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Luxury glamping resurrects Cumbrian shepherd huts

It has been an exciting few months for the directors of Fallowfield Projects Ltd, a bespoke joinery manufacturing and fitting company based in Staveley, Cumbria – The Lake District.

Last year they decided to embark in tapping into the luxury glamping industry utilising their high quality joinery skills built up over 2 decades. Along with their partner team Cumbrian Shepherd Huts was born, the name of the operation and the product of course self explanatory. The structures are true to the landscape of the Lake District and true to original Cumbrian shepherd hut design.

These shepherd huts are made entirely in the Lake District using the highest quality materials and all made individually by hand. The glamping industry is now worth millions in the UK with new and alternative locations to enjoy a less backpacking, more 5 star version of camping. In a Fallowfield Joinery shepherd hut, kitting it out is the choice of the purchaser with options such as wood burning stoves to handmade tables, bookcases and wooden shutters. These huts are bespoke glamping of the highest proportion and for businesses, will provide a ROI extremely quickly.

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Exterior and interior of a Cumbrian Shepherd Hut

We’re all loving the fact we can have a short break or a holiday is the true outdoors making the most of the beaten track locations whilst not giving up practicality, luxury surroundings and without the need to put up tents, being affected by bad weather or having to cart around a articulated truck load of gear. But accommodation such as gypsy caravans and shepherd’s huts with their quirky and funky looks and interiors have become extremely popular.

For farmers with land needing to diversify to campsite and bed & breakfast owners looking to add alternative form of accommodation to their bow and even those who want the ultimate summer house structure at the bottom of their garden, these kitsch, warm and welcoming solid roofed dwellings are bang on trend now. They have also proved popular for accommodation owners looking to tap into the dog friendly market but when their main business premises cannot accommodate or it is not practical.

Enquire about these huts through Fallowfield Joinery in Staveley, Cumbria on 01539 822700.

Langdale Hotel – Get a sneak preview of their brand new website

One of the leading hotels in the Lake District will very shortly be putting live their brand new website.

With all the comprehensive information as the previous website, the new design showcases the 4 star Langdale Hotel, its luxury spa, the self catering and timeshare lodges, the 3 dining options as well as the famous Wainwright’s Inn as well as wedding and conference services offered within the whole Langdale Estate complete with very handy location and things to do information.

Take a look for yourself and experience full width images that show off the hotel, estate, services and location to the utmost. The new website is even easier to navigate and has the ability to check availability directly from the homepage.

website lake district hotelAs is the case with so many hotels and bed & breakfasts now, booking direct means the best rate guaranteed, no booking fees or hidden costs, a choice of every room type and in the case of the Langdale Hotel, the chance to sign up to the Fan Club to receive further benefits.

The Fan Club was introduced late last year and has proved a real hit. A simple sign up grants those registered to the special Fan Club discount of 15% off the hotel room rates when booking 30 days or more in advance. Fans are also given access to exclusive rates, promotional codes and offers.

The new website can be viewed by clicking on this test site link, http://www2.langdale.co.uk/. Content Warning – large images of delicious food. Langdale will take no responsibility for extreme tummy rumbling if the new website is looked at before lunchtime.

Pop along to Promart in Grange over Sands

It’s the first of this year’s award winning Promart festivals taking place on Sunday April 26th. This is the largest open air arts and crafts fair in the North West of England and after their winter break, the famous prom at Grange Over sands will be full of over 70 stalls of original artwork, sculpture, crafts, jewellery and more.

2015 is the twelfth season and 10th year of Promart which has continued to grow in size and attendance during this time. Promart will be held on the last Sunday of each month until September.

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Promart – Grange over Sands

Far more than just stalls, this free to attend event has the backdrop of the delightful Victorian town of Grange over Sands behind it, views of Morecambe Bay and live music being played through the day.

Make it a double arts fest and head to the Grange Institute also on the last Sunday of each month for Canvas & Thread, the decorative arts fair. Enjoy admiring various types of artwork as well as workshops and tutor sessions with the artists with themes such as textiles, beading and painting.

The architecture within Grange, fells surrounding it and light from Morecambe Bay has long been a place of inspiration for artists and this is shown in the amount of local talent seen at Promart.

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Ducks Haven holiday cottage in Cartmel

Grange over Sands is a lovely place to spend a weekend with the nearby village of Cartmel also worth visiting. The choice of places top eat and drink in Cartmel makes it the ideal base when visiting Promart. The Lakeland Cottage Company offer a choice of holiday cottages in Cartmel either available for a 3 night weekend break or the full week. You’ll probably bump into owners John and Claire whilst walking around Promart, John having been a still life photographer and Clare an art buyer.

