Raf’s Lake District Nature Frame

Through our passionate people series with have introduced a range of passionate English Lakes employees! Not only are they passionate about going the extra mile for our guests but the also have many other passions, interests and hobbies. Sometimes the work-life interests coincide and we find ourselves sharing these things with our guests. As a perfect example of this, we’d like to introduce Rafael Garea-Balado, who works as a maintenance engineer at Low Wood Bay.

Our own Dr Doolittle ... Raf with a Bluetit

Our own Dr Doolittle … Raf with a Bluetit

One of my hobbies outside of work is Photography especially landscape, Wildlife/Nature and Travel. This started at an early age spending a lot of time in the Lake District as a child. My craving for the outdoor lifestyle later led me to becoming a Snowboard Instructor and I travelled for many years to stunning countries all over the world, from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France to name just a few. Along my travels my trusty point and shoot camera was always to hand to document and share my experiences by capturing many of the sights I had seen.

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Passionate About … Drama!

English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies. This time we meet…

Lee-Harry Hitchmough, The Midland

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Lee-Harry Hitchmough is our wedding and events co-ordinator at The Midland – a perfect job for Lee as he has been hosting his own dramatic events for many years.

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Passionate about … Camper Vans!

English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies.

Marcus Whitney works in the Maintenance Department at English Lakes and can be called upon for any number of jobs around the hotels. When not at work, he will still have his overalls on as he turns his attention to his other passion – camper vans! Continue reading

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Passionate About … Dry Land Mushing!

Cherrie Hargreaves, Guest Services Manager, Lancaster House

Cherrie Hargreaves, Guest Services Manager, Lancaster House

English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies.

Cherrie Hargreaves, Lancaster House Guest Services Manager, got more than she bargained for when her husband asked if they could have a dog …

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Passionate About … Charity Running!

English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies. This time we visit The Midland, Morecambe…

Sarah Mason, Senior Chef de Partie, has prepared sumptuous pastries for our guests at The Midland since 2010 and has seen Afternoon Tea at The Midland soaring in popularity. When not in the kitchen at The Midland, Sarah competes in runs and extreme walking challenges. She has trained for numerous events such as local 10K runs, obstacle courses and The Great North run, which she has completed four times. Now, however, she has set herself an even greater challenge.

Afternoon Tea at The Midland

Afternoon Tea at The Midland

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Sochi – Predictions turned Gold!

In his blog, Passionate about … Olympic Biathlon, Ian Woods, director of Onesimus and our in-house Team GB coach made some pin-point predictions about which athletes we should be watching closely during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Your predictions for the Biathlon Gold Medals were spot on. Are you surprised?

Well, I’m not surprised that Norway’s Svendsen and France’s Martin Fourcade both became Olympic champions in Sochi, though it wasn’t looking good for Svendsen in the first week. He really had to dig deep to take the Gold in the Mass Start race, just beating Fourcade in a stunning photo finish. I am surprised that they both won two Gold medals each and to be honest I was surprised that Bjoerndalen also won two Gold medals.  Continue reading

Passionate About … Crufts!

English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies.

Sandra Gibson, Manager of Low Wood Club and Sandpiper Club loves her canine family and is preparing them for Crufts 2014 in her spare time outside of work.

Adorable - a first outing for the puppies!

Adorable – a first outing for the puppies!

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