christmas and new year in cumbria
Guest House with 7 rooms, £55-£75 pppnb, Keswick
Award-winning Hazel Bank, an early Victorian country house, stands secluded and peacefully amidst beautiful 4-acre gardens with breathtaking views of Great Gable and other central Lakeland fells. Recently refurbished to exacting standards.
Inn with 11 rooms, £95-£155 prpnb, Penrith
The George and Dragonis a beautifully restored 18thC coaching inn situated in a quiet village near Penrith. The restaurant and pub serves fresh, seasonal produce from the owners family estate as well as a range of excellent wines and ales.
Self-catering with 4 units, £285-£725 pupw sleeps 2-6, Penrith
Four superbly well-equipped, comfortable cottages, surrounding central courtyard, in tranquil countryside. Resident proprietor. Ideal base to explore Eden Valley, Lakes and Pennines. Short breaks available.
places to visit
Steamers and launches sail daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. Additional summer routes. Timetabled services.
A Victorian mock-gothic Castle, on the western shore of Lake Windermere. Empty of original furniture, guided tours, children's activities, café, grounds extending to the lake.
A real Lakeland hidden treasure set in the beautiful village of Troutbeck, this 17thC solid stone and slate house sits imposingly on the hillside, its huge chimneys typical of the area.