the North East and the North West in fact even further south.

When delegates are coming from various sites, a location such as Penrith offers a practical solution cutting down on journey times and transportation costs. Being on the West Coast Mainline means those travelling from London, Birmingham and Manchester are instantly linked. Take for example the train from London Euston to Penrith, this is typically a journey time of just under 3 hours or just an hour and half from Edinburgh.

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Being within touching distance of the Lake District National Park means conference programmes can easily be combined with outdoor team building pursuits or team building days out. Getting to places like Keswick is achieved within minutes from Penrith.

Roundthorn Country House Hotel offers conferencing and meeting venue hire all within one site and the car park and grounds are also suitable for team building and training courses. There are 4 rooms to choose from catering for between 10 and 100 delegates depending on requirements. Complimentary Wi-Fi is as standard along with various conference gadgets and disabled access can be found in the Cumbrian Suite. More details on this conference venue in Cumbria can be found here

Yet more reasons to visit the Langdale Hotel & Spa in the Lake District

The last year has seen yet more investments and renovation at the Langdale Hotel & Spa in the Langdale Valley and its set to continue into 2016.

From rooms being refurbished and new images commissioned to a revolutionary waterwheel installation close to reception generating electricity to power the 2 Twizy electric cars available for guests to hire, the Langdale Hotel never seem to stop improving, investing and innovating.

The latest and one of the biggest and most significant changes is set to begin on October 14th. On that date Purdey’s Restaurant and Hobson’s Bar will close to make way for a brand new restaurant and dining experience, Stove. The restaurant will be the central dining destination for the whole estate serving everything from breakfast to brunch, to lunch, dinner and snacks.

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The name, Stove, reflecting the feature fires and log burning stoves designed for the new restaurant and which are also found throughout The Langdale Estate from the original Range at Wainwright’s Inn to the log burning stoves in each Brimstone Hotel suite.

The interior will be calm, relaxed and will continue with Langdale’s ethos of using local, natural materials. Whether sitting in the outside dining area or inside, the Lake District surroundings will always be visible and prevalent. The restaurant will be open to residents and non residents daily.

So keep checking on the Langdale Hotel in the Lake District website for further announcements to for links to their Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information and updates here,

Worlds Best Safari – Serengeti National Park Tanzania

For anyone who has been lucky enough to have the experience of going on a Tanzania safari within or passing through the Serengeti National park, this news of it’s being voted best safari in the world will be of no surprise by Safari Bookings through reviews.

This region within Tanzania offers the ultimate in safari travel with such diverse, unique and endangered species to the stunning landscape, flora and accommodation.

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Specialists in Tanzania safaris, A Tent With A View agree with this award too and their tours in and  around the Serengeti continue to be the most popular and have been for the 20 years A Tent With A View have been operating. A Tent With A View founder David Guthrie adds “Tanzania is blessed with an incredible array of safari experiences, but the Serengeti, with its magnificent migrating herds, and huge population of predators, is unbeatable.”

A full list of the Tanzania safaris experiencing the Serengeti National Park can be found here


Winning Windermere – It’s definitely not grim up north

It’s not going to be a surprise that here at KIP  blog, we say a big fat yes to a recent BT blog in the lifestyle section, Is the north the most beautiful place in Britain?

The blog sights the survey by Nikon the camera specialists and the conclusion was amongst those surveyed, that the north, or top half as they called it, is far more photogenic than the south. There are sure to be scores of people from the southern part of the UK with smoke coming out of their ears at this but this was a true and honest survey.

Look, the UK is blessed with stunning scenery from the very south to the very north lets face it and we here are whole hearted supports of more people visiting more of these locations on short breaks and holidays. How many times has the phrase been heard “Oh, I didn’t realise it was so nice in the Lake District/Scottish Highlands, North Devon coast….”. These places are on our doorstep (with a bit of driving inbetween) at the end of the day and surely the fact more and more overseas visitors are coming to the UK shows just what a special place it is.

