Winter+Lake District+Great Deals=Holiday Perfection!

It is the perfect time for a quick break in the Lake District or perhaps, even a full week away.

There are some tempting deals on self catering cottages around at the moment especially between New Year and Easter. Not only are the fells snow capped but it is lovely and bright and crisp and with just the right amount of quiet. The snow drops are revealing themselves and approaching the end of February and the days are so noticeably longer.

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Getting away at this time of year whether for a long weekend or a week holiday, really sets you up for the year ahead. Time to relax, a chance to unwind and take in the scenery of the Lake District in all its glory. The ability to still walk all day whilst it being cool enough to appreciate a real log fire in one of the traditional Lake District inns.

Food wise, well the Lake District is a fully packed larder at this time of year. Game is plentiful and is found on many menus across the county from pigeon to venison and partridge. Wild mushrooms a perfect partner for game can also be found as well as damsons and autumn Lakeland lamb. Real ales from local breweries are getting darker with more notes of coffee and chocolate and make the ideal aperitif to a game casserole or Cumbrian Tatie Pot!

The Lakeland Cottage Company is one such company offering excellent deals on weekend and midweek breaks as well as full week holidays available to book via their website. To browse the cottages available, visit

Cumbria conference venues calling in 2018

As 2017 beckons and the dawn of a New Year, it is often the time many businesses and organisations think about conferences and meetings.

The New Year could be a new product launch, new rules and regulations coming into effect or new staff starting. Boosting morale in the winter months is also a good idea through team building events. Whatever the reason, it is a good time now to think about and book a conference venue or team building venue.

But finding and selecting the right venue is the key to holding a successful event. The location, service, facilities and price are all huge factors. Can the venue cater for specific dietary or access requirements for example? Is off road parking available? Can it be reached by public transport?

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As business in Cumbria grows and the with the Lake District being the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK, this county and region is not just about the fells anymore. The gateway to the Lake District with excellent transport links is Kendal. Within the centre of the historic market town, creative and business hub is the Riverside Hotel in Kendal. This aptly named riverside hotel location with private parking has two relaxed and informal conference rooms that can accommodate from 2 up to 18 delegates making it ideal for high level discussions and for smaller businesses that still require a group meeting.

Looking to find a meeting venue last minute? Then for small parties of 2 or 4 there are plenty of quiet locations within The Tannery Bar area where coffee is served all day along with a lounge menu. Just simply drop by.

Here’s to 2018, to vibrant Kendal and Cumbria as the place to be for a conference or meeting.

For all the information on the Riverside hotel and the conference and meeting rooms, visit

Luxury Self Catering in Langdale this Autumn & Winter

The Langdale Estate is famous for many things and an ever growing amount too but it’s luxury self catering lodges, apartments and cottages are what visitors to this estate have enjoyed for years and years.

Each lodge is situated to offer as much privacy as possible and are interspersed amongst the tarns, streams and mature woodland on the 35 acre Langdale estate. The lodges are fully equipped so just food, beverages, clothing and any outdoor equipment is required.

Get the best of both worlds this Christmas by booking one of the self catering lodges on the Langdale Estate in the Lake District. Enjoy peace and tranquillity whilst being able to take advantage of all the first class facilities on the estate. New in the last year has been the addition of the Brimstone Spa. This luxurious and ground breaking spa facility is only available to book for guests staying on the Langdale Estate, including self catering guests. For that extra special treat, to relax post Lake District adventure or to enjoy a spa treatment, Brimstone Spa is the place to be.

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And Autumn & Winter is an even better time to stay in one of rentals on the Langdale Estate. Selected dates and properties have some excellent last minute discounts on the run up to Christmas. Whether you’re looking for a short break of 3 or 4 nights or a full week away, discounts have been applied to many remaining properties of between 15 and 25%.

Don’t forget there’s also now the Stove Restaurant serving food from breakfast through to dinner. Warming dishes, specials and the ever popular woodfired pizzas and flatbreads. A 2 minute walk from many of the lodges and it’s right there.

Booking the Langdale Estate self catering properties can only be done direct. To view the full availability and booking information visit,

Lake District cycling at its best – even in winter!

