This year I was fortunate enough to enjoy a birthday weekend break in The Lakes with my lovely family. Regular readers will be familiar with my longstanding love affair with The Lakes, so needless to say- I was more than excited to head up to Keswick for a long weekend surrounded by nature and family with nothing more on my ‘to do’ list than to kick back and relax. Here are a few pics (it was hard to whittle down to just a few) and recommendations from my birthday weekend break in The Lakes…
Stay: We stayed at the Keswick Lodge Retreat. Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat is a brand new holiday resort with luxury holiday lodges recently opened by Darwin Escapes in the Lake District. We were really impressed with our lodge. With three double bedrooms both with ensuite bathrooms and a main family bathroom, a large living area, well equipped kitchen and decked terrace with views out to the countryside, it was hard not to be impressed (it even had a wine fridge?!)
The main reception building on the resort housed the Ammara Spa with sauna and Jacuzzi with an extensive menu of treatments including nails, waxing, massage and ‘pamper packages’. There was also a modest shop stocking all the essentials and the Copper Fells Restaurant that had a lovely bar overlooking the surrounding hills.
Visit: The Lingholme Estate, kitchen and walled garden are situated on the Western Shore of Derwentwater in a dramatic location surrounded by incredible views of the best loved Lakeland fells. We took a 20minute drive from the Keswick Lodge Retreat to spend a relaxing day at Derwentwater and explore the Lingholme Estate.
On approach to The Lingholme Estate the drive is through deep, luscious woodland. Once on foot, the property is very impressive with a winding path over a small river, there’s a rather cute gang of Alpacas just waiting to be petted and fed.
Unlike many places in The Lakes The Lingholme Estate is still very much a hidden gem. The stunning café looks out over the octagonal Victorian walled garden. The café serves up breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea with lots of locally sourced ingredients. Inside the café there’s also a lovely gift shop and gallery space.
After a pit stop at the café for a takeout drink we strolled through the walled kitchen garden (which was magnificent) then made our way down the lakes edge for a picnic.
Derwent Water is one of the principal bodies of water in the Lake District National Park. Measuring approximately 3 miles by 1 mile wide Derwent water is pretty a impressive sight, you can hire boats, kayaks and canoes from the small marina just a short walk along the lakes edge from the Lingholm Estate and enjoy a sail out on the water. It’s just so beautiful!
During our trip I was very excited to hear that the Lake District has been awarded UNESCO world heritage site status, meaning its beauty will be preserved for future generations to come.
What a fabulous birthday weekend break.
“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her” -W.Wordsworth