A powerful weekend on Lake Windermere

It was a fantastic day on Saturday for the first of two power boat racing events on Lake Windermere. The Lake District National Park Authority passed an exemption to the 10mph speed limit again this year to the Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club to put on these two events, one in June and other at the end of season in September.

It was a busy day on Lake Windermere as a whole with the cross lake swim taking place in the morning, a 1.2km course (if you swim in a straight line!) and then the power boat racing in the afternoon. The images speak for themselves as to the extremely lucky day all that took part experienced.

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What a day for power boat racing on Lake Windermere on Saturday

And with the stunning weather, Windermere Marina Village was buzzing with activity with boats coming in and out, filling up at the new diesel fuel station and self catering guests making the most of the sunshine sitting out on the balconies. It was a great way see out the last weekend of June.

The next power boat race will be taking place on Saturday 26 September. Accommodation at Windermere Marina Village self catering cottages can be booked via https://www.windermeremarinavillage.co.uk and 3 night weekends or full week stays are available.

Better by bus in the Lake District this Catch the bus week

Letting someone else do the driving, what could be better when having a holiday or short break in the Lake District? A high number of people choose to drive to the Lake District but why not let someone else do the driving during the stay and cut down on pollution at the same time?

And this week it is all about the bus being national Catch the Bus Week. If you can’t remember the last time you caught a bus what better way to hop back on it than one of the open topped buses which operate on routes such as Bowness to Ambleside and Penrith to Glenridding. Experience fresh air on the top deck and get to enjoy the Lake District before you’ve even arrived at your destination (please note, and of no surprise, these open topped services run in accordance with the weather being fine!).

The roads in the Lake District can get very busy but the very knowledgeable and competent drivers take all the stress out of getting from A to B especially when you’re not used to the roads. In areas in the true heart of the Lake District like the Langdale Valley, it is still possible to travel by bus on the Langdale Rambler services which operates between Ambleside and Langdale 7 days a week (service 516 if you’re looking it up).

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Bus route on the left allows you experience the view on the right

More bonuses of buses:
They cut down on a significant amount of carbon emissions compared with the same amount of passengers travelling individually by car.
You can have a post walk pint or glass of wine with lunch when taking the bus in one of the many Lake District inns.
Add parking fees into the mix along with fuel and a family ticket or couple take the bus makes better money sense.
You can combine bus with bike travel as backed and promoted the the GoLakes Travel programme. Due to demand, there are now more regular bike bus services in the South Lakes than ever meaning the ultimate and super green combination of cycling and public transport can be enjoyed.

Supporters of green, sustainable tourism as a whole is The Langdale Lake District Hotel & Spa. Contact them for various tips of how to arrive without the need of a car. Rooms start from £160 B&B and save 15% when booking 30 days or more in advance by joining the Fan Club. Visit their website at http://www.langdale.co.uk or call 015394 38014 for more details.

Lake District cottage agency offers two new properties for rent

New for June are another two stunning holiday cottages added to the portfolio and offering at The Lakeland Cottage Company.

Firstly Goodies Farmhouse at Firbank near Sedbergh. This is a new region for The Lakeland Cottage Company but the property and the location fit perfectly within the quality not quantity ethos this business operates by. Goodies Farmhouse sleeps 6 and has views of the Howgill Fells to one aspect and the River Lune to the other ad is very well placed for staying if walking along the Dales Way yet just 8 miles from Kendal and 2.5 miles from Sedbergh. The house has been restored by the owners keeping all the 17th Century features this cottage oozes.

What to expect when booking Goodies Farmhouse:
Peace and tranquillity, doorstep walks, a wooden conservatory with full height windows to maximise the view, Visit England 5 Star.

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Next and onto the specialist area for The Lakeland Cottage Company Cartmel, Cartmel Fell and Newby Bridge. Thorphinsty Hall Cottage is located on the eastern edge of Cartmell Fell and lies between Whitbarrow Scar and Newby Bridge creating easy access to Lake Windermere. The owners have managed to create a bright and airy interior whilst keeping all the original beams. The combination of the location and the extra facilities within the cottage which includes a pool table in the cellar and attic den with a screen set up for an Xbox means this holiday rental is ideal for families.

What to expect from Thorphinsty Hall Cottage:
Just 2.5 miles from the award winning Masons Arms pub at Strawberry Bank, stunning original flag flooring in the kitchen, quality BBQ with chiminea and outdoor furniture for a alfresco dining.

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Both of these properties are bookable through The Lakeland Cottage Company https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk where you’ll find full details and location maps.

By Jenny Andrew

Make Wednesdays Wonderful at Lake District Inn

For the next three Wednesdays from (June 24, July 1 and 8) enjoy Wonderful Wednesday’s at the Cuckoo Brow Inn with super discounts on bed & breakfast rates on these three dates.

