Self catering with a difference in the heart of York

Enjoy the best of both worlds at a very unique York accommodation provider.

Hedley House, just a few minutes walk into the heart of York city centre, is a family owned and run hotel with an amazing array of facilities. But not only does Hedley House offer luxury hotel rooms but also a choice of seven self catering apartments. Directly next door to the hotel in an equally as grand Victorian property lies the seven apartments spread over five floors.
Each apartment is fully fitted out for a complete self catering holiday with kitchen, bathroom, towels and linen as well as free Wi-Fi and parking. What sets these apartments from the rest is having the full facilities of Hedley House to take advantage of just next door.

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The hotel houses a fully licensed restaurant serving a vast choice of fresh Yorkshire produce with a changing seasonal menu. There’s also a bar or pre or post dinner drinks. Head outside and guests will find two beauty treatment rooms. Gloots offers a full range of massage therapies and pampering treatments. And to top it all off, a Hot Yoga Studio. Yoga Bomb is run by Hedley House owner Lou. Hot Yoga is really taking off on combining a workout with the core practices of Yoga.

Superb for families with small children (cots are available) and for business travellers but equally couples, the Hedley House self catering apartments in York offer something just that little bit difference whilst having the beautiful city of York on the doorstep.
For more information visit,

More bonuses: The owners are local so guests have tourist information on site too!
The car park has been refurbished and now offers even more parking spaces.

Windermere Hotels for the Business Traveller

Leisure is by far and away the largest reason people visit Cumbria and the Lake District but most people may not necessarily think them as business hubs too. There are a huge amount of businesses and head offices for a variety of national companies in the county.

There are more business travellers than one may realise. Throughout the region there are some large companies where many representatives, staff from other offices and clients visit frequently. From Sellafield over on the West Coast to Lakeland Ltd in Windermere, these large sites and operations see business travellers visit them each and every day with many requiring an overnight stay.

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Windermere is not just home to a variety of businesses but also an excellent place to stay on a stop off when travelling to the north of the county. Being so easy and accessible from the M6 motorway and just off the main A591 road, Windermere makes perfect sense to break a journey up. It also happens to have a vast range of hotels to stay in as well as restaurants and shops making it an ideal place for the business guest.

On another practical note, there are quite large areas of Cumbria and the Lake District where mobile phone reception is patchy and wifi unavailable. These two points are major problems for the business traveller especially in today’s world where a colleague should always be contactable and when work can be done remotely on a laptop or ipad. Windermere hotels are well equipped with wifi and throughout Windermere all the mobile phone networks work over average.

With free wifi, a choice of meeting and conference rooms and just 15 minutes from the M6, the Newby Bridge Hotel is our choice for business travel with easy access to both the central and southern Lake District as well as Barrow and the western Lakes,

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

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,

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.

Great signs already for a spectacular first Cartmel Races fixture

It’s just eight weeks until the first Cartmel Races fixture of 2015 and as ever, anticipation and expectation is growing by the minute. Breaking records last year for the amount of spectators and entry numbers as well as the highest profile jockey’s and horses to date, the 2015 season is set to build on that.

Year on year more producers and exhibitors have joined the ranks as well as more activities and attractions for the whole family proving this event is a true event for everybody and very much involves the local community also.

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A news announcement earlier this week revealed the race day campsites are now fully booked for accepting caravans and camper vans and motor homes on the first race day of the season on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May as well as the meeting on July 18. It is now extremely crucial that alternative accommodation be booked as these spaces have never been sold out so early leading many to believe this could be a beyond sell out year.

Bay Villa B&B in nearby Grange-over-Sands, just 2.5 miles from the race course, has just one room remaining for the May Bank Holiday meet, nights 25 and 26 May and more than matches the quality on offer on any of the race days at Cartmel. Following on from there also just one room also remains for the race meeting on July 18. The room available is The Estuary and is flexible offering either super-king double or twin bedded accommodation, has a separate dressing room providing added space and privacy with ample storage. Call 015395 36793 for more details and to book.

Last Few dates Remain for Super Summer Offer at Westmorland Hotel

The Tebay Services Westmorland Hotel has released the remaining dates available for their super summer offer. The offer running until the end of August is booking up fast which is no surprise with the highly enticing price.

For £141 per room per night based on two people sharing, guests receive a 3 course dinner in the evening in the restaurant, overnight accommodation, a full Cumbrian breakfast in the morning, but it doesn’t finish there. Guests will also receive tickets for entrance into the gallery at Rheged and furthermore, a £10 voucher to spend in the award winning Tebay Farm Shop.

