The Annual English Lakes Swimming Gala

Serious Swimming in the Low Wood Club Pool

Serious Swimming in the Low Wood Club Pool

It was the final race, Low Wood Bay WaterBeasts team versus the English Lakes Support Office team. After three of the six swimmers in the relay had gone it was virtually neck and neck and I gently entered the water ready to do my part in the final length and hopefully bring home the Eldoret Shield for the Support Office.

Toddler Ben

Toddler Ben

When growing up I used to be very jealous of all the staff, my dad(now Managing Director), uncle(Estates Director) and Douglas Dale(Operations Director) taking part in the English Lakes swimming gala. I used to spend a lot of my time at the Low Wood Club pool as we lived in the manager’s bungalow on site. But I was never allowed to race. I was a toddler mind… Continue reading

My African Adventure

The Open Arms Village

The Open Arms Village

Following on from our recent update from Elliot, Maria Walker, our reservations manager has some exciting news…

It suddenly dawned on me this morning that in a few short days  I am setting out on an adventure that I expect will probably change my life! And I am very excited.

On the 23rd June I am flying out to Eldoret – Kenya to visit The Open Arms Village for just under 2 weeks. Continue reading

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

Energy Four Ewe – The fun of April 1st

Ben and Tim Berry with Shirley the Sheep

Ben and Tim Berry with Shirley the Sheep

As a family company we really enjoy being in business. It also gives us a long term view to invest in the future and build a sustainable business. Unfortunately Shirley the Sheep is not an investment we are making; it was a light hearted April Fools joke and I hope we got ewe!

Although we aren’t making investments in Eco Sheep we are investing in new Green Technologies for Low Wood Bay and our other fantastic venues. The biomass boiler at The Wild Boar is keeping the inn toasty warm whilst reducing our carbon footprint, so much so we are looking at a further two biomass boilers across the group.  Continue reading

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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