Home on the range

Hubby and I enjoy watching the animals when the farmer moves them into the field next to our house. We like seeing them mooching on the fell, with their undemanding presence imparting the kind of pastoral serenity one identifies with picturesque country scenes. At present, we have some young cows calling the land next to Blenheim Lodge ‘home’. It is not quite home on the range, since we do not have prairie land; but it is certainly home on the fell.

Trees and fields behind Blenheim Lodge

Here is a picture of the woodlands and fells directly behind our guest house. Guests can see this same view just yards from their room when staying in The Dalesway room.

I had tried to take photographs of the cows yesterday when I saw them grazing through the trees. Unfortunately, the foliage impeded my view somewhat, as the cows would insist on dining just that little further out than my inept camera skills could cope with. This evening, however, they were a little more cooperative, but our older son is not at home tonight, so I cannot ask him for help with downloading any photographs I take. I am now going to wait until our son returns and then I will try to take some photographs of the cows ‘at home’.

The herd on the fell may be clearly seen from The Dalesway, our only bedroom at Blenheim Lodge which overlooks Brantfell’s fields, woodlands, and The Dales Way. Our guests who arrived today were thrilled to see such tranquil countryside views from their bedroom. One of them also observed that The Dalesway room felt very peaceful indeed.

The Lake District, as befits any National Park, is basically rural in character. Its bustling villages and small towns provide for the needs of locals and visitors alike, but it is its stupendous landscapes that draw people to this part of the world. Thus it is fitting and appealing to us that its creatures – domestic, farmed, and wild – should share the acreage around our home.

Hubby is always extra careful when taking the dogs out for a walk whenever there is livestock in the fields. Although they are always kept on a lead, we do not want them to chase or be chased by other animals, so Hubby ensures that he keeps them a respectful distance from sheep and cows. Cows, in particular, can be very curious; and that is something Hubby does not need when he has two dogs on leads. More recently, he has started taking the dogs out one by one instead when there are farm animals in the fields, as it is easier to control one large dog should it get excited, rather than two large dogs straining at their leashes at the same time.

Our furry friends do take up rather a lot of space, and between them would probably take up most if not all of the floor space in my sister's living room!

Our furry friends!

Animals in the fields do not restrict in any way the physical movements of our visitors. One of our guests this weekend is a French lady, who gamely walked through a constant drizzle up to the summit of Brantfell. She returned extolling the beautiful scenery through which she had roamed and the astounding views from the top of Brantfell. Oh . . . and she mentioned that the cows were friendly to her.

Just as the verdant fell behind Blenheim Lodge doubles as a home range for its current residents, so may we extend our invitation to Lake District visitors to consider making Blenheim Lodge Bed and Breakfast as their home from home. Within the bustling small town of Bowness-on-Windermere, our Lake District guest house is ideally placed for a peaceful retreat, just minutes’ walk to Lake Windermere and Bowness centre and a mere 60 seconds’ stroll onto Brantfell and access to lovely walks and amazing views. Come and stay with us! Take advantage of our Special Offer Rates and Late Availability Discounts and make a little time for yourself. We are sure you will enjoy your breakaway.

A place to contemplate the world. Here is a photo of one of the viewpoints located behind our guest house. Brantfell is about 40 minutes' walk from our front door. Enjoy this stunning scenery when you stay at Blenheim Lodge. (Photo courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

A place to contemplate the world. Here is a photo of one of the viewpoints located behind our guest house. Brantfell is about 40 minutes’ walk from our front door. Enjoy this stunning scenery when you stay at Blenheim Lodge. (Photo courtesy of http://www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

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