5 star holiday lodge break in the 5 star Lake District
Written by Michael Cummins on 11 June 2013
Given the opportuniy of a long weekend in a 5 star, pet friendly, luxury holiday lodge close to Windermere, Lake District was just too much to miss and this brief account of our fabulous June 2013 weekend, where we climbed mountains, photographed the wonderful scenery, strolled to the local pub and enjoyed dessert at the home of famous 'sticky toffee pudding', should give you a flavour of how wonderful the very best UK 'staycations' really can be.
Driving from Derbyshire took an easy 2.5 hours to Grange over Sands on the edge of the Lake District National Park where one night in a hotel was to be followed by 3 nights in a 5 star luxury holiday lodge on the Limefitt Holiday Park in Troutbeck close to Ambleside and Windermere.
GLENWOOD LODGE - LIMEFITT PARK - TROUTBECK, LAKE DISTRICT
Close to unremarkable Grange is the very attractive village of Cartmel (home to the aforementioned pud) complete with amazing priory and friendly pubs arranged around the medieval centre - well worth a visit if in the Windermere area (20 minutes by car).
Arriving at Glenwood Lodge 5 star holiday lodge (sleeps 4) in the gorgeous Troutbeck valley the following day, we were almost taken aback by the sheer quality of the interior fittings, not to mention the spaciousness, views and luxurious, well, everything else! The open plan sitting, dining and kitchen areas are a joy with huge windows, tons of natural light and super-modern, tasteful fittings everywhere. Our ensuite double bedroom with doors directly onto the decking terrace was also absolutely first class; our holiday had properly begun! The park itself is peaceful and quietly located in mature woodland on the fellside opposite Troutbeck - perfect for a chilled out few days in Lakeland.
Later on the same arrival day, with the promise of continued good weather, we climbed The Old Man of Coniston (30 minute drive) using our Pathfinder walking book and witnessed many fabulous views including the Irish Sea in lowering sunlight from around 2700 feet! Welcome to the Lake District indeed! We celebrated this mighty feat with a locally brewed pint or two at the Yewdale Hotel in attractive, popular Coniston village before returning to the luxurious holiday lodge for a shower and a long, deep sleep!
OLD MAN OF CONISTON, SUMMIT CAIRN
Following a traditional, sunny breakfast on the splendid decking terrace the following morning we lingered by reading the Saturday papers (on-site shop) and slowly but surely recovered from the steep, lofty hike of the previous day. Today, we eventually decided, would be a strolling day and no more! So the three of us later explored the local vicinity and the lovely elevated village of Troutbeck in particular, on foot, arriving to enjoy another joyous pint (Loweswater Gold) at the beer garden of the splendid 15th century hostelry, The Mortal Man.
Suitably re-vitalised, this lazy and languid day was concluded later that evening with excellent steaks at the on-site Haybarn pub (very good) washed down with more local ale - this time of the Wainwright variety (Thwaites).
And so to Sunday, our final full day. What to do today? After another lazy morning reading the papers (note the distinct lack of dashing around visiting tourist shops etc!) and a little (much earlier) photography down by the waterside in Ambleside, the decison was reached. I would climb Bowfell (almost 3000 feet) and Bridget would read, relax and stroll around the local fells with our 11 year old Border Terrier, Holly. Later that same evening we would eat at the local Mortal Man pub. Deal, I hastily and happily agreed!
So off I went, in the spirit of AW, intent on walking alone to best appreciate these special fells. Parking at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car park in Langdale, the National Trust machine readily accepted £6.50 (ouch!) of my hard-earned cash in return for permission to park 'all day'. I didn't think that 4 hours (£5.50) would be enough to complete the 'up and down' Bowfell circuit and this proved correct about 4.5 hours later on my return! This was a tough walk indeed, especially carrying a heavy camera bag and other paraphernalia (fleece, hat, flask, sandwiches etc) but one which I thoroughly enjoyed - once it was entirely finished!
LANGDALE FROM BOWFELL - copyright Mike Cummins
Quenching my thirst with a quick jar of zingy Single Hop Amarillo (Marston's brand) outside the hikers' bar of the Old Dungeon Ghyll (complete with local character showing off his ferret) I set off back to the lodge for an invigorating hot shower, quick change and out to the Mortal Man pub for dinner; delicious and plentiful fellside roast lamb with good gravy! After this honest feast we supped ale, listened to, and greatly enjoyed, a couple of acoustic musicians in the bar followed by a small and shared portion of authentic curry donated to the audience by the pub owners at a suitable musical interlude.
Finally retiring to the accommodation for one last time and, in my case, another deep sleep, we reflected on a fantastic weekend in wonderfully comfortable accommodation in the amazing Lake District.
The following day, on our journey home, we finally relented and paid a visit to Bowness on Windermere for a half hour's shopping. I must admit that I couldn't help but smile inwardly at the sight of tourists, surrounded by magnificent mountains on all sides, videoing ducks by the waterfront
Lord only knows what AW would have thought...
Mike & Bridget Cummins (not forgetting Holly-Pooh...!)
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