Late availability this weekend

It is March and a trifle on the cold side, with cobalt blue skies and bright sunshine. A smattering of snow fell today, giving the area around our guest house, Blenheim Lodge, that picturesque icing sugar powdering against the backdrop of our residential neighbourhood, the woodlands and fields behind our Lodge, and the mountains and Lake Windermere before us. A couple, recommended to us by the lady’s sister who had stayed previously, told us that it was very pretty up on Kirkstone Pass, the route they took from North Berwick in Scotland to get to us.

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‘Brrr . . . It’s cold!’ Sheep on Kirkstone Pass near Bowness-on-Windermere. (Photo courtesy of

We have late availability rooms this weekend and hope that we will fill up. Already what snow we had has melted, although I wonder if more might fall tomorrow. If the snow flurries are anything like today’s, then I doubt there will be anything to be found lying on the ground by evening. I witnessed small snowflakes drifting half-heartedly down from the sky. Then, some concerted efforts where it seemed to snow hard; then, nothing, as if the energy spent on those efforts had drained the strength out of the snow’s falling action. This went on for perhaps about three to four times during the day.

Langdale room, blenheim lodge, bowness on windermere, lake district

One of our four-poster rooms at Blenheim Lodge. This antique William IV bed is topped by a comfy pocket sprung mattress for a restful sleep. Triple floor to ceiling bay windows have far-reaching views of Old Bowness, Lake Windermere, and the fells.

As any reader of my blog will know, I love the look of new snow. White and pristine, the white stuff smooths over ugly smudges on the landscape, whilst at the same time enhancing the natural beauty of our Lakeland scenery. Nonetheless, I get this feeling from speaking to people who visit with us that they find snow a hindrance. I suppose that might be due, in part, to the fact that the Highways Department does not always get its act together with regards to gritting both major and minor roads in time for significant snowfalls. Or clearing the roads for that matter.

Still, I hope that there may be just a little snow this weekend so that visitors can enjoy that clean fresh look of the Lakes when the sun shines and reflects the jewel-like glitter of white against dazzling white. Imagine an azure blue sky with snow-capped mountains and white-tipped flora and buildings, all glistening in sunlight. How beautiful is that!

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Stunning Wastwater in winter. (Photo by Stewart Smith.)

We have left a few late availability special offers on our website, which I hope will attract people to our guest house. These offers are also on the online internet sites we have joined. However, there is one thing we cannot seem to offer on the online sites, and that is free room upgrades subject to availability on the guests’ arrival. I will need to find out how to sort that out tomorrow. After all, we already do this routinely.

Four-poster lake district

The Coniston, our standard four-poster room at Blenheim Lodge B&B. We upgraded the couple who arrived today from a smaller standard room to this one for their two-night stay.

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