Lake District Hotel to install second biomass boiler

One of the North of England’s leading green hotels and definitely the greenest in the Lake District have started work on installing their second biomass boiler.

The Langdale Hotel on the Langdale Estate are in the process of further enhancing their green credentials in the form of a second biomass boiler. The first biomass boiler was installed in 2012 and for the past two years has been heating nine bedrooms, two conference rooms, two commercial kitchens and two restaurants and offices as well as the twenty metre swimming pool and changing rooms at the estates luxury spa.

At present the boiler housing is being constructed and will be finished off to be in keeping with the immediate surroundings on the estate, something this organisation carries out on even the smallest of details on all of its projects. Being in the Lake District National Park this factor is also mandatory.

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Biomass boiler housing construction at the Langdale Hotel

As most hotels in the Lake District are only just waking up to the idea of biomass, Langdale are now progressing biomass further as well as another exciting and sustainable energy generating project, a waterwheel. The waterwheel construction has just been completed in the last month. To comply with sustainable practices even further, both the biomass boiler supplier and installer and the waterwheel designers and constructors are Cumbrian based. The waterwheel is undergoing testing at the moment and due to go start electricity production very shortly.

Recent reports from The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) mean the lowering of greenhouse gases is more important than ever. The WMO reported that concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984. There is now a large focus on high energy consumption businesses to look further into what they can do to lower their carbon emissions.

Hopefully the recent sustainable development at the Langdale Hotel and Estate will prompt more Lake District and Cumbrian hotels and businesses to look into alternative energy production because every little counts.


Cartmel makes the local and national news in the space of one week

For a relatively small location in the United Kingdom, Cartmel has its fair share of mentions in the press. All good of course!

Starting off with why Cartmel has been in local, Cumbrian newspapers and press. It has just been announced that Cartmel has received a gold award in the 2014 Cumbria in Bloom awards. Signs will be made for both residents and visitors to inform them of this fantastic achievement as seen in locations around the county of past winners. But what possibly isn’t going to fit on a board or sign is the full extent of the accolades awarded to Cartmel in this year’s Cumbria in Bloom. The tow people attanedning the ceremony representing Cartmel in Bloom had to go up go and collect 9 awards in total. These consisted of the two main categories, Best Small Village and Best Overall Village but also Community Champion, Tidy (Small) Village, Best Sustainable Development and Best in Borough for South Lakeland and finally a Growing for Gold award set up for marking 50 years of the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom.

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Just one of the planted areas of flowers in Cartmel Village

Mentioned earlier was Cartmel being in the national news but in fact, they have been in the news international for Simon Rogan’s L’enclume, the 2 Michelin star restaurant in the village, has retained its 2 star grading for a second year. Earlier this month is was announced L’enclume had also kept hold of its number 1 spot in the 2015 Waitrose Good Food Guide having first reached this ranking in 2014.

If Cartmel wasn’t a lovely and popular enough, these latest news items are surely going to make the village even busier. Visitors can choose between accommodation in B&B’s and in pubs such as The Cavendish Arms as well as luxury self catering for couples through to groups from the Lakeland Cottage Company.

By Jenny Andrew


What a super summer in Windermere & Bowness

It’s been another busy and thoroughly fantastic summer again this year in and around Windermere and Bowness. When businesses enjoyed the crowds of summer 2013, to have been blessed with another summer packed full of sunshine in 2014, well it’s been unbelievable.

Whether you work in the tourism industry in the area or not, simply drive through or are visitors, you can’t help but notice the smiles on everyone’s faces enjoying the beautiful location.

After getting hopes up of the return of the Windermere Air Show, to then be informed it unfortunately wasn’t going to go ahead was a disappointment at the time. Early in the season and the thought of businesses and the community missing out on a weekend of visitors, fun and entertainment was quite disappointing. But with events such as the power boat racing and regular regattas on Lake Windermere, the Great North Swim, events at Brockhole and the new bike boat service, Windermere has barely had any time to think about it.

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On the edge of lake Windermere at Bowness

And the good weather has brought not just families to Windermere and Bowness over the past 6 weeks, couples in the thousands have been visiting making the most of being able to enjoy a real summer in the UK. This can be confirmed with hotels in the area that are not child friendly or in the case of The Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere, solely for adults. All have had a busy summer with their busiest to come, September. September brings those who are wanting a quieter holiday, more couples and those who have retired.

So now to wondering, will we see hat trick of sunny summers in Windermere and the Lake District? Well the UK weather can very unpredictable but it’s safe to say everyone will most definitely have their fingers crossed!


Tebay Tops UK Motorway Services Survey

A confirmation of what many have known for years has been given to one Cumbrian firm this month.

Tebay Services on the M6 has been revealed as top UK motorway services by Which?. The outcome was from a survey of 3,039 recent service station experiences so this result was from real people visiting Tebay Services. Tebay was the only service area to receive the maximum 5 stars.

Almost all the other services areas in the UK would be lucky to achieve 1 star never mind 5 as anyone that has visited them will know. Tebay Services is now a destination, a place to stop that may take some travellers out of their way to stop at but it is worth it.

But the M6 and especially north of Kendal and south of Penrith and the junction for the A66 is such a major road and route for those travelling to the Lake District from the north or south and to and from Scotland.

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Uk’s best motorway services – Tebay Services

Tebay have it spot on from the service to the location to the food served and this has been confirmed by the visitors and by Which? now.

And what Tebay Services has too, set in a secluded position behind it is a hotel and as with the service area, owned and run by the Westmorland Family, not a chain hotel. The Westmorland Hotel has single, double, twin, king and family rooms so great for stopping off on holiday, as a weekend break or for business and has the same ethos as the services for the food and way it operates. As much produce as possible comes from the family’s own farm and butchery with most other produce coming from as local as possible to the hotel.

For those who aren’t aware, the Westmorland Family in May this year opened Gloucester Services on the M5. Now Tebay Services fans travelling in the south can enjoy a pleasurable service station experience opposed to a reluctant, “well I suppose we have to stop here” service station visit.

By Jenny Andrew