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Perfectly snuggled between Kendal and Lake Windermere is the lovely Lyth Valley. Just 15 minutes to the heart of it from junction 36 of the M6 yet full of peace and tranquillity. Enjoy the rolling countryside found in this part of the south eastern Lake District with the dramatic landscape found a stones throw away to the north and west.

People may have heard of the Lyth Valley, being famous for its Damson’s as well as some excellent places to eat and drink yet this area still retains its peace and tranquillity. In Brigsteer itself are two excellent pubs whilst a 2 mile drive or very manageable walk sees guests being treated to the food and beverages on offer at the award winning Punch Bowl Inn at Crosthwaite. Broad Oak is set within a private estate, 17 acres to be exact, containing woodland, tarns and ponds and the hot tub installed last year has proved a stunning addition to this holiday let, all this and just 5 miles from Lake Windermere and less than 4 miles from Kendal.

The area has been notable confirmed in its beauty with its inclusion in the “Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World” book. The book has been published to showcase beautiful locations across the globe and the following is down in print as “The Lyth Valley – The unspoiled Lyth Valley is tucked in a hidden corner of Cumbria, where trees are laden with fruit and rolling hills are the most magnificent green.”

Where to stay in the Lyth Valley:
The Damson Dene Hotel offers great views, large private gardens, leisure facilities and a restaurant and bar. Rates start from just and it is definitely worth booking direct with an instant discount when you do, perfect for a short break.

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As always, Christmas feels like it was just yesterday but half term is now looming. In and around Kendal there is a packed programme of events and things to do during the first school holiday of 2019. There’s no need to worry about the way to entertain children of any age as most of the activity and attractions are open all year round. Choose to spend a week or just a couple of nights, you won’t be disappointed.

Across to the stunning and historic Sizergh Castle go wild on the Wild Play Trail. Help and learn to uncover history, flora and fauna in the grounds of one of Cumbria’s oldest inhabited house.
Volunteers have helped design and plan the trail, which tests balance, stamina, resolve and brainpower taken visitors off the beaten track into the depths of the wood allowing them to experience ancient trees, exotic looking fungus and beautiful ground flora. This trail will both entertain and educate.

As anyone who has visited Kendal already will know there is a great choice of restaurants to eat out at. From British to Indian, Italian to Thai, even the fussiest of kids will be happy. If the weather turns a little inclement than there’s The Brewery Arts Centre which has a cinema as well as theatre productions and art exhibitions including special family friendly events during half term.

But don’t forget the location of Kendal, it really is “The Gateway to The Lakes” with the fells and lakes within touching distance. Family friendly accommodation can be found at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal and which is a 2 minute walk from Kendal train station for jumping on a train to Windermere. Stop off at Staveley and explore the lovely village on the edge of the Kentmere Valley or journey through to Windermere. Family rooms including breakfast can be booked from just £118 per room per night based on 2 adults and just £15 extra per night for a children, max 2. For more information and to book visit,

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Spring has sprung at the Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere with an exciting new menu.

This menu sees even more gluten free options with no compromise on taste or texture. In fact, removing heavy, bulky breads and pasta’s means flavour really shine through, something that is noted by all diners, not just those who are gluten intolerant.

Head Chef Joh Kelly has devised a menu offering local meats, fish and seafood as well as plenty of vegetables perfect for spring at this early time as well as thoroughly into the season. The menu is varied without being overwhelming with highlights including the Poached Duck Egg, Smoked pancetta, white pudding & homemade ketchup, Spring Rack of Lamb, Sauté potatoes, red cabbage, mint & honey glaze and Brandy Snap Basket with Elderflower sorbet and rhubarb gin.

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The Applegarth signature dishes are still available though don’t worry! The Cumbrian Fellbred Fillet Steak with all the trimmings (one of John’s sauces are super with it), the cheese slate and the even so famous/popular/delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding (unbelievably gluten free too).

The new menu has also coincided with the confirmation the regular hand pull real ale available in the Applegarth Bar has been certified as gluten free. Collie Wobbles has long been a favourite with guest visiting from local and afar. Brewed by the award winning Watermill Brewing Company just down the road in Ings, Collie Wobbles is the perfect refreshing pint pre dinner, with dinner and most definitely post hike.

Applegarth Villa Hotel is in the centre of Windermere Village yet with views across the parks and of the fells from many of the rooms and luxury hot tub suites as well as the restaurant. On a quiet street yet in the heart of Windermere, Applegarth also has a large and secure off road park exclusively for residents and restaurant guests.

Visit for more information to view all the rooms and the full menu.

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Grasmere used to be thought of the sleepy sister of Ambleside, the village you pass on the way to Keswick but not now, it’s a hub of excitement, change and development.

