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Our new Sanctuary Suite

Jo Spencer - Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Not only have we just launched our newest venture, the Fizzy Tarté, which opened to the public in Bowness-on-Windermere on 14th April, we’re also breathing

new life into some of our other offerings. The ever popular and über stylish Sanctuary Suite at the award winning Cranleigh Boutique hotel has enjoyed a very recent overhaul and we’re delighted with the results!

 

The new look at the Sanctuary Suite:

 

The success of the Boutique Church Suites, which opened to much acclaim last January, has blown us away. Sumptuously decorated and crammed to the rafters with technological magic, they’re the stuff of dreams. We’ve won awards and feedback from the great British public has been superb. In terms of design, we’ve hit the nail on the head. It’s unsurprising therefore, that we’re keen to replicate the look, feel and atmosphere of the Boutique Church Suites into our other accommodation offerings.

 

We’ve brought in the skills of Steve and Jo Cross once again to create a luxurious edge. Having designed the interiors of the Boutique Church Suites, we know exactly what this stylish duo can do!

 

As you can see, the new look Sanctuary Suite is completely becoming of the Cranleigh Boutique brand. Attention to detail, luxury and a bespoke approach combine to create another winning look which we know our customers are going to love. We are specialists in creating the ultimate accommodation experience for our guests. That’s what we’re renowned for.

 

If you would like to experience the ‘wow factor’, at our new look Sanctuary Suite, call us on 015394 43293 or visit: http://www.thecranleigh.com/index.html

The wait is over as ‘The Fizzy Tarté' finally opens!

Jo Spencer - Friday, April 15, 2016


We’ve spent months in the planning and you’ve been there right alongside us! At last, The Fizzy Tarté has opened its doors and the feedback so far has been beyond anything we could have hoped for! If you haven’t been yet, please do come along and whilst you’re waiting, we’ll talk you through what you can expect!

 
The best cocktails in town!

 

Our two mixologists are now in-situ and are creating mouth-watering cocktails! Kuba Marcisz and Csaba Palyov have both been expert mixologists for many years and will bring the ‘showmanship service’ that will stand The Fizzy Tarté out as the South Lakes’ best patisserie and bar. By all accounts, the ‘Pornstar Martini’ is a big hit and we’ve also been serving happy customers bottles of Crystal and Veuve Cliquout!
 
Glowing Feedback:

 

At the end of the day, it’s all about our customers and your feedback is essential to us. Afterall, that’s why we do what we do! So far, our clientele are loving the vibe, the music and the lighting. Our new team are in place and doing a stellar job. Our VIP booth is open and we’re looking forward to welcoming many more customers over the coming weeks.

 

How to find us:

 

Our new website is now up and running, so you’ll know what you can expect before you even get here! Well designed, easy to navigate and fully befitting of the Cranleigh brand, we’re pretty pleased with it! Take a look: http://www.thefizzytarte.com/index.html

 

 

 

Things to do in May, in the Lake District

Jo Spencer - Monday, April 11, 2016

We’re heading towards warmer months and the Lake District is becoming busier and busier. With the prospect of more enjoyable outdoor activities (without rain!), we predict that visitors will be heading for hills this summer. If climbing’s not your thing however, there’s plenty more going on across the region. Here’s our pick of the best…

 

Cumbria Life sausage festival at Muncaster Castle:

 

One for the foodies! Join in the fun and celebrate the great Cumberland Sausage! Sponsored by Cumbria Life magazine, this is a weekend of food and drink, demos and competitions, gifts and crafts, entertainment and fun over the bank holiday. There are the competitions such as the 2016 ‘Favourite Butchers Cumberland Sausage Competition’; plus entertainment and celebrity chefs - TV Chef Peter Sidwell is joining the event again! There will also be children’s crafts and face painting!
For further information, visit: www.muncaster.co.uk

 

On ‘yer bike with the Fred Whitton Challenge:

 

The famous Fred Whitton Challenge is a cycle challenge starting and finishing in Grasmere and covering 112 gruelling miles around the Lake District National Park. More than 2500 participants from all over the country will be taking part in this one day event. Whether you’re participating, or merely out to spectate, it’s a great fun day and very much a part of the Lake District calendar.
For further information, visit www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk

 

Freerange comedy festival:

 

The freerange comedy festival takes place at the Brewery Arts centre in Kendal, with some pretty famous faces turning out to cause a few chuckles! The festival will welcome the likes of Al Murray, Jack Dee, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Jason Manford, Jimmy Carr, Josie Long and Lee Evans!
For further information on how to book, visit www.breweryarts.co.uk

