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Romantic Venues Around the Lakes

Graham Hadaway - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

 

If you and your partner are visiting the Cranleigh for a romantic getaway and want to make the most of some of the most breath taking scenery the UK has to offer, check out our ideas for romantic things to do around the area:

 

Take a Romantic Boat Ride

In our opinion there is no better way to see the majesty of Lake Windermere than by steamer. With trips running between Waterhead, Bowness, Windermere, and Lakeside, you can hop on and hop off as you please with a day ticket and see the best of what the Lakes has to offer.

 

If you want something a bit more adventurous, try hiring a row boat or private boat for some added privacy.

 

Picnic on the Shores of Windermere

Visiting Windermere in the warmer months has its perks, one of which is being able to take a picnic down onto the shores of the lake for a relaxing and chilled out couple of hours. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of tourism though, why not take a picnic out on one of the area’s most scenic walks instead. Just make sure you pack some of our delicious delicacies to take with you.

 

Relax on a Steam Train

If you’re taking the steamer from Bowness to Lakeside, why not continue your journey by taking a step into the luxury and elegance of the wonderful Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam train?

 

Running from the southern tip of Lake Windermere into the South Lakes via the picturesque Leven Valley, you’ll see some wonderful rural sights as you step back on time aboard the train.

 

Sip Champagne in a Hot Air Balloon

If you’re sick of seeing the Lake District from the ground, why not rise above everything and view it from on high? Romantic hot air balloon flights are available from a variety of sights around the area and can often be tailor-made to your specific requests – whether you want to sip champagne in the noon sun or see the sunrise or sunset from up in the clouds.


Sumptuous Summer Cocktails

Graham Hadaway - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

 

With summer in full swing and the sun shining down, now is the perfect time to chill out and cool off with a few refreshing cocktails.

 

Below we’ve listed a some mixes that will not only quench your thirst but keep the party rolling all night long, whether you’re at a barbeque, garden party, or visiting the sights and sounds of the Lake District.

 

Limoncello Collins

The Tom Collins is a gin cocktail famous all over the world, but when gin is combined with the refreshing aperitif limoncello, you get an extra refreshing zing that is not only thirst quenching but enlivening.

 

It is the perfect after-dinner cocktail and your guests will go wild at the taste when served at your garden party.

 

To make a pitcher, simply combine 16oz of limoncello, 12oz of gin and 8oz of fresh lemon juice. Stir and cover the mix, refrigerate for a few hours, and enjoy the ‘Ahh!’ your guests audibly say in unison when they take a sip.


Caribbean Rum Punch

A staple of many a cocktail bar’s menu, the Caribbean Rum Punch is one of the most refreshing drinks out there and is a perfect accompaniment for a summer day.

 

Strong but easy to drink, to create a pitcher for you and your friends you will need 17oz of white rum, 17oz fresh pineapple juice, 17oz fresh orange juice, a splash of bitters, and slices of fresh pineapple to garnish. Combine all of these with plenty of ice and enjoy.

 

Berry Mojito

Everyone loves a traditional mint mojito, but with the sun shining down you might want to make the cocktail a bit more thirst quenching.

 

The Berry Mojito doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it merely involves the addition of a lot of flavours. You want to grab a handful of mint leaves and crush them in your glass with a fork, adding a teaspoon of sugar and a squeeze of lime to the blend. Then mix the base with 2oz of white rum, ¼oz of raspberry liqueur and ¼oz of blue curacao liqueur. Top up with soda water and enjoy the lip-smackingly great zing!

 

Mango-Peach Fizz

This pureed cocktail is bubbling with all kinds of tropical flavours, and will send your taste buds into overdrive!

 

Use a blender to puree a ripe melon and a ripe peach before adding 0.50c of pure orange juice to the mix. Add a tablespoon of sugar to the puree to suit your taste and then store the mix in the fridge. For each individual cocktail add two scoops of the puree with a shot or two of peach schnapps and ice. Yum!

 

Esmeralda Slushy

The Esmeralda cocktail is one with a thousand different variations to its mix and a rarity on a lot of cocktail menus, but trust us – with its zingy taste, your guests will be coming back again and again for a top up.

