Wedding anniversary

25th November was my and Hubby’s 24th wedding anniversary. Coincidentally, a couple who arrived to stay with us on 24th November for two nights were also celebrating their wedding anniversary on the 25th – except that they were toasting 25 years of marriage. As a treat, we upgraded the couple two room price ranges up free of charge instead of our usual one room price range up because it was their anniversary. (Often, we offer our guests a free upgrade to a room of the next price range up from the original room type they purchased subject to availability on arrival.)

langdale room, blenheim lodge, lake district

We upgraded the anniversary couple to The Langdale room free of charge. A magnificent William IV four-poster bed takes pride of place in The Langdale room. A deep pocket sprung handmade mattress will promote a restful night’s sleep.

Anyway, our guests were very kind and told us to go and enjoy ourselves on our anniversary and not bother with servicing their room. They were heading to Grasmere, Keswick and Ambleside, whilst we decided to take advantage of a mostly free day to visit Buttermere. It was a fine day, and Hubby and I were looking forward to a jaunt without regard to a timetable. What a treat!

Calm and peaceful at Buttermere, Lake District.

Calm and peaceful at Buttermere, Lake District.

By 10:45 am, we had packed the dogs, Maddi and Zack, and ourselves into our trusty 4×4 and duly headed north on the A591. Just before Keswick, we turned off onto an unmarked road, which we now know is the Newlands Pass. The fells seemed to close in on us as we drove along the narrow pass – a rather lonely spot where we only saw three other vehicles on the road.

The windy Newlands Pass is also known as Newlands Hause. Lake District

The windy Newlands Pass is also known as Newlands Hause, its highest point being 1093 feet. At one point, we were negotiating a 25% incline.

Buttermere is a tiny hamlet. We enjoyed a light lunch at the local cafe and then decided to take the short 10-minute walk to Buttermere Lake. We knew that Maddi would never make it to the Lake due to her arthritic hind legs which have also suffered much muscle wastage; so Hubby walked Maddi near our vehicle just to let her stretch her legs before lifting her back in.

Zack, on the other hand, was game for a walk. How happy he was traipsing along the muddy paths that led to the Lake. When we got there, he decided to walk into the first 2 or 3 inches of water, surveyed his surroundings, then backed out. I had been hoping that some of the mud would wash off his coat, but . . . no such luck! A walk to Scale Force, close to the Lake and the Lake District’s highest waterfall, saw more mud adhere to Zack’s already dirty coat.

Zack at Buttermere, collecting mud on his legs and undercarriage without a care in the world!

Zack at Buttermere, collecting mud on his legs and undercarriage without a care in the world!

Scale Force is in the background. This is the Lake District's highest waterfall with one single drop at 170 feet and another two drops at 20 feet.

Scale Force is in the background. This is the Lake District’s highest waterfall with one single drop at 170 feet and another two drops at 20 feet.

On the way back, we decided to take the Whinlatter Pass towards Lorton and Keswick, thence returning to Bowness-on-Windermere via the A591. I am really glad we took the road as we would be driving past Crummock Water, which, like many waters in the Lake District, is very beautiful. A lay-by opposite Crummock Water enabled us to park our vehicle and enjoy cups of tea whilst absorbing the peaceful serenity of the Lake.

Lonely and lovely Crummock Water, Lake District.

Lonely and lovely Crummock Water, Lake District.

We were back at Blenheim Lodge by 4 pm, and pottered around until dinner time when Hubby and I did a quick recce of the restaurants in Bowness and Windermere and plumbed for an anniversary meal at a local Chinese restaurant five minutes’ walk from our house. It was a happy experience. The lady there remembered us from previous visits and we were able to order authentic off-the-menu dishes which both of us very much enjoyed.

lake windermere view from blenheim lodge, bowness on windermere, lake district

Back at Blenheim Lodge, here is one of the views we enjoy each day from our windows. Come and enjoy this view with us!

Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’

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5 Responses to Wedding anniversary

  1. BeWithUs says:

    Wow…a free room upgrade!! That’s so sweet!!

    Best wishes to you and your hubby!! Cheers~ 😀

  2. blodge1 says:

    Thanks for your well wishes. Yes, we do offer free upgrades on a regular basis if a room of the next price range up from the one a guest has bought is available on arrival. This time, as the couple had the same anniversary date as ours and we knew we were not letting the room two price ranges up, we thought they might appreciate the gesture – which they did.
    It is always nice to hear from you. Hope this reply finds you well.

  3. Clowie says:

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary!

  4. BeWithUs says:

    What a lovely gesture for your guests!

    Have a wonderful weekend ahead, always~ Cheers!! 😀

  5. blodge1 says:

    Many thanks for your kind wishes.

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