 

The Keswick Jazz Festival:

 

The Keswick Jazz Festival displays the very best of vintage, swing, blues and hot jazz, returning for Keswick Jazz Festival’s 25th year. Top bands – both established and new - will bring to life the music that evolved in New Orleans a century ago and took the world by storm. With more than 90 events across four packed days, from intimate concerts in the town, to show-stopping performances at Theatre by the Lake, there’s bound to be plenty for all!
For further information, visit: www.theatrebythelake.com

Castles in the Lake District

Jo Spencer - Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Lake District has its fair share of historical buildings. If castles are your ‘thing’, then there are plenty in Cumbria to keep you happy! From the ruins of Kendal castle, to the supposed hauntings at Muncaster, we select a few of our favourites!

Muncaster Castle:

Muncaster Castle is a stately home on the very edge of the Lake District National Park, in Ravenglass. The castle was built in the 14th century, but much of the building we see today is a result of rebuilding in the 18th and 19th centuries. The interiors are grand, whilst retaining a 'homey' feel. The castle is open during the season, with a maze and hawk & owl centre. You can stay in the castle itself, although you would have to be brave. Muncaster has the reputation of being one of the most haunted castles in Britain!
For further information, visit http://www.muncaster.co.uk/

Kendal Castle:

Kendal Castle dates from the late 12th Century. Its ruins overlook the River Kent, with two towers and stretches of the curtain wall remaining. There is an exhibition at Kendal museum about the castle, its people, and the life of the town. There are displays showing medieval objects, reconstructions of the castle, computer displays and various activities such as coin rubbing. Originally the home of the barons of Kendal, the Parr family is the best known of the baronial families, its most famous member being Katherine Parr, the sixth and last Queen of Henry VIII.

Appleby Castle:

Appleby Castle is located in the heart of the Eden Valley, nestling alongside the River Eden. This spectacular motte and bailey castle has been held by the Kings of England and Scotland and boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps. In the 17th century, the castle was the preferred residence of Lady Anne Clifford. Today, the castle can be hired for private functions, hosts a number of summer events and you can even stay in a four poster bed! For further information, visit http://www.applebycastle.co.uk/AC/

Dalton Castle:

Dalton castle is a medieval peel tower, or fortified tower, built at the upper end of Dalton-in -Furness High Street. It was constructed by the Abbot of the powerful Furness Abbey in the early 14th century following a devastating raid by Robert the Bruce and his Scots. The castle features displays about medieval armour, local history, Furness Abbey, and artist George Romney.
The building would have contained a courtroom, a gaol, guardrooms and stores. After the dissolution of the abbey in 1537, the castle continued as a courthouse for more than 300 years, owned at first by the Crown and then by the Dukes of Albermarle, the Dukes of Montagu, and finally the Dukes of Buccleuch.

 

Step away from the chocolate: it’s time to ‘juice’!

Jo Spencer - Thursday, March 31, 2016

It has been the ‘buzzword’ of the past couple of years and juicing now seems to be all the rage. What better time to tuck into delicious, healthy and cleansing juices, than following a period of excess over the Easter break? It’s time to ‘step away from the chocolate’ and reach for the nutribullet instead!


The benefits of juicing:

You should know that more than 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables. We would need to eat 2lbs of carrots, 10-12 apples, or 8 lbs of spinach to get the same amount of nutrients you receive in one 16oz juice. When you consume a fruit or vegetable juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables and giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest.

Juicing and Illness:

There is so much research that demonstrates the healing properties of juicing. Not only will juicing facilitate weight loss, increase energy levels, strengthen immunity, give us strong bones and a glowing complexion, it has also been linked with reducing the chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes. A growing body of research suggests that many vitamin supplements don’t help prevent chronic disease. A synthetic vitamin or mineral is a laboratory simulation of the real thing. Natural, plant-based vitamins and minerals are more easily and completely absorbed by the body.

Where to find a juice fix in the Lake District:

You’ll be pleased to know that the modern phenomena of fresh juices can be found nestled in the more traditional Lake District! The newly opened ‘Lakes Pressery’ in Ambleside is the real deal and offers a host of delicious juices to enjoy on-site or take away. We love the look of the ‘Dr Brainlove’ juice, comprising Blueberry, Beetroot, Spinach, Broccoli, Apple & Lime. https://thelakespressery.com/

You can also pick up a delicious fresh juice from ‘Greens Café’ in Grasmere. The ‘Kiwicumber’ is proving to be a hit, comprising kiwi, spinach and cucumber. http://greensgrasmere.com/

Let’s hope this healthy approach to our bodies is adopted by more Lake District venues!

