Month: October 2015

Responsible Cumbria hotels from farm to food to fork

As in our previous post relating to The Langdale Hotel, the Westmorland Hotel (or Tebay Services Hotel as it is now known as) supports the Fix the Fells scheme through guest donations and also supports the Red Squirrels Northern England too.

The Tebay Services Hotel responsibility to the Cumbrian land is really quite special and different to any other Cumbria or Lake District hotel. The founders of the Westmorland Family, which compromises Tebay Services, Tebay Services hotel, now the Gloucester services and Cairn Lodge in Scotland, all started off as the farming family, the Dunning’s. Their love of the land and commitment to sustaining and preserving it continues with the same values it did when it was just a farm at Orton.

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This “just a farm” though is still vital and a huge part of Tebay Services and the Hotel providing a great deal of the meat in the farm shops, café and hotel restaurant. Being the first butcher’s counter on the motorway and still being one of the main reasons why so many people choose to make even specific detours to the services. Butchering the meat in house and from just down the road means food miles are kept to an absolute minimum. In the hotel, even a number of the beverages at the bar are local so also keeping transportation to a minimum.

Above all, this is sustainable produce that is truly delicious and that people really want and love, what could be better for the Cumbria and the environment?

Reda more abut the responsible tourism practices of the Tebay Services Hotel in Cumbria here, http://www.westmorlandhotel.com/about-us/responsible-tourism

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 http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk

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.