 

Mix 2oz of tequila with a dash of bitters, 1oz of fresh orange juice and a squeeze of lime juice. Add the mix with 8oz of ice and throw it all in the blender on a high speed until the ice is completely crushed and blended to your desired slushy consistency. Don’t forget the straws and novelty umbrellas!


5 Delicious Delicacies from the Lake District

Graham Hadaway - Friday, August 07, 2015

 

 

The Lake District is home to some of the UK’s best and most beloved cafes, gastro-pubs and restaurants, and part of the secret behind our award winning eateries is an insistence on the use of local produce and traditional cooking methods.

 

Below we’ve picked some of our favourite delicious delicacies for you to sample when you come to stay at the Cranleigh.

 

Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding

It’s hard to believe that Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding is only just celebrating its 25th anniversary it has become such a popular mainstay of the area. One for those of you with the sweetest of sweet tooth’s, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding is made using traditional Cumbrian baking methods and has fans coming from all over to pick up some samples – in fact rumour has it that Johnny Depp puts orders in for it to be delivered to his home in London.

http://www.cartmelvillageshop.co.uk/


Cumberland Sausage

Much like Parma Ham, Feta Cheese, and Champagne, Cumberland Sausage is so synonymous that it has protected status ensuring that it can only be produced in the area. Available from butchers, restaurants, and pubs all over the area, Cumberland Sausage is famed for its distinctive coil, high meat content, intense seasoning and rough-cut texture to the meat. Due to the size and consistency, the Cumberland Sausage is one for those of you with the heartiest of appetites.

 

Grasmere Gingerbread

Not a biscuit and not a cake but somewhere in between, Grasmere Gingerbread can trace its roots all the way back to 1854 when Sarah Nelson perfected her recipe for this spicy-sweet sensation. Since then the popularity of the confectionary has grown and grown and her legacy lives on in the Grasmere Gingerbread Home, with Andrew and Joanne Hunter continuing to make one of our areas best kept secrets.

https://www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk/


Jennings Brewery

The Lake District has become more and more famous for its variety of microbreweries over recent years, but Jennings remains one of the oldest and most well-known. Based in Cockermouth, Jennings regard themselves as a truly traditional Lake District brewer from top to bottom – they use pure Lakeland water for brewing, and only the finest natural ingredients are added to their award winning ales. If you have a designated driver with you, we recommend a tour of the brewery.

http://www.jenningsbrewery.co.uk/


Hawkshead Relish

With a shop in Hawkshead village, Hawkshead Relish stock over 120 relishes, pickles and preserves which are all handmade using traditional open pans and locally sourced ingredients – this means no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives - to make some of the most truly lip-smackingly great condiments. Having just recently won big at the Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Awards, the shop is going from strength to strength.

http://www.hawksheadrelish.com/

 


A Literature Lovers Guide to the Lakes

Graham Hadaway - Thursday, July 30, 2015


 

When you come to visit us in Bowness, you’ll find it hard not to be impressed, awed, and filled with inspiration from the beautiful surroundings you’ll find yourself in.

 

From Lake Windermere itself to the majestic landscapes and soaring peaks, the Lake District has a long history of inspiring some of our most well known and loved literary giants. If you want to take in some of this rich history and heritage during your stay we’ve compiled a list of the best places to visit:

 

Wordsworth Museum

The famed Romanticism poet kick-started mass tourism to the Lake District in the 19th Century with the publication of his ‘Guide through the District of the Lakes’ as well as his famous poem Daffodils. With this in mind, a trip to nearby Grasmere is a must to see why the area was such an inspiration.

 

The museum, along with Dove Cottage (the poet’s home for many years), provides a fascinating glimpse into the man and his work via letters, journals and poems as well as special attractions and events throughout the year.

http://wordsworth.org.uk/visit/the-wordsworth-museum.html

 

Scafell Pike

A huge inspiration for another Romanticism poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge looked to the peaks of Scafell Pike to remedy his dark and troubled persona. In fact, on describing a descent from the Pike, Coleridge commented that it produced in him ‘a state of almost prophetic trance and delight’.

 

As England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike is one of the most dramatic and rugged regions of the Lake District and its ascent provides a great challenge during your stay. We promise that the panoramic views from the top are worth the hardship!

http://www.scafellpike.org.uk/

 

Hill Top Farm

Though the Beatrix Potter Museum located just around the corner from the Cranleigh might be perfect for the child in you, Hill Top Farm provides all the calm and inspiration you will need.

