Things to do in The Lake District this April

Graham Hadaway - Thursday, March 09, 2017

April is the month of Easter, the month where flowers bloom, nights get lighter, the daytime warmer and the only month where we have a day...or morning, dedicated 

to pulling a loved ones leg (for April Fools Day that is). Prank planning aside, there is much to look forward to and many things to do in The Lake District in April.

1.A Show by the Lake

If you're searching for a lovely and insightful way to spend your evening, The Theatre By The Lake has much to offer. Running from Saturday the 1st of April until Saturday the 22nd of April, the production of William Wordsworth, is certainly a remarkable show worth watching. As the story of a world-famous romantic poet, there was a great deal more to this wordsmith's life, than simply composing endearing sonnets of love. Wordsworth's book, Lyrical Ballards, helped launch the Romantic Age in English Literature. As a result, the Cockermouth born poet lives on to be a local legend. Most noteworthy in accordance to this piece, you'll discover that Wordsworth's family life was not as seamless as the words he scripted.

With an eclectic range of productions, The Theatre by The Lake is a peaceful and quaint location.

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2. Exhibition

The Light Within Exhibition at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in Bowness-on-Windermere, is a visionary presentation worth stopping by to see during a stay in The Lakes. Running from now until Sunday the 18th of June, the exhibition is open each day from 10:30am5pm. Created by Griet Beyaert and Paul Miller, collectively known as 'The Glass Cyphers', this intriguing demonstration is a mix of glass-making and digital technology. Inspired by the use of light, you'll be able to view a range of multi-layered video projections, mapped onto sculpted glass works and accompanied by a powerful soundscape.

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3. Chesters By The River and Skelwith Bridge

For a truly delightful lunch out head to Chesters By The River, based in nearby Ambleside. As a beautiful cafe and gift shop with a modern country feel, you have the option of dining in the welcoming indoors, surrounded by inviting french doors, or, alternatively you can dine alfresco in the outdoor patio area, looking out onto scenic forestry. With a scrumptious variety of food either from the delights presented on the counter, created from the open wood fired oven or by opting for a salad, you'll have plenty to choose from. Following on from this, make a day of it by visiting the breathtaking Skelwith Falls and surrounding countryside footpath.

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4. Hills, Gills and Falls

If you're feeling adventurous and like a challenge this event in The Lake District provides you with a wonderful way to spend the day. Taking around five and a half hours in total, covering 10 km, this peaceful trek through the breathtaking hills will leave you feel invigorated. Starting at Glen Mary Bridge, the highest point you'll reach during the journey over Tom Heights to Colwith Force, is 260m. Especially relevant to this – walking boots with a good tread and a reasonable level of fitness are required. In addition, for things to do in The Lake District, this hill walk will take place on the 9th of April, starting at 10:30am.

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5. Jackson's Bistro for dinner

As far as things to do in The Lake District goes, trying out one of the many quality restaurants heres is a must-do. For a lovely dinner not too far from the hotel, try Jackson's Bistro in Bowness-on-Windermere. Offering a wonderful variety of meat dishes as well as vegetarian options, there's lots of tasty options to choose. With a quality British menu, Jackson's Bistro is particularly renowned for its choice of steaks. To add to this, dress code is varied here. You can feel comfortable whatever the occasion, thanks to the perfect balance of a smart yet casual atmosphere.

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Why we are the No.1 Hotel for Romance in Windermere

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, February 23, 2017


Here at the Cranleigh Boutique, as a No.1 hotel for romance in Windermere, we understand the importance of couple retreats. Offering only the highest quality of luxury features in our exclusively designed rooms and suites, we pride ourselves on providing a totally unique experience like no other. 




    We understand that for the majority of us, leading both busy and fast-paced lives makes having the chance of spending quality time together difficult. When escaping to the Cranleigh Boutique you can cherish precious moments with the one you treasure, in the pleasure of luxury surroundings. We offer a relaxing retreat, where you and your significant other can recuperate, unwind in one another's company and reignite that spark.



    Lake Windermere 

    Being situated in Bowness-on-Windermere, the heart of the stunning Lake District, the location for our hotel and suites is made ever the more, perfectly romantic. The Lake District is renowned for its beauty and breathtaking scenery. There really is nothing quite like being able to walk side by side with your loved one, breathing in the fresh country air, absorbing astounding views and all while feeling at complete peace in the surroundings of nature. With a choice of fun outdoor activities, high quality restaurants and vibrant bars, The Lakes provides the perfect way to spend your day and maximise time spent together.