By Jenny Andrew

The Lake District and Berghaus top readers poll

The results of the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015 have recently been announced with the Lake District bagging not only Holiday Destination of the Year but also National Park of the Year beating tough competition including the Outer Hebrides, Yorkshire and the Peak District.

The award categories ranged from locations to Rural Pub of the year, Photo of the Year and Outdoor Brand of the Year. The Outdoor Brand category was won by Berghaus, a brand name that is highly regarded by those visiting the Lake District and that is a very common sight on the fells. Berghaus is a great all round outdoor clothing brand selling head to toe gear and accessories and which will incidentally be celebrating its 50th Birthday next year.

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The Berghaus Bootroom, the kit and the landscape around Brimstone.

But the Lake District and Berghaus are already very much a winning combination at one hotel. Brimstone Hotel at Langdale are the only hotel in the Lake District to have a Berghaus Bootroom. The Bootroom is stocked full of all the latest Berghaus walking and outdoor gear for use of the guests of the hotel whilst staying. The resource has proved an excellent and much talked about addition to the hotel which is no surprise with the ever changing Lake District climate! Borrow extra waterproofs, extra warm clothing or as the weather can so often even change to being tropical, lighter layers. Rucksacks and boots can also be borrowed so even you didn’t think you’d fancy venturing out onto the fells or forgot any kit, no panic, Bergahus and Brimstone will sort it all out.

Rooms at Brimstone Hotel can only be booked direct and there’s a saving of 20% if booked 30 days or more in advance (B&B starting from £200). More details and to view availability, visit http://brimstonehotel.co.uk or call 015394 38062.

Cumbria the half way base for the Land’s End – John o’ Groats Challenge

Whether you call it Land’s End to John o’ Groats, End to End or LEJOG, the route starting at the far south western tip of Britain in Cornwall to the far north eastern in Scotland is a challenge by a variety of methods of travel.

It is becoming more and more popular to embark on this route both for a way to have an active and achievement filled holiday as well as seeing a great deal of Britain but also for charity. The route is such a famous one in the UK being one end to end in the same way so is the level of popularity of the Coast to Coast. For charity is it a big commitment and a challenge that people only admire you for taking on so no wonder significant money is often raised for the chosen charity by taking it on.

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LEJOG route skirting Cumbria

But down to the methods of transport and this naturally has a huge effect on the length of time it takes. Starting with the slowest walking, which takes a minimum of 2 months, around 70 days. Then to a push bike and the route typically takes around the 10 to 14 day mark. Finally motorcycle and this can be done in a day but is advisable even for a challenge to have an overnight stay.

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The route skirts the eastern edge of Cumbria which is incidentally approximately the half way point on the route. Cumbria provides an excellent base for a mid way point rest day when either walking or cycling and an ideal place to stay for an overnight when travelling by motorcycle. By whichever method of transport, the route follows the main roads such as the M6 and the Tebay Services Hotel which can be accessed from the M6 is on a motorcycle or from the back roads if walking or cycling is a very handy stop off. It has a large carp park, affordable rooms, on site restaurant and the Tebay Services Farm Shop is where extra supplies can be purchased. The hotel can be an ideal place for any family of friends to meet up and support too.

The best of British Blues performing in Bowness this weekend

Expect an even bigger line up with even bigger names at the fourth Bowness Bay Blues Weekend this weekend 27 – 29 March. Three days of the very best of British Blues bands and performers and billed to be an even greater event than 2014.

Only in its fourth year, Bowness Bay Blues may be seemed to be one of the newer music festivals to take place in the Lake District, and that is most definitely the fact, but this 3 day even has gained high recognition right from the off. It’s continuation to grow and attract more and even bigger names has highlighted the festival further in its field.

Well who could not fail to be bursting with musical creativity and joy at playing or attending a music festival in Bowness on Windermere with most of the venues being a stone’s throw from Lake Windermere? For Blues fans then it must be one of, if not the best location in the UK with the backdrop of the Lake and fells. Even if you’re just up in the area for walking or a weekend break, it really would be a crying shame not to attend at least one of the venues.

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Whats on and where at Bowness Bay Blues

Headliners for the 2015 festival are, David Migden & The Twisted Roots, an exciting electric five-piece, performing original material in a genre-busting crossover of rock, blues and twisted American roots. The Laurence Jones Band, fronted by a brilliant young guitarist who has been likened to Robin Trower and called ‘The Future of the Blues’ and Northsyde, a unique band, with a grooving combination of rock, funk and a serious nod to the blues.

Attending and supporting this festival also means supporting local charities. Last year a massive £6000 was raised through ticket sales, sponsorship and donations for Automated External Defibrillators for the Windermere First Responders Team along with other charities supported by the Rotary Club of Windermere.

Find accommodation for the weekend out of the hustle and bustle up in Windermere village at Applegarth Villa where dinner, bed and breakfast rates start at £210 per room based on 2 sharing.