The Lake District and Cumbria has long been a popular place for both road cyclists and mountain bikers. Such varied terrain and some of the best cycling roads in the UK it’s no wonder it is a mecca for cyclists. The Tour of Britain over the recent years fully confirmed this with a record number of spectators both local and from afar watching the stunning yet challenging terrain Cumbria and the Lake District offer. Look out for another, sure to be, exciting stage through Cumbria in 2016, Stage 2 – Carlisle to Kendal.

The region isn’t just for pro cyclists, the Lake District is a haven for leisure cyclists. Let’s Ride bike rides were launched in the Lake District, the first National Park in the UK to do so. Previously known as the Sky Ride initiative, it was only held in cities and big towns. Thanks to the GoLakes Travel project, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Cumbria County Council, Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria Tourism, Let’s Ride continues to be a success in the Lake District with HSBC sponsoring and supporting alongide British Cycling.

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Routes in and around the Langdale Valley have proven very popular for Sky Ride Local with plenty of uptake. The area in and around the valley has everything from challenging gradients to routes around scenic tarns and of course, simply stunning vistas wherever you look. Langdale businesses both support and encourage cycling in the area. It is one of the best ways in which to enjoy the Langdale Valley whilst being an environmentally friendly way in which to get from A to B. Brimstone Hotel, the luxury Lake District hotel on the Langdale Estate both encourage cyclists to stay and ride and their spa makes for a handy place for relaxation if you’ve pushed it that little bit too hard! If it’s really been a tough ride for those staying in one of the Brimstone suites, order room service and dine on the private balcony!

Booking of the Brimstone Hotel & Spa is only available directly via

Love Autumn Love a break in Windermere

The change in season along with the change in colour of the landscape is in full Autumnal swing now.

Autumn is a simply stunning time of the year in the United Kingdom with the Lake District being one of the top locations to witness and take in the beauty that it brings.

But as Autumn comes so too does the cooler air and the more unsettled weather although some may say that is what the Lake District is like all year round! Maybe take a walk up Brant Fell and view Lake Windermere from above? Or Orrest Head, again a lovely little walk with views to die for across the Central Lakes and down Lake Windermere.

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The Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant has just the way to warm and brighten guests thi Autumn with a fantastic offer. Book any room or luxury hot tub suite for stays Sunday to Thursday throughout November and receive a free bottle of Prosecco. The hotel’s very popular and year round “Dinner on the Villa” offer will apply for two nights Sunday – Thursday too.

Whether it’s for walking, cycling, attractions, shopping or simply complete relaxation, Windermere makes an excellent choice for those seeking any or all of those requirements from a short break. The Lake District and especially the hot spots in the southern lakes such as Windermere are fully open and ready for guests. Being that but quieter than many other times of the year aids the feeling of relaxation but with the benefit of all the facilities still to enjoy.

Further details on the Applegarth Villa offer can be found here or call to enquire on 015394 43206.

Special Lake District Pamper Package

Everyone deserves a spot of pampering whether it’s to relax and unwind from the stress of work, as an addition to a weekend away in the Lakes or as a great idea as a gift for someone special.

The Damson Dene Hotel has just the recipe for pampering, an ideal treat for you and your friend or partner or for someone special.

The new Mini Pamper Package for two people at a very affordable and delicious £60 is the answer and consists of:

• a choice of 2 x 30 minute spa treatments*
• access to pool and leisure facilities for 2 adults for half a day
• cream tea for 2 served in our Damson Tree Bar or Hotel lounge.
(* Choose from: Mini Facial; Mini Manicure or Pedicure; Scalp Massage)

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The Indulgence Beauty Rooms located within the Damson Dene Hotel in the Lyth Valley have been recently refurbished and offer face & body treatments as well as massages, waxings and manicures. What is also great is the choice of Gentleman’s Treatments as men have finally realised what they’ve been missing out on all these years! The massages are particularly popular with both for male and female guests who have pushed themselves too far enjoying fell walking or the many other outdoor adventure activities in the Lake District.

Located in the beautiful Lyth Valley between Kendal and Bowness, the area offers a tranquil way to enjoy the Lake District and explore a very special region. Visit for more information on the Indulgence Beauty Rooms, the hotel, restaurant and exclusive direct booking deals. Book the pamper package or purchase it as a gift voucher.

