Santa is missing a reindeer!

12th December 2013


If you go down to the woods today you may well be in for a surprise!

That’s becuase a reindeer has gone missing in Whinlatter Forest in the Lake District. A seven-year-old adult male called Borneo was one of … Read more »

More Big News for Cartmel Chef

7th November 2013


Simon Rogan to take over from Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s Hotel in London

Simon Rogan’s takeover of The French restaurant at The Midland Hotel in Manchester has been nothing short of a triumph, and he’s now been snapped up … Read more »

Farmers Markets

31st October 2013


The Lake District is a food lovers heaven with many wonderful farmers markets a well as daily, weekly & monthly village and country markets where you can buy delicious local produce and get to meet the farmers and … Read more »

Romantic Ullswater

Lake District Poetry

11th October 2013

It would be a surprise to find a person today who was unfamiliar with the famous opening lines to William Wordsworth’s 1807 poem;

‘I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once … Read more »

A snowy winter scene in the Lake District

Luxury Lake District Cottages are perfect for autumn & winter getaways

9th September 2013

As the nights draw in and the weather turns cooler, picture the wonderful scenery that autumn and winter bring to the English Lake District. Golden leaves falling from the trees, heather and bracken clad fell sides, bonfires, fireworks, … Read more »

10 Hidden Views in the Lake District

1st September 2013

A great article written by a good Lake District blogger. A useful dolop of information brought to you from Holiday Cottages Cumbria-the providers of luxury Lake District Cottages. Click HereRead more »

A couple having fun with their dog

Luxury Dog Friendly Cottages in the Lake District

12th August 2013


The Lake District is a dog owner’s heaven with literally thousands of walks for all abilities & agilities.

We offer you the choice to book 1 of the best pet & dog friendly cottages in the Lake District where the quality of … Read more »

Enjoying the Lake District

9th February 2013

The English Lake District has long been a popular destination for those seeking short breaks as well as more lengthy family excursions. Lake District luxury cottages are a fantastic idea for those seeking to arrange a romantic … Read more »

Cartmel restaurant is awarded 2 Michelin stars

3rd October 2012

Simon Rogan and L’Enclume have at last been awarded a 2nd Michelin star confirming this wonderful Cartmel restaurant as the only restaurant in Northern England to be given 2 shiny Michelin stars.

The 2013 edition of the Michelin guide … Read more »

Congratulations to Simon Rogan at L’Enclume, Cartmel

9th June 2012

A huge congratulations to Simon Rogan from L’Enclume in Cartmel who had 100% success with all 4 of his wonderful dishes on the BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’ 2012. Our local Michelin starred chef achieved the impossible and received … 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