Just 2 days left to be in with a chance of enjoying luxury in the Lake District for free!

Who wouldn’t want to be in with a chance of winning a luxury hotel break in the Lake District? Conde Nast Traveller, the UK’s leading luxury travel magazine (online and offline) is offering just this chance in their latest competition in conjunction with Brimstone Hotel @ Langdale.

The easiest and quickest of one question to answer and the nearest inputting of details enters people into the competition to win a two night break at brimstone which includes breakfast and dinner. Along with the first class food are the extras for Brimstone guests included as standard namely the use of The Reading Room full of complimentary cakes, snacks, beer, wine, tea & coffee etc and the use of the latest Berghaus walking kit in the Boot Room which includes waterproofs, trousers, boots and rucksacks.

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A Duet Suite at Brimstone

Even before its opening in July 2013, Conde Nast Traveller have been following and showcasing the Brimstone Hotel from the first “test” guest staying through to the now fully open and highly successful operation it is today.

To make things even easier, there’s a clue that can be accessed to answer the question. Many people who have visited the Lake District will know the answer already but for newbies to the region, the clue will be a helpful insight. The competition is an excellent chance to stay at this luxury, boutique hotel, a one of a kind in the Lake District for any Lake District lovers but so too those who have not been to this, the busiest of the National Parks in England and the home to Englands highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

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The Reading Room at Brimstone

So to be in with a chance of winning this two night luxury hotel break simply click on http://www.cntraveller.com/news/competitions/win-stay-brimstone-hotel-lake-district but make sure you do this before January 4!

Further details regarding Brimstone Hotel can be found here, http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk

 

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The Lake District, full of Twixmas cheer!

Twixmas? It may not be a word in the Oxford English Dictionary but it is a word commonly used in the tourism accommodation industry for the time inbetween Christmas and New Years Eve.

Such a large number of businesses shut entirely until the New Year and as this time includes 3 Bank Holidays, it really is worth making the most of and getting away for a short break too.

A Twixmas break is also a handy way to carry out a spot of working off that Christmas indulgence and the Lake District fells and cycling routes will be primed ready and waiting to help. Get out into the open air and clear the head of all the hustle and bustle of Christmas dinner, crackers and full houses and get fully prepared for 2015. There are so many great walks to do at this time of year and the colours this year are still lightly autumnal. Check out the Cumbria Tourism website here http://www.golakes.co.uk/adventure-capital/walking-lake-district.aspx for ideas on a variety of different walking routes in the Lake District.

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Winter walking in the Lake District can’t be beaten.

Although there’s a look to working off the Christmas dinner, a break at Twixmas means someone else is cooking which is sure to be a great thought for many people during the festive period. Come in from off the fells and the cold into the warmth of a cosy Lake District inn and sample some local real ales and some hearty yet unfussy food.

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One of the open fires at The Cuckoo Brow Inn

With so much to do in the Lake District and with children being off school, a Twixmas break is an ideal time for families to get away for a couple of days as well as for couples wanting some time out. A place that welcomes all, is relaxed and has walks and cycle routes directly from their front door is The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey, close to Hawkshead. Double rooms and family rooms are available during Twixmas with prices starting at £104 per room with breakfast based on 2 sharing. http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk/ for more details.

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Thinking of popping the question this Christmas in the Lakes???

Whether it’s popping the question this Christmas or New Year in the Lake District or looking at this region to be the first holiday as newlyweds, the scenery coupled with the romanticism of the area is unparalleled in the UK.

Fast becoming the accommodation of choice for true romantics are cottage retreats perfect for two. Cottages, away from the hustle and bustle, complete relaxation with no disturbances and great views that’s on the rare occasion the new Mr & Mrs aren’t gazing into each other’s eyes that is!

Proposing in the Lake District is something extra special and a super special start to the next stages of life together. The region really lives up the billing as a place that is stunning enough to be chosen for this very important question. Christmas and New Year are very popular times for “The Big Question” to be asked and there is still chance to book a retreat in the Lakes as the backdrop. Christmas and New Year breaks are still available in a selection of cottage for two and retreats in the Lake District.