Being the school summer holidays, it is natural that families may want to take advantage of the offer. On the offer and when sharing with the adults, children are just an extra £15 per night bed and breakfast.

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Summer offer includes all this+£10 to spend at Tebay Farm Shop!

For children and adults, Rheged just 15 minutes up the road from the hotel is most definitely worth a visit and the free gallery ticket is just the ticket. Rheged also has other exhibitions and film screenings on and a super cafe headed up by Peter Sidwell, one of three at the site in fact. Local produce is the key so too with the whole of the Westmorland Family group so guests will eat well and experience local Cumbrian produce from nose to tail.

But the offer could even be for business travellers if required. They may not have time to visit Rheged but a 3 course meal and hearty breakfast the following morning will make for a very productive work day and some local foodie goodies can be purchased to take back home with the £10 farm shop voucher.

So considering the offer, considering the location, it’s going to be a super summer for anyone staying at Tebay Services Westmorland Hotel this August.

The dates still available as of July 29 are as follows:
4th – 6th, 10th & 11th, 13th & 14th, 17th – 20th, 25th – 29th August inclusive.
For the most up to date availability, visit

By Jenny Andrew

May Madness For One Windermere Hotel

With two lots of Bank Holidays and a half term, May has been a busy month in the Lake District and for the businesses within it.

But it has been even busier for one hotel in Windermere and not just in terms of guest numbers. The Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant have just completed a huge transformation in their bar and restaurant with full refurbishment, the biggest being in the bar.

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One of the wall light and the centre piece chandelier.

A new bar has been constructed complete with backlit shelves and granite top. The whole room has been decorated with new light fittings and all new furniture. Never doing things by halves, Alan and Suzanne Mumford, owners of Applegarth Villa have worked tirelessly with their interior designer to create a space with accents of the 1920’s. The light fittings especially echo these notes with style and elegance.

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The backlit bar complete with one or two whiskies!

New photographs will be produced as well as a new and dedicated bar and restaurant website which will highlight the local produce Head Chef John Kelly uses, his dishes and the new beverage offerings. These include a larger choice of wines by the glass and what is really exciting, the growing number of single malts. This total is now up to 51 after the purchase last week of whiskies from the Bunnahabhain and Royal Locknagar distilleries along with a 40 year bottle of Glenfarclas. This means the Applegarth now have one of the largest selections of single malts in the area and most definitely some of the rarest.

The purpose of the refurbishment has been to create an atmosphere, ambiance and greater choice whereby guests have everything they require under one roof as well as hopefully gaining more non residential custom.

Anyone having stayed previously at the Applegarth Villa will know these hoteliers won’t be sitting still for long. In fact, the next project is set to be beyond exciting, watch this space!

Visit their website for more details and to check availability

Eden Valley Features in April Edition of BBC Countryfile Magazine

In fact, the Eden Valley doesn’t just feature inside April’s edition of Countryfile Magazine but an image of the valley adorns the front cover too.

The headline asks “Britian’s Loveliest Valley?” and naturally, with this blog being predominantly for Cumbria and the Lake District, we think it is a high contender (of course the other contenders for us would also be from with this county, not being biased whatsoever obviously)!

Beautifully green, rolling yet dramatic, the Eden Valley has something for everyone and spans a varied landscape. Often people bemoan the amount of times journalists, writers and photographers home in on the South and Central Lakes, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere for example. Across on the other side of the county, another world awaits and why writer Vivienne Crow describes the area as “The Lake District fascinating neighbour”. Vivienne Crow is an award winning freelance writer and photographer who also happens to live in Cumbria and be passionate about the county, who better to write such an article.

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Eden Valley in April’s Countryfile Magazine

It could be said that if you venture to the far est or the west of the county you are rewarded. Both The Eden Valley and the Western Lake District and Cumbria Coast offer peace and tranquility as well as adventure. The Eden Valley though has been mentioned for it’s ease of travel. Little off the M6 motorway and the beauty can be enjoyed.

Accommodation can be found to suit all budgets but a good all rounder for price and location is the Westmorland Hotel just south of Penrith. Easy access to the motorway means getting to any part of the Eden Valley a breeze. The hotel has family rooms, a restaurant and bar and is even dog friendly along with plenty of car parking.

April’s edition of Countryfile Magazine is in the shops now.

Canoeing in the Lake District

Canoeing is accessible to the whole of the UK. Those who live miles from the sea or a lake can still enjoy this water sport on the hundreds of rivers.

So it is no surprise that canoeing is the 4th most popular water sport in the UK and is so for the 4th year running. This has been further confirmed by the 6-9% per annum growth in membership figures of the British Canoe Union and a growth in sales by leading canoe manufacturers up and down the country.

