• Lake House is situated on a hill overlooking Lake Windermere and many agree that these stunning views are part of what makes our guest house special. So far this summer we have had lovely warm weather, and with the lake glistening in the sun, water sports and lakeside activites are all the more tempting! With this in mind we have put together a selection of on-the-water and lakeside activities to give you some ideas of things to do during your stay at Lake House.

    Fancy trying canoeing, sailing, kayaking or even paddleboarding? There are a variety of great places by Windermere Lake where you can book tuition or hire. Windermere Canoe Kayak offers hire and tuition for kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. Or if you are interested in giving sailing a go head down to the Low Wood Bay Sailing School where they offer a range of sailing classes, and different types of boats and dinghies you can take out for the day.

    If watersports are a bit extreme for your taste and you prefer to enjoy the beautiful lake views from a dryer, steadier vessel, Windermere Lake Cruises offer a fab selection of cruises all year round. To make it even better, you can get 10% discount tickets for Windermere Lake Cruises here at Lake House. You can board at Waterhead Pier which is just a short walk from our location.  Throughout summer Windermere Lake Cruises also offer a wider variety of trips including evening cruises, and buffet cruises with live music.

    There is much to enjoy on-the-water at Lake Windermere, but finding a perfect spot to sit by the lakeshore and perhaps enjoy a picnic or an ice-cream can be just as enjoyable. You can get delicious locally sourced ice-cream from the Deck at our sister hotel the Regent Hotel, which is again only a short walk from Lake House. When it comes to somewhere to sit, Millerground is a hot spot in Windermere, there is parking nearby and several picturesque stone beaches to sit on next to the millerground jettys.

    If you need ideas on good places to go and nearby activities available when you arrive at Lake House, our staff are more than willing to offer their best tips and advice!

  • 18 May 2018

    Events in Ambleside

    Ambleside is the location of our elegant guest house. A picturesque town in the Lake District based at the head of the Windermere, England’s largest water.

    A bustling community for our guests to explore. Here are our top three picks for the May Bank Holiday and June.

    Live music at the Community Flower Festival
    This event takes place on the second bank holiday and is a celebration of town life. The newly refurbished mural will take centre stage with 20 organisations and charities commemorating their activities with flowers and artefacts. On the 26th of May, Ambleside Rotary Club will be hosting Kendal Big Band who will play swing, dance and vocal arrangements with tickets costing £10.

    Date: 26th May 2018 to 28th May 2018
    Time: 10am to 5pm
    Location: St. Mary's Church, Vicarage Road Ambleside, Ambleside, LA22 9DH

    Ambleside 5K Pink Ribbon Walk
    A fundraising walk for families and friends affected by Breast Cancer. This is an easy 5k walk along Under Loughrigg, which sits parallel to the River Rothay, all the way to Pelter Bridge and then back. Along the way, you'll be welcomed by views of Loughrigg fell between the sporadic tree line along the road. A great cause, and open for everyone to get involved.

    Dates: 24th of June 2018
    Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm.
    Location: Start from Ambleside Parish Centre

    Antique Fair
    This small antiques and collectors fair is perfect for those looking to add to their collection or take a look at some fantastic historical pieces. Hosted throughout June, there is no need to worry if you miss this one, there will be another just around the corner

    Dates:
    26th May 2018 to 28th May 2018
    29th June 2018 to 1st July 2018

    Time: 10.00am - 6.00pm
    Location: Kelsick Centre, St Mary's Lane, Ambleside LA22 9DG

  • 25 April 2018

    The Lakes in Bloom

    We are well into the thick of spring here in the Lake District. It may not have started off in the best way (we’re looking at you, Beast from the East!) but the beautiful sunshine has decided to pop its head around the clouds. And what better way to celebrate springtime in the Lakes then with the sight of beautiful blooming flowers. So, with that in mind here are some places that perfectly show off natures best bits:

    Dora’s Field

    Situated in Rydal, Dora's field acts as a memorial to William Wordsworth’s daughter, Dora. When she passed away, William, his wife and their gardener planted beautiful daffodils between Rydal Mount and the main road. These flowers have been maintained by the National Trust ever since, giving people a magnificent yellow lined path with breaks of blue where the bluebells sit.