    Our Accommodation




    One of the aspects making us stand out from other hotels in Windermere, is the intriguing fact that no two rooms at the Cranleigh are the same. Each of our rooms are carefully thought out and individually designed, so that we provide something that can cater to every preference.



    With an array of luxury features including mood lighting, air jet spa bath and cinema screens you have the freedom to set the tone you desire. Whether that's using your iPhone to select music of your choice and playing it through the sound speaker system, with low-lit lighting and a glass of fizzy to hand, or if you'd prefer to sit back and enjoy a film on an 8ft touch pad controlled cinema screen, while feeling the warmth of the 3D flame effect digital fire radiate (as featured in The Indulgence Suite) - our aim is to provide you with a great selection of choice during your staycation in our private havens.

    Special Packages


    Demonstrate how much thought you've put into creating romance during your stay by surprising your other half with one of our special packages. Choose from the appropriately named Because I Love You Package or The Ultimate Cranleigh Package, as well as three others. We designed these for those guests who really want to go that extra mile, in applying the most wonderful of finishing touches. Our special treats include a range of exquisite Champagne, a bouquet of roses, handmade chocolates, rose petals scattered on the bed and more.

Things to do in The Lakes this March

Emily Hadfield - Wednesday, February 15, 2017


As Spring is fast approaching and the transition into March makes for better weather, it's the month we can finally wave goodbye to taking refuge indoors... and ease ourselves back into enjoying outdoor activities!


There's a range of fun and unique activities to take part in over March in The Lakes, available for people with all types of interests.


Here's our 4 favourite upcoming events:


    1. Treetop Trek




    See The Lakes from a birds-eye-view with the award winning Treetop Trek in Windermere. Described as a 'tree'rifficly fun experience you'll have the opportunity to swing, climb, balance and fly through ancient British woodland canopy like never before!


    You can choose between the quick Climb and Zip (30 minutes), a Mini Trek (1 hour) or going all out with the Full Treetop Trek (2-3 hours). With 35 Treetop challenges you'll be kept amused.


    2. Cartmel Food Market

      Experience the beautiful surroundings of this Medieval Village and Priory with its monthly food market. Famous for it's Sticky Toffee Puddings and Mrs Kirkham's Lancashire cheese, were sure the food here will be incomparable.


      Held every third Friday of the month, Friday 17th March is your chance to trial the fine food this Lakes village has to offer! Featuring stalls from local farmers, growers and artisan food producers you'll discover a selection of meats, cheeses, pies, breads, preserves and cakes.


      3. Lake Cruise




      Enjoy breathtaking views from England's longest lake with Windermere Lake Cruises. Certainly a must do for anyone visiting the area, this restful journey will allow you to take in the scenic landscape. You can choose from indoor and outdoor seating, as well as from a choice of cruises – each varying in duration.


      If you prefer, you can make a day of the journey, with a trip to a local attraction. For Cranleigh guests staying two nights or more, you will receive 2 free Lake Cruise tickets with our #WINTERMACY offer, ending in March.



      4. Theatre by the Lake – Two Way Mirror


      Set just a short stroll away from Derwentwater, based on the outskirts of Keswick, the Theatre by the Lake is a must-see venue for anyone visiting The Lake District.


      Described by The Independent as “the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain”, it presents a great choice of renowned performances. This month sees the showing of Two Way Mirror, a captivating drama, exploring the themes of love, illusion and the power of desire.


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Make your Valentine's extra special

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, February 02, 2017


At The Cranleigh we pride ourselves on being the destination for romance. Awarded Number 1 for Romance in the North on two separate occasions by Trip Advisor, what better place to celebrate Valentine's.


With an abundance of packages and special treat's available including: a bed scattered with rose petals, luxury champagne, handmade chocolate and a Huggie Bear, it's an experience that is certain to put a smile on your partner's face.


Here's our favourite packages to choose from:




  1. 1. Because I Love You

    Appropriately named, nothing says I love you on that all important day quite like this package. With a box of deluxe handmade chocolates and two glasses of our House Champagne in hand, sparks will be flying as you sit back to enjoy the warm glow of a candle-lit room and a bed decorated in rose petals.

If you choose to make your stay extra special with one of our Church Suites, you can unwind together among the bubbles of an air spa bath, while relaxing in front of a film of your choice.


And the romance doesn't stop there, surprise your special someone with the most traditional love gesture of all - a single red rose.


