Water, the blood of life and now energy in the Lake District

We all know the importance and power of water for life and living but water also harnesses power in a different way, that of electricity. Water is an extremely efficient and powerful way of generating electricity both in terms of large scale and small scale projects. Examples include hydro electric power stations such as those seen in the Scottish Highlands and tidal energy solutions such as the underwater turbine in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire and Seatricity’s wave power testing hub off the coast of Cornwall.

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The waterwheel in position at the Langdale Hotel & Spa

The full extent of the way in which water can be used to generate clean energy is still in its infancy, under going much testing and development and awaiting more and more backers. As with any alternative energy source, opposition is a factor whether it be in terms of nature conservation or the impact on the aesthetic environment. What is definitely for sure is that the power of water is being heavily investigated both on and offshore.

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Proven power generation from the Langdale waterwheel

These are all large scale prospects but what about smaller scale water power harnessing. The Langdale Hotel & Spa in the Lake District have installed a new waterwheel in the location where a waterwheel would have been back the 19 century when the site was a gunpowder works. This brand new, innovative piece of engineering was designed, developed and implemented by Smith Engineering of Maryport, Cumbria with Border Hydro designing the control panel and grid connection. The 6kW waterwheel is up and running and producing power to the national grid with a predicted payback of 5 years.

This is just the latest in the long list green energy practices Langdale Leisure Ltd have implemented over the last few years proving this business to be one of the most sustainable in the Lake District and the wider area. The waterwheel is very much an attractive a feature in more ways than one.

By Jenny Andrew

New in-room dining menu at brimstone Hotel

Whether you can’t bear to leave the beautiful suite, the weather is typically Lake District-esque (a tad on the damp side) or you’ve had the hike or all hikes and can’t move, the new in-room dining menu at Brimstone is the perfect solution.


With suites boasting some serious square footage along with ample bathing space and equally as ample private balconies, the suites in Brimstone never feel cramped and have various places to sit and lounge. Each suite has cosy seating near the wood burners and tables and chairs on each balcony. The automatic, intelligent heating system ensures guests will never be too cold or too hot but the wood burner adds an extra touch in the depth of winter.


But back to the menu and what is on it. The new menu offers greater choice with clear indication of what is on offer between the hours of 10am and 9.30pm and what is 24 hour. The menu is taken from the popular Hobson’s Bar menu full of relaxed favourites such as rump steak burgers, battered cod fillet and wild mushroom risotto. Sandwiches and puds are 24 hour. Pre bedtime munches will be very well satisfied with any of the “nibbles & lite bites” or the “tasting plates”.

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Really, why would you want to leave your room?

Beverages can also be brought to the room and selection of white and red wines by the glass and bottle are available as well as fizz. In room dining is done by dining the magic Host assigned to each room upon arrival.

It is worth mentioning also that breakfast can also be ordered and delivered to the suite at Brimstone. Mornings on the Langdale Estate are idyllic and being able to sit outside on the balcony, take in the fresh air and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast is a super start to any day.

To view the new, full in room dining menu and for availability and room information, visit http://brimstonehotel.co.uk

A new era in more ways than one at Windermere Hotel Bar

All finished in time for summer are the extensive refurbishments on a Windermere hotel’s restaurant and bar.

With the professional photography now featuring on Applegarth Villa’s website of the refurbishments of the hotel’s bar and restaurant, both past and prospective guests can see the developments for themselves.

It has not simply been a lick of paint in these areas but comprehensive decorating, new lighting, wall fittings, new furniture and colour schemes with the largest change being in the bar. A new bespoke bar has been constructed and installed with a granite surface and back lit shelves to house the many whiskies and local beverages on offer.

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The newly refurbished and furnished bar at Applegarth Villa

Understated luxury with accents of the 1920’s and 30’s is prevalent with the overall feel promoting a relaxing atmosphere, a great way to unwind and escape the pressures of work and life. Choose to sit on the chaise lounge, in a tall chair at the bar or in the conservatory with views of the fells and have pre dinner drinks or post dinner digestives.

New inclusions, decorations and updating have also occurred in some of the bedrooms and the reception. Full decoration including colour theme change has been carried out in Deluxe Room 3. Luxury Room 9 has new coordinating furniture and Ultimate Luxury Suite 1 has a new shower, note the accents from the bar area of the 1920’s in this bathroom too. The grand reception area has been given some animal magnetism with soft furnishings in various animal prints.

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Clockwise from top left Deluxe Room3, Luxury Room 9, Ult Lux Suite 1, Reception

The team at Applegarth Villa are pleased to offer all these extras to guests without an increase in room rates. The same deals are available including £100 bed & breakfast in Deluxe rooms Sunday – Thursday and the “Free Dinner at The Villa” offer. Read about all of these offers on the website here http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk

By Jenny Andrew