Posts Tagged Lake District

Lake District cottage special offer

5 star bedrooms

5 star bedrooms

Panoramic views

Panoramic views

We have a terrific special offer on this award-winning, 5 star luxury self-catering cottage overlooking Derwentwater in the Lake District.

This beautiful house nestled in the Borrowdale Valley is less than a ten minute drive from the charming market town of Keswick.

Perfect for group and/or family holidays (comfortably sleeps up to 10 guests across the four bedrooms) Lodore House not only has spacious living with all the amenities you would expect from luxury accommodation, but guests can also order room service from the next door Lodore Falls Hotel. Guests can also enjoy the  hotel’s leisure facilities: gym, sauna, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, outdoor tennis court and hot tub with views across Derwentwater and Catbells.

Spacious living area

Spacious living area

This 5 star break can be enjoyed at a rate of 4 nights for the price of 3 at £1200, 7 nights for the price of 5 at £2000 and 3 nights for the price of 2 at £800.00 PLUS a complimentary breakfast starter pack on arrival. This price is for up to 10 people PLUS 1 free bed change during the stay.

Book quickly as the offer is only available on the following dates:

1st June – 18th June

24th June – 27th June

1st July- 5th July

8th July – 24th July

28th July- 2nd Aug


We have many more great special offers at, so if you haven’t booked your summer break yet, then now is the time!

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Easter events 2013

Easter Eggs picture by Flickr user phil41dean

Easter Eggs picture by Flickr user phil41dean

Easter is nearly upon us! As the flowers start to bloom and the sun begins to shine for that little bit longer each day, it is time to start planning those Easter holiday activities!

1. Tarmar Valley Spring Trail Festival – With over 30 guided walks and activities to suit all ages and abilities, this Cornish Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty runs the festival from 28th March – 7th April with many events available for free or a small donation. Events include Exploring Nature, a walk looking at Lutyens’ buildings in Milton Abbot, a Woodland Family Activity Day and Uncovering the Past exhibition continues its tour of the Tamar Valley.

2. Trereife Easter Food & Craft Fair  (Easter weekend) – Also in Cornwall, this is a perfect day out for the foodies amongst you. The beautiful grounds of this Queen Anne manor house will play host to cooking demonstrations from gourmet chefs, and marquees with a wide range of producers from Worthy Farm Cheeses and Fish sales from ‘Cornish Smokies’, to locally produced beer, cider and wine. Perfect produce to fill up your picnic basket!

3. Annual Oyster Gathering, Falmouth (Easter weekend) – Go on boat trips to watch the fishermen do their thing at the Flushing Quay on the last weekend of the season. Taste the bounty at the seafood market with some of the catch cooked up by local chefs.

4. York’s CHOCOLATE Story – It wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate! Find out about chocolate’s history, how to make it, and more importantly, taste it, on this tour of York’s most famous chocolate-making families!

5. The Great Studfold Easter Egg Hunt, North Yorkshire (30th March – 14th April) – Gather up the brightly coloured eggs from wicker baskets on this Easter egg hunt. Also look out for craft days and the chance to make an Easter card.

6. Easter Eggspress at Kirklees Light Railway (Easter Weekend) – A great family day out with bouncy castles, face painting, tram rides, donkey rides, egg hunt and egg and spoon races for both children and adults alike!

7. ‘All About Me’ at Eureka (from 29th March) – A new exhibition to encourage learning through interaction and play at the UK’s National Children’s Museum.

8. Lake Windermere Watersports (29th March – 14th April) – Get active in the water on one of the Lake District‘s most famous lakes. For £10 per person there are family-orientated activity sessions, including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and raft building.

9. The Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt, Windermere and Bowness (from 4th April) – It’s the North’s largest egg hunt, with 50 limited edition ceramic eggs to be found across the Lakes. It’s a mammoth task, and one which is probably best spent on a weekend away.

10. Abbot Hall Easter Sculpting Workshops, Kendal (8th – 12th April) – Add to the large willow sculptures, or make a smaller one to take away with you at these workshops over the Easter holidays.

If there are any other Easter activities taking place across the country these holidays, please comment below, or tweet us @holcottagescc 

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The Lakes get Hollywood visitors

Beautiful Lake Windermere picture by Flickr User byrion

Beautiful Lake Windermere picture by Flickr User byrion


Anyone who has ever been to the Lake District will have to agree that it is one of the most beautiful areas to visit in the country. We went to Lake Windermere a couple of years ago on a particularly glorious day and were stunned by the picturesque scenery; it really felt as if we’d been dropped into the middle of a postcard picture.

The area’s reputation is already strong, but is about to get even better as one of the most famous celebrity couples, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, are reported to be going to Windermere with their six children on holiday.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Hollywood stars have booked a boathouse for a few days rest in between Jolie’s work schedule. A source told the newspaper that their choice of location was because Jolie was supposed to be shooting the film Maleficent nearby, but this was changed to a more convenient location closer to Pinewood Studios.

“They’d already booked a few days off though, and they didn’t want the kids to miss out on their trip up to the Lakes, so they decided to go,” said the source.

A rush of visitors to the location is expected now the news has broken. If you want to follow in Brangelina’s footsteps and visit this beautiful area of the country for a holiday, make sure to check out Holiday for a wide range of  cottages to suit your needs.


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Guide for group getaways

Check out our top ten tips for organising a celebration break with your friends or family. There’s advice on choosing the best location and the most appropriate self-catering accommodation (you could be better off with several cottages together rather than one big house), as well as how to organise activities and eating in – and out.

Hope you find this useful for planning your special gettogether!

Click here for our article on group getaways

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