  1. 2. Deluxe Arrival


    Stick to the key elements of romance with our Deluxe Arrival Package. Starting by popping open a bottle of our classic House Champagne, you can both enjoy a glass of fizz and experience the delicious taste of our signature chocolates, while sharing a sumptuous bed scattered in rose petals.

    If you opt for The Hideout Boutique House you can make the most of all this and more with an outstanding cinema room, specially designed by the famous Majik House.


    Settee not comfy enough for you? Not to worry, you can enjoy the cinematic experience from the comfort of an extra large air spa bath for two, fitted with I-Pad controlled underwater lighting.




    3. Make It Personal


    If there's a particular brand of Champagne you prefer: Moet and Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Laurent Perrier, Piper-Heidsieck or there's just one treat from the packages listed above that stands out to you, there's always the option of customising your extras.


    Maybe a bouquet of stunning flowers on arrival in your room is more your style?


    Or would you rather strawberries dipped in chocolate be waiting on the other side of the door?


    Whatever you preference, we are here to accommodate and make February a month of romance for you and your significant other.

Find your Inner Dare-Devil this New Year

Emily Hadfield - Tuesday, January 24, 2017


More often than not, people make their resolutions for the new year based on 'giving up', be it take-away food, alcohol, or perhaps wilful spending. Although these goals are respectable, wouldn't it be refreshing to aim for something with a slightly more enjoyable process?


Make 2017 your year to be daring (not that giving up your Friday night curry isn't highly commendable!) and get those adrenaline juices flowing. Here are a few ways in which you can access your inner adventurer here in the UK...



Kankku 4X4 Off Road Adventure


Discover The Lake District from a completely new angle with Kankku's 4X4 Off Road Adventure. Your blood will be pumping as you take the wheel of the Kankku 4X4 and begin to be led across the challenging terrain of the Lakeland fells. Whether you're an advanced off road driver, or a complete beginner, the Kankku adventure is a thrilling experience that will be hard to forget.



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IFLY Indoor Skydiving – Various locations


Relinquish control and stimulate true free-fall conditions at an IFLY indoor skydiving centre. If you're not quite ready to start jumping out of planes, then IFLY is the ideal way to go. No need to worry if you have never been indoor sky-diving before, first-time flyers will have two instructors - one to help you in the tunnel, and one to control the air speed.



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CRAGS Adventures


CRAGS – or 'Climbing Rocks, Abseiling & Ghyll Scrambling - has been rated the No.1 outdoor activity company in The Lake District by customers on TripAdvisor. Operating in the picturesque national park, CRAGS allows adventure seekers to discover the charm of The Lake District, while taking part in one of the number of exhilarating activities offered, be it scaling a rock face, climbing a waterfall, or scrambling a gorge.



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Harness Zorbing – Various locations


An activity like no other, Harness Zorbing is perfect for those wanting to shake with laughter rather than with fear. Strapped in at the hips, shoulders and feet, participants roll down a hill inside a cushioned, see-through ball at speeds of up to 30mph, while racing another person. There is simply nothing quite like it (unless you're a hamster).



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Keswick Extreme: Outdoor Adventure Activities


Like the idea of white water tubing? Or perhaps climbing into a mine? Both are possible with Keswick Extreme. Located on the shores of Derwentwater, Keswick Extreme is a long established provider of outdoor activities, with trained guides guaranteed to give you an exciting day in The Lake District. The activities offered by Keswick Extreme allows you to test your nerves and experience the extreme nature of the Lakeland countryside.


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Romantic activities/places to visit in The Lake District for Valentines Day

Emily Hadfield - Monday, January 16, 2017


The Cranleigh Boutique loves a little romance, so much so, Trip Advisor has awarded The Cranleigh Boutique 'Number 1 for Romance in the North' on two separate occasions. Therefore, we are here to help with your country escape this Valentines Day. Visit one of the most popular National Parks and discover the charm of The Lake District with that special someone...







High Sweden Bridge, Ambleside

Dating back to what is believed to be the 16th century, the High Sweden Bridge is an old packhorse bridge, which couples can see for themselves by meandering through the picturesque Lakeland fells. What is fascinating about this historical sight, are the numerous names which have been carved into the stone by famous visitors, including the poet William Wordsworth.

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Pony Trekking, Rookin House

Discover the stunning scenery of The Lake District by horse for a unique and idyllic experience with your special other. It doesn't matter if you're a novice or experienced rider, Rookin House caters for all standards. Your instructor will take you along bridleways and quiet country lanes, across open fells and through forests, with guaranteed views along the way.

