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TV star votes Penrith high street best in Britain

Mel Giedroyc
As part of a campaign launched by the Daily Telegraph – Reinventing the High Street – Mel sung the praises of Penrith and said it had her favourite high street.
“My attachment to Penrith’s high street is part nostalgia,” she said. “My mum grew up in the northern Lakes and so I’ve been going to Penrith every summer since the year dot.
“Now, when I go back with my own children, I love the fact that Arnisons, the department store with more than a hint of Grace Brothers, is still there on Middlegate, and Grahams, the deli in Market Square, continues to serve you everything over the counter. But my reasons are not all sepia-tinted.”
She said Penrith had a tourist trade because of its proximity to the Lake District but was no “chocolate-boxey high street.”
“The red stone suggests something more practical and it retains a strong sense of its own identity that enables it to mix the old with the new and still stay real,” she added.
“There are chains and a Morrisons. Plus, it is a community place, with a real sense of local people getting on with things as the minutes slip by on the clock tower. It is resolutely normal, but it manages to make normal shopping feel as if it isn’t a chore.”

£100,000 bequest puts new life into William Wordsworth’s former home at Grasmere (From The Westmorland Gazette)

£100,000 bequest puts new life into William Wordsworth’s former home at Grasmere

By Hannah Upton

NATIONAL Trust workers at a former Lake District home of William Wordsworth were left open-mouthed when a surprise benefactor turned up with a cheque for £100,000.

Allan Bank in Grasmere, which was later home to one of the trust’s founders, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, was opened to the public for the first time last year after it was devastated by fire in 2011.

Staff had no idea that when they showed visitor Antony Elliot around the Georgian villa that he would present them with the donation on behalf of his cousin Brenda Donoghue. The former nurse left the bequest to the National Trust in the Lake District when she died last April, aged 83.

After visiting the house, Mr Elliot declared she would have approved of restoration work there as she loved gardens and literature.

He said: “My cousin loved books and beautiful colourful gardens and, though she had no children of her own, she delighted in seeing children play.

“Restoring the house and garden at Allan Bank for future generations is a wonderful and fitting memorial to her and I look forward to seeing her legacy come to life.”

Manager Dave Almond said: “This will allow us to continue some of the vital work needed to restore and conserve Allan Bank.

“This is the first step in a very exciting project that will allow us to recreate the original views and restore the kitchen garden, as well as creating more spaces for books and reading.

“Mrs Donoghue’s gift will ensure that we can continue to bring Allan Bank back to life.”

Visitor services supervisor Elaine Taylor said Mr Elliot, who visited the house with his wife and son, had already pledged to return to Allan Bank in the summer.

She said a lot of the work done at the home, which has mostly bare walls and basic furniture, has been to keep a relaxed, interactive feel where visitors could enjoy a ‘home from home’.

“Children and adults can play freely here, inside and out, they can create paintings of the views from the house, spot red squirrels in the grounds, take part in crafting, or just sit and read quietly.

“When we first opened we asked visitors to suggest what we should do with the house, and they said leave it as it is.”

Wordsworth leased the property, which he previously said marred his views from Dove Cottage, for three years from 1808.

The house is open seven days a week and staff said they were always on the lookout for volunteers to welcome visitors.

via £100,000 bequest puts new life into William Wordsworth’s former home at Grasmere (From The Westmorland Gazette).

The Hyning Estate – Opening Lauch 8th March

The Hyning Estate Development

These properties have been entered into Grand Design’s annual award for 2013

The Carriage House       Sleeps 2/4

The Bake House            Sleeps 2/4

The Tack Barn               Sleeps 2/4

The Old Forge               Sleeps 4/6

The Granary                   Sleeps 4/6

The Old Farmhouse       Sleeps 6/8

This weekend we will see the first of many bookings for The Hyning Estate. This eco-friendly 5* development provides guests with everything they could need with a touch of luxury, warmth and superb surroundings.

Accommodating parties of all sizes within the 6 properties means everyone can enjoy a relaxed break here. Besides the very warm welcome that awaits you, it has a fully licensed lounge room with a wood burning fire creating the right atmosphere for you and your friends. The development also makes use of ground source heating and solar panels to make your stay environmentally friendly.