Select from a choice of four room types ranging from Standard doubles and twins onto Family rooms and then Superior. Save up to £48 per room per night on Wednesdays whilst enjoying all the same hospitality and quality the Cuckoo Brow Inn is so famous for offering.

Ultimately this is a great chance to grab a bargain night away before the school summer holidays remember the Family rooms are perfect for pre-school children accommodating up to two adults and 2 children at a cost of just £108 per room per night B&B.

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The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey, the Lake Dstrict

In the area, take a walk or mountain bike through Claife Heights to the viewing tower, enjoy a visit to Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter where the gardens are in full bloom at this time of year or nip across to Bowness on the Windermere Ferry.

Cuckoo Brow serve meals from 12 noon until 9pm so guests never go hungry although it is wise to book in the evening. Local and seasonal is what the menu is all about the specials board is always worth perusing.

Bookings at the Cuckoo Brow Inn can either be done via calling 015394 43425 or the website http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk

In the mix at Tebay Services Hotel

Summer is officially here and the Tebay Services Hotel just off the M6 between Kendal and Penrith are doing everything possible to fill the hotel full of sunshine as well.

Whether guests have been stuck in the car on a long journey or are staying at the hotel for walking, cycling and sightseeing, the new range of beverages available in the lounge bar are sure to quench plenty of thirsts this summer.

Recently a number of Lake District produced spirits have been introduced at the bar including Langton’s Gin of which a crisp G & T epitomises summer. But as so many of the food and drink critics recommend, don’t skimp on the quality of the tonic or mixer. When a beverage is only made up of two components it makes sense really. Luckily now there is now a new wave of tonics and mixers available now to keep up with the UK’s gin loving revolution. Always a business that leads in artisan food and drink products, the team at Tebay Services Hotel have created three delicious pairings.

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Feel fully refreshed at Tebay Services Hotel with their range of new beverages

Firstly, gin with Fentimans Mandarin & Seville Orange Jigger. A particularly good match for Bedrock Gin and its notes is the Belvoir Elderflower Presse and finally the super fruity Belvoir Raspberry Lemonade is proving a great hit with Langton’s Gin. But of course each of these mixers are excellent on their own and are a welcome change from the standard soft drinks available in most bars and pubs.

Why not book a room this summer and feel refreshed courtesy of the Tebay Services Hotel just of the M6 motorway and especially with the extremely refreshing summer deal of just £89 per room B&B based on 2 people sharing when booking 7 days of more in advance. Visit http://www.westmorlandhotel.com or call 01539 624351.

By Jenny Andrew

A Special Thank You Offer for Windermere Hotel Past Guests

The big fat juicy worm rate is still evident for new customers in some business sectors. Despite a client being loyal to a particular company for years, for example an electricity supplier, a new customer can sign up and receive a better rate.

Enticing new customers to any business is important but why do so many forget their long standing clients and customers, ones that have been with them for years, have used their services up tine times, continue to purchase goods from them?

Thankfully more and more businesses are understanding the need to reward those loyal customers for it is those that keep coming back and that require no advertising, all the need is to feel wanted and special.

Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere are doing just this for their past guests this Autumn and Winter. Starting on November 4th and running until February 13th*, Applegarth Villa Hotel are offering past guests a staggering 35% off the bed and breakfast rate. It is as a huge thank you to them for their custom throughout the year or years. A saving of over one third of the room rate is excellent and whether looking to do a spot of Christmas shopping in Windermere or looking at some much needed post Christmas R&R, this offer couldn’t be better.

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Winter at Applegarth Villa

The offer went out yesterday in the form of a newsletter to past guests who have registered an email and can be viewed here http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0b2848e87c62380665c6dafcb&id=e297ea20f9&e. It also gives full information on the Christmas and New Year packages available at the Applegarth Villa Hotel and all offers have been received very well with plenty of enquiries.

*Available Sunday – Thursday except Christmas and New Year weeks and can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

To check availability and for all the contact details the Applegarth Villa Hotel website http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/

Lake District Self Catering Late Deals

Windermere Marina Village is one of the premier self catering accommodation providers in the Lake District.

Despite being a popular place for holidaymakers visiting the Lake District, it is still possible to pick up a late deal. These late deals can only be found on the WMV website but it’s well worth checking this page which lists the dates and durations of any vacant properties over the coming week.

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Lake District Self Catering Cottages at Windermere Marina Village

As anyone that has booked to stay at WMV before, they offer flexible start dates to full week holidays and short breaks in the off peak season, November through to March. Guests can choose if they want their holiday to start on any day of the week and from 2 nights to 7 nights.