Grasmere as a destination to make a base when visiting the Lake District, the UK’s newest and largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, has grown beyond expectations in the last five years. Quaint and pretty, the village has managed to remained despite the rise in popularity which is attributed to the fact the main A591 road bypasses the village unlike Ambleside.

Grasmere has superfast broadband, has seen a number of businesses open shops and eateries in the village including a Herdy gift store and Cunninghams the independent outdoor retailer and of course the famous Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Grasmere now offers food both local and from the world in the form of cafes right through to fine dining and even Michelin Star at the Forest Side Restaurant.

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Grasmere really offers everything; for the leisurely stroller to hardened fell walker, food lover, culture and the arts appreciator, Grasmere is the go to destination for 2018 and beyond.

And when it comes to where to stay not only is their choice with bed and breakfasts, hotels and self catering but also expect the same high quality found throughout the village. This has been realised only too well by Jacky & Keith owners of Raise View Bed & Breakfast in Grasmere since March 2017. Having bought and taken over an already successful business, they didn’t simply sit back. Making changes to the lounge and communal areas right from the start to the lastest exciting development, the new Rothay Suite. Rothay has grown from the conversion of two rooms into one large and super luxurious room. Rothay has everything you’d expect from a 5 star suite yet with the one to one service and peacefulness of a bed & breakfast. The suite can be a Super King or Twin, has sunning views across fields and of Helm Crag and a large spacious and luxurious bathroom with large walk in sower. Already proving popular with new and past guests alike, Rothay is priced on B&B basis from £150.

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Tranquil and extremely convenient the Newby Bridge Hotel just off the A590 at the southern end of Lake Windermere has the delight of lake views too. And in the winter months and especially with Christmas approaching, what better place to escape before the festive madness.

Newby Bridge has everything on the doorstep, Lake Windermere, the fells, open countryside and close to the unspoilt Western Lake District whilst being quiet and the chance of experiencing a real getaway.

Newby Bridge Hotel, despite not being located within a Lake District town of village, the food and beverages on offer in its bar and restaurant is enough for those with even the most discerning of palettes. Enjoy the relaxed bar menu or choose the main restaurant menu both full of dishes and creations focusing on locally sourced produced.
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In the bar is what every winter weekend away requires, a real log fire. No need to the leave the comfy seats, just sit there, sip, eat, relax whether it’s for a short break, a pre-Christmas madness break of when breaking up a long journey over the festive period to see friends and relatives.

Autumn into winter are always fantastic times to grab a bargain break and an excellent time for some R&R before the build up to Christmas begins. Glorious frosty mornings, snow-capped mountains in the distance and the cosiest beds – Winter in the Lake District is something special.

Comfortable accommodation, good food and drinks and a bit of warmth is just what is required at this time of year and the Newby Bridge Hotel has a super enticing 2 night break offer. Their Winter Break Offer, at a cost from just £99 includes:

– a 3 course meal on your first evening
– complimentary cream tea
– a full Cumbrian breakfast each morning, and
– full use of our leisure facilities throughout your stay
This fantastic offer is valid subject to availability until March 2018. Book early to avoid disappointment.

This offer can only be booked direct via telephone on 015395 31222 or via their website

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Christmas can all too often start to become quite stressful the nearer it gets. The thought of providing food and festivities for all the family can seem overwhelming. To help de-stress and get some “me time” before the big day, why not grab a sneaky getaway or even just a Christmas luncheon that has been prepared and cooked by someone else!

It’s not too late to experience traditional Lakeland festivities this December. The Damson Dene Hotel have a choice of events, breaks and escapes.

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December Party Weekends. A chance to experience the atmosphere of Christmas in the Lake District, do a bit of last minute shopping and have a good old knees up too.

Christmas at Damson Dene Hotel. 4 nights for the price of 3 Christmas Break. Let the Damson Dene Hotel take the strain and provide you with a fun-filled, entertaining Christmas.

The often overlooked time of the festive season and one that many people are left thinking, why didn’t I make more of it. The Twixmas Break offers much deserved R&R after the hustle and bustle of Christmas, enjoy a relaxing break before the New Year festivities take over.

The big celebration, New Year Break in the Lakes. Bring in the New Year with a bang, then enjoy a relaxing Lake Cruise and long walks in stunning surroundings to start 2018 off in style.

With a stunning setting in the beautiful Lyth Valley, guests are never short of somewhere to walk or visit with Lake Windermere and Bowness being a few minutes drive away. With the warmest of welcomes, fine food, beverages and entertainment complete with private leisure facilities and pool the family, dog, walkers and everyone friendly Damson Dene Hotel is a super choice throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

For further information on all Christmas and New Year packages and events visit,

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We are nearing Winter at great speed with the clocks going back within touching distance. The nights are drawing in, the weather is becoming colder and more unsettled and the wind experienced recently is making lots of trees look decidedly sparse.