Unlike many sports, canoeing is “truly inclusive” as Canoe England so rightly says. There are in fact 8 different types of canoeing which enables every age, ability or interest to enjoy this outdoor pursuit. From the leisurely flat, recreational paddling to the fast flowing ad white water canoeing, this sport really is the sport for all.

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Canoeing for all in the Lake District

The Lake District, synonymous with water (naturally) is seeing more and more canoeists taking to the wide and varied waters and rivers there. Visitors to this National Park can enjoy the views from the tops of the fells or beside one of the lakes but the view from on the water is something different and unique and adds a further perspective to the landscape.

With outdoor pursuits being such a big reason why millions of visitors come to the Lakes, the caliber of activity providers and guides is extremely high. The Western lake District is no exception. The perfect combination for canoeists of varied bodies of water and peacefulness. Choose between flat paddling on England’s deepest lake, Wastwater at the foot of Scafell and with views of Great Gable to the River Esk in the next valley, Eskdale which eventually leads out to Ravenglass with a little help from the tide. West Lakes Adventure, based in Eskdale, hold Lake District canoeing courses, events and activities throughout the year and will tailor make the course to suit ability, time and interest. Contact 019467 23753 for booking enquiries and details.

The Canoe England strap line, “Something for Everyone” – says it all.

Cumbria Cottage Extras on Bookings Made this Month

Hill View Cottage lies within the Lake District National Park in the stunning village of Bouth, close to Newby Bridge and the southern end of Lake Windermere.

They are offering enticing extras for bookings made on Hill View Cottage during the month of March for any 2014 holiday or short break. The offer includes a free drink at The White Hart Inn as well as 10% lunch or dinner bills for the duration of the booking.

Hill View Cottage sleeps 4 people and has a Visit England 4 star grading. It has everything you’d expect from a modern holiday let but within a delightful traditional cottage. It is ideal for a small family or a couple and the log burning stove is perfect for relaxing in front of in the colder months. It also benefits from being dog friendly too, up to 2 dogs in fact at a small charge.

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Hill View Cottage, Bouth Newby Bridge Exterior and Interior

Bouth Village is a picture box village and only 4 miles from Lake Windermere. The White Hart Inn is an award winning inn renowned in the area for its food and local ales and it couldn’t be more convenient to get to from the cottage.

Hill View Cottage is marketed by the Lakeland Cottage Company who specialise in luxury Lake District holiday cottages. Here the full details of Hill View Cottage Bouth Newby Bridge can be viewed along with availability calendar and the ability to either book online or talk to the team to book on 015395 38180.


Cumbria, The Lake District, #theplacetobe

The brand new and exciting ad campaign from Cumbria Tourism promoting Cumbria, the Lake District is now fully live. Centered around the phrase “The Place To Be” or as many will have seen #theplacetobe.

The 6 ads show exactly why the Lake District is The Place To Be through clear, simple yet striking images of areas around the county and an activity suggestion. The ads have been receiving exceptional comments and reviews from everyone from the James Berresford, the CEO of Visit England to the thousands of people on social networks sharing, posting and tweeting about them.

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The 6 #theplacetobe ads

Launching such a large campaign in January was genius especially with such engaging images that honestly make you go, I want to go there, I want to run there. It also happens to be the largest and most expensive marketing campaign Cumbria Tourism have ever run but the early signs show it has already made an above expectation impact.

One great example of how this campaign is being pushed is on The Telegraph website. Click here and see some really insightful articles, tips and tempting accommodation images and links such as a spotlight on the hidden gems Ravenglass & Eskdale in West Cumbria to the newest of hotels in the Lake District, Brimstone Hotel at Langdale.

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A snippet from The Telegraph Lake District #theplacetobe page

With the constant rising in standard of everything from the food to the offerings in shops to B&B’s, self catering and Lake District hotel accommodation in the Lake District, such a campaign meets those standards and the message that this county is #theplacetobe.


Calling Foodies and Cyclists come to Grasmere!

Grasmere is a stunning village in between Ambleside and Keswick on the heart of the Lake District National Park.

Many will know it as the home of Grasmere Gingerbread, now an international product (and gorgeous!) and of course that poet, what was his name…..Wordsworth! But even if you’re not a fan of gingerbread or literature, Grasmere is simply a delightful, full of character Lake District village.

But 2014 i set to be a big year for this village is further ways. The Fred Whitton cycling sportive, one of the most revered and toughest in the UK is set to start from Grasmere this year, a move from its traditional Coniston location. A new starting point affects the route slightly so it won’t just be the first time competitors that will be doing reckies.


