Kirkstone Pass Sunrise

A Kirkstone Pass Sunrise

24th March 2016

A blog by our local friend Alex Wrigley about his recent trip up Kirkstone Pass accompanied by another of his beautiful Lake District landscape photographs.

Kirkstone Pass is one of the many roads in the Lake District that offers spectacular … Read more »

Waves crashing on a beach in Cumbria

Potential in Landscape photography

13th March 2016

Another blog by our local friend Alex Wrigley accompanied by some of his Lake District landscape photography.

Sometimes you just feel drawn to a location, something in the scene in front of your eyes makes you stop dead. Often, … Read more »

Misty morning at Windermere

Windermere: A Misty Morning

4th March 2016

Alex Wrigley, a Lake District local, writes some excellent blogs about the Lake District and takes wonderful photos too.

“The forecast showed that a clear morning was on the cards. 25% cloud cover and very little wind: Perfect conditions … Read more »

Cathedral Quarry in the Lake District

Hodge Close and Tilberthwaite

17th February 2016

I’ve just teamed up with Alex Wrigley, a Lake District local who writes some excellent blogs about the Lake District and takes wonderful photos too.

Alex says, “Growing up in the Lake District National Park, it’s almost impossible notRead more »

Cartmel Valley after the floods of December 2015. No problems here.

Floods, December 2015

2nd January 2016

Our cottages and villages were not been affected by the floods that hit some parts of Cumbria in December 2015.

Cumbria is the 3rd largest county in England and only a small percentage of Cumbria was affected by floods.

All … Read more »

Autumn mountain scene in the Lake District

Kendal Mountain Festival 2015

16th November 2015

Kendal Mountain Festival 2015 kicks off on Thursday 19th of November.

This hugely popular event has been voted ‘Tourist Event of The Year 2015’ by ‘Visit England’.

Kendal Mountain Festival is an award-winning event held in Kendal, the gateway to … Read more »

Haweswater in the summer of 2015

What to do in the Lake District

12th October 2015

A blog from Sally at

There’s so much to see and do in the Lake District, you could stay there for weeks and not see all that this wonderful area has to offer. It’s a nature … Read more »

Horses racing at Cartmel Racecourse

Cartmel Races 2016

1st September 2015

The 2016 racing fixtures are exiting news for Cartmel race lovers as there will be more racing fixtures in Cartmel in 2016 than any previous year.

For the 1st time ever, 2016 will see 9 days of horse racing … Read more »

Image of Cartmel Village shop

Daily Mail Article about Cartmel

19th August 2015

How sticky pudding turned the sleepy English village of Cartmel into a tastier hotspot than Venice By Robert Hardman for the Daily Mail

There used to be a local joke that if you weren’t praying, gambling or drinking, then … Read more »

A Lake District view-ideal spot for a picnic

Five Perfect Picnic Spots in the Lake District

16th April 2015

5 favourite picnic spots. Some of them are a short hop from the car whereas others require a bit of a walk, but all of them are worth a visit.
It should go without saying, always take all your … Read more »

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18th February, 2019

Sawmill Cottage Reviews

5 Star Review on Trip Advisor


This venue was amazing for a relaxing tranquil weekend. Lazy mornings, long soak in the bath, walking, pub meals and real fires 🔥 – Catherine

28th January,

Charcoal House Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Beautiful house, warm, welcoming, modern but with so much character. A real corker of a property!”

Thanks Simon, my family and I had a wonderful weekend stay at Charcoal House.

My husband loved taking early morning walks to Coniston Water and it was a fantastic base for exploring the Lake District.

The only problem we had was the house was so great, we didn’t want to leave! – Liz & Family

25th January, 2019

Charcoal House Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Perfect for a family getaway!”

8 of us and our dog Harley stayed at Charcoal House for a week in January.

The house was super, very spacious with lovely furnishings, and everyone had a lovely break, even the Aga was a hit and produced an excellent Sunday lunch!

Even though the weather was snowy, we had no problem getting about, and took advantage of a number of Simon’s recommended walks which were right on the doorstep.

We also visited his recommended cafes and restaurants in Lowick Bridge, Greenodd and Ulverston, all of which were great.

All in all, the house is perfect for a family getaway and we will definitely look to book one of Simon’s properties for our January break next year – Peter Jones, Wrexham