With darker nights and cooler weather comes the need for comfort, for robust food and equally as robust beverages. As much as salads are fresh and delicious, the craving for meals with a bit more substance are required! The perfect solution to satisfy each of those three requirements is the Lake District inn or pub. This region is blessed with so many fantastic pubs, some of the best in the country. From the gastro, restaurant orientated to the good old local and ones that manage to combine the both. They are the backbone of many small villages and communities in the Lake District and a haven for post walk/climb/cycling activities.

The Lake District has always been famous for its real ales but now even more so than ever. The quality and choice is unparalleled with many people choosing to visit the region for the ales alone, the fells and stunning scenery a bonus! To be able to find “a good pint” in almost every pub is quite some luxury compared with other regions of the United Kingdom and what residents of this region often take for granted.

Many a Lake District inn is cosy and welcoming and many have a real fire. Now, whether it’s just a quick drink or refuel part way through on an adventure or warming up after a blustery day on the fells, a real fire, hearty food and real ale is what everyone wants. A quintessential inn encompassing all of the above is Wainwright’s Inn in the Langdale Valley. Owned and managed by the Langdale Estate just a two minute walk away with a choice of winter warming accommodation in the form of the 4 Star Langdale Lake District Hotel and Brimstone Hotel.


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It seems a Saturday or Sunday doesn’t go by at the moment without Brimstone Hotel being mentioned in one of the national press publications. Whether it’s about the stunning suites, the one of a kind Boot Room or the brand new spa, Brimstone has most definitely caught the eye of many a travel editor and reporter.

The latest mention has been the most exciting yet, “Where the travel experts pay to stay” article in Saturday’s Times Travel section. Top hoteliers and industry insiders revealed the places they think readers should know about. Brimstone was chosen by Jane Knight, Time Travel editor as her UK pic giving these reasons why it should be on everyone’s must go list:
“One of the coolest hotels in Britain, Brimstone has uber-sexy rooms with lots of slate, wood, silver and purple furnishings. Spa suites have a spectacular bathroom area as well as a log fire, there are complimentary drinks and snacks in the reading room and you can borrow boots and waterproofs to explore the stunning scenery.”

Having a review and endorsement such as this is very exciting not just for Brimstone and the Langdale Estate but for the Lake District as whole. On the back of the recent UNESCO World Heritage Site news, the Lake District is very much on the holiday destination map both nationally and internationally.

Brimstone offers complete relaxation, complete escapism and complete privacy should guests wish. Although even the most private of guests can’t resist a trip to the Reading Room for complimentary snacks, cakes and drinks!

Brimstone Hotel suites can only be booked direct either online via or by calling 015394 38062. It’s never been a better time to stay too with the new Brimstone Spa now open where guests of the hotel receive complimentary use of the thermal experiences and relaxation areas within it and exclusive use from 7am to 9am.

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There is yet another reason to visit Windermere in the upcoming school holidays.

Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre on the edge of Lake Windermere has created a Beatrix Potter trail through the grounds of the house. Just across the lake is Hill Top, her home for so many years and now owned and maintained by The National Trust. Beatrix Potter’s books and characters continue to be a pleasure for children of all, even adults.

But Beatrix’s ties with Brockhole go further as she was in fact related to the Gaddum family who built the stunning residence in the 1890’s. She visited on many occasions to see her cousin Edith and her husband William who built the house and their children Jim and Molly and also kept in touch by letter especially with the children. It is surprise to hear these letters were beautifully written and included illustrations.

The grounds of Brockhole are full of everything Beatrix Potter loved with nooks and crannies, wildlife and flowers, what a fitting place for a heritage trail based on her life and work. The trail launched in perfect timing for the school summer holiday’s is something exciting and engaging for children to do when on holiday in Windermere this year. As Ruth Suddaby learning co-ordinator of Brockhole says “Given the history, heritage and our unique setting, we are hoping the new trail proves a hit with visitors of all ages. It might help inspire others to follow Beatrix Potter’s lead and become writers, painters and naturalists!”

The villages around Lake Windermere, in particular the western shore which is just a stone’s throw from Hill Top the home of Beatrix Potter, is really geared up for families with so much to see and do. Boredom is not a factor and the paths and lanes are quiet and safe for walking and cycling with young ones. Far Sawrey is one such village and is just a 6 minute walk to Hill Top and easily accessible from the Windermere Ferry across from Bowness. The Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn & B&B serves food daily and has 14 bedrooms including family rooms and makes the ideal base.