And then foodies. The love of food is growing in popularity with the ability to now easily find really excellent food and Grasmere is no exception. Amazing produce on their doorstep and high quality hotels are attracting equally as high caliber chefs. Just recently there has been an outstanding review in The Observer by the very critical critic Jay Rayner of the restaurant at the Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere who couldn’t sing it’s praises highly enough. Quite some accolade for the hotel as well as Grasmere.

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Pigeon, Pork Belly, Textures of Onion – Photo by Alan Spedding

So it seems quite appropriate for any cyclists visiting Grasmere to take along a friend or partner so that both can enjoy some fine food and accommodation and make a weekend out of it! 2 birds, one stone!

The Lake District renamed The “Escape” District this January!

January is always associated with the booking of holidays for the coming year. Christmas and New Year are over and it’s time to book for something to look forward to.

But January should also be the time people look to go away for a short break. As lovely as Christmas is to meet up with friends and to gather family together, it can very well also be a stressful and very busy time of the year. And just as the retail industry has sales, so does the tourism industry.

A short break or holiday in January is an excellent way to start the new year off and the offers should not be missed. Whether it is a hotel break, B&B or self catering, tourism operators in the Lake District are offering some excellent deals throughout January and into February.

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25% off Holiday Cottage breaks in the Lake District

The Lake District is now a 365 day destination so all but a handful of attractions and businesses are open. Just think, the fells (weather dependent of course) are most definitely open 365 days a year and getting some walking in is only going to help shift those Christmas pounds!

Luxury self catering i becoming more and more popular in the Lake District. The variety of properties in beautiful locations are perfect to take advantage of in January with some holiday agencies such as Lake District cottages from The Lakeland Cottage Company who have 25% off January sale discounts.

So for a way to break up and escape the dark, long month of January and to bag a bargain, the Lake District is the place to “escape” to at the start of 2014.

Luxurious Lake District so says Huffington Post

Who would have thought a few years ago that the region synonymous with walking, muddy boots and varying degrees of inclement weather would in fact become a place becoming known for luxury?

How Wainwright may have reacted to the new wave of luxury retailers, hotels, self catering and restaurants I don’t know but what it quite evident is it has given the Lake District and Cumbria a new lease of life and most importantly, a new market.

In the last 3 to 4 years there have been a number of hotels in this county and national park receiving a 4 star grading from The AA. These hotels have included the Langdale Hotel & Spa and Lodore Falls Hotel to name just two. Both hotels are leading the way in hotel accommodation, service, facilities and location.

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Luxury at the Langdale Hotel

4 star hotels vary throughout the United Kingdom from city centre high rise hotels to country retreats but what sets Cumbria’s 4 star hotels apart is the location. Who can rival the Langdale Valley or Derwentwater?

And the regions hotels are inviting much publicity at the moment with international reviewers and high quality publications both online and offline. The latest being Huffington Post and the piece in their Lifestyle section in December “Luxury in the Lakes: Cumbria”. The Langdale Hotel is listed and facilities and services detailed along with 3 other luxury hotels in the Lake District.

It is this time of year that grabbing a bit of 4 star luxury is affordable with great January offers from many of the hotels, well worth checking out these offers with bed and breakfast starting from £99 to include use of spa facilities.

The full write up from Huffington Post can be read here and for booking of the Langdale 4 star Hotel & Spa, visit

Cuckoo Brow Listed in Lancashire Life’s Top 10 Cosiest Pubs

Cumbria and the Lake District, a haven for cosy pubs and cosy pub lovers. There are quite some number throughout the county and National Park and amongst those, some extremely high quality establishments.

Lancashire Life have done very well to select 10 from such a large and wide choice of great, cosy inns and pubs but they have and the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sarwey near Hawkshead is one of them.

The Cuckoo Brow was take over and given a complete refurbishment just 2 years ago and has grown from strength to strength with many guests staying time after time and people making it a regular haunt after walking. It is their ethos in welcoming everyone (including muddy boots!) along with the high quality of the food that has made this inn so successful and of course enabled it to be included in this top 10.

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Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn

Lancashire Life’s write up included the following “Transformed in recent times with an extensive make-over, the Cuckoo Brow will have fires lit, beer in top condition and a menu that prides itself in being mostly sourced from within a 20 mile radius including some delicious Herdwick.” Great beer, great local food and real fires are just about the best ingredients for a cosy pub.

Cuckoo Brow is very popular also with dog owners as the inn is very dog friendly and the wooden floors and real fires dog heaven. The rooms are also dog friendly.

So congratulations to the Cuckoo Brow Inn for being included in this list of cosy Lake District pubs.

