Celebrating 25 Years of Hospitality at Lancaster House

Directors and managers, along with their partners, celebrated 25 years of business and life at Lancaster House with a beautiful three course meal and speeches reflecting on the preceding quarter century. Doesn’t time fly when you are enjoying yourselves! Continue reading “Celebrating 25 Years of Hospitality at Lancaster House”

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!

My very first attempt at watercolours under the guidance of Dawn.

It was with a sense of excitement and, I confess, trepidation that I arrived at Waterhead for a weekend of Lake District Watercolour Painting. Signing up for something like this can feel a little like putting your creative neck on the line!

Testing the water over dinner on the Friday evening, I tentatively threw out a line about having not ever really done anything like this before. I was pleasantly surprised, and not a little relieved, to discover that we were all novices, and all nervous about our impending foray into the world of paint, colour, tone, perspectives and vanishing points.  Having established our common fragility, we relaxed and enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal whilst Dawn Pretty, our artist in residence, outlined what the weekend might hold, promising us that we would all have a work of art to hang on our wall by the end of the weekend. Continue reading “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!”

National Parks Week – The Adventurous Lake District

As we are situated right in the heart of the Lake District National Park, ‘celebrating everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain’s breathing spaces’ is something that is second nature to us at English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues. The theme of this year’s National Parks Week, from 25th to 31st July, is adventure. Here are just five of our favourite things to do in the Lake District to get your heart pumping in stunning surroundings. Continue reading “National Parks Week – The Adventurous Lake District”

Building on Strong Family Heritage – Waterhead celebrates Large Hotel of the Year

Delighted! Two awards in two weeks. First, English Lakes scoops a prestigious national Family Business of the Year Award, then Waterhead is crowned Large Hotel of the Year by Cumbria Tourism.

CUMBRIA TOURISM AWARDS 2016 --- Large Hotel of the Year winner - Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside. (l-r) Justin Moorhouse, Matt Stanaway, Anthony Sutcliffe, and award sponsor Richard Andrew of Armstrong Watson. // Annual award ceremony from Cumbria Tourism celebrating the best in the county's tourist attractions. Held at Cartmel Racecourse and hosted by comedian Justin Moorhouse. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. HARRY ATKINSON
(l-r) Justin Moorhouse, Matt Stanaway, Anthony Sutcliffe, and award sponsor Richard Andrew of Armstrong Watson. Photo Credit: Harry Atkinson

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Lake District Adventure on the Via Ferrata Xtreme

Whether your ideal day out in the Lake District is a gentle stroll by a meandering stream, a more strenuous hike up a mountain or a heritage rail journey, it would appear that there is something for everyone.  Here’s one for the more adventurous. Continue reading “Lake District Adventure on the Via Ferrata Xtreme”

Pasture Promise Milk – The Journey from the Farm to our Hotels

Lancaster House is proud to support local suppliers. This week the FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) celebrated World Milk Day so we followed the milk trail from farm to dairy to see first-hand where our milk comes from. Cherrie tells us about their grand day out…

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English Lakes Mascot ‘Sam’ travels to Space

Sam the dog, our mascot has been to some lovely venues around the Lake District, but this adventure is taking  ‘day out’ to a whole new dimension! Here is the full story about this ambitious project to send Sam in to Space. Continue reading “English Lakes Mascot ‘Sam’ travels to Space”