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Zefferellis Cinema, Ambleside

Home to a cinema, restaurant, cafe & jazz bar, Zefferellis is so much more than your standard cinema. With their 'Movie Deal,' couples can enjoy a delicious two or three course meal at either Zefferellis or Fellinis restaurant - both known for their quality vegetarian cuisine - followed by a film of your choice in one of their cinemas. The atmosphere is inviting and relaxed, so much so, you can enjoy your film while sharing a bottle of vino with your other half.

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The Lake District is well known for its quaint villages, cosy pubs and independent shops. Celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one by discovering one of the national park's rural towns such as Grasmere, where you will find “the world's best gingerbread” in a Victorian-style cottage turned shop. Or you can discover Kirkby Lonsdale, which is home to many delightful boutique stores. For a slightly busier environment, explore Bowness-on-Windermere where you can escape to a traditional pub with a crackling log fire, wooden beams and real ale. If that doesn’t delight you, there are several less traditional venues with much to offer.








How to stick to those New Year's Resolutions

Emily Hadfield - Wednesday, January 11, 2017



We've all been there. One minute the Champagne is flowing and you're dancing the night away (giving Beyonce herself a run for her money), then before you know it it's the 2nd of January, and you're suddenly very aware that you have drunk your body weight in alcohol, eaten an impressive number of mince pies, and your bank statement is so disturbing that it's in the bin before you can truly analyse your questionable spending over the festive period. Cue the New Year's Resolutions. Whether your aim is to spend less/budget better, join a gym, or kick your chocolate habit, we believe there is a tactic you can use which will increase your chances of sticking to your goals of 2017.


This new year, consider joining the #Healthyish movement. #Healthyish encourages the small changes you make which not only improve your physical health, but also your state of mind. Perhaps that means you go for a run on Monday morning after your boozy Sunday brunch, or maybe you park further away from the entrance of the shopping centre during the sales.There is no denying that the concept of 'healthy living' has never been so visible in mainstream society, with newspapers, magazines, social media accounts and consumer products all promoting cleaner ways of living. However, this can cause obsession as well as an unnecessary healthy vs. unhealthy divide when in reality, most people live their lives somewhere in between. A punishing diet or an extreme new routine is unlikely to be manageable in the long run, and often causes guilt and a sense of failure. Therefore, the key is to set attainable goals and enjoy the changes you are making and the effect they have on your mental health. So go forth and live your unfiltered, #Healthyish life, just make sure you love it along the way...


Enjoy the countryside? Start your #Healthyish journey with some walks in the beautiful Lake District (yes, they do end in a pub)


Love your Christmas leftovers

Emily Hadfield - Monday, January 02, 2017


The festive season has officially come to end and although it feels like mountains of food and gallons of wine have been consumed, there STILL seems to be a never-ending supply of leftovers. If you're unsure on how to use your surplus, here is a handful of ideas which will give your leftovers a delightful second life.




Turkey or Chicken Risotto

However tempting that turkey, chicken or roast beef may look poised in the middle of the table on Christmas Day, there is a high chance that there will be some meat left up for grabs (even after seconds!). A turkey or chicken risotto is a delicious and easy way of using your leftover bird and vegetables. With softened onion, bacon lardons, peas, mushrooms, garlic, a glass of white wine (I'm sure there will be some knocking around), chicken stock and Arborio rice, you have the makings of a wonderful risotto.





Brie (or any other leftover cheese), Apple, Cranberry & Onion Tart

This dish is ideal if you found that by the time the cheeseboard came around, everyone was so far into their food comas that only a grape was eaten out of politeness. Cheese and apple complement each other perfectly in this puff pastry tart, alongside the distinctive flavours of cranberry and onion. Be sure to add some Dijon mustard and thyme to create a tasty tart that is mouth-watering when served either hot or cold.



Classic Sandwiches – Roast Beef & Horseradish / Turkey & Cranberry

If anyone is familiar with the American sitcom 'Friends', then you'll know just how exciting the prospect of a leftovers sandwich really is. With some soft, fluffy bread, cold meat, a dash of gravy (a baguette is advised for large quantities of gravy to minimise spillage), and a punchy condiment, you have the ultimate festive feast.


Christmas Pudding Strudel

Let's be honest, Christmas pudding rarely makes a person's 'top 3 desserts', and it is often left unfinished. But fear not, as a Christmas Pudding Strudel is a quirky way to use your leftover pudding to create a slightly more exciting sweet. Combining crumbled Christmas pudding, mascarpone, Baileys, filo pastry (with melted butter), and some icing sugar for dusting, you can create an impressive strudel which will even have the Christmas pudding condemners coming back for more.







