Grange over Sands – alive with the sound of music this Christmas

Cartmel is the first location and the stunning 12th century Cartmel Priory in the heart of the village. Saturday 9th December is the date and the event is the Christmas concert in conjunction with the Cartmel Choral Society who’s choir of over 60 strong will be performing Hymn of Praise by Felix Mendelssohn, Christmas Oratorio (parts) by J.S. Bach and a selection of carols. The Cartmel Choral Society has been in existence for over 1000 years and is well respected and known throughout Cumbria. The setting of Cartmel Priory is a joy to sing in and for all the attendees. To warm everyone up mulled wine and mince pies will be served and the cost is just £10 per person for this extremely festive pre Christmas concert. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Priory shop or on the night.

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Looking to attend the concert then nearby Grange over Sands is a fantastic place to stay with Bay Villa Bed and Breakfast being a popular choice. Visit for more details. Staying at Grange over Sands means visitors can take advantage of some last minute Christmas shopping in the lovely village of Cartel or Grange itself.

This area of South Cumbria is complete foodie heaven too. Enjoy some of the finest restaurants in the county, stop off in some of the quaintest country pubs and stock up on taster treats to take home such as Higginson’s Pies, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and Damson Gin.

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Timeshare in the Lake District? Yes, and in the Langdale Valley!

How many times do visitors come back time and after, year after year to the Lake District?

The Lake District is a super family holiday destination, so much to see and do, a super couples destination and a super place to come and unwind in later life. When talking to visitors and it is evident they have been coming to the Lake District for years and regularly also.

Bearing this in mind, timeshare could be a great option as it is also apparent that many visitors will also book the same accommodation each year too. Timeshare is often not thought of as an option in the Lake District after all, there are so many self catering cottages, B&B’s and hotels to choose from but having a place that is your own for a particular week or weeks each year at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a holiday property there is quite tempting.

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Holiday homes in the Lake District are very popular and in the National Park, also very expensive. It then becomes a worry thinking about and carrying out the upkeep on the property. Timeshare eradicates all this especially on a resort such as The Langdale Estate. With a choice of properties from lodges to traditional slate cottages, the estate is really quite special so too is its location in the Langdale Valley.

Everything is taken care including clean products, bed linen and towels so the holiday starts right away. The Langdale Estate have a Timeshare Owners community and website but being as the estate also has restaurants and bars open to none residents, 2 Lake District hotels and leisure facilities, there is always a lovely mix of people and it is an excellent place for families.
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A brand new WOW holiday cottage in Ullswater!

Ullswater is fast making a name for itself in the world of luxury self catering not just within the Lake District National Park but the whole of the UK.

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Laburnum Cottage, Ullswater

With an already healthy portfolio of luxury cottages in the Ullswater area, The Lakeland Cottage Company have further added to their offerings. Laburnum Cottage is something else, a brand new holiday let and with an anticipated Visit England 5 Star Gold rating, the property sleeps 6 has a gym, lake views and what can only be described as a show stopping interior. The owners have managed to give the property a contemporary, and most definitely high end look without compromising on the aesthetics of the building or deflecting from the integrity of the location.

The cottage is located to the south of Ullswater at Glenridding where there are places to eat and drink, a watersports centre and also easy access to the South Lakes over the drive and cycle worthy Kirkstone Pass.

Words really can’t express the beauty of this property so have a look at the images, taken by the Lake District holiday cottage agents The Lakeland Cottage Company, to understand fully, go directly to this here Laburnum Cottage Ullswater is accepting bookings right now and remember, it is a brand new holiday let so you can get the week you want! Weekly rate from £958.

By Jenny Andrew

Newest bed & breakfast in Grange passes 80 5 star TripAdvisor reviews

Not having even been open a whole year yet, the 1st anniversary being April 7th 2015, Bay Villa have clocked up a huge 81 reviews on TripAdvisor. But what makes this remarkable is the total number of reviews is just 83 so the percentage is practically 100% 5 star.

It’s not easy opening up a new bed and breakfast in the current climate especially in Cumbria with so much competition including a high number in Grange over Sands itself. Bay Villa have chosen to do things that little bit different, setting themselves apart from the rest, and it looks as though they have succeeded. Occupancy figures are growing month on month and people have even returned not just once but twice in some instances in 10 months.

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Dine, sleep and bathe with a view at Bay Villa

The differences at Bay Villa you’ll discover compared to other guest house and B&B’s are peace and quiet despite being in the centre of Grange, one to one attention and service, exceptionally large rooms, stunning views of Morecambe Bay and breakfast served at a time that suits the guests. Championing the Slow Life, breakfast is leisurely, at a time of your choice, no need no rush, no need to go downstairs or to a dining room as Breakfast is brought to guests in the room.

Adjectives mentioned numerous times in the reviews include, “Blissful”, “Beautiful” and “Relaxing” which is exactly the atmosphere Bay Villa want to achieve.

Booking as far in advance as possible for key dates is advised now for example Bank Holidays and in terms of local events such as Cartmel racing fixture weekends. For more details and to check availability visit the Bay Villa website here

By Jenny Andrew

Sizzling Offer on 2 Langdale Apartments This Weekend

Fancy a getaway before the school holidays start? Got next week off work and wondering what to do? Langdale has the answer to both questions in the form of two super deals starting Sunday 29 June.

One off, late deals are available on week breaks starting on Sunday in Chapel Stile Apartments 1 and 9. Firstly, Apartment 1, a 3 bedroom self catering property that can sleep up to 8 (a double pulldown bed is located in the lounge). Fantastic for 2 families, extended family, couples and friends, full price is £1205 for a 7 day break, this late offer JUST £950.

Apartment 9 is a 2 bedroom dwelling, sleeping up to 6 (as with apt 1, a double pulldown in the lounge). Full price of this unit is £945 but the late deal here means a 7 day break starting Sunday is JUST £595.

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Chapel Stile Apartments – The Langdale Estate

The Chapel Stile apartments are located within a converted farmhouse on the edge of the Langdale Estate in the village of Chapel Stile. An excellent base for all manner of activities, these apartments also benefit from being next to Langdale’s Wainwright’s Inn. The inn serves local food and ales, has a relaxed atmosphere and welcomes walkers and families. The new summer menu is now being served continuing in the use of local produce and locally made, artisan bread.

As with all the guests staying within the Langdale Estate, full use of the luxury spa and leisure facilities are included as standard. The facilities include a 20m UV-treated swimming pool complete with massage seat and whirlpool spa bath, a steam room, Sanarium®, tropical shower, deluge shower and lounger chairs.  Elemis and Anne Semonin treatments can also be booked with the beauty team.

Full details can be found here