Our New Look…

Simon Berry & David Neale rebrand You may have noticed recently, here at English Lakes Hotels we gave our website a brand new look. This new look reflects the diverse range of businesses English Lakes Hotels now includes and to help communicate our commitment to excellent service and quality.

Here at English Lakes Hotels we have changed our name to English Lakes: Hotels, Resorts and Venues. We took this decision as we felt the new name better represents our business – which includes self-catering lodges, a marina and watersports centre, health and fitness facilities, larger conference and wedding venues as well as five quality hotels and an inn.

New product identities and logos have been produced to reflect the individual nature of the properties. However they share some common design elements so that customers will recognise the English Lakes brand, while still allowing the hotels’ very different characters to shine through.

Simon Berry, managing director and chairman said: “The change consolidates what we offer as a group and reflects that we are much more than a hotel chain."

“We are a group of individual properties that all have their own unique style and character so we do not want any kind of homogenous uniformity. However, we feel that it is important for people to be able to recognise our brand and know that they get the same attention to detail and level of quality at each of our properties.”

The Low Wood Hotel has also been rebranded. It will now be known as Low Wood Bay – reflecting the many facilities located there, including a Marina, Watersports Centre and large leisure club.

The rebranding of the company also allows it to become more flexible in how it develops in the future.

David Neale, commercial director said: “The new branding is a better expression of the breadth of what we do now as well as expressing something of our vision for the future.”

To find out more about our new look visit our new site at englishlakes.co.uk where can see the new hotel brand identities on the hotel pages.

Summer Film & Photography Competiton Winners

The Summer Lake District Film and Photography competition came to a close on the 5th September 2010. The summer competition received over 700 high quality and unique video and photo entries submitted by contributors of varied abilities, making it such a difficult task for the judges; Eric Robson, the film maker and chairman of BBC’s Gardeners’ Question Time and Cumbria Tourism, and Simon Berry, the Chairman and Managing Director of English Lakes.

The Judges Were looking for films and photography that best portrayed aspects of the Lake District, with this competition focusing on summer.

The winning film was submitted by Alan Starkie. The film is a personal documentary of a family walk from Buttermere village featuring Innominate Tarn & Haystacks. It is well shot and the judges particularly liked the narrative featuring the works of Wainwright and the way the video followed the walk from start to finish.


Other highly commended films included “The English Lakes District” by Phil Brown, which features wonderful shots of Tarn Hows & Aira Force Falls and “Ordinary Day” by Azul Serra which was shot in and around Lake Windermere and also features Storrs Hall.

The winning photograph was submitted by Alec Steele. It features hounds jumping over a closed gate at a senior hound trail in Buttermere and is a unique shot taken in the right place at the right time. Both judges agreed that photograph stood out from the others because of the unique subject.

Other photographs that reach the Judges shortlist were Ian Dinmore’s Eskdale to Ravenglass Steam Train, Susan Rowe’s Langdale fells from Blea Tarn, Zaneta Miderska’s Coniston Water at dusk and Alyson Levett’s hidden Game Bird.

Both winners of the Summer Film and Photography competition have won a two night break at their choice of English Lakes luxury property, inclusive of dinner on the first night.

Simon Berry says: “When we created this competition we wanted to create a site that would help show off some of the fantastic views and attractions around the Lake District. Many people already make short films and take photos of their visit to the Lakes and this site serves as a showcase to show what they’ve been doing, as well as giving potential visitors the chance to see what’s on offer.” All entries submitted will be showcased on our site for all to see.

As a result of the success of our summer competitions, once again we will be inviting entries for an autumn and winter photography and film competition where the seasonal images and film that best portrayed aspects of the Lake District could also win a short luxury break with English Lakes. Find out more about the new competition here.

Smoking Hot Courses at The Wild Boar Inn

The Wild Boar Inn Grill & Smokehouse is running new courses from this autumn to teach people how to smoke their own food.

We are working with smoking experts Smoky Jo’s to provide the two day courses, where guests will learn how to hot and cold smoke their own food.

Those taking part in the courses will get the chance to smoke a range of different foods such as chicken, salmon, sausages and cheeses.   As well as using the Inns own purpose built smokehouse the Smoky Jo’s team will show how tremendous results can be achieved at home – on a stove, converted bbq, wardrobe or filing cabinet!

Smoky Jo’s have been featured on TV’s The One Show and This Morning.

For Smoky Jo’s Georgina Perkins and Jo Hampson smoking food is an art, not a science.  Previously the pair ran The Old Smokehouse, a small artisan smokehouse renowned for its high quality, hand smoked food; supplying such gourmet outlets as Fortnum and Mason, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.  They even had the honour of smoking turkey for the Prince of Wales!

The courses will be at a set cost of £90.00 plus accommodation starting from £156 per person for 2 nights and run on the following dates:

  • 5th & 6th November 2010
  • 19th & 20th November 2010
  • 4th & 5th February 2011
  • 4th & 5th March 2011
  • 1st & 2nd April 2011

For further information and bookings telephone: 015394 45225

WBI Smoke

Things to do instead of the Great North Swim this Weekend

RELDHSM0594 Although the Great North Swim has been postponed this weekend by event organisers Nova International, here in the heart of the Lake District we still have plenty going on.  On Twitter  @cragchris has put together small selection of events happening on the 3rd/4th/5th September 2010 which we have collated and put together in a list below.

With the weather forecast looking great for the weekend, and with our Last Minute 1 Night Mega Deal starting from just £49.00 per person now is the perfect time to book a last minute getaway.


Mintfest, Kendal

 Zeffirellis Jazz Bar Ambleside

Folk club singalong at The Cross Keys Hotel, Milnthorpe.

