02/26/13

New Lake District Boutique Hotel Looking Big!

It’s not far off if what I saw when I drove past was anything to go by. The new hotel on the Langdale Estate. It’s going to be called Brimstone, or Brimstone at Langdale for it’s full title as per the website.

It’s rare you see such large structures going up in and around Langdale or in Ambleside for that matter so it is quite an exciting prospect I think and one that I would love to have a look around, By all accounts, it’s not your average hotel. Its aim to be a 5 star hotel when graded and everything looks as though it’s pointing that way. I’ve stayed at the Langdale Hotel in the past and know how lovely it is in there so Brimstone must be something uber special to beat it.

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According to the website, they’re all going to be self contained suites with private parking and a balcony. There’s going to be a concierge service, in room or balcony spa treatments and as with the rest of the Langdale Estate, sustainable energy use.
I’m really pleased sustainability is going to be high on the agenda for this new Lake District boutique hotel, Brimstone Hotel. The more new build hotels and even other business sector premises than have sustainability at the forefront of their build the better and it will hopefully make other businesses follow suit.

02/21/13

City Breaks in the North (of England that is)

The choice of city break destinations in Northern England is varied. Today I’m focusing on Manchester, Newcastle and York. Three cities in three different counties all offering three different city break experiences.

Manchester, nicknamed the capital of the North and which has seen an enormous renaissance in the last 15 years. This sprawling city has now sprawled upwards and Manchester is now one of the most popular places for city apartment living due to the massive amount of developments rising up from the skyline. Manchester is now home to luxury hotels, restaurants and shops which makes it an ideal location for a city break but it still retains its heritage and Northern charm. On a city break in Manchester, expect liveliness, great shopping, a choice of theatres and some of the best food available in the North as well as branches of hotel chains such as Hilton, Malmaison and the Rocco Forte Lowry Hotel.

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Newcastle has a charm far different to Manchester being in the North East but the charm is as endearing and as anyone that has ever been to Newcastle will say, there’s possibly not a more friendly place. Newcastle as Manchester and all the major cities has seen a development and regeneration in recent years. The Quayside is a must part of Newcastle to visit. Cosmopolitan, bustling and cultural all in one. The Quayside is where there’s a choice of places to stay, eat and drink and your Saturday night down the Quayside is guaranteed to be full of fun! For a bit of culture to balance the partying and the Baltic Mill across the river is well and truly worth a visit as well as The Discovery Museum.

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Last and by no means least, yet a completely different location, is York. Far smaller than either Manchester or Newcastle this city can only be described as fit to bursting point with heritage and culture. Naturally, it hasn’t seen the development in terms of high rise apartment blocks etc like the other two cities but it has changed in recent years. I remember going to York when I was little. Although it was exciting visiting the museums there, it did appear to have quite an older cliental in general, either that or full of school trips as was my first visit there. York is now very different. Like the larger cities, it has become more cosmopolitan, the trendy shops are visible shops (even now a Mulberry factory shop would you believe) as well as equally fabulous and trendy restaurants and bars. For city break, York has it all yet at a far slower and more relaxed pace. In fact, taking advantage of a city break in a smaller location means you needn’t have to stay in a hotel. York is renowned and quite famous for having a a choice of high quality York guest house and bed & breakfast establishments with many being within walking distance of York centre.

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02/14/13

It’s Valentine’s Weekend…….

…..and you late comers, those of you who may have forgotten what weekend it is or those that have suddenly realised they have underestimated what is expected of them for this weekend of love and romance, all is not lost.

coniston-water-west-shoreIt’s not too late to book a Valentine’s weekend away in the Lake District. What could be better than booking a romantic stay in a luxury cottage in the Lake District? A retreat where you can come and go when you please, a complete getaway. If you get a move on now boys, you can even look if a restaurant close by could sqeeze you in for a celebratory meal Friday or Saturday night and perhaps stock up on chocolates, champagne, croisants for the morning and goodies for a picnic hamper. The weather forecast is looking quite favourable for the weekend so a romantic picnic in a secluded spot should be on the cards.

Of course, just about everywhere in the Lake District is desirable but somewhere that really lends itself to Valentine’s is Cartmel. Cartmel is not just home to the famous sticky toffee pudding but it is now firmly on the map for gastronomy in general largely to do with Simon Rogan and L’Enclume but also the many other high quality places to eat and drink due to the abundant supply of the finest local produce. Combine this with its character, charm, cobbled streets and stunning holiday cottages, it’s really worth checking out.

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