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Ullswater Way

10th July 2018

On our doorstep is The Ullswater Way –  a new 21 mile walking route around Ullswater in the Lake District. The route can be walked in either direction and from any starting point and you don’t have to walk the 21 miles in one go if you link with the excellent service provided by the - read more

Have you spotted our flycatchers?

2nd July 2018

In the garden of Willow Cottage and Hart Barn our guests are enjoying watching spotted flycatchers flitting in and out of their rather intriguingly positioned nest. We went away on holiday to find that upon our return we had very close neighbours. The nest, an exquisite little scrape of grass is tucked behind some ancient - read more

View of Grey Crag from Stone Cottage

A Panorama of Patterdale from Stone Cottage

2nd July 2018

Taken in the heat of June 2018 the video shows the fabulous almost 240 degree panorama that guests enjoy from the front of Stone Cottage. As you scan the video starts with Deepdale Park in the foreground, then the peak of Hartsop Dodd appears, followed by Grey Crag’s distinctive grey shale slopes, then Slinger Wood - read more

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

30th May 2018

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

Striding Edge on Helvellyn

Helvellyn – Britain’s Favourite Walk is on Our Doorstep

8th March 2018

ITV asked around 8000 people to vote for their favourite walk and Helvellyn came top of the list. Situated in the Patterdale valley within a couple of miles of our properties this is a great walk, but even if you don’t fancy the vertiginous Striding Edge you can take a gentler walk along the Grisedale - read more

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 squirrel

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

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