So browse through the properties available and treat yourself to an Easter break or a holiday later in the year by booking online or telephone us on 015394 48081 or 017687 74060. You will not be disappointed!!

 

 Quality and comfort at affordable prices!!

 

Britain’s 50 best cottages, beach houses and rural retreats | The Times

Britain’s 50 best cottages, beach houses and rural retreats

The Times yesterday published a list of Britain’s 50 best and we are proud to announce that The Boathouse at Knotts End was featured on this list.
Boathouse at Knotts End ranked by The Times as one of the best in Britain
One of Britain’s 50 best rural retreats
If your idea of a memorable holiday is relaxing on the most romantic lake in England then look no further, the Boathouse at Knotts End has it all: stunning scenery, 10 acres of woodland and fields and 300 feet of private lake frontage provide guests with seclusion and a real sense of getting away from it all. Knotts End is an ideal honeymoon hideaway and the perfect escape for two at any time of the year.
Should guests tire of the magnificent views, there is plenty to do: take out Knotts End’s row boat, cool off with a dip in the lake, or explore the many walking opportunities just outside the front door. Numerous sailing clubs provide water sports activities and the many villages close by offer shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs.

The Boathouse offers spaciously designed open-plan accommodation furnished to an extremely high standard with Chinese and Indonesian antiques and handmade silks.

Boathouse at Knotts End Bedroom
Boathouse at Knotts End Bedroom
Boathouse at Knotts End Balcony
Boathouse at Knotts End Bedroom
Boathouse at Knotts End Patio

Boathouse at Knotts End Patio

For more information, photographs and to check the availability and prices, see our website.

Britain’s 50 best cottages, beach houses and rural retreats | The Times

Britain’s 50 best cottages, beach houses and rural retreats

The Times yesterday published a list of Britain’s 50 best and we are proud to announce that The Boathouse at Knotts End was featured on this list.

Boathouse at Knotts End ranked by The Times as one of the best in Britain

One of Britain’s 50 best rural retreats

If your idea of a memorable holiday is relaxing on the most romantic lake in England then look no further, the Boathouse at Knotts End has it all: stunning scenery, 10 acres of woodland and fields and 300 feet of private lake frontage provide guests with seclusion and a real sense of getting away from it all. Knotts End is an ideal honeymoon hideaway and the perfect escape for two at any time of the year.

Should guests tire of the magnificent views, there is plenty to do: take out Knotts End’s row-boat, cool off with a dip in the lake, or explore the many walking opportunities just outside the front door. Numerous sailing clubs provide water sports activities and the many villages close by offer shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs.

The Boathouse offers spaciously designed open-plan accommodation furnished to an extremely high standard with Chinese and Indonesian antiques and handmade silks.

Boathouse at Knotts End Bedroom

Boathouse at Knotts End Bedroom

Boathouse at Knotts End Balcony

Boathouse at Knotts End Balcony

Boathouse at Knotts End Bedroom

Boathouse at Knotts End Bedroom

Boathouse at Knotts End Patio

Boathouse at Knotts End Patio

Boathouse at Knotts End Patio

Boathouse at Knotts End Patio

For more information, photographs and to check the availability and prices, see our website.

Lake District National Park – Award marks another Lake District ‘first’

Award marks another Lake District ‘first’

Published on: 14 Jan 2013

Britain’s iconic Lake District has become the world’s first national park to be designated a Fairtrade zone.

The prestigious award from the Fairtrade Foundation paves the way for the park to promote the Fairtrade message to millions of people worldwide through its global reputation.

LDNPA Chief Executive, Richard Leafe said: “We are absolutely delighted that our application for Fairtrade Zone status has been successful – it’s a tribute to the hard work of many campaigners and volunteers over the years.”

Fairtrade Zone status recognises the support for Fairtrade already demonstrated in the Lake District by its seven existing Fairtrade communities.

In addition, 171 workplaces, three schools, 25 places of worship and 11 other community organisations all have Fairtrade status. And over 140 shops and catering outlets throughout the area supply Fairtrade goods.

Richard added: “The work doesn’t stop here – this is just a milestone in a growing movement which makes a tangible difference to the lives of many people in developing countries. And we are keen to emphasise that this is part of a wider ‘Local and Fair’ initiative which also seeks to promote sustainability and the local economy by encouraging resident

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