More details of the trail can be found on the Brockhole website

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What could be better than starting off a holiday or short break from the start of the journey? Not often achievable by driving with traffic and roadworks leading to a stressful beginning to a time that should be enjoyable. Travel by train however, sit back relax, take in the view, even take a picnic to enjoy.

Yes, it isn’t always practical or possible to travel by train to certain locations in Cumbria or the Lake District but there are some destinations that are so easy to get to by rail. Take Grange over Sands for example. A train can take travellers from locations such as Manchester on a direct service for just £27.0 return per person (prices based on travelling from Manchester on Friday afternoon returning to Manchester on Sunday afternoon – perfect weekend break timings!). Typical journey times are just one and half hours making Grange hugely accessible. No being caught up on the M61 or M6 during Friday rush hour, no getting stuck in the Sunday short break exodus, simply a longer and more relaxing short break. It is a lovely train journey too through the countryside before approaching the coast with sea views.

What to do:
Whilst staying in Grange, hill walking is possible that doesn’t require a car such as a beautiful walk up Hampsfell where you can see the Lake District fells on one side and across Morecambe Bay to the other. Cycle over along the quiet back roads or take the train to Cartmel and enjoy lunch in one of the fab pubs or cafes in Cumbria’s little foodie capital. Back to Grange over Sands and there are some lovely places for dinner from country pubs to restaurants. Visit for a list of where to eat in Cartmel and for restaurants in Grange itself.

Where to sleep:
There are plenty of places in Grange with it being a substantial town in size. A short walk from the train station is Bay Villa, a luxury Grange bed and breakfast, a real gem of a little place famous for its big rooms, delicious breakfasts and attention to detail. Visit for more information.

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Late winter into early spring is offer heaven when it comes to travel and accommodation, some of the best deals and discounts can be found at this time. But time is running out and we’ll soon be uttering “How can it be Easter already!”

The days are getting noticeably longer especially on the lovely, crisp bright days the Lake District (more than you think) experiences. Wrap up warm and enjoy the fells, a cruise on Lake Windermere, visit museums and historic house, many of which are open all year round and sample some of the delicious Cumbrian cuisine in the many cafes, restaurants and pubs. Bring the dog, brings the kids or treat yourself to a romantic weekend just the two of you.

At the Newby Bridge Hotel their fabulous Winter Getaway break will be ending at the close of February. The break consists of a 2 night stay at the Newby Bridge Hotel, with a 3 course meal on the first evening, a full Cumbrian breakfast each morning and even included is a £10 voucher to be used towards the purchase of food in either the hotel’s Restaurant or Bar on the second evening. And the price, from just £84 per person. Weekend stays will be charged a little higher but still excellent value and the offer excludes half term. The offer is only available to book via or by telephoning the reservations line on 015395 31222

With roaring log fires, large grounds with views of Lake Windermere, the fells on the doorstep – no need to use the car after arrival and attractions such as the Lakeland Motor Museum and Lakes Aquarium within walking distance, the Newby Bridge Lake District Hotel Winter Getaway offer is truly one not to miss.

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The great outdoors of the Lake District is something to behold. It doesn’t matter time of the year you visit, there is always beauty in one corner or another and it’s changing seasons and weather means the same view one day can look a million times different the next. That is the appeal of this ever changing landscape.

It’s all systems go throughout the National Park 365 days a year now. Families and couples on holidays or short breaks, getting a bit of respite from the awful weather everyone has been experiencing over the last few weeks. And the weather is behaving itself quite well so the fells are busy and there are many organised outdoor activities taking place.

But I have been noticing the lure of luxury to the Lake District recently. If you’re on Twitter and Facebook you can’t help but notice photos and tweets from accommodation providers of their luxury services, new luxury decor or luxury food. Could it be that staying in is the new going out in the Lake District? I mean, these places look too good to leave!

In all seriousness, when it comes to the Lake District, staying in is never going to exceed going out but I think you get the gist of what I am saying. I suppose really that you can have it all in the Lake District now, 5 star luxury of the kind that only a swish city hotel would offer but with England’s largest adventure playground outside. Number 1 example has to be the Brimstone Luxury Hotel on the Langdale Estate. Reviews are pouring in about the uniqueness, the luxuries and the 5 star feel with the Reading Room always mentioned. For those who don’t know, the Reading Room is like your dream living room. Stylish chairs, sofas and tables, newspapers and magazines, homemade cakes and snacks and fridges stocked full of local ales, wine and soft drinks. And the biggest thing, all complimentary to guests!

Brimstone Hotel is booked exclusively from their website here, or by telephoning 015394 38062.

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