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Wetherlam’s private jetty and mountain views at Coniston and the cost sitting room at Yew Tree Cottage, Bouth.

The Lakeland Cottage Company who specialise in luxury retreats and who have a super choice of cosy cottages for two have short break and full week availability for both the Christmas and over the New Year week. Choose from “Wetherlam” on the edge of Coniston Water with its own private jetty, spectaular mountain views, private landscaped gardens yet just over a mile from Coniston Village. Or perhaps “Yew Tree Cottage” at Bouth near Newby Bridge. In the heart of the peaceful village of Bouth and located perfectly for exploring the South Lakes.

But then with the rise of mini moons, honeymoons in the UK and the general love of The Lakes, it’s no surprise this National Park is fast becoming a UK destination of choice for this type of holiday, The region is easily accessible for so much of the UK, has plenty of luxury accommodation choices, lakes and mountains galore and plenty of lovely shops and places to eat and drink.

The full list of cottages for two from The Lakeland Cottage Company can be found here, https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottages/sleeping_2_-_3/.

By Jenny Andrew

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Coniston Powerboats Record Week 3 – 7 November 2014

What a great way to start off November by attending the 44th annual powerboat records week, as popular now as it was in its conception in 1970.

Organised by Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club, the records week is held on the spiritual home of powerboat records, Coniston Water where Donald Campbell achieved the water speed record at the same time that he held the land speed record.

Held on Coniston Water since 2005 after the Windermere speed limit was introduced, the records week has grown from strength to strength in terms of both visitor numbers, worldwide publicity and entrants. Even more so as entries are open for crafts such as tiny hydroplanes to inshore circuit racers and the large offshore boats. Each compete is their various classes in this the finale to the powerboat racing calendar.

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Powerboat setting out for an attempt on Coniston Water

It seems so natural this event happening on Coniston Water now that it is hard to imagine it being held anywhere else now and for spectators it really is a sight to behold. Coniston water, especially at this time of the year, is stunning with autumnal colours galore and spectacular backdrop to the various speed attempts.

The Lakeland Cottage Company have a choice of self catering cottages in Coniston to stay whilst watching the record attempts on Coniston Water ranging in size for 2 people up to 10+ and available for 3 night weekend and 4 night midweek breaks as well as full weeks. View all of the Coniston cottages here, https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottages/coniston_collection/.

For the full schedule of the record week visit, http://www.conistonpowerboatrecords.co.uk/

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Mini Mooners Still Loving the Lakes

Mini moons can either be a way of celebrating the most special of day in luxury yet with a short duration enables money saving.

There are two ways at looking at mini moons and perhaps the reasons people choose to do them. A mini moon enables a couple organising a wedding on a budget to experience luxury and enjoy the first few days of married life together yet at a fraction of the cost of a full or more honeymoon.

In other circumstances it can be a way of enjoying the ultimate in quality time together as newlyweds after the big day, not too far away from home and a way in which to gather thoughts after the most special of days.

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Applegarth Hotel luxury mini moon hotel venue

For many couples now, both a mini moon and full honeymoon are organised and booked, lucky hey! If the bride and groom are lucky enough to be able to afford both then it is an excellent way to enjoy and take in the marriage and the honeymoon to its upmost. Rushing off on a long haul flight for two weeks straight after the biggest day in the couple lives can often be quite a shock. Taking in so much in such a short space of time and not having a chance to sit down and fully take the whole experience in. And so what better place than the Lake District for a mini moon, easily accessible, full of luxurious places to stay and eat yet the absolutely perfect location for romance and to get away from it all. Weddings becoming more involved, larger and in turn, more stressful, it’s no wonder mini moons are on the rise.

A hotel in the Lake District who have seen a huge increase in mini mooners this year is the Applegarth Villa in Windermere. One weekend in August there were three couples staying who were married that very weekend taking the opportunity to relax and unwind and this trend has continued throughout the rest of the year. The Applegarth offers unfussy luxury with superb Lake District views and high quality food with the large plus side of not allowing children enabling complete peace and escapism. All this yet the hotel is a stones throw from the centre of Windermere. To view all 15 individually designed rooms, to check availability and see the extras such as Champagne and flowers that can be ordered, click here.

