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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Don’t forget: events at Rheged

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We went to Rheged on Saturday morning to take our boys to see an interactive theatrical production of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.  I was surprised there weren’t more people there, and the performance would have probably benefited from a fuller house, but we enjoyed it all the same.

Rheged is a great venue for family days out, especially in the event of wet weather. As well as miscellaneous productions, they have a great digital cinema showing 3D films, and both indoor and outdoor play areas.

Some great feedback from Twitter users

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Further to my last post thanking our Facebook fans for their comments, I would also like to add that we’ve had some lovely feedback via Twitter this month, too. Here’s a snapshot of the generous, unprompted comments that have been coming our way:

11:34pm, Mar 29 from Web
@kendalcottages that is beautiful!! such a gorgeous view xx

10:32pm, Mar 29 from TweetDeck
@kendalcottages Looking at your website – Kendal sounds lovely! Putting it on our list of possible excursions http://bit.ly/aB8P2X

8:11pm, Mar 26 from TweetDeck
@kendalcottages The pics on your website http://bit.ly/ddrxlZ look good..you’ve got great taste.

8:53am, Mar 18 from Tweetie
@kendalcottages what a lovely looking place, bet that’s been alot of hard work in the making x

6:20pm, Mar 17 from Web
@kendalcottages GORGEOUS!

6:06pm, Mar 17 from TwitPic
@kendalcottages http://twitpic.com/195nkp – Just Lovely , I love Kendal spent many happy weekends there.

7:56am, Mar 03 from Web
@kendalcottages Really good to know about free wifi. Well done. Will consider coming your way.

Thank you again, everyone!

Thank you!

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We would just like to say a quick ‘thank you’ for all the kind words and good wishes that have been sent to us by email, and via Facebook and Twitter, in advance of opening next week.  We’ve had some really lovely comments from people ‘out of the blue’ and we just hope we can live up to expectations!  Here are just some of the generous comments placed on our Facebook fan page:

“This looks like heaven.”

“It all looks wonderful and relaxing.”

“Stylish and in a great position… best of luck.”

“Wow, what a lovely place – would love to come and stay one day when I can afford to!”

“Beautiful place.  Looks perfect for relaxing in at the end of a busy day.”

Slide and supper evenings at Wilf’s in Staveley

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Wilf’s is a very popular and forward-thinking café in nearby Staveley which has a regular programme of evening events. Last night we attended one of their slide and supper evenings which, on this occasion, was ‘A Year in the Life of Skye’ by Bill Birkett.  A thoroughly enjoyable evening and excellent value at £7 a head, especially when you consider that for that princely sum you were fed, too!  This was the last evening in the current series but keep an eye out for their next programme of slide and supper evenings, as well as the other events that take place.

Our first piece of press coverage

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We’ve not even opened just yet but we’re pleased to see that we’ve been featured in The Guardian.  We hadn’t really counted on receiving press coverage so soon but are delighted all the same. In their article entitled ‘20 cracking last-minute Easter stays‘ they write about us, saying that “…the apartment is bright and spacious with open-plan kitchen, living room and dining area and super king size beds”.  Here’s hoping it’s the first of many mentions in the press!

Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall

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Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall took place at the weekend, to signal the 1600th anniversary of the Roman leaving Britain, and to mark the beginning of British Tourism Week which starts today. The event saw the illumination of beacons across the whole length of Hadrian’s Wall, starting at Wallsend in North-East England before making its way across to Cumbria. The following video shows footage of the illumination making its way across the country from Housesteads Fort to Steel Rigg.

More cheese, Gromit?

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The Wensleydale Creamery, in nearby Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales, has secured planning permission to build a substantial extension to its visitor centre which already attracts more than 200,000 people a year. Work on the £750,000 expansion is due to commence later this month.  Part of the expansion plans include a doubling in size of the cheese shop.

Kendal is now on Google Street View

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The town of Kendal can now be explored via Google Street View. Unfortunately they clearly visited us on a rather grey day – not at all like the weather we’ve been enjoying recently – but you can nevertheless explore the town and all that it has to offer.  If you click here, it will take you straight to Stramongate Bridge, one of Kendal’s famous bridges and one of the bridges that our apartment overlooks. On the hill in the distance you can see Kendal Castle.  Head south-west along Stramongate: use your mouse to turn the image to the right and follow the red van for a bit and it’ll take you in the direction of the town centre.  Of course, this is no substitute for actually visiting, but it’ll give you a partial insight into the town.

The Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks – in a little over three minutes

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I stumbled upon a great YouTube video today.  It was made by Wakefield-based wedding photographer, Pete Barnes, and documents a mammoth 26-mile walk he did at the weekend, covering three peaks in the Yorkshire Dales (Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough).  Incredibly, he took photographs every minute or so along the wall and, when you consider that it’s typically a 10-12 hour walk, that’s a lot of photographs!  Anyway, here it is… enjoy the snowy scenery!

A day out at Leighton Moss

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We went to Leighton Moss – an RSPB centre – at the weekend, and enjoyed a great afternoon out.  The weather this past week has been fantastic – cold, but clear and sunny – and this made for great viewing.  As well as lots of bird life, we saw a number of deer just resting in the grass.  Our youngest struggled to see them through the binoculars and so was a little frustrated but you can imagine his delight when we drove home past the Dallam Estate and saw upwards of 50 fawn gallivanting down by the River Bela, just before we reached Milnthorpe!

Who needs Alton Towers when you have an attraction like this?  Far more educational for the children and the cost for the four of us was a whopping £6.50 for the day (we had a 2 adults for the price of 1 leaflet).  Normal cost for a family would be £9, or it’s free if you are an RSPB member or you travel by public transport (you can catch the bus from Kendal directly to the reserve).