At present, there is availability in one of the cottages for 2 nights starting on a Wednesday. Add the late deal price and it is an excellent way to grab a great value getaway in the Lake District.

The following on the Windermere Marina Village website is where the late deals are published https://www.windermeremarinavillage.co.uk/late-deals


Brimstone Hotel and Beyond

It is worth a little reminder the newest Lake District hotel in town, the Brimstone Hotel.

Most visitors to the Lake District will have at some point either stayed or made use of the facilities on the Langdale Estate and it is on the Langdale Estate that the Brimstone Hotel has been created.

If the Estate wasn’t unique enough, Brimstone firmly and well and truly confirms this. The excitement surrounding this brand new hotel has brought guests to the resort that may not have visited previously.

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The unassuming yet stunning Brimstone Hotel @ Langdale

The main reason for this post is to make readers aware of all that can be experienced when staying at Brimstone. It is not just a stand alone 5 star hotel but one that is full of character and offers flexibility, relaxation and the ability to do whatever you like, whenever you like.

Firstly the location in the heart of the Lake District where activities galore can be enjoyed. Next, the spa. A spa with swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room as well as treatment rooms. Dining and beverages is where it gets even more exciting. Purdey’s Restaurant, The Terrace Restaurant Hobson’s Bar and the Wainwright’s Inn to be precise. 4 dining and drinking choices whilst staying at Brimstone as well as in room menus to choose from 24/7. Depending on what has been done during the day, the cuisine desired etc, guests are bound to enjoy a meal to suit them perfectly.

Brimstone Hotel is special in more ways than one and it is well worth experiencing if given the chance.

Treat Someone to Beyond Luxury this Christmas

It’s getting towards the time when Christmas gifts are springing to mind. What to buy, who to buy for.
The important the person and the requirement, the more pressure and need to get the gift purchased and organised as soon as possible.

In an age when everyone seems to have the material items they need or want, gifts that provide a luxury or an experience are becoming more and more popular.

Gift vouchers for hotels are the perfect solution. Despite the hotel being chosen by the person buying the gift, when the couhcer is used, the people or person can please themselves.

An exciting new collection of gift vouchers has just been introduced by the Brimstone Hotel. For those who do not know, Brimstone is a brand new hotel built by and on The Langdale Estate. Having just opened in July 2013, this hotel is receiving excellent feedback and is beyond boutique, beyond luxury and beyond unique. In terms of thinking of somewhere that will wow for a gift thrn Brimstone would be hard to beat.

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The Brimstone Hotel gift voucher site

The vouchers can be purchased in the form of monetary values or for the full price of specific rooms on a bed and breakfast basis for example a 1 night bed and breakfast stay in a Duet Suite at £325.00 or a 1 night  bed and breakfast stay in a Fireside Suite for £275.00. Alongside these options is the chance to purchase spa experience and spa day vouchers for the Langdale Spa, some of the best facilities in the Lake District.

Easy to purchase, easy to post with the ability to be shipped worldwide, these vouchers take away all the stress of gift purchasing and will take away all the stress of the lucky recipients.

To view all the Brimstone Hotel voucher options and to purchase visit http://brimstone.skchase.com

Lake District Hotel Shortlisted for Green Tourism Award

The Langdale Hotel has been shortlisted for a Green Tourism GoldStar Award.

The GoldStar Awards “…will be presented to those businesses that have demonstrated the highest levels of green ambassadorship, innovation and cost savings over the last year.”

Other shortlisted businesses in the hotel category include Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire and Burleigh Court, Leicestershire. The presentation to the winners in each category will take place at the Green Tourism Conference 2013 at the Bristol Science Centre 8th November 2013. This is Green Tourism’s first ever Green Tourism Conference and the keynote speaker is the inspirational Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence and Ecologist magazine.

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Green Tourism, a not-for-profit organisation

The conference is part of Green Tourism Week which runs from 4th – 10th November 2013 aiming to raise awareness of green issues relating to tourism. Full details can be found here http://www.green-tourism.com/green-tourism-conference-2013-2/

There is also a further award, the GoldStar People’s Choice Award. This award will be presented to the shortlisted business that receives the highest number of votes from the public. Voting is through the Green Tourism Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/Greentourismweek?sk=app_343236642414878. The Langdale Hotel are listed there and a simple click casts a vote for them.

The Langdale Hotel has been and continues to be the greenest tourism business in the Lake District and is constantly revaluating its green credentials. The electric car hire facility has proved a great success this year and has really encouraged guests to leave their car and travel electric. They also continue to help raise awareness and money for organisations such as Nurture Lakeland who implement initiatives to help protect and preserve the Lake District scenery.

The Langdale Estate and its guests help support ‘Our Man at The Top’ footpath repair scheme

Full details about sustainable Langdale can be found at http://www.langdale.co.uk