    Rannerdale

    Often referred to as ‘The Secret Valley’, Rannerdale is situated between Buttermere and Crummock Water. This National Trust owned area is said to be the place of battle between native Cumbrians and Norseman. The bluebells, which cover the ground in a sea of blue, grew out of the blood of killed Norseman. These small indigo delights pop up every spring to be enjoyed by visitors to the area.

    Lowther Castle and Gardens

    Great for the family, Lowther Castle had been abandoned for decades before it was reopened to the public in 2011. This elegant building was once the home to the Earl of Lonsdale and is surrounded by stunning gardens, perfect for a spring stroll. The facilities include a cafe in the woods to allow visitors to enjoy the entirety of the Castle.

  • Relaxing, breathing in fresh air and just simply enjoying the beauty of your surroundings is a luxury not many of us get to experience these days. Stepping away from it all and putting a little balance in your life is important, and sometimes taking a little break from the online world can give you the opportunity to re- connect with what is around you.

    What a digital detox can help you to do:

    Relax and be more peaceful

    Ignore those emails, put your phone away. Embrace the peace and slow down. Relaxing properly is a rarity…there’s always that one text you could answer or social media app you could scroll through. Try putting it away for a whole day or taking a walk without taking your phone.

    Think more

    Checking texts and Facebook takes your mind away from the moment. Putting the screen away will enable you to think more about dreams, future plans or adventures you might like to embark on.

    Connect more with who and what is around you

    Imagine getting the undivided attention of your partner? It’s a nice thought isn’t it? Treat them to all your attention and you might find yourself reconnecting like days gone by.

    At Lake House we promote relaxation, we think it’s important to take a break in this busy world. Imagine the quiet of the Lake District, cosy beds, yummy food and the beautiful scenery right on your doorstep. Take a digital detox with us and you may find out surprising things about yourself.

  • We love our food in the Lake District and have plenty of local produce to fill up on. Some of our foods are famous all over the world and others are more local specialities. Here are a few of the flavoursome foods you can expect to try if you visit the Lake District.

    Know your sausage

    The Cumberland sausage is a favourite across the country and is traditionally made from select cuts of pork chopped to give a distinctive chunky texture, mixed with a variety of seasonings then made into a long coil - best served with a good helping of mash! A few years ago the traditional Cumberland sausage was granted Protected Geographical Indication status, meaning that you can only call your sausage Cumberland if it was made in the county of Cumbria.

    Local lamb

    You can’t venture far into the Lake District fells without bumping into a Herdwick or two. Not many sheep can endure the sometimes extreme weather conditions of a Lakeland Fell but Herdys are fairly hardy and spend their days roaming around the higher fells helping to maintain the local landscape. Due to the harsher climate they grow slower which gives a much sweeter and fuller flavoured lamb.

    Gingery goodness

    You haven’t tasted gingerbread until you have been to Grasmere and tried Sarah Nelson’s secret recipe for Grasmere Gingerbread which dates back to 1854. Famous the world over and sold only from the original small cottage, now a tiny shop, in the picturesque village of Grasmere (or online) this cross between a cake and a biscuit with an intense ginger flavour is a taste like no other and will have you relocating to the Lake District or standing in the long queue which trails out the door every time you visit!

    Mint cake magic

    Made in nearby Kendal since 1918 it first found fame on the 1953 Everest expedition when Sir Edmund Hilary and Sirdar Tensing rewarded themselves for the arduous and epic climb with some Kendal mint cake while enjoying the view below. More recently it fuelled Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on their Around the World Trip by Motorcycle and is a sugary staple in the picnic of many a walker who heads to the Lake District. For a bit of added indulgence, or extra kick of energy to get you to the summit, try dark chocolate covered mint cake - just don’t tell your dentist!

    If your mouth is watering now and you want to try all that the Lakes has to offer then why not come and visit. There are loads more local foods to try and plenty of hills to walk up if you over indulge.

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