Easter is fast approaching, and I cannot believe just how quickly this year has flown by already. I am still grappling with putting ‘2012’ when I write the date instead of ‘2011’. In fact, I caught myself doing it again today.
This year feels like a sleepy year: nothing seems to be moving fast. The Winter months have moved inexorably to warm Springtime temperatures here in the Lakes, but I cannot recall any quick sharp weather changes to signify the differences in the seasons. I think we have had a really mild Winter and Spring so far this year. Of course we have had our fair share of rain; but mostly we have enjoyed lots of sunshine and balmy weather for this time of year.
Easter is coming up, and I have a photo I’d like to share with you, of daffodils at Lake Windermere. There is so much beauty in the Lakes, and there is so much to be thankful for and to share with visitors to the Lakes. Stroll the 5-7 minutes’ walk to the Lake from our guest house where the following landscape greets you.
Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and attracts many visitors to its shores. Stay with us as our guest and enjoy 10% discount on individual Lake cruises with an exclusive offer we have arranged with Windermere Lake Cruises (www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk). Sail around the Lake, or hop off at Lakeside, Ambleside and Hawkshead. Perhaps visit Wray Castle which occupies its very own island on the Lake.
Springtime is a great time to visit one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Lakes. Aira Force is located by Ullswater, which is spine-tinglingly beautiful. There is a sort of otherworldly atmosphere surrounding this long thin Lake, possibly because of the high mountains surrounding it. When the mist comes down in the valley, it actually feels a little eerie.
There is a most beautiful drive to Aira Force and Ullswater from our guest house. From Blenheim Lodge, head out 5 minutes towards Kirkstone Pass, and drive carefully over the Pass. Look out of your vehicle and you will enjoy some fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. If you do not have a car, we can arrange mini-coach tours that will include Kirkstone Pass, Ullswater, and Aira Force as well as other places around the Lakes. The minibus will pick you up from our house and bring you back here.
For something more active to do, why not try horse riding, fishing, walking on treetops, mountain climbing, etc.? We took our boys, aged 2 and 4 at the time, out riding in Coniston, when we first visited the Lakes as tourists ourselves. Coniston is only about 20-30 minutes’ drive from our door, or take a bus from Windermere bus depot to this little village. If you prefer to take a tour, we can arrange this for you to pick up at our house.
After your ride, why not head to a cafe or visitBrantwood (www.brantwood.org.uk), the home of polymath, John Rusking?, the home of John Ruskin? Take the Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Lake (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gondola) and sail over to his home. Ruskin himself thought this the most beautiful approach to his house.
There is so much to see and do in the Lakes, and this blog only gives you a few small ideas of what you can expect to enjoy in this beautiful part of the world. We at Blenheim Lodge would love to welcome you to our fabulous part of the Lakes. Our central location enables guests to move about easily in this large county so that they can take in as much as they wish to see or do while staying with us.
We still have lovely rooms with views available for the Spring and Easter holidays and would be delighted to welcome you all here to stay. If you have time, do take advantage of our highly discounted weekly rates with savings of £50-£120 per person for a 7-night B&B stay. If not, do take advantage of our 3 nights for the price of 2 rates, or our other discounted rates where you would enjoy anything from £25-£50 off your total bill. Our nightly B&B rates are generally based on our Winter rates, even though we are offering accommodation in Spring.
We will look forward to welcoming you.
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