 

Beatrix Potter used her 4,300 acres of property to accurately paint and write the places and animals of her homestead – including the Tower Bank Arms featured in Jemima Puddleduck – before leaving the area for National Trust preservation on her death.

 

Hill Top Farm’s garden are always open to the public, but because it is a small house a timed-ticket system is in operation to avoid overcrowding and to protect the interior. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top/

 

Haweswater Reservoir

A source of inspiration for Haweswater, a 2002 novel by Sarah Hall, this reservoir and its creation is steeped in controversy.

 

Originally a 4km natural lake, and one of the most picturesque valley’s in Westmorland, in 1929 the Haweswater dam was constructed by the Manchester Corporation to supply water for the city. This saw the farming villages of Measand and Mardale Green flooded and lost in 1935, with the population rehomed and the creation of one of the largest lakes at 4 miles long.

 

Today, the remains of the submerged village of Mardale Green can still be seen as stone walls and the village bridge becomes visible as the water level drops. A chilling and spooky site to behold.

http://www.visitcumbria.com/pen/haweswater/


Summer Adventure in the Lakes

Graham Hadaway - Monday, July 27, 2015


 

 

Summer time is when the Lakes really come alive, with all kinds of action and adventure on offer around the area that take full advantage of the fantastic scenery. Below we’ve listed some of our favourite activities to make the most of your summer adventure in the Lakes.


Go Ape

Situated nearby, in the picturesque Grizedale Forest, this adventure is perfect for the inner-Tarzan in you as you find yourself crossing obstacles from high in the tree-tops, flying down huge zip wires, and taking the leap off Tarzan swings.

 

Whether you’re an adventurer at heart or not, the thrill and excitement from each challenge will be enough to keep driving you on to the next obstacle, encapsulating some breath-taking views across one of the Lakes most awe inspiring areas.

http://goape.co.uk/days-out/grizedale


Ghyll Scrambling

One of the Lake District’s premier summer time activities, Ghyll Scrambling (or Gorge Walking) is the perfect way to take advantage of the many mountain streams the area has to offer to cool off in an exciting and active way.

 

Starting at the foot of a gorge, you’ll follow that stream all the way up by climbing the waterfalls, jumping into pools of water, and sliding down the streams.

 

Various companies around the Lakes offer Ghyll Scrambling experiences in some of the area’s most picturesque becks and crofts, with safety equipment and waterproofs provided.

 

Off-Road Driving

If you want to discover the Lake District from a different angle, why not see it from a Jeep 4x4 as you traverse rough and rocky off-road terrain on some of the most exciting and challenging routes available.

 

Kankku offer a variety of experiences – from guided tours and self-drives to bring your own 4x4 and challenge expeditions. Slow and steady is the name of the game with this activity, allowing you to soak in some of the peace and tranquillity of the Lake District’s fells while you drive up and over steep trails.

http://www.kankku.co.uk/index.html


Honister Slate Mine

The Lake District is home to the UK’s only Via Ferrata - a climbing experience utilising a series of metal cables, rungs and ladders - which follows the Honister’s old slate mining route from top to bottom.

 

This process of traversing the old mining route is at once a great history lesson but also gives you the opportunity to see some of the most amazing vistas the Lakes has to offer, topped off by one of the most breathtaking views at the top.

 

The ascent is fully guided and is perfect for people of all climbing abilities. Truly one of the Lake District’s biggest thrills.

http://www.honister.com/


​ Cute Quaint Cafes Perfect for Afternoon Tea

Graham Hadaway - Monday, July 20, 2015


If there’s one thing the Lake District does well it is boutique. Whether you’re in Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside or any of our other picturesque towns, you’ll see a great variety of sole traders, unique shops, and organic food markets.

 

The centrepiece of any town or high street is a great place to rest and relax for afternoon tea, and the Lake District has some of the best around.

 

Below we’ve listed some of our favourites from around the local area to check out when you come to the Cranleigh.

 

Low Sizergh Barn

This family run farm, based in Kendal, is the epitome of home grown – their delicious cheeses are all produced from the farms cows. In fact, Windermere Ice Cream Company make all their flavours using the farms milk so chances are you’ve tasted their produce without even realising it!