  • Friday 3rd September: 8.30pm. A gathering of singers, musicians and listeners (Free)
  • Telephone: 01524 401203

Ulverston Charter Beer Festival, Coronation Hall.

Lowick Agricultural Show. Nr Ulverston.

 Zeffirellis Jazz Bar Ambleside

Forkfest. Kirby Lonsdale

  • This weekend 4th/5th September 11.00am-5.00pm. Local food, real ale a fun filled event.
  • Telephone: 07821 001352
  • Website: http://www.forkfest.co.uk/

 Conishead Priory and Buddhist Temple. Ulverston.

Holker Producers Market, Holker Hall.

 Exhibition: William Morris, A Sense of Place.

  • Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Bowness on Windermere till 17th October 2010.
  • Telephone: 015394 46139
  • Website: http://www.blackwell.org.uk/

 Exhibition of Lake District Landscapes and Wildlife photos

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal.

Lakes Artist Exhibition, The New Hall, Grasmere

  • From the Lakes Artist Society featuring fine artists based in the English Lake District until the 8th September 2010.
  • Telephone: 01539 722820
  • Website: http://www.lakeartists.org.uk/

The 1000 twitter followers milestone giveaway



Thank you to everyone who re-tweeted our twitter messages and links to this page. We reached our target of 1,000 followers before 10:00am and as a result we randomly selected a winner from the full list of followers using twitrand.

The winner of this draw is @Marsh_77 who has won a complementary 1 night bed and breakfast stay with English Lakes.


We have been tweeting about the Lake District and North Lancashire for well over a year now and have enjoyed getting to know every single one of our loyal twitter followers along the way. We are now very close to reaching the milestone of 1000 followers!

1000 followers may not seem as impressive as some of the bigger players in twitter world, however we are proud of our small community of twitter friends and as a thank you we would like to offer one of our twitter followers a complementary 1 night bed and breakfast stay if we reach 1000 followers by 10:00am tomorrow (25th August 2010). This should be easy! At the time of writing we are currently 20 followers away from our target and all current and new followers alike will be entered into the draw to ensure everyone has a chance of winning.

To be in with a chance of winning, click the button below and click follow.

  • If you’re an existing follower: Great! You are in with a chance of winning. We need to make sure we reach 1000 followers by 10:00 am. Why not tweet your friends and let them in on the competition?
  • If you’re not an existing follower: Hurry and make sure you are following @englishlakes by 10:00am and you will be in with a chance of winning if we reach our target of 1000 followers.


The small print

We will randomly select one twitter follower at from the list of all followers subject to us reaching 1000 followers by 10:00am on Wednesday 25th August 2010. The prize of 1 nights’ bed at breakfast stay is valid for 2 adults and can be taken subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. We will get in touch with the selected winner via twitter direct message to arrange redemption of the prize.

Have a blast with clay pigeon shooting

New clay pigeon shooting courses launched at the Wild Boar Inn Grill and Smokehouse this August.

There will be four sessions running each Saturday throughout August. In the beautiful Gilpin Valley woodland near Windermere.

Clay PigeonThe clay pigeon shooting will be held at the Wild Boar Inn, which recently underwent a major refurbishment to restore it to its former glory as a traditional coaching inn.  The Wild Boar Inn has a purpose built shooting range in its own private 72 acre wood.

Each session costs just £39.00 per person and can be booked via the Wild Boar Inn on 015394 45225.

An instructor will be able to help those new to clay pigeon shooting to develop their technique.  You’ll be able to have a go at shooting at clays that are thrown in a variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations and distances to simulate live quarry shooting. Hence some of the names commonly used such as springing teal, driven pheasant, bolting rabbit, crossing pigeon, and dropping duck.

The times of the sessions each Saturday in August are:

  • 10.00 – 10.45
  • 11.15 – 12.00
  • 13.00 – 13.45
  • 14.15 – 15.00

On other days during the year clay pigeon shooting and archery courses are available for groups on request.  Anyone who would like further information should contact the hotel.

The Wild Boar is also the first Lake District inn or hotel to have its own smokehouse. As well as smoking meat, fish and cheese on site the Wild Boar serves a wide range of local produce and beers. 

Anyone taking part in the courses can also book for a meal either at lunchtime or in the evening.

The Wild Boar also has 17 individu  ally designed rooms with different features such as copper baths and log fires, as well as modern touches such as iPod docking ports and an additional 16 standard rooms.

Set in the picturesque Gilpin Valley the Wild Boar Inn takes its name from the local legend of Sir Richard de Gilpin who bravely fought and killed a particularly ferocious wild boar there.

For Bookings telephone: 015394 45225

Poet Felix Dennis comes to the Low Wood Hotel

Felix_dennis_head[1] Critically acclaimed poet Felix Dennis is bringing his Did I Mention The Free Wine? Tour to The Low Wood Hotel on Tuesday 19th October 2010 at 7pm.

The evening will include poetry performed by Dennis, with free fine French wines and canapés served throughout the evening.  

In just eight years, Felix Dennis has established himself as one of the most popular and critically acclaimed poets of recent times, entertaining thousands of poetry-lovers on both sides of the Atlantic. Dennis’s poetry has also featured on radio programmes, in the national press, and been the subject of two major television documentaries, as well as receiving critical acclaim from Tom Wolfe, Christopher Rush, Stephen Fry and Sir Paul McCartney, to name but a few.

Felix will be reading a selection of poems from his hugely popular collections, Homeless in My Heart, A Glass Half Full, Lone Wolf, Nursery Rhymes for Modern Times and Island of Dreams, all of which were sell-out books of original poetry. He will also be introducing his new collection, Tales From The Woods, in an exclusive preview ahead of the book’s launch in October.

Tickets prices: £10 pre-booked online or £12 on the door, £5 concessions.

To book online go to http://www.didimentionthefreewine.com/