It’s early summer and already there are reports within the tourism industry of an increase in bookings and demand. The word “staycation” has definitely been the buzz word in the last few weeks since the referendum vote. Uncertainty regarding travel, the tumbling pound and extra checks at airport, ferry terminals and train stations have altered the summer holiday choices for many Britain’s. So it’s no surprise Telegraph Travel have produced a comprehensive guide this July to British hotels for summer.
It’s now Britain’s turn to shine with couples, friends and families enjoying a summer holiday here. Yes the sun isn’t guaranteed but areas such as the Lake District and Cumbria offer so much more than a beach holiday does. There are mountains, lakes, activities, adventure, culture, a diverse choice of places to eat and now some of the best food you’ll experience in the whole of the North West. Let’s not forget the miles of coastline with sandy beaches too for making sand castles, eating ice cream and long leisurely walks, it really has the best of all worlds.
But all in all, each of the hotels and most definitely Brimstone are beautiful hotels to visit at any time of the year come rain, cold or shine. The Brimstone suites have log burners to keep you warm when it’s cold, wellies to borrow when raining, hiking gear for all weather and the ever changing Lake District scenarios as well as intelligent air conditioning to keep you cool in the summer.
The Langdale 4 star Hotel & Spa have launched a new competition #HolidayMyWay. Show the Langdael team how you holiday in the Lake District by posting a picture via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hash tag #HolidayMyWay and be in with a chance of winning cocktails at the super tasty new Stove Restaurant at the hotel.
After the success and so many stunning images posted by people earlier this year in the #LangdaleAdventure competition I association with Berghaus, it seemed another great way to showcase and celebrate and shout about the Lake District and especially during this week, July 25 – 31 for National Parks Week.
Stove the new restaurant and bar on the Langdale Estate is a multi-functional space with difference rooms, interior design and features. Throughout though it serves delicious, locally sourced and seasonal food and the cocktails are a delight. Combine your winning cocktails with dinner sampling some of the finest seafood or perhaps the signature lamb shoulder, a sharing dish for 2 and one of the most popular items on the menu.
Bowness on Windermere is where the majority of people stay when visiting the area surrounding Lake Windermere. It is the largest settlement and has the biggest choice of facilities of any location on the edge of England’s largest natural lake.
But big and busy doesn’t float everyone’s boat (arghhh, sorry!!!), cross over the lake to the western shore and discover a whole new world. The western shore is the gateway to the places such as Hawkshead, Coniston and Near & Far Sawrey – the home of Beatrix Potter and accessibility couldn’t be easier. The Windermere Ferry operates 365 days a year from Ferry Nab at Bowness directly across the lake to Ferry House and accommodates pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and motor vehicles.
The western shore not only has Hill Top, the home and gardens of Beatrix Potter but also woodland and fell walks, a distinctive slower pace of life with quieter roads and some excellent, off road cycle routes perfect for the whole family. This year the facilities have increased further with the renovation and conversion of part of the Claife Heights viewing station into “The Cafe in the Courtyard”. Only homemade and local produce is served and a great stop off before heading out further west operated by The Lakes Catering Company in conjunction with The National Trust.
Overnight accommodation and evening meals can be found at the Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn and B&B at Far Sawrey. The inn has an electric bike charging point, welcomes walkers and families and has a large car park. It makes a great base for exploring any one of the areas mentioned above and enables as car free a holiday as possible. Rooms from £77 per room B&B based on 2 sharing or family rooms from £140 B&B based on 2 adults and 2 children.