Homemade Mince Pies

20th December 2017

A special treat for our Christmas guests my homemade mince pies are based on a wonderful recipe passed onto me by Ginny Evans – a super cook who used to make and freeze these uncooked, ready to take out and pop in the oven and fill the house with the glorious smell of Christmas baking. - read more

Red Squirrels Return

12th July 2017

Our guests last week were in for a treat when a young red squirrel appeared on our bird feeder.! Richard zoomed off to The Birds Bistro in Penruddock for a supply of Italian hazlenuts and rapidly cleaned and attached our old squirrel feeder (last used over 5 years ago) – however Squirrel Nutkin is not - read more

A Stroll Around Brotherswater – 2 and 3/4 miles. Time: 1 hour

30th May 2017

Although all of our cottages are surrounded by lofty peaks, there are many walks that don’t require sherpas and oxygen – from gentle strolls to slightly longer walks which often use ancient paths that connect the many farms and hamlets in the valley. One of our favourite evening strolls from Hartsop is to “do a lap” of Brotherswater, the small - read more

A Warm Welcome to the Queens Head

30th March 2017

After a devastating fire in 2015, we are pleased to see the Queen Head in Troutbeck once again opened for business this week after a transformational £2 million refurbishment by the owners, Robinson’s Brewery. The menu offers quality pub-grub and we hope to try this later in the week.