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Cumbria, the home to the true British sausage surely??

Any self respecting farm shop in Cumbria is not complete without a choice of sausages and even more specifically, Cumberland sausages.

The famous Cumberland sausage, and since 2011 holder of a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status under EU law, is now legendary around the world. Fat, meaty, spicy and peppery, the mighty Cumberland can be found in its traditional ring form or as individual sausages. It is a staple of most pubs and inns in the Lake District and Cumbria and always a popular menu choice.

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PGI status Cumberland Sausage

But what full Lakeland/Cumbria/lake District breakfast is complete without a Cumberland sausage and something that so many visitors to the county look forward to waking up to.

With food at the forefront of everything within the vast and varied Westmorland Family empire, it is no surprise they take the quality of items such as the sausage they sell very seriously. Cumberland sausage features on the cafe menu in Tebay Services, is sold in the farm shops, served at the Rheged cafes and on the menu both evening and breakfast in the Tebay Service Westmorland Hotel.

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Dave, head Butcher for The Westmorland Family Group

The hotel regularly received high praise for its food and even more so with new guests having never experienced such quality in accommodation, food and beverages at a motorway services.

And it is the week of the sausage right now in fact, the Love Pork British Sausage Week which is running from the 3rd to the 9th of November. Dave, the head butcher for the Westmorland Family Group has made it into the NorthWest regional finals with his Cumberland sausage. Fingers crossed for a Cumbrian win!

Taste Dave’s fabulous Cumberland at Tebay Services or by booking a room at the Tebay Services Westmorland Hotel where autumn rooms start at just £86 per room based on two sharing with the famous Lakeland breakfast included. Telephone 01539 624351.

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2015 Cartmel Races Dates Announced

After the most successful year to date in 2014, it’s no wonder the 2015 fixtures for Cartmel Racecourse have been highly anticipated.

And what a year it has been at Cartmel and not just in attendance figures. The Spring Bank Holiday meeting welcomed Champion jockey Tony McCoy who more than lived up to his reputation winning 3 races and the jockey everyone was watching.

Onto the August bank Holiday racing and the William Hill 80th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle was held being the highest class race ever run at Cartmel, a class 2 race with a prize fund of a huge £20,000. This was an amazing day for racing at Cartmel and further goes to show how much the horse racing industry like and respect this Lake District race course.

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Cartmel Racecourse

And finally November is for possible awards as the racecourse has been nominated in 3 categories at the Racing Association Showcase & Awards event at Haydock Park on November 13. The categories Cartmel has reached the finals of are “Food & Beverages”, “Operational Excellence” and “Corporate Social Responsibility”.

Cartmel Managing Director, Jonathan Garratt, said “This is a huge compliment to everyone who is involved with the racecourse: all of our staff, many local contractors and all of the local Clubs and associations that arrange their events here, many of whom also help us to run the racedays.

“We have received our nomination for Corporate Social Responsibility as a direct result of the large amount of community participation on the site – everything from the Cubs and Scouts, through to the sports clubs, the dog-walkers, the Agricultural Show, various charitable events and even the annual fireworks display. Although I am delighted that the racecourse is receiving recognition for innovation and customer service, it is our involvement with the community that makes me proudest of all.”

Baring in mind the growing popularity both for people visiting within Cumbria and those from out of the county, accommodation for each fixture is going to booked earlier and earlier with many visitors having booked already for 2015. With Cartmel accommodation being at a premium, Grange over Sands just 2 miles away is an excellent choice for example Bay Villa the luxury B&B in Grange, rooms available for the first fixture (starting at £235 for 2 nights), Monday 25 May “May Bank Holiday Fun Day”. Visit http://www.bayvilla.net for more details.

The full list of fixtures can be found here, http://cartmel-racecourse.co.uk/racing-fixtures/fixtures-diary/.

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