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Monthly Archives: January 2011

“Couldn’t have found better”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

Perfect holiday apartment, couldn’t have found better. Already booked to come back later in the year.

A brief sighting of a bittern

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We went to the nearby RSBP reserve of Leighton Moss yesterday and were fortunate enough to see one of Britain’s rarest birds, the bittern. In 1997, the number of male bitterns in the UK stood at just eleven. Thankfully, with conservation efforts made with their habitat (they like reed beds), numbers have now grown to an estimated 85 ‘booming’ males in the UK (the boom being the bittern’s unusual mating call).  My apologies for the rather grainy picture.  It was a pity I didn’t manage to capture something a little better, particularly since it’s very unusual for the bittern to be a) seen clearly on the ground, or b) for it to emerge from the reeds.  Here, for a very brief moment, we had both before it took to the sky and flew away.

Birdwatchers considering using Kendal as a base for a holiday or short break may also be interested to know that we are quite near Haweswater, the site of England’s last remaining golden eagle.

“Absolutely flawless”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

Had a wonderful stay, such a beautiful apartment. Absolutely flawless. Thank you!

Slide and supper evenings at Wilf’s in Staveley

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Wilf’s in Staveley has a brilliant line-up again this year for their ‘slide and supper’ evenings, covering a diverse range of subjects. A list of the planned events – which are normally a huge success – can be found below.

3rd February 2011 – Morag Leiper “Pictures of Hope – A Community with Aids”

10th February 2011 – Lhakpa Sherpa “The Sherpas of Nepal”

17th February 2011 – Martin Holroyd “Discovering the World’s Largest Cave passage?”

24th February 2011 – Bill Birkett “Walk Ambleside, Rydal and Grasmere”

3rd March 2011 – John Weinstock “Sea Kayaking with Icebergs : East Coast of Greenland”

10th March 2011 – Jane Yates “Highs and Lows: Worldwide Trekking and Travelling with Young Children”

17th March 2011 – Bill & Dave Birkett “The Birkett Dynasty”

24th March 2011 – Stuart McAleese “Big Wall Baffin Island”

Slide & supper evenings usually cover a wide range of subjects mostly with an outdoor theme appealing to the outdoor activist and armchair enthusiast.
Tickets cost £7.15 for the evening. Booking is recommended, and tickets must be paid for at the time of booking.

The evenings start promptly at 7.30pm with the slide show followed by a light supper such as lasagne, cottage pie etc. – always with a veggie option. You may bring your own alcoholic drinks, but tea and coffee will be served with the meal and Wilf’s usual cakes are available to buy!

A Valentines break in Kendal

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This year Valentines Day falls on a Monday, and you can enjoy a special Valentines break at our apartment from Friday 11th to Monday 14th February, or from Monday 14th to Friday 18th February, for just £450. But beware… these dates also co-incide with February half term dates for England, Scotland and Wales, so demand will be high.  Plan your Valentines break now to avoid disappointment!

World Heritage status for the Lake District?

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Last year the Lake District was confirmed as one of this country’s 38 contenders for Word Heritage status, and culture ministers now have the task of reducing this to a shortlist of 10 locations for submission to UNESCO. The area is thought to be ahead of most all its rivals because its submission has already been completed, and it is anticipated that the shortlist will be announced in the spring. If successful, the Lake District will enjoy the same status as the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

“Every detail was perfect”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

We had an amazing stay in your beautiful apartment which we cannot fault – every detail was perfect, from the comfy beds to the view over the river – we’ll definitely be back. PS – Thanks for the bottle of wine.

Booths – our ‘local’ supermarket

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We receive numerous favourable comments from our guests about Booths.  If you don’t live in north-west England, you’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of them.  They’re a small, local chain of supermarkets predominantly based in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire, but also with one store in Cheshire (Knutsford).  Booths is a little pricier than some of the big supermarkets but puts the emphasis on quality.  The chain has partnered with Slow Food UK and has received numerous industry awards for its cheeses, real ale and wine. The Grocer magazine even named it as one of the world’s greatest food retailers.  In November of last year, they launched a TV ad campaign and you can enjoy one of those ads below to get a little more of a feel.

The Kendal branch of Booths is within easy walking distance of our riverside apartment, so it’s easy to stock up on provisions as soon as you arrive.

First TransPennine Express sale

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Any guests coming to stay with us by train – or who would like to get about by train once they are here – may be interested to hear that First TransPennine Express are currently having a sale.  This will also be of interest to overseas guests coming into Manchester Airport as the operator covers the Manchester Airport to Cumbria route, as well as the Oxenholme to Windermere line.

The sale begins today and ends on 31st January 2011 so book now to bag yourself a bargain.  Book Advance Purchase Tickets and you can get 25% off journeys booked for travel up to 31st March 2011.

Forthcoming events at lakes leisure Kendal

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Thursday 24th February (note, was Monday 28th) 2011 – 7.30pm

With thousands of people waiting for a reading, Sally worked out that it would take her 20 years to get through them all. Sally’s tour enables her to share her gift with hundreds of people at one time and she tours up and down the country playing to packed theatres. Her shows are unpredictable and full of amazing “wonder moments” as Sally likes to call them.

Throughout the show Sally will give spontaneous messages to the audience from spirit world. Tickets £21.50 on sale

Thursday 3rd March 2011 1.30pm/4.30pm & Friday 4th March 2011 10.30am/1.30pm

The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood…

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?

Tall Stories Theatre Company returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation.

All adults must be accompanied by a responsible child. Tickets £10.00 – Schools £8.50.

Saturday 23rd April 2011

Cradle To Rave sees Lenny Henry return to his roots with a show about the thing he loves most: music. The show explores the role music has played, and will play, at every stage of Henry’s life from the womb to the tomb.

Tickets: £23.50 – on sale now!

Thursday 26th May 2011 – 8.00pm

Since the turn of the century Jimmy has been a ‘fun slinger’ of international repute. ‘Laughter Therapy’ is his ninth solo show. It’ll be an evening of non-stop jokes, gags and banter. If you’ve got a sick sense of humour then maybe laughter is the best medicine. Not to be taken if you have a sensitive disposition or an overactive moral compass.

Recommended dose: one brand new show to be taken annually (I said annually). Tickets £25.00 each (not suitable for under 16s).


The fantastic Lakeland Sinfonia return with concerts throughout the year including Northern Sinfonia plus the popular Christmas Concert.

Lakeland Sinfonia
Saturday 2nd April 2011

Northern Sinfonia
Saturday 26th February 2011

Westmorland Orchestra
Saturday 19th March 2011

BBC Philharmonic
Saturday 22nd January 2011

Halle Orchestra
Saturday 12th February 2011


Saturday 19TH March 2011
Saturday 21ST May 2011

The fabulous Westmorland Orchestra bring a variety of brilliant concerts throughout the year and perform in the Westmorland Hall.