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But it is with great pleasure to announce top of the survey with 38% of the votes was Windermere, “undoubtedly the most picturesque location.” Windermere is extremely beautiful, has a wonderful light for photography and is extremely accessible for those visiting the Lake District, it is no wonder this busy part of the Lake District National Park has been voted number 1.
TRAVEL to Windermere easily by train or car. ENJOY cruises on Lake Windermere to view the landscape in a different perspective. STAY at quality accommodation such as Windermere Marina Village.

The full blog post including some stunning images can be found here,

Clear to see its all about windows in June at Fallowfield Projects

With the summer finally here (in phases, on and off!), the team at Fallowfiled Projects Ltd have been busy throughout June renovating, replacing ad installing windows to allow their clients to see the dramatic changes in the weather we have been experiencing!

On a serious note, when it comes to any word surrounding windows and doors, the spring and summer months are always preferred both for the fitters and the home or business owners. The work done now in the warmer months makes for a much warmer house for winter.

In June Fallowfield Projects have been installing some of their bespoke manufactured windows and doors at a luxury property in the Langdale Valley, the image below shows just what a stunning property it was to match the stunning scenery there.

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A stunning build in Langdale

Onto Lancaster and a job to replace some very old and tired UPVC windows on a lovely, period and stone end terrace. The results, as well as the weather, turned out beautifully and has give the whole house a complete, fresh new look. Wooden sash windows really set this house off and are in keeping with the age of the property.

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Lancaster windows before….


The dwellings are diverse in Cumbria and Lancashire with challenges to keep in line with planning restrictions whether it be conservation areas in Kendal or the Lake District National Park on the Langdale site for example. This is where years of experience providing services in such locations is the ideal choice for business and home owners.

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….and after







Contact Fallowfield Project Ltd on 01539 822700 or visit

Tebay Services Hotel enters the Hall of Fame

If Tebay Services including the farm shop, hotel and truck stop, Westmorland Family Group as a whole and the Directors haven’t won enough awards recently, the Tebay Services Hotel have made it to the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame.

Given out to accommodation providers, attractions and restaurants who have continually for 5 years achieved TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellent status, this acknowledgement confirms the continuity of high level service, value for money and facilities the Tebay Services Hotel offers.

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Hall of Fame award for Tebay Services Hotel


A rare find so close to a motorway, Tebay Services Hotel still offers the ethos of a motorway services hotel of value for money. Located away from the buzz of the 6 lanes, refurbished rooms including junior suites with stunning views and locally sourced food and drinks, this is as far removed from an archetypal UK motorway services hotel, summed up perfectly by the strap line ”tranquil, secluded, convenient”. So much so the hotel has an excellent reputation as a wedding reception and ceremony venue.




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The hotels restaurant with uncharacteristic motorway services view

Food is the centre of it all within the Westmorland Family Group and is very much the case at the Tebay Services Hotel. Choose to dine in the restaurant until 9pm or the lounge until 10pm, great for commuters needing a flexible, overnight stay. Breakfast is equally as well talked about, all freshly cooked to order and with the highest quality, local sausages, bacon and eggs. Here’s to another 5 years and perhaps another Hall for Fame entrance for this hotel.

The latest Celebrate Summer offer – rooms from £89 B&B (when booked 7 days or more in advance) book online via or call 01539 624351.

The ultimate, beyond brilliant Father’s Day break at Brimstone

It’s less than 3 weeks until it’s time to spoil all the Dads out there with Father’s Day June 21st.

The Langdale Estate incorporating the new Brimstone Hotel are always popular places on the day and for breaks for Mother’s Day but what above Dad, doesn’t he deserve a bit of luxury too?

Brimstone will most definitely help in making you top son or daughter with the luxury Father’s Day package break being offered throughout June, July and August.