 

The Fizzy Tarté's opening date confirmed!

Jo Spencer - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

It’s been the build-up of the year, but following many months of planning, creating and exhilaration, we are delighted to announce that the Fizzy Tarté's opening date has been confirmed! The big day will be Thursday 14th April and we’re beyond excited! We hope you’re as excited as we are…


The finishing flourishes:

So, the team has been employed, the lights are in, the music is being mixed and the patisserie is in the throes of completion. The coffee is from illy in Italy (one of the finest producers in the world) and the menus have gone to print. We’ve put heart and soul into every single aspect of the Fizzy Tarté. Every offering under the Cranleigh brand is exclusive, unique and luxurious and the Fizzy Tarté is no different. From the sumptuous interiors to the bespoke cocktails, we’ve considered every detail.

A couple of rules to keep things chic…

As with all exclusive venues, we like to set the tone! And therefore, for everyone’s comfort and enjoyment we do have a dress code. We would politely ask that visitors refrain from wearing trainers, baseball caps or sportswear…

Did you sign up for the coolest place in town?

For those who signed up to join in the fun at The Fizzy Tarté by becoming a VIP member, you’re in very good company! In addition to being the first to hear about our latest news and developments, you’ll receive two free glasses of champagne when we launch and a free bottle of champagne on your birthday! We will be in contact very soon regarding claiming your free champagne and collecting your membership card! Welcome aboard!

The most luxurious Easter treats on the market!

Jo Spencer - Thursday, March 24, 2016


It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Purely, for the purposes of research, the team at the Cranleigh Boutique have been sampling the very best luxury

Easter wares from the high street, so that when you go hunting for chocolate goodies, you’ll be completely clued up. We’ve done all the hard work for you!

 
The Chocolate Society Dark Monochrome Egg: £29.99, Selfridges:

 

The detail in this egg is extraordinary. Created in rural Somerset, the dark chocolate shell is covered by a very thin layer of white chocolate, which is then coated in black cocoa butter, giving it an almost velvet-like feel. The taste is dominated by the dark contingent, which has a delicious intensity only discernible after a few seconds in the mouth.

 

Harrods Artisan Milk Chocolate Easter Egg: £39.95, Harrods:

 

The price you’re paying for this egg from high-end department store, Harrods, is explained in part by its intricate crafted appearance. The speckled, hand-painted exterior is beautiful, and the egg itself will please those who prefer sweeter chocolate. An additional bonus comes in the form of some small Gianduja chocolates tucked away inside!

 

Betty’s Large Milk Chocolate Spring Flowers Egg: £49.95, Betty’s:

 

You’ll probably have to enlist the help of fellow chocoholics to finish this one off – weighing in at 600g and standing 24cm tall, Betty’s of Harrogate has created an exceptionally big Easter egg! It can only be described as a work of art, with its floral, hand-decorated exterior.
 
Fortnum & Mason Six Golden Eggs, filled with hazelnut praline: £25 for 300g:

 

It wouldn’t be Easter without a beautiful creation from the world’s finest food halls! This particular novelty is a very sweet offering and a great idea. You have to crack through real egg shell to get to the solid chocolate itself. The hazelnut praline is strong and rich. Definitely on our Easter egg list!
 
Marks & Spencer’s ‘Single Origin Cocoa Pod’; £12 for 265g:

 

Good old M&S! They never fail to disappoint on the food front and this egg is no exception. The design of this Easter egg is lovely. The chocolate is very dark and rich which gives it an intense flavour.

What’s it like to work at the Cranleigh Boutique?

Jo Spencer - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Cranleigh Boutique first opened in 2007 and since then, we’ve built a fabulous brand with some unique accommodation offerings. The Cranleigh Boutique was named the UK’s most romantic hotel in 2013; the Boutique Church Suites were named ‘best design in the UK and second in the world’; and we’re just about to launch our newest venture, The Fizzy Tarté! Behind the scenes of all these undertakings, has been a creative and loyal team of employees. They’ve stuck with

us through thick and thin! We caught up with 29 year old Mickeala Nattrass, who joined the Cranleigh back in the very beginning.

