Leading Lake District Liquor now at Tebay Services Hotel

The Tebay Services Hotel and Tebay Services have been pioneering, showcasing and promoting local produce for years now and have become leaders in their field.

Food products such as meat, dairy and items such as cakes, bread, pies, jams and chutney’s have become synonymous with this motorway farm shop.

These have been in particular their own reared meat, a butchery counter, diary and cheese products, cakes, bread, chutney’s etc but now a new wave of Cumbrian produce has hit the shelves. These products are beverages and are fully connected to the landscape yet not beer, they are spirits.

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Although these gins and vodkas are not newly launched products, they are still in the grand scheme of things fairly new to the market but what an impact they have made on this already very competitive sector. Both gin and vodka are having a astronomic renaissance at the moment and these artisan UK brands have been a major catalyst in the popularity and revival.

If you’ve not experienced Langton’s Gin then it’s distilled using slate filtered water from underneath Skiddaw, Keswick and Derwent Water to give an exceptionally crisp, clean taste. A blend of 11 Lake District botanicals are added which gives it a distinct taste unlike any other, a combination of juniper notes, soft not harsh and finishing with citrus. Moving onto Kin Vodka and this is the perfect after dinner tipple in fact, it is like pudding in a glass. Smooth, rich, caramel, toffee, sweet, it rivals any liquor whilst still providing a warmth.

Tebay Services have stocked Langton’s Gin and Kin Vodka for some time now but now the Tebay Services Hotel have these tipples behind the lounge bar there. This is a great way to try before you buy before heading off on the way home via the Tebay Services Farm Shop, armed with the 10% off voucher all guests of the hotel are given and purchase a bottle.

Stay at Tebay Services Hotel just off the motorway from just £89 per room based on 2 sharing and this includes their locally sourced and home reared packed Cumbrian breakfast too. Call 01539 624351 for more information.

Walking Tops Favourite Pastimes for Couples List

Topping the top 25 pastimes for couples in Female First magazine was wonderful walking.

Yes, walking is a pastime anyone can enjoy but between a couple, it is the perfect way to spend quality time, out in the open and away from the stresses and strains of life.

Whether it’s a Sunday stroll in the park or a full on walking holiday, what better way for 2 people who love each other to spend time doing?

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Female First’s reason for putting walking in the top spot is as follows: “A long country walk or walk in the park- Walking does two things for couples- it gets their endorphins going so they are in  better mood and allows some uninterrupted time to talk about their feelings and worries bringing them closer together.”

When it comes to precious holiday time together, and even though any form of holiday or getting away together is usually fun and relaxing, getting something more than just a sun tan makes a holiday even better. Walking holidays, based on the facts listed by Female First, are becoming increasingly more popular particularly in the UK. With staycations increasing and the popularity of walking in general, walking holidays are on the rise and what better way to see some of the best scenery on these Isles. Organised yet self guided walking holidays are ideal for couples. An itinerary lists the route, distance and timescale for each day of the route, accommodation is booked and luggage transfers taken care of. From routes such as the West Highland Way to Cost to Coast and South Downs Way, walking, talking, taking in the views, being educated, enjoying great food and experiencing different accommodation makes walking holidays beneficial in more ways than one. Mickledore Travel Ltd organise self guided walking holidays in the UK and carefully select accommodation and time frames exactly to each couples needs.

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The full list can be read here http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/relationships/top-25-favourite-pastimes-of-couples-446071.html

Royalty Visits Luxury Lake District Hotel

It was with great honour earlier this month that a Lake District hotel received a Royal visit.

The hotel in question was the newest hotel in the Lake District, Brimstone on the Langdale Estate. The Royal in question was Duke of Gloucester.

Despite Brimstone being ultra luxurious and a step above any other places to stay in the Lake District at present, the Duke of Gloucester being a keen fan of architecture as well as conservation were his main two attractions to a tour of this hotel.

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His Royal Highness in one of the 16 luxury Brimstone Hotel suites

If anyone is unaware, the whole of the Langdale Estate has been leaders if not pioneers in sustainable tourism in the Lake District for many years winning countless awards and accolades including Green Tourism Business gold awards and Catey’s Green Hotel of the Year . Brimstone has been designed and constructed with the same standard of green credentials but combined with cutting edge architecture at the same time, the first of its kind in the Lake District. Brimstone has already won Best Eco/Sustainable Build award at the Northern Design awards, less than 6 months after opening.

The Duke of Gloucester was accompanied by Claire Hensman, the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, South Lakeland District Councillor Pru Jupe and the authority’s chief executive Lawrence Conway.and taken on the tour by Dale Watler, Chairman of Langdale Owners PLC, Joe Longmuir, Managing Director of Langdale Leisure Limited and Brimstone’s architect Jez Marvin from Unwin Jones Partnership.  His Royal Highness was shown many of the innovative and unique features of Brimstone including the Berghaus Bootroom and the Reading Room where guests can help themselves to drinks and snacks 24/7. Here’s hoping His Royal Highness left the guests any of the delicious brownies and scones in The Reading Room!