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One of the luxury Brimstone Hotel suites

At Brimstone, the beyond boutique Lake District hotel, Dads (and Mums/partners too) can enjoy Berghaus kit, brilliant beds and beer and not forgetting some of the most luxury bathtubs in the county too on this two night break.

The break comprising of two nights accommodation also comes with a Dad sized breakfast each morning ready for a day on the fells. The Berghaus bootroom will satisfy any walking gear obsessed Father but he will also be able to relax and enjoy the Langdale spa and leisure facilities of which full access is also included. Post walk or pre dinner enter The Reading Room to digest the days activities or read the newspapers over a complimentary beer, wine and some nibbles.

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Just a stone’s throw from the hotel is the Langdale Hotel & Estate with the choice of 4 places to eat and drink ranging from 2 AA Rosette Purdey’s to the more informal Wainwright’s Inn. Activities in the day can include walking or the hosts at Brimstone can organise off road driving, rock climbing or any other adrenaline fuelled past times Dad may fancy doing. But let’s face it, this will only be possible if he manages to prize himself away from the in room gadgets!

This two night break with all these extras is just £550 for two people. Contact the hosts at Brimstone Lake District boutique hotel on 015394 38062.

What a first two days of racing at Cartmel

Well, the first race meeting of the year at Cartmel Races has taken place, been and gone, done and dusted and it lived up to the hype and promise as always.

And Bay Villa, a luxury bed and breakfast in nearby Grange over Sands, hosted a fully booked week of Cartmel race goers. More importantly, very happy race goers which has been confirmed on the B&B’s Tripadvisor review page. Some were newbies, some were Cartmel racing stalwarts but all had one thing in common, the complete enjoyment of this very special racing circuit location and event.

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Even despite a few grey skies here and there, the turnout was full capacity for both the Bank Holiday Monday racing and the family day on Wednesday complete with plenty of picnic action. The calibre of the horses and jockey’s continues to rise with Tom Scudamore, top lady rider Lucy Alexander and Monday’s treble winner Henry Brooke in action even on Wednesday’s meet.

Bay Villa B&B are now looking forward to welcoming another set of race goers on the next racing fixture weekend, Friday June 26th and Sunday 28th. Just one room remains at the bed & breakfast for the Friday, the room Silverdale, which is also available on Thursday 25th too so a short break can still be had.

Book now to avoid disappointment at Bay Villa B&B in Grange over Sands which is just two miles from Cartmel race Course. Advance tickets can be purchased through the Cartmel Racecourse website here.

Walk the Way in a Day and celebrate 50 years of the Pennine Way

Any long distance walker, National Trail fan or just a plain know will all be aware of the length the Pennine Way is. This iconic trail is 268 miles long and of course, not achievable on foot in a day. But how to mark this very big occasion, its 50th anniversary? National Trails have come up with a great idea, a mass walk along the trail with a choice of 50 circular routes on April 25.

The 50 routes are all fully published in PDF form to view or print out and have all been very kindly donated by published writers. The routes vary in length and for various abilities and with the Pennine Way spanning such a stunning part of the UK, it will surely be a hard task deciding which one to do.

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A Pennine Way signpost in Cumbria and the spectacular High Cup Nick

For walkers in Cumbria or for those wanting to explore the Pennine Way as it passes through the county have a choice of 6 walks. The walks take in from the north villages such as Alston, England’s highest market town along with routes that pass through the pretty village of Dufton near Appleby and the mighty High Cup Nick. But the ultimate walk for keen walkers only is the 19 mile High Pennine Fells walk. This route takes in the highest points along the whole of the Pennine fells, Cross Fell, Little Dun Fell and Great Dun Fell. Not advised in bad weather but one that will reward those who embark on it with the views and the accomplishment so fingers crossed for a fantastic day to mark this 50th anniversary.

Self catering cottages can be found to hire near the route from Eden cottages specialists, Goosemire Cottages. Choose from short breaks or full weeks with flexible start dates.

For more information on the walks and the event on April 25th, visit

By Jenny Andrew