The jewel of the shop however is their tea room. Situated on the top floor of the farm, the tea room seats 75 and has a delicious menu filled with locally sourced treats – everything from Low Sizergh Farm free range egg mayonnaise to homemade cakes and pots of Lakeland loose leaf tea.

http://www.lowsizerghbarn.co.uk/


Blackwell Tea Room

Situated on the road into Bowness, the Blackwell Tea Room is part of the Blackwell Arts and Crafts House – a unique and historic part of the Lake District’s art scene.

Although the Blackwell Tea Room is a bit on the small side and can fill up very quickly, their selection of gourmet open sandwiches and cakes are to die for. With the grounds overlooking both Lake Windermere and Coniston’s fells, it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty the Lake District has to offer.

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/


Hazelmere Café and Bakery

Located at the opposite end of the Lake District, the Hazelmere Café can be found in the quaint Victorian seaside resort of Grange-Over-Sands - one of the areas true hidden gems.

Hazelmere emphasise locally sourced and seasonal foods made from scratch and to their original recipes, offering over 40 types of tea, artisan breads, a variety of mouth-watering cakes and sweets, as well as savouries such as steak and kidney pie and Cumberland sausage rolls. You are truly spoiled for choice so luckily they offer a takeaway service if you can’t make your mind up.

http://www.hazelmerecafe.co.uk


St Martins Tea Room

Based just a stone’s throw from the Cranleigh, St Martins Tea Room is one of Bowness’s true hidden gems.

Offering delicious cream tea’s, mouth-watering scones, an ever-changing special’s menu, and a warm and friendly staff, the tea room is a great place to stop for a relaxing break from the sights and sounds of the town.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Martins-Tea-Room-Grill/225077064177500#_=_


5 Picturesque Lake District Cycle Routes

Graham Hadaway - Monday, July 13, 2015

 

With the sun shining off Lake Windermere and the tourist season in full swing, you may want to take a couple of hours away from the hustle and bustle to explore the Lake District in more detail.

 

Whether you plan to bring your bikes with you when you come to stay or you’re contemplating hiring them, below we’ve highlighted some of the most picturesque cycle routes on offer near to the Cranleigh.

 

Windermere’s Western Shore

Sandwiched between the lake’s edge and the Claife Heights area, this moderate route starts and finishes at Windermere railway station and covers quiet country lanes and well graded off road cycle tracks over its 14 miles.

 

Halfway along the route you’ll see the stark impressive grounds of Wray Castle, which is the perfect setting for a quick breather and drinks.


Time to complete: 2-3 hours

 

Troutbeck and Staveley

If you want to see more of what the lakes have to offer, away from our base in Bowness, then this moderate route allows you to take in great views of Lake Windermere.

 

Passing through the neighbouring villages of Troutbeck and Staveley, the route begins and ends at Bowness’s Ferry Nab car park and covers a distance of 19 miles, taking full advantage of quiet back lanes and cycle paths.

 

Time to complete: 2-4 hours

 

Claife Heights and Hawkshead

Revisiting Lake Windermere’s western shore once again, this route requires you to take the ferry from Bowness over to Claife Heights in order to explore the area.

 

The initial part of the 12 mile route is an off-road track which takes you to Wray Castle before the network of cycle and village lanes are opened up. This reveals the beautiful village of Hawkshead and, if Lake Windermere is too busy for your liking, you can check out the tranquil bliss of Esthwaite Water.


Time to complete: 2-4 hours


Lake Windermere

If you want to go the extra mile and ride a route that shows you everything Lake Windermere has to offer, this 22 mile trip is the one for you.

 

Starting from Windermere railway station, this route follows the eastern shore of the lake along a variety of country lanes – allowing you to take in all the sights and sounds that have served as inspiration to some of our most famous poets and artists – before turning off at Newby Bridge and following the west side of the lake up to the ferry port.


Time to complete: 3-5 hours

 

Beatrix Potter Trail

If Bowness’s Beatrix Potter museum has piqued your interest, and you want a cycle route that encompasses some historical points of interest while showing you some of the best views the lakes has to offer, this trail is for you.

