• 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.

  • Having a fun-filled holiday in the Lakes is easy as there is so much to do both indoors and outdoors, we could fill a whole book with ideas of places to visit and explore. If you want to keep the kids (and yourselves) entertained over February half-term then book an adventure in the Lake District.

    Here are three suggestions to get your holiday started.

    Lakes Aquarium

    Wildlife from around the Lake District and the world are all under one roof for you to discover at the exciting Lakes Aquarium.   Arctic Charr, Diving Ducks, Pirhana’s, Pygmy Marmosets and a Leopard Tortoise are among some of the weird and wonderful creatures. You can even meet and learn about otters Ollie and Lucy at their feeding time and throughout half-term week you can join in the Tracker Quiz Trail and get up close to some of the animals during handling sessions.

    Wray Castle

    The adventure can start before you even get to Wray Castle by travelling there on a lake cruise from Ambleside. The Gothic castle sits right on the shores of Windermere with its turrets and towers and loads of outdoor space to run around and explore. Smaller children will love the Peter Rabbit Adventure while older children (or possibly the adults too) can keep themselves entertained with guided tours, dressing up or building a castle. There is a also a cafe and shop for that well-earned cake break.

    Brockhole

    If you and your family have bags of energy to spare then take a short trip up the road from Ambleside to Brockhole. Explore indoor caving tunnels in Brave the Cave, hire a boat, swing through the trees on Treetop Trek, take a more relaxed look around the grounds on a pony ride or just go for a wander around the 30 acres of gardens. After all that excitement you will be ready for a break and some Cumbrian cooking in their cafe!

    We have got some great rates for February half-term weeks so get in touch now to book and get ready for a week of adventure. 

  • Ambleside is probably best known as one of the main tourist destinations within the Lake District, ideally situated for outdoor activities, museums and historical country houses. However, it is also home to a great selection of boutique, independent shops that are perfect for finding that extra special Christmas gift. It’s not all just outdoor shops, gaiters and rucksacks!

    Here are a few of our favourites;

    Beautiful bath products

    The Bath House is a lovely shop to browse around and is difficult to leave without buying something. They create natural, luxury bathing and bodycare products the majority of which are made in a refurbished stone grain store in Sedbergh not too far away from us. Plenty of gifts for the home, haircare, bodycare and perfumes all delightfully packaged for the perfect present (for you too, go on treat yourself!)

    Cycling mad

    No idea what to buy the cyclist in your life then head to Bike-Treks and their friendly team will help you choose the right accessory, clothing or even a bike! Established over 25 years ago they know everything there is to know about mountain biking bling and it’s one of the few remaining proper bike shops stocked with only the best brands and gear and a team that loves nothing better than talking bikes all day! Prepare to be in there a while, they will probably put the kettle on.

    Stylish Christmas

    Wonderfully unconventional quintessential style - that’s how Rush describes itself. If you want classic, contemporary clothing and accessories with a unique twist then this is the place to go. Men’s and womenswear with the cutest shoes and accessories you will definitely find a gift here for the on-trend fashion conscious.

    Chocolate indulgence

    Who doesn’t love chocolates for Christmas? Friars is a family run business and has been creating luxury, unique chocolatty goodness since 1927. All their products are designed in-house and you really will be spoilt for choice trying to decide between boxes of chocolates, novelty chocolate gifts, chocolate hampers, stocking fillers and even chocolate Christmas decorations. The hardest bit will be trying not to eat all your chocolate gifts on the way home, might be wise to treat yourself too.

    There are so many more shops in Ambleside all within walking distance of our hotel, why not stay for a short break and get your Christmas shopping sorted in the lovely Lake District. We have lots of special room deals throughout December.

    Have a great Christmas and New Year and happy shopping!

  • 16 November 2017

    Lake District Festive Fun

    Santa's reindeer

    We love Christmas time in the Lakes when all the towns and villages look even prettier with their Christmas lights and decorations, we are often lucky enough to get a backdrop of snow covered fells too. There are some wonderful Christmassy events over the next few weeks so we have shared a few of our favourites.

    Kendal Christmas Lights Switch On – Sunday 19th November

    Santa has already set off with his reindeer from the North Pole to make it to Kendal for this Sunday. The streets are transformed into a sparkling, twinkling winter wonderland after Santa is pulled through the town by his trusty reindeer to turn on the Christmas lights. Plenty of festive fun throughout the afternoon with mince pies, mulled wine and live entertainment.

    Coniston Lights Switch On – Friday 24th November

    Coniston make a real party of their event with the whole village joining in. Entertainment from 3.30pm including a lantern procession through the picturesque streets after which Father Christmas will do the honours and turn on the lights. If you have never visited Coniston this is a great excuse to explore a lovely Lakeland village.

    Keswick Traditional Victorian Christmas Fayre – Sunday 3rd December

    Keswick is always a popular town to visit and their Christmas Fayre has a fabulously festive atmosphere that is guaranteed to get even the most Scrooge like people in the Christmas mood. Over 30 market stalls, live music, entertainment from quirky local characters and of course Santa will be hiding out in his Grotto where you can visit him and his six Cairngorm reindeer.

    Windermere Christmas Market – Saturday 9th / Sunday 10th December

    Just up the road from us Windermere host a fantastic, family friendly celebration of Christmas, it’s so good it runs right across the weekend so you get two days to enjoy the festivities. Record numbers of market stalls are expected this year so great if you want to get that Christmas shopping sorted with plenty of food, drink and craft stalls to look around, many of them local producers. Don’t forget to take a break from the Christmas shopping to enjoy the entertainment, live musical performances and of course Father Christmas. They have even ordered some snow so you have the perfect Christmassy day out.

    Carols Around the Tree. Allan Bank. Grasmere – Saturday 16th December

    Don’t just keep your singing voice for the shower, come and join in an afternoon of carol singing at the beautifully picturesque Allan Bank. Enjoy a traditional afternoon singing carols around the Christmas tree at this stunning National Trust location. Spend the day and explore the many walks nearby or make yourself comfy next to the fire in the impressive Allan Bank property as you gaze out at the stunning views with your mug of something hot and a homemade mince pie.

    We are only a short drive away from all these places so why not treat yourself to a pre-Christmas break and have some festive fun in the Lake District.  

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