 

Mickeala’s story:

 

Former ‘Lakes school’ pupil, Mickeala, has been a key part of the Cranleigh team for 10 years. Starting in housekeeping, Mickeala quickly climbed the ranks and is now the general manager of the Cranleigh Boutique Hotel.

 

“When I first started working for the Cranleigh, there wasn’t actually a job for me, but owner, Stephen Hargreaves, saw something in me and employed me nonetheless!” she said. “The team is very loyal and essentially, that’s because of the way they are treated by management.”

Mickeala, whose family live in the surrounding area, also puts her success down to her strong work ethic, starting a part time job aged just 13. She took her education all the way and has a degree in hospitality excellence. And she sees herself going all the way at the Cranleigh, with no plans to work anywhere else.

“Stephen recognises that if you look after employees, they give their very best. For the right people, the career path at the Cranleigh is exceptional.”

 

Do you have what it takes?

 

We are currently recruiting! Do you have what it takes to help create award winning establishments, with unique service? Are you a real team player looking for an exceptional career path? If you’d like to join our winning team, be valued in your work and enjoy a competitive package and fun environment, then you could be just what we’re looking for!

 

To enquire about jobs at The Fizzy Tarté, please visit: http://www.thefizzytarte.com/jobs.html

 

An April opening for ‘The Fizzy Tarté'

Jo Spencer - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

It’s all hands on deck now down at ‘The Fizzy Tarté' and we’re happy to announce that we’ll be up and running in April! The final flourishes are in place and it’s going to look fabulous when the doors finally open!

 

 

The look and feel of ‘The Fizzy Tarté':

 

The interiors are starting to go in, with the bar fitted and the refrigeration units in place. The floor is going down this week, the windows are well and truly fitted and the outside patio area is starting to take shape. Next week, the tiles and final fixings will be done! One thing that will certainly stand ‘The Fizzy Tarté' out from the crowd will be the sheer opulence of our design. As ever, the team at the Cranleigh have excelled themselves. If you like what we’ve created in our other establishments, then you’ll love this! Expect lots of gold and a luxurious feel!

 

The menu has now been decided:

 

We’re delighted to announce that the delicious new menu for the patisserie at ‘The Fizzy Tarté' is now in place! Expect trio chocolate torte, raspberry mille feuille, tarte pommes, tarte au citron, French fancies and vanilla cheesecake. Our offering has a distinctly French feel and that’s exactly what we’re trying to achieve with ‘The Fizzy Tarté' – a chic pavement café in the heart of Bowness!

 

Have you joined us yet?

 

The Fizzy Tarté is a one off and we can’t wait for you to see it! If you’d like to join us as a VIP, then sign up for membership now! In addition to being the first to hear about our latest news and developments, you’ll receive two free glasses of champagne when we launch and a free bottle of champagne on your birthday! In fact, we’re giving away £100,000 worth of champagne to our VIP members to celebrate our opening.
So, if you’d like to be part of the VIP club, click on the link here: http://www.thefizzytarte.com/

 

We’re making speedy progress at The Fizzy Tarté

Jo Spencer - Friday, March 11, 2016

It’s now March and we’re making excellent progress with our newest venture – The Fizzy Tarté! The windows are in, our hard working tradesmen are on with the interior and it’s starting to take shape! We’re also on a recruitment drive, with our management team currently interviewing candidates who will join the best and coolest team in Bowness!

 

Our mixologist team are now in place!

 

Serving cocktails without a tip top team of mixologists will never do, so we’re delighted to announce that we’ve recruited two specialists who have a mountain of experience between them! Kuba Marcisz, 26, has been a mixologist since the age of 19 and, together with colleague, Csaba Palyov, who has been a mixologist since 2006, will bring the ‘showmanship service’ that will stand The Fizzy Tarté out from the crowd!
“I’m delighted to be joining the team at the Cranleigh and am excited to bring something unique to the area in terms of our offering. We are going to be creating a really different experience, with new tastes and something for everyone.” said Kuba. “To be a good mixologist, you need to be able to tailor the cocktails to the individual customer’s tastes. It’s all about matching their preferences to what we serve. That bespoke service is very much the ethos of the Cranleigh brand.”
 
Fancy joining the best team in town?

 

The team at the Cranleigh Boutique brand are renowned for creating award winning establishments, with unique service. Are you a team player looking for an exceptional career path? If you’d like to join a winning team, be valued in your work and enjoy a competitive package and fun environment, then we’d love to hear from you!

 

To enquire about jobs at The Fizzy Tarté, please visit: http://www.thefizzytarte.com/jobs.html


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