 

Starting the journey by crossing the lake on the ferry, this 11 mile route takes you along country lanes and bridleways towards Hill Top where Beatrix Potter wrote some of her most famous stories.

 

Time to complete: 2-3 hours


The Essential Colours for Your Summer Wardrobe

Graham Hadaway - Monday, July 06, 2015

 

With the weather heating up and summer in full swing, it won’t be long before the garden party invites will be flowing in or you’ll be preparing for a relaxing and glamorous weekend away.

 

Key to how you choose to rest and relax is looking stylish and on-trend while doing it. With this in mind we’ve collected some style tips to boost your summer wardrobe, bringing you this seasons essential colours straight from the catwalk.


Aquamarine

A relaxing and soothing colour, aquamarine is a delicate shade that can be mixed and matched with anything from blues to beige in order to form some glam combinations.

 

You’ll see aquamarine in a range of guises this summer - from flowing dresses to playsuits - and combing them with other bright and light tones will keep you looking full of verve in the summer heat.

 

Brings to mind: Refreshing dips in the water.

 

Strawberry Ice

If accentuating your femininity is one of your major requirements this summer, this colour is perfect for your wardrobe. The pale pink tones are cool, flattering, and compatible with almost anything.

 

Whether it’s a beautiful floor-length dress or a wide-legged jumpsuit, you’ll find this shade is reminiscent of some of the best things about summer.

 

Brings to mind: Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri’s


Mellow Yellow

What better colour for a hot summer day? This energising and subtle shade of yellow brings to mind sun, warmth, and fun times, ensuring you’re the most radiant person in the room.

 

Whether your style is vintage or modern, you’ll find this colour is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.


Brings to mind: Lazy days in the sun

 

Lucite Green

A darker option that maintains the subtlety of Aquamarine, Lucite Green’s minty and fresh colour can be found across the board of this summer’s clothes whether you’re looking at heels and leggings or blouses and handbags.

 

From full shape to tight fitting, you’ll find this cool and refreshing shade available in any style you want to try - flawlessly complimenting blue toned clothing and accessories.

 

Brings to mind: Mojito’s in the garden

 

Tangerine

If making a style impact is more your thing this summer, look no further than this bright and bombastic colour.

 

Bringing to mind all the care-free fun of the seventies, this energising shade of orange looks great as a crop-top or high-waisted skirt and provides an attractive combination with the more subtle Strawberry Ice option.

 

Brings to mind: Sunsets by the pool

 

Each of this seasons essential colours highlight some of the best things about summer, helping you to create memories to last.

 

Why not create them here with us, in one of our three luxurious locations?


10 Must Visit Events in July and August

Graham Hadaway - Monday, June 29, 2015

As Spring turns to Summer, the Lake District really comes to life with all kinds of fun and adventures on offer around the area.

 

Below we’ve collected 10 of the biggest and best events for our guests to enjoy. Which will you be visiting when you come to stay at one of our three luxurious locations?

 

Skelton Agricultural Show – 4th July

Based at Hutton-in-the-Forest, Skelton Show is one of the largest country village shows in the area, regularly pulling in crowds of 10,000 people annually.

 

The show has a large selection of events and over 100 trade stands.

www.skeltonshow.com

 


A Day with Wordsworth’s Manuscripts – 11th July

One for the scholarly among you, this unique workshop opportunity at Grasmere’s famous Wordsworth Museum gives you privileged access to 200 year old manuscripts and first editions.

http://www.wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2015/07/11/a-day-with-wordsworth-039-s-manuscripts.html

 


King Pocky's Derwentwater Regatta – 11-12th July

Returning for its third year of mayhem, this extraordinary event draws thousands of visitors down onto the shores of Derwentwater to get wet and wild.

 

The event offers a wide range of activities from larking around on the lake in a bathtub to kayak and rowing taster sessions plus traditional summer fair rides, stalls and competitions.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/borrowdale/visitor-information/article-1355835657851/

 


Summer Beer Festival – 16-19th July

One of the things the Lake District has become famous for over recent years is its craft breweries.