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Meeting the Brimstone Hosts in the Reading Room

Keep up to date with all the latest news from this beyond boutique Lake District hotel through their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/brimstonehotel

By Jenny Andrew

Mad as a March Hare Offers at Langdale Hotel

The Langdale Hotel & Spa have an amazing offer on Facebook at the moment. Having trialed it earlier in January and naturally having received a huge response, their up to 25% off rooms in March deal has been extended.

A bargain like this March is not to be missed especially at a 4 star hotel. As with all the rooms there, full use of the Langdale Spa is included and the there are three different places to eat and drink so if you stay three nights, you can dine in three different places. Just recently their 2 AA rosette restaurant Purdey’s has been getting national reviews and acclaim so it is more than a requisite to dine there (at least once!).

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Hotel social media marketing is becoming more and more popular. Driving guests both first timers and past to a Facebook page which is full of current information and images and the ability to view comments, reviews and interact with Langdale too.

It’s simple as with many social media competitions and offers. Just login to Facebook, and visit the 4 star Langdale Hotel & Spa page. “Like” the page if you haven’t already and find the post and click “Get Offer”. The offer won’t be around for ever so like and grab the offer today!

By Jenny Andrew

New Cottages for the New Year at Lakeland Cottage Company

Despite the new year being well under well now, new isn’t stopping there for one holiday cottage company.

The Lakeland Cottage Company based in Grange Over Sands specialise in luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District and Cumbria and have had a great start to the year by welcoming two delightful new cottages to join their portfolio.

The cottages in question are The Nook in the Kentmere Valley and Rossett Holme in Ambleside.

The Nook is an idyllic retreat for 2 with an abundance of peace and tranquility. A true farmhouse feel with an Aga and real fire. It has a stunning garden with views beyond and this cottage would be the ideal place for walkers but so too those seeking a romantic cottage. The Kentmere Valley is not far from Staveley where there are local shops and the superb Hawkshead Beer Hall.

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The Nook Cottage at Kentmere

For those wishing to be the centre of it all then Rossett Holme is the place to be. This duplex apartment in the heart of Ambleside sleeps 8 and has been refurbished to a very high standard. It has gadgets galore as well as an American style fridge-freezer. Leading out from the kitchen is a sun trap of a decked terrace with table and chairs. Ambleside is lively, full of places to eat and drink and for walking then there are some great ones directly from the apartment or a short drive and the southern Lake District is fully accessible.

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Rossett Holme cottage in Ambleside

So 2 very different Lake District cottages for the Lakeland Cottage Company but what they have in common is attraction, quality and luxury.

Wedding Venue….Destination Cumbria

Biased I may be being as I live in Cumbria but I think I heck of a lot of people will agree, it is quite a magical and idyllic place to get married.

Each year hundreds of couples get married throughout Cumbria and of course this is made up of residents, those who used to live here or were born here and those simply who want to get married in this county.

The landscape and pretty villages and towns creates wedding venue paradise from some stunning churches to civil ceremony venues and even some of the prettiest registration offices. On top of the choice of churches and registration offices there are over 100 approved premises to choose from most being within hotel and accommodation venues.

And having everything under one roof really makes sense for a wedding and suits many bride and grooms now. In most cases, friends and family travel from all over the country, if not world in some instances. Being able to accommodate all in the wedding party is a necessity and having them all stay together is just ideal. And lets face it, no one is going to object to travelling to the Lakes for a wedding are they!

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The Westmorland Hotel Wedding Venue, Penrith Cumbria

It has prompted me to write this post as there will have no doubt been a number of engagements over the Christmas and New Year period and what a superb time to look into possible wedding venues than January. Most of the larger wedding venues hold wedding fairs where local suppliers gather and the venue itself promote what they do. They are well worth going along to find suppliers and especially local ones to the venue.

Wedding venues in the Lake District and Cumbria range from smaller ones such as the West Lakes Hotel on the West Coast to larger venues such as the Westmorland Hotel wedding venue in Penrith.

By Jenny Andrew

Ascend to the Summit of Kendal Mountain Festival this Weekend

Kendal is the location for yet another international event starting tomorrow.

The Kendal Mountain Festival is a unique event and the most diverse in its field attracting worldwide speakers, guests and visitors. The festival attracts everyone from adventurers to TV producers and is one of the main social events for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK.

From the opening event on Thursday right through to the last event on Sunday evening, “Best of Kendal”, this festival is 4 days of films, photography, speakers, lectures and workshops taking place in various venues in Kendal throughout the days and evenings.

