World Toilet Day – helping to flush away poverty!

It seems appropriate that on World Toilet Day, Howard from our Maintenance Department is hanging photographs of 16 toilets from around the globe in our ladies and gents toilets within the English Lakes family of hotels.

Tim, Dan and Howard hanging the new toilet twinning certificates at Low Wood Bay

Tim, Dan and Howard hanging the new toilet twinning certificates at Low Wood Bay

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Open Arms: Adjusting to Family Life in the Village

Elliot at the Open Arms Village

Elliot at the Open Arms Village

Life has changed dramatically for Elliot Berry since moving to live and work at Open Arms Village in Eldoret, Kenya last February. At 21 years old, Elliot became ‘Dad’ to eleven  boys, rescued from desperate social conditions. Back in UK recently to catch up with family and friends, Elliot confesses to missing the constant noise level of a house full of lively, healthy, boisterous youth back at the village. Continue reading

The Midland – So Much More Than the View!

The Midland, Morecambe

The Midland, Morecambe

Chatting with one of our regular guests, Pauleen MacDonald, and enjoying the view from The Midland on a perfectly clear, crisp winter’s morning over Morecambe Bay to the snow covered Lake District mountains in the background, it struck me that Pauleen’s enjoyment of The Midland had nothing to do with the spectacular view. Despite being born almost completely blind, Pauleen leads an active and independent life, traveling regularly from Leeds to Lancaster and Morecambe.

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Our search for community champions continues

We are planning a special summer garden party for 60 community champions in Cumbria and North Lancashire, and would like our local community to get involved.

Broadcaster Eric Robson will host the event at Low Wood Bay on the shores of Windermere  to celebrate our 60th anniversary.

Low Wood Bay Lawns right on the shore of Lake Windermere

Anyone can nominate someone they feel deserves special recognition for the work they do in the local community.

The community champions could be carers, volunteers in local hospitals, those who give up their time to run local youth groups or people who help protect the environment. They may be people who raise vital funds for local charities or who help organise key community events. Continue reading

A Grand Garden Party to Toast Community Champions

We are marking our 60th anniversary by launching a search to find Cumbria and North Lancashire’s community heroes. We want people from across the region to nominate anyone they feel deserves special recognition for the work they do in the local community.

The Family business began 60 years ago with the purchase of our first hotel the Low Wood

2012 is a landmark year for us and we want to celebrate our big day with some of the unsung heroes who help to make this region so special. They are the people who make Cumbria and North Lancashire a better place to live, work and visit.  Continue reading

Celebrating Life!

In the days leading up to Children’s Hospice Week, 18th – 25th May, it was a privilege to visit two of our local Children’s Hospices. Derian House in Chorley and Eden Valley near Carlisle. These are two of the fifty hospices around the UK providing a lifeline service to the families of around 24,000 children and young people in the country with life shortening conditions.

Janette Berry, English Lakes, and Michelle Lemm, The Wild Boar presenting a cheque for £3,000 to Eden Valley Hospice.

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A +1 Wedding to Remember

Take a beautiful young Receptionist from Low Wood Bay, a soldier home from duty, a tight timescale, slim budget and stunning location mix them together with the highly professional Low Wood Bay team add a generous helping of +1 acts of kindness and you have … another Low Wood Bay fairy tale wedding!

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