Blencathra – An Emotional Ownership

Lancaster House General Manager and keen fell walker, Tim Bell, tells us why this mountain is deserving of a special place in his heart.

Growing up in the North Cumbrian town of Penrith, the view directly west from my home was the distinctive and unique shape of “Saddleback”, or better known as “Blencathra”. It rises majestically and powerfully on its own from the gently undulating, low-lying moors which separate Keswick and the market town where I spent the first 18 years of my life. Continue reading “Blencathra – An Emotional Ownership”

Waterhead: The Traveller’s Choice with a Luxury Twist

Waterhead is delighted to be adorned with a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award 2015, which means it is one of the Top 25 hotels in the UK based on guest reviews. It was also the only hotel in the Lake District to receive this award.

This is the second year we have been within the Top 25 hotels which is high praise indeed, but last year rather than sit back and enjoy the success we were determined to keep improving, to continue to delight our guests and exceed their expectations? Continue reading “Waterhead: The Traveller’s Choice with a Luxury Twist”

Lake District – Chinese Destination of Choice part 3

In November 2014 Colin Fox, Marketing Manager at English Lakes, attended Destination Britain in Guangzhou, China with the clear intention of putting the Lake District firmly on the Chinese traveller’s map. Here he expresses his informed belief that we could become the Chinese destination of choice.

A group of tourism professionals travelled from UK
A group of UK tourism professionals travelled to Destination Britain in Guangzhou

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The Lake District – Our Top 10 Days Out with Children

The Receptionists at Waterhead are frequently asked “where are the best places to go in the area with children”? We asked Amelia, a regular guest at Waterhead and her parents to give us their Top 10 …

Family day out in the Lake District
Family day out in the Lake District

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Gin of the Month – The Lakes Gin

Following on from Anthony’s introduction to Waterhead’s premium range of Gins, his choice for December’s Gin of the Month is, The Lakes Gin, the only gin to be distilled in Cumbria and launched in November 2014.

The Distillery

avatarSituated in a beautiful area next to Bassenthwaite Lake and surround by the idyllic Cumbrian fells, the distillery sources its water from the famous River Derwent which runs at the foot of the distillery’s site, The Lakes Distillery has ideal water, full of vital constituents needed for distilling and producing a refreshing and flavoursome gin. This is then paired with local juniper berries and other classic botanicals native to the Lake District including bilberry, heather and meadowsweet making The Lakes Gin a truly Cumbria product. This really is an artisan gin which is described as being ‘big’ and having a taste of clear fresh citrus, fruity and floral, as well as being slightly complex, intriguing and delicious all at the same time. Continue reading “Gin of the Month – The Lakes Gin”

Top Five Car-Free Days Out from Ambleside

We are delighted to introduce you to Dr and Mrs Eagle, regular guests to Waterhead. They share with us their top 5 car-free days out from the hotel in Ambleside, which adds to a relaxing stay in the Lake District. 

Waterhead Hotel
Waterhead Hotel

Having tried lots of places over the years Waterhead remains our favourite. It’s a luxurious break without the guess work of whether the bed will be comfy or the quality of food and wine or if the staff are friendly.  I’m quite fussy and like a quiet room, thick curtains and a powerful shower. Add to this a stunning view, fluffy towels and bathrobes, a library of DVDs, gingerbread and freshly roasted coffee! All of this adds up to a really relaxing break and that is why we keep coming back.

We love just parking the car when we arrive and then ignoring it for the duration of our stay. Here are out top five picks for car-free outings from Waterhead:

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Lake District Photography Competition Winners

The Lake District – our home and host to almost 15 million visitors each year. Spectacular landscapes, dramatic scenery, the highest mountain and the deepest lake. A haven for walkers, climbers, paddlers, sailors, artists, families and photographers! We asked you to send us your photographs and we have been overwhelmed by the breadth and scope of what your lens’ have captured.

With over 200 images covering a huge range of subjects in our recent Facebook competition, Stuart Holmes, professional photographer and author of Photographing The Lake District has had a mammoth task selecting his top three. The results are in… Continue reading “Lake District Photography Competition Winners”