Max’s Doggy Holiday – Waterhead, Ambleside

English Lakes is proud of it’s pets welcome policy and guests have been bringing their pets to our hotels in the Lake District and Lancashire for many years. Once again, Max has been out and about and eager to tell us of his visit to Waterhead…

My tail was wagging extra excitedly when I heard that our next holiday was going to be next to the lake at The Waterhead! I do love a good splash about!

I love a good splash!

I love a good splash!

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Inspiring Art … multi-media experiments

Jennifer Moffett is the latest in our series of featured artists living and working in the communities close to our Lake District Hotels.  Jennifer’s painting is inspired by the beautiful surroundings and she uses interesting techniques which add depth and character to her work. Her work is currently on display in Waterhead reception.

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Low Wood Bay Home of Sticky Toffee Pudding?

There remains controversy about the origins of Sticky Toffee Pudding. Many people from the Lake District to Canada have claimed the original inspiration. Wherever it came from – we love it! Check out the Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe below.

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iPad Art – accessible to all!

Nevil Jeffery, General Manager at Low Wood Bay has recently caught the Art bug, inspired to create digital art after meeting the iArt master J.A.C…

Twelve months ago I came across the guru of the “dark side” of iArt, Joseph Connor (J.A.C.) founder of #seensend. I love the concept – encouraging people to get out and about and capture an image on a mobile device. Once the image gets the J.A.C. stamp of approval, he rewards the photographer with a piece of art created on his iPad.

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Children creating art at Artober

Children creating art at Artober

Sophia Newton, owner of the Loovre Gallery in Kirkby Lonsdale and founder of annual Artober festival embraced this new art medium and invited Joseph to attend the week long, interactive art exhibition at Low Wood Bay. This radical but simple method of producing art provides an accessible, affordable medium which appeals to all age-groups. Let’s face it, taking a hand-held electronic tablet into the great outdoors is a little more practical than a large canvas! Continue reading

Low Wood Bay Resort – A Great Place to Work, Rest and Play!

As part of our recent Showcase event at Low Wood Bay it was a pleasure to welcome Jan Walker, PA to Kevin Roberts, Saatchi & Saatchi. It sounds as though our invitation arrived at exactly the right time …

After a crazy five weeks of working flat out and living in cramped temporary accommodation whilst our house is being renovated, my husband Alex and I, didn’t take us long to realise how much we craved some very special relaxation!

We’re not a million miles from the Lakes, so frequently use the main road through Ambleside to get to Grasmere and beyond, though I can never recall seeing the exact same vista twice as you hit the views from Low Wood Bay!   On approach, it’s difficult not to let your lower jaw drop open to the amazing colour and the light reflecting the mood of the lake with the backdrop of the fells. Already the feeling of  ‘calm’ is beginning to kick in and I’ve only just arrived in the hotel car park!

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Lake District named Dream Spot in Kayaking Poll

A recent poll ran as part of a competition by Sitons has found the Lake District to be one of the UK’s top five dream kayaking locations.

The poll was taken as part of a December competition for watersport fanatics to win a GoPro Hero II camera. Over 500 entrants were asked where would be their dream place to kayak.

Kayaking on Lake Windermere, the Lake District

Kayaking on Lake Windermere, the Lake District

The Lake District ranked an impressive 3rd place out of the UK locations, mentioned numerous times alongside hundreds of worldwide-renowned kayaking spots. Continue reading

Holiday Book Review: The Grave Tattoo

Holiday Book review of Val McDermid's Lake District based Thriller

Holiday Book review of Val McDermid’s Lake District based Thriller

Before setting off on holiday, I like to try to read a novel either about the place I am visiting or by a local author. I don’t mind if the details of the plot are factually correct or if the author has used artistic license, I am more interested in soaking up an atmosphere or the ‘sense’ of a place; a preparation for discovery.

For visitors to the Lake District, Val McDermid does this in her psychological suspense thriller The Grave Tattoo.  She mixes history, literature and murder most foul wrapped up in the culture and heritage of Wordsworth country. Many of the place names are actual – Lancaster, Kendal, Keswick, Coniston –Dove Cottage, Grasmere and even Zefferelli’s cinema in Ambleside get a mention. Continue reading