Alfie and Charlie at Lancaster House

Junior Travellers Review: Lancaster House

Calling all junior travellers, Charlie and Alfie our new children’s hotel inspectors are planning trips and adventures around Lancashire and the Lake District over the coming months. They will be reviewing all things English Lakes Hotels and checking out many of the local attractions and experiences. First on the list…

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Max’s Dog Holiday – The Midland

English Lakes is proud of its pets welcome policy and guests have been bringing their pets to our hotels in the Lake District and Lancashire for many years. We welcome back our special four legged blogger, Max, who has been to the seaside and just couldn’t wait to tell us about his visit to The Midland, Morecambe.

Remember me? I'm Max!

Remember me? I’m Max!

 

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Wedding Dresses – Why White?

Ahead of our two wedding fayres at Lancaster House and The Wild Boar on Sunday 2nd March 2014. We thought we would follow up our Weird and Wonderful Wedding Traditions blog with a look at the traditional white wedding dress we so often see at our five individual Lake District and Lancashire wedding venues.

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In the west we often accept the tradition of a white wedding dress as a staple part of  the wedding celebration and assume that it has always been the case.

Not so, the white wedding dress fashion was initially introduced as a  protest against the effects of the industrial revolution! Below are a ten interesting facts around wedding attire… Continue reading

Festival of Smoke – Sunday 16th March at The Wild Boar

Festival of Smoke – Sunday 16th March From 11.30am

FREE entry to see and sample everything that is The Wild Boar!

The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse is set in the ancient beauty of the Gilpin Valley, with 72 acres of private woodland and a beautiful tarn. A very special and traditional Lake District Inn which has a long earned reputation for classic British cuisine.

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The Wild Boar has taken local provenance to a new level with its own onsite Smokehouse and microbrewery – The Brewhouse. As well as its own real ales, The Wild Boar has created a Whisky Club following and has over 100 of the best international malt whiskies.

Come along to our Festival of Smoke on Sunday 16th March to see and sample everything that is The Wild Boar! FREE entry to join the fun. Continue reading

Inspiring Art … Green – After Monet

Artist Patsy Derry

Artist Patsy Derry

Patsy Derry is our second featured artist living and working in close proximity to our Lake District Hotels. Patsy’s beautiful and intriguing photograph will be hanging at Waterhead’s Reception area between February and April.

“Unfortunately, I can’t remember exactly where I took this photograph, so my outdoor photography always involves a bit of a quest to rediscover the location”! Continue reading

Homage to the Work of Eric Ravilious

In November 2013 a striking new mural was painted in Morecambe’s iconic art deco Midland hotel. The painting, by artist Jonquil Cook, is a homage to the Midland’s lost mural, by the acclaimed artist Eric Ravilious.

History repeating itself. Eric and Tirzah Ravilious, 1933 and Jonquil Cook and Isa Clee-Cadman, 2013.

History repeating itself. Eric and Tirzah Ravilious, 1933 and Jonquil Cook and Isa Clee-Cadman, 2013.

In the spring of 1933, not long before completion of the Midland Hotel, the renowned water-colourist, Eric Ravilious, and his wife, Tirzah Garwood, installed themselves in lodgings at Heysham, near Morecambe. Ravilious had received a commission from the architect, Oliver Hill, to paint a mural on the walls of what were then to be the tearooms. Continue reading

Our Tenth Christmas at Waterhead

We have many regular guests who we welcome each year for our festive packages at English Lakes. Mr Peck a regular guest at Waterhead shares with us why he keeps returning…

David and Barbar Peck, regular Waterhead Guests

David and Barbar Peck, regular Waterhead Guests

Christmas 2004 proved a bit of a turning point for my wife and I. For years we had enjoyed a traditional family Christmas at our daughter’s house, but that year building works at her home meant that we had to re-think our plans for over the festive season.

Our initial attraction to Waterhead was that during the Christmas package they did not encourage children under the age of 16. This appealed, not because we dislike children (we have 11 lovely grandchildren!) but it provided a quiet, relaxed break for my wife and myself.  Continue reading