What to expect from The Cranleigh Boutique in 2017...

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, December 29, 2016


With the new year fast approaching, it's time to start looking ahead at the goals and opportunities that lie ahead in 2017. The Cranleigh Boutique have some exciting plans for the upcoming year, and without giving TOO much away, here's a taster of what's to come...


A Round of Refurbishments:

Our latest upgrades have already started here at The Cranleigh, with our Hideout House recently reopening on the 23rd of December after closing for a month of refurbishment. The updated furnishings, décor and technology have created an even more stylish and luxurious boutique house in which guests can escape and unwind. On top of an improved user experience, guests who stay at The Hideout can also expect stylish lighting, a large smart television complete with a movie server, and a wireless music system fitted throughout. However, it doesn't stop there. The Cranleigh are continuing to update their rooms and suites to ensure that guests can always guarantee quality surroundings when they stay with us.

Advanced Booking Rates:

We have listened to customer feedback and therefore have installed a new intelligent booking system which offers guests a cleaner and more rewarding user experience. For example, people will be rewarded with discounted rates if they book in advance or directly through us. Our overall system has also been updated to allow for a simple and easy booking process.

Special Packages & Treats:

We have recently launched a brand new range of special packages and treats. Guests can choose from: the 'Deluxe Arrival Package', the 'Happy Birthday Package', the 'Luxury Arrival Package', the 'Because I Love You Package' and 'The Ultimate Cranleigh Package'. Packages include items such as handmade chocolates, a bouquet of roses, candles, a Huggie bear, a single red rose, as well as rose petals for the bed. These special touches gives our guests the opportunity to celebrate a particular occasion or make their stay even more personal.

Thank you to all our guests who have visited The Cranleigh Boutique during 2016. We hope you enjoyed your stay with us in this beautiful part of the country, and that we will see you again in the new year. All the best for 2017!


Pub walks for January

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, December 22, 2016


January is always an interesting month, with people seeming to fall into one of two camps. The first consists of those who suffer with the obligatory January blues as we wave goodbye to a month of parties, indulgent food and quality time with friends and family, while the other insists on posting far too many “new year new me” posts, which annually flood our social media feeds (usually with an obligatory gym selfie no less). I say enough is enough. Lets embrace the new year with dignity, and embrace January with open arms (and no pictures in lycra).


Although we leave the celebratory holidays behind in December, this tends not to be the case with the winter weather. January is the time to wrap up warm, and detox with the healing powers of fresh country air. Explore The Lake District countryside this January with one of our recommended walks (and yes, they end in a pub for a well deserved lunch and drink).




Skelwith Bridge - The Britannia Inn (Elterwater)





For those who want to start off easy, this flat walk doesn't take long, but it's undeniably picturesque. With rivers, tarns and glorious views along the way, the short walk to Elterwater is a charming one. There is a small car park as well as road-side parking near Skelwith Bridge where walkers can park up and follow the signs to Elterwater, and more importantly, to The Britannia Inn. This traditional Inn is small and cosy with locally sourced homemade food and real ales.


Windermere – The Watermill Inn (Ings)





A favourite walk amongst locals, it conveniently begins from the centre of Windermere, and immediately takes you into what feels like the depths of the countryside. The walk isn't particularly challenging, but you certainly feel like you've earned your lunch by the end of it. Thankfully, The Watermill Inn can oblige. Nestled in the quaint town of Ings, The Watermill is home to its very own award-winning brewery, and can offer up to 11 real ales at once. They also have a varied selection of food on offer which is served from 12pm till 9pm everyday.



Windermere – The Eagle & Child Inn (Staveley)






A slightly more challenging walk compared to the two mentioned above, this walk starts in Windermere and ends in Staveley. Notably, Staveley is home to a train station which travels directly to Windermere in under 10 minutes if one way is more than enough! The Eagle & Child is an inviting traditional country pub with slate floors, exposed beams, and real log fires. It serves freshly prepared pub grub and a variety of hand-pulled local ales and regular guest beers. Alternatively, walkers can visit the Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall which is the ideal pitstop for beer lovers. Featuring in 'The Good Beer Guide' AND 'The Good Pub Guide', at The Hawkshead Brewery you can enjoy a number of beers where they are made. There is also a food menu consisting of hearty and classic tapas style dishes.









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