The love of the Lake District in Autumn

With Autumn’s late arrival in Cumbria and the Lake District, October is set to be the best time to visit to witness the magnificent colour change of the landscape. It’s starting to cool down but there is still plenty of daylight time. The landscape is turning from green to the fabulous Autumnal colours of burnt oranges, red and yellows and even the fells are joining in with bracken quickly turning to a burnt amber before the eyes.

For a night’s getaway or a weekend break, October is an excellent time, just before winter really kicks in and the clocks go back. And if all these reasons weren’t enough to visit this county alone, hotels are offering some fantastic October and November deals with the Newby Bridge Hotel being no exception.

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In the area there is a whole host of things going on before Winter really arrives. Windermere Info lists comprehensively what is going on in and around England’s longest lake. There is everything from art fairs to lake cruises, music events, theatre performances and markets. And lets not forget the great outdoors with adventure and outdoor activities for the whole family, great for the upcoming half term week.

The Newby Bridge Hotel is always a hotel to look out for, for great midweek and off peak deals as well as their special 2 night Autumn offer. Newby Bridge itself located at the southern end of Lake Windermere is an excellent place to visit having lots of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy. As we all know, things to do indoor are great to know on the doorstep! From the Lakes Aquarium to the new Cliffhanger Rooms, there’s something to do whatever the weather and whatever the age.

Visit for availability, booking and info on what to do on your Autumn adventure.

A Stylishly Sustainable Lake District Hotel

As one of the most beautiful locations in the UK and with the possibility in the not too distant future of it becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s no wonder hotels in the Lake District are leading the way in green and sustainable ways in which to run their businesses.

But in the Lake District some hotels are doing sustainability stylishly and this is very much the case at Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate. They have benefited from being able to implement sustainability building techniques from the foundations up being a new build construction. As much local and natural materials were used which has not only cut down on transportation and supported the local community but it looks amazing, complete luxury with details and textures that guests can’t get enough of and why the hotel won the Best Eco/Sustainability Build category in the 2013 Northern Design Awards.

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The interior and exterior of Brimstone Hotel at Landgale

Everything from the state of the art lighting to the temperature controls are all ultra modern yet ultra low energy. Looking to more natural resources and with water is a big factor in the Lake District (yes, it does occasionally rain up there!), Brimstone collect it to feed the tarn on the estate and in room heating in the form of real log burning stoves.

With the environment playing a greater part of everyday life now, it’s no surprise that leisure tourists and business travellers are seeking to find more sustainable ways to travel and more sustainable places to sleep. And this new wave of luxury eco tourism with its quirky but striking buildings blending with nature, ultra modern gadgetry and a greater sense of caring and nurturing are just the criteria the 5 star traveller looks for.

To view the 16 luxury Lake District hotel suits in detail at Brimstone, visit

Fixing the Fells at The Langdale Pikes this summer

Each and every visitor to the Lake District can do their bit to conserve and protect this beautiful region but there are times when a little extra help is required. That’s where Fix the Fells rangers come in repairing and maintaining paths, bridges, walls and fencing throughout the year.

Such work is demanding, costly and often challenging when it comes to some remote locations in the Lake District National Park but these obstacles are all in a days work for Nurture Lakeland rangers. A recent project has been completed on the lower slopes of The Langdale Pikes at Stickle Ghyll. This area is one of the busiest in the Lake District so path erosion is always a issue. With the help of the Visitor Giving scheme at the Langdale Hotel & Spa, the project was able to go ahead and to be completed in time for the autumn. This was an extensive renovation project with soil having to be imported to site along with tonnes of landscaping stones to recreate the path.

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Before, during and after at Stickle Ghyll, the Langdale Pikes

The Visitor Giving scheme is organised by Nurture Lakeland and the Langdale Hotel & Spa have been supporters for many years now. The guest donation is voluntary at the time of booking with nearly 100% of guests supporting. Head across to Langdale’s pub the Wainwright’s Inn and even donate whilst enjoying a pint of the Jenning’s Nurture Lakeland Ale where 5p from every pint is donated to the organisation.