The full top 10 from Lancashire Life can be viewed here

By Jenny Andrew

Exciting Times in the Cumbria Hotel Industry

It is an exciting time for the hotel sector in Cumbria and the Lake District.

From the South and Central Lakes across to Penrith, the West and North developments are taking place not just structurally but also in the development of services and products offered.

Hotels in Cumbria are winning awards and receiving national and international acclaim which is extremely beneficial for the whole tourism industry in this region.

From hotel design awards being won by the new Brimstone Hotel at Langdale to those won for the food and service within the Westmorland Limited group.

The Westmorland Limited group is particularly unique and exciting most notably the site where the Westmorland Hotel and Tebay Services is situated. Both of these sections of Westmorland Limited have won awards for their food and service which has been mostly down to the extremely high quality of the meat they sell. This meat is in fact also reared by them as the Dunning family who own and run the whole operation are a farming family. Such an amazing story, and well worth reading in depth about the family and the history of Westmorland Limited here

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Westmorland Hotel and Tebay Services

Over the past 12 months alone, the following accreditations and awards have been given to the group:

  • Outstanding Contribution to Cumbrian Food & Drink’ Award at the Cumbria Annual Food and Drink Awards.
  • The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE)’s ‘Excellence in Practical Farming and Business Award’ in recognition of farm diversification and the Dunning family’s commitment to countryside stewardship.
  • Tebay Services South became the first and only motorway service facility to receive five stars by Visit England.

Each of these 3 awards is a testament to the excellent work the group is doing in supporting and promoting the wonderful tourism, food and farming industries in Cumbria and the Lake District.

The Westmorland Hotel near Penrith showcases all the food they produce in the restaurant there so it is well worth visiting and they have special foodie nights throughout the year too.


A Sustainable Award for the Brand New Brimstone Hotel

It is with great pleasure to write a blog post about an newly award winning hotel in the Lake District.

Friday evening saw the prestigious North Design awards being held at the The Monastery in Manchester celebrating property developers, designers and retailers in North of England. The team at Brimstone were in attendance along with the architects of the hotel, Unwin Jones Partnership and it was

Brimstone only opened in July 2013 so to be shortlisted and reach the finals of the Northern Design Awards in not just one category but four, is an achievement in itself. Brimstone were up against some fantastic finalists and from the length and breadth of Northern England. Out of all the categories, winning Best Eco/Sustainable Build is the most exciting. The Langdale Estate has been leading the way in hotel and tourism sustainability for years now so for them to continue the same values and processes with Brimstone, such an individual and different project from the rest of the estate, is exceptional.

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Brimstone Hotel – Northern Design Awards

Sustainability has been built into the foundations upwards and not just in terms of obvious energy saving but also through the use of local materials and suppliers and ensuring minimal impact to the immediate environment. The design also cleverly fits without impact to the aesthetics of the estate and this stunning area of the Lake District.

With awards such as this latest accolade for the boutique hotel Brimstone and with the superb feedback from guests since opening for this hotel, Brimstone should continue to be sustainable both environmentally and in business.

Luxury Required from Hotel to Plate

It doesn’t seem to matter in what region of the UK a holiday, business trip or short break is taken, across the board the standard of accommodation is rising.

The Lake District and Cumbria are both very good example. Having always had a significant number of quality and luxury hotels, bed and breakfasts and self catering accommodations yet over the past few years and still continuing are upgrades and refurbishments to further put this region on the accommodation map.

Hotel ratings have increased with more 4 star venues than ever. Guest accommodation ratings are rising too with 5 star ratings in this category also higher than the average the same is applying to self catering accommodation too.

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Combined luxury in the form of rooms and food.

But a holiday or short break is more than just a showstopping bedroom. Guests want more from curb appeal of the hotel to safe and secure parking and the most important of all, a warm welcome. But it is another main constituent of a hotel that more and more guests are taking note of, food. The choice of food on offer is a big factor in the selection process of a hotel for many people these days. Just read TripAdvisor for example and food comments are as prevalent as those describing the hotel room.

Cumbria has some amazing food producers and suppliers with high profile chefs choosing, for example, Herdwick lamb, game and Lakeland Fell Bred beef for their menus as well as some internationally acclaimed artisan cheeses. And it is ingredients such as these that are inspiring chefs in hotels in the Lake District and Cumbria. Even down to the basics yet one very extremely important part of a hotel stay, breakfast. A hearty, full of local Cumbrian produce breakfast can’t be beaten and most definitely sets guests up walking the spectacular fells.

Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere is one such hotel who has really noticed their guests becoming more interested in the food served and the provenance. Applegarth’s use of local produce and suppliers is vast and the guests are commenting very favourably regarding this.