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Monthly Archives: August 2011

“Very relaxing place to stay”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“Very relaxing place to stay. Lovely, clean and fresh. Favourite day spent driving over Wrynose and Hard Knott Pass. Amazing countryside and views. Will be back again. Thank you.”

To view more feedback from our guests, please see our guests’ comments page.

And the UK’s best National Park is…

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…the Lake District!

So say readers of the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine.  In a poll conducted by the magazine, the Lake District was voted the best National Park in the UK, ahead of 14 others.

Fergus Collins, the magazine’s editor, said “It is no wonder that people from all over the world flock to this iconic British landscape of crystal waters and inspiring fells.”

In recognition of the award, the Lake District National Park Authority is to receive a commemorative plaque which will be displayed at the organisation’s headquarters in Kendal.

And don’t forget… our riverside apartment is just a mile from the National Park boundary. Here you have all the amenities of Kendal on your doorstep and the endless beauty of the entire Lake District National Park in very easy reach.

“The apartment is beautiful”

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The latest entries (we were treated to two comments from the two couples staying together!) in our guestbook read:

“We had a wonderful week in Kendal. The apartment is beautiful. We enjoyed the river view and we sat on the balcony several times. We were treated to a beautiful sunset on our last night here.”


“We enjoyed our stay in Kendal immensely. The apartment is lovely and we loved the balcony view and the River Kent. Thank you for the wine – so good – and helping to make our stay a memorable one.”

To view more feedback from our guests, please see our guests’ comments page.

“Excellent apartment and location”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“Recommended by my sister from Australia who stayed last year. Excellent apartment and location.”

To view more feedback from our guests, please see our guests’ comments page.

New snooker hall in Kendal

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A new snooker hall – Albion Social and Snooker Club – has opened in Kendal. It’s on Sandes Avenue, a very short walk from our riverside holiday apartment, on the site of the former Peppers Snooker Club. The building has had a complete makeover and, in addition to the multiple full-sized snooker tables, there is now a new bar, 3 new pool tables and various TV screens; it has also been fully re-decorated.

A short break in London… no? Then how about Kendal?

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I’ve blogged many times about how I can never understand why so many overseas visitors flock to London and rarely explore further afield.  Even when they do, it’s sometimes on a whirlwind coach journey that takes them hurtling through the Cotswolds, the Lake District, into the Highlands and back down the M1 with a brief stop at York Minster to stretch their legs, all in less than 48 hours. Madness!

And so to is what’s going on in London at the moment.  London is deservedly popular for many reasons but I do wish sometimes that people would see there’s so much more to the country than just the capital.  And maybe the riots – disgraceful though they are – will make visitors do just that.  There will be many people that had been planning a short break in London some time in the near future but are now re-assessing and perhaps considering what alternatives are out there.

Naturally, I’d like to propose Kendal.  Crime here is thankfully very low (see this story for what it’s like on a busy news day!) and, just as importantly, the town has a great deal to offer.  There’s the Brewery Arts Centre with a great mix of events year round, Kendal Castle (our apartment balcony looks out on to it), various museums, an art gallery, cafés and some great little restaurants, as well as pubs, bars, shops, and so on and so forth.  What’s more, we’re sandwiched between two of the country’s most beautiful National Parks – if not, the most beautiful – the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

So… why not give it a try?  If you’d like to know more or are looking for something a little different, please get in touch.

The Lake District – a bird lover’s paradise

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Two significant bird-related events have taken place in the Lake District, so I thought I’d given them a mention in case there are any ornithologists out there. Firstly, two osprey chicks born at Bassenthwaite have fledged. Ospreys returned to the site in Cumbria 10 years ago and you can watch them in flight from a special viewpoint at Dodd Wood, near Keswick, run by the Lake District Osprey Project.

And secondly, a second wave of red kites has been released at Grizedale. Thirty of the rare birds were released today, a year on from the first release; this all forms part of a 3-year re-introduction programme spearheaded by the Forestry Commission.

And closer to Kendal… let’s not also forget the RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve – one of only a few sites in the UK where you’ll get to see bittern – and the RSPB reserve at Haweswater which is home to England’s only golden eagle.

If you love birds, this really is a great location to come on holiday!

2012 tariff now published

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We’ve been receiving an increasing number of enquiries for next year so have now published our full tariff for 2012.  If you have particular dates in mind, please do not leave it until it’s too late. This year May was fully booked before we’d even reached the end of 2010 (and April wasn’t far behind), and sadly we had to turn down a number of repeat guests because their chosen dates were not available at the time when they came to book.  Contact us with your preferred dates and we’ll email back as quickly as possible.