 

With over 70 beers being exhibited, all from independent innovative breweries, come and see what the fuss is about.

https://www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/

 


Lakes Chilli Festival – 18-19th July

For the hot-heads among you, the Lakes Chilli Festival offers the tastiest and spiciest chilli products from around the globe going hand in hand with a huge selection of ales and cocktails.

http://www.thelakeschillifest.co.uk/


Coniston Country Fair – 19th July

Set on the stunning shores of Coniston Water, this traditional Lakeland show offers an insight into traditional Cumbrian life and entertainment.

 

Whether it’s fell-racing up Coniston Old Man, falconry displays, terrier racing, or Westmorland wrestling there’s something to entertain everyone.

http://www.conistoncountryfair.co.uk/

 

 

Potfest in the Park – 24-26th July

If you’re looking for some unique gifts to take home after your stay with us, this is a great event to visit as it brings together some of the most creative clay makers from all over the UK and Europe.

http://www.potfest.co.uk/potfestpark.htm

 

Cumbria Steam Gathering – 25-26th July

Entering its 43rd year, this annual event brings together the country’s most spectacular steam engines, vintage commercial vehicles, classic cars, and motorcycles.

http://www.steamgathering.org.uk/

 

 

Kendal Calling – 30th July-2nd August

One of the biggest independent festivals in the UK, Kendal Calling has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2006.

 

This years festival is headlined by James, Elbow, and Snoop Dog.

http://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/

 

 

Living History Week – 23-31st August

Set in the stunning grounds of Muncaster Castle, this event lets you live, eat and even fight in the past – from Vikings to War of the Roses, some of England’s most important events are brought to life for your entertainment.

http://www.muncaster.co.uk/special-events/summer-fun


Top 10 Gastro Pubs/ Restaurants in the Lake District: Part 2

Graham Hadaway - Monday, June 22, 2015
                 

Over the past few years the food in Cumbria has come on leaps and bounds. In fact, today, it could be argued that the Lake District is home to some of the best eateries in the country. Fine dining is no longer offered only at the secluded, upmarket country hotels and professional city restaurants.

 

Local produce is hugely important and therefore features heavily on the menus of the smallest cafés and the most renowned restaurants alike.

 

Following on from our previous post, we’re delighted to bring you the second half of our top ten gastro pubs and restaurants from all over the Lakes.

 

The Jumble Room

 

If something a little quirky is right up your street then Grasmere’s The Jungle Room is, not only the place to be, the best foody offering by a country mile. This place is full of heart and soul, you can expect a warm welcome from husband and wife team and an eclectic mix of styles, with bright colours, amazing prints, homely jazz and blues and food served on plates that rarely match. The menu is just as wild and varied as the décor, so you can expect everything from crab crostini and lamb bibotie, to the classic fish and chips.

 

Punch Bowl Inn

 

With a growing reputation deeming it one of the best pubs in Windermere, the Punch Bowl Inn is a great mix of the old and the new. Serving up fresh, hearty, homely grub, you can expect a menu of beef bourgignon with mountains of creamy mash and juicy steaks with thick-cut chips, the food is perfect for conquering a cold day in the Cumbrian countryside.

 

The Pheasant Inn

 

Comfort is key at The Pheasant. Steeped in history on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake, there really is something special about it, like a pair of your favourite old slippers. This place has something for everyone and the perfect seating spot to suit all moods; whether you’re in the mood for a formal feast in the smart dining room, or an unfussy drink at the bar with some great bar-side snacks, there’s a place with your name on it at The Pheasant Inn.

 

The Masons Arms

 

Perfect for those of you looking for a challenge, this beautiful pub is perched high on a steep hillside, slightly east of Windermere – don’t worry, you can still make it if you don’t fancy the climb – and offers stunning views for a lunch or dinnertime lookout.

 

Low ceilings, beams and secret nooks and crannies, create a cosy, period atmosphere, steeped in history and perfect for all the family. The menu is packed full of home-cooked food, using fresh, local produce to create enviably hearty dishes.

 

Gillam’s

 

If a day-time treat is what you’re in search of, Gillam’s old tea-room, established in 1892, is possibly the most charming place you will ever visit. Beautifully carved wooden tables perfectly complement the beamed ceiling and the courtyard out back is just something else, the perfect hideaway.

 

The Lake District really is beautiful, but that’s no secret, so when you come to stay, be sure to pay a visit to at least one of our top ten. You won’t regret it.



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