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Kendal Mountian Festival 14 – 17 November 2013

The opening event will take place in Kendal Town Hall with The Brewery Arts Centre being where the majority of the films will be shown as well as being the home of the Base Camp Marquee and The Marmot Tent. Other locations including The Shakespeare Centre, Kendal Leisure Centre, The Box, Abbot Hall and the Lakeland Climbing Centre. The Brewery Arts Centre theatre is where the much anticipated and the pinnacle of the festival will be carried out, the film awards ceremony.

The excellent Kendal Mountain Festival website, http://www.mountainfest.co.uk provides comprehensive information of the full programme of events as well as details, maps and directions for all the venues. With so much going on over the 4 days, a day visit is not the answer. There is still accommodation availability for the weekend at present including self catering cottages which are perfect for kit ladened outdoor types! For more details on accommodation visit http://www.lake-district-cottages.com/lake-district-cottages

A Super Bank Holiday at Windermere Marina Village!

It was an outstanding Bank Holiday weekend for Windermere Marina Village. Fully booked across the board, lots of lovely weather and lots of lovely guests and visitors. It was a well and truly super last Bank Holiday before Christmas and everyone seemed to be making the most of it.

With children going back to school shortly, the August Bank Holiday is a must to get away whether it it’s just for the weekend or for the whole week, relaxation and a great end to the 6 weeks holidays.

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Aerial Shot of Windermere Marina

For those mooring their boats at Windermere Marina Village then the Bank Holiday saw most heading out of the marina onto the Lake to enjoy the sunshine and great weather. There was plenty going on in and around the lake for the whole family.

Through to September and Windermere Marina Village have some great late deal offers on their apartments and cottages. Next stop half term before they know it in October and hopefully another busy school holiday and then it’s Christmas! The team at The Boathouse are already sorting out the Christmas and New year menus so it’s all systems go at the Windermere Marina Village resort!

By Jenny Andrew

What a Bank Holiday for Visitors to Cartmel!

After the cancellation of last year’s August Bank Holiday racing at Cartmel, this year was even more anticipated and important for the team as well as race goers.

And what a comeback it was. The good weather of course helps for any event and none more so than that of a horse racing event with meteorological issues affecting both the attendance and the ground.

One of the highest attendances was recorded and high profile horses and jockeys were racing. A great article was posted on the Racing Post about the success of Cartmel Races this meeting.

People travelled from the length and breadth of the UK but as always, Cartmel races was also supported immensely by locals as well as local businesses.

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Cartmel village square, a holiday cottage and the racecourse

With Cartmel being the epicentre of the culinary world in the South Lakes, if not the whole of the county of Cumbria, it doesn’t come as much surprise that the food on offer and the supplier tents were packed to rafters with great food and many, many people enjoying it all.

Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding had a stand and if Twitter is anything to go by, they must have sold out with tweets flying in left right and centre from purchasers of this pudding that has gained international fans and recognition over the last few years. Crowds of nearly 20,000 were there on the bank Holiday Monday meeting. “This meeting was abandoned last year, but the crowd is much higher than when it was last staged two years ago.” Says Mr Garratt, Managing Directory of Cartmel Racecourse.

Nearby hotels, b&b’s and holiday cottages were fully booked. Some visitors did leave it until the last minute to book as seen by the Lakeland Cottage Company who market several holiday cottages in and around Cartmel. But sure enough, they were all booked up by the Bank Holiday weekend.  A great weekend of racing and visiting of the beautiful and unique Cartmel for all!

 

Spotlight on the Stunning Reading Room at Brimstone

The Brimstone Reading Room isn’t just for reading you know.

This stunning communal lounge area has a choice of comfortable seating, natural log tables but best of all, complimentary cakes, snacks and beverages.

From fruit to delicious cakes, scones jam & cream to savoury snacks, the reading room is the ideal place to stop in upon arrival at the hotel, after a long day on the fells or to relax in after dinner. Attention to detail is apparent down to the smallest of details such as the cake platters and choice of coffee blends.

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The Stunning Reading Room at Brimstone

 

As well as edible treats there is also team coffee, soft drinks, red+white wine and local ales to enjoy. Free wi-fi is also available in the reading room.

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Cake loveliness in the Brimstone’s Reading Room

Whether you’re Lake District lovers or even if it’s the design that has drawn you to Brimstone, the combination of the design and location is really something special and sure to amaze. It is a unique hotel experience unlike most guests will have ever experienced before. Pushing the boundaries and intriguing guests is what Brimstone hope to do whilst making guests feel as at home and relaxed as possible.

From their Plush Rooms to Spa Suites, all details and images as well as live availability can be found on the stunning Brimstone Hotelwebsite http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk

By Jenny Andrew