Self-catering cottage holidays Ulverstone, Lake District

Posted on 20th May 2014 by admin in Holiday Cottages in Ulverstone

Ulverstone in the southern Lake District

The town of Ulverstone in the southern Lakes is well used to tourists. It has more than the average number of pubs and cafés ready to welcome the influx of summer visitors and walkers.  The town is watched over by the clock tower of Barclay’s Bank and even higher by the Lantern House which resembles a lighthouse and is prominently set on a hill to preside over events below.

The narrow cobbled high street has all sorts of interesting shops. There is an old fashioned sweet shop to marvel at, its shelves are lined with jars of old-fashioned boiled sweets and every possible chocolate and toffee confection produced in the last few decades.

There are shops that do not exist in southern areas; ‘Loopy’, a wool and tapestry shop manages to survive when similar shops have long given way to phone shops and pound shops, Gillam’s of Ulverstone claims to be a purveyor of fine foods and also doubles as a tea shop, there are several additonal tea shops including the Mad Hatter’s Tea Rooms.

Ulverstone is a small town that would entertain and amuse visitors for an afternoon or so. Robinsons and Hartley Jam signs on a wall alongside the Brewery Street Car park allude to the presence of barley water and jam manufacture locally.  J. N. Murray Pharmacy harks back to a different age; its sign states that health advice was also dispensed over the counter.

A few small independent clothes shops offer attractive ladies wear and handbags at low prices. It does not take long to realise that the Southern Lakes is not an affluent area and goods in shops are geared to value.

For holidaymakers, there is a cinema and several supermarkets just outside the town centre.  The public toilets near the cinema require an entry fee (20p in 2014) but one inside there are three cubicles for men and women. If you’re aware of this, an entire walking group can use the conveniences for the one fee.

Holiday cottages near Barrow in Furness, south west Lakeland

Posted on 20th May 2014 by admin in Holiday Cottages Barrow in Furness
Barrow in Furness, lake District

Barrow in Furness, lake District

You may just visit Barrow in Furness during a holiday to the south western Lake District. Holidaymakers like to explore and if self-catering in a cottage, need to replenish their stores and buy their favourite drinks and foods to enjoy during their holiday or may wish to see a film at the multiscreen cinema during their stay.

The sprawling town of Barrow in Furness lies at the south western extremity of the Southern Lakes. Initial impressions for visitors are of an industrial town with a fair number of factories. The town hall is a large and impressive red sandstone building. There is a number of handsome buildings in the town, built of the same red sandstone, once of which is a Salvation Army citadel and another is the Nan Tait Centre which houses various organisation’s offices.

There is a large indoor market which was opened by the Queen in 1971, a long high street with all the usual brands and chain stores. A number of shop units were empty, a sign of a slowly dying high street, a symptom of our times. An enormous bronze sculpture of skilled workmen stands in the centre of the high street, representative of the skills found in barrow in Furness. A few men lounge beside the sculpture; perhaps their skills are no longer required or maybe they failed to make the grade. There is an overall atmosphere of a struggling economy.

The majority of eateries in town are fast food outlets. There is a large Wetherspoon’s food pub opposite the Salvation Army Citadel, a Thai and Indian restaurants nearby.

Do take a look at holiday cottages in and around Barrow in Furness. The countryside and coast near the town are very pretty. There is sailing available by the sea and on Windermere and Coniston. This could be as simple as paddling a kayak or racing with a motor launch. Holidays are all about fun. Do what gives you pleasure in Cumbria.

Sights in the Lake District

Posted on 22nd March 2012 by admin in activity breaks Lake District
Kayaking on Lake Windermere

Kayaking on Lake Windermere, enjoy an activity break in the Lake District

Not only does the Lake district have plenty to offer the active and the sporty, you can find so many historical and interesting places to visit in and around the Lake District National Park. From historic heritage houses and amazing historical settlements to Castlerigg Stone circle and Myers head lead mine you’ll find somewhere that you fancy visiting. If a quiet, comfortable and tranquil holiday setting is what your looking for with a few attractions to visit whilst on your stay then the Lake District may just be the perfect place to take a self-catering countryside break.

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The Anti-Lazy Lake District

Posted on 22nd March 2012 by admin in activity breaks Lake District

The lake district is such a beautiful area of the UK it is not surprising that people wish to make the most of it on their visits to the National Park. With so much amazing natural countryside and landscape on offer there is plenty for you to get up to on a self-catering holiday here. If your looking to spend your holiday out and about, staying fit and making the most of what the area has to offer with the whole family or maybe on a couples getaway then the Lake district has a lot to offer you active holiday makers! Many different sports find there home here because of the variety of landscape and countryside there is on offer, the area is so beautiful that there is no use staying indoors and not getting out there any enjoying the fresh air.


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Dog friendly cottages in the Lake District

Posted on 3rd November 2011 by admin in Dog friendly self catering Lake District


Dog friendly cottages to rent in the Lake District

Dog friendly cottages to rent in the Lake District

When dog owners go on holiday, they understandably want to take their dog with them, it saves money on kennels and they’re part of the family, why shouldn’t they get a holiday too?  The Lake District is one of the more popular places to go for a pet friendly holiday because of the great choice of walks, around the lakes or into the hills and mountains.  Even the pubs and tea shops in Cumbria are ready for visitors with their dogs and provide welcome bowls of water for their canine clients.

The other great factor that makes Cumbria and the Lake District attractive to dog owners is the huge number of holiday cottages and apartments where dogs are allowed to stay. Enjoy each day of your holiday with a dog freindly outing. Allow the dogs to swim in the shallow waters of some of the lakes and to accompany you as you explore the hills of the Lakelands. We do not know whether dogs appreciate scenery as much as people, however, it is guaranteed that they will discover hundreds of new fascinating scents to make their lives more interesting.

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Dogs welcome small 2 bedroom Cottage, Cumbria’s Lake District, Nether Staveley

A traditional white-washed Cumbrian country cottage with two bedrooms, this cottage has been wisely restored to provide a comfortable holiday home for up to three people, making it an idyllic hideaway for small families. The cottage affords wonderful views of Morecambe Bay and the Kentmere Valley in the south west Lakelands.


The Orchards Apartment (England, Cumbria Lake District, Eskdale Green)

Orchards Apartment (sleeps 4) has a spacious feel with large rooms. Everything but the twin bedroom is at ground level. Set in beautifull Eskdale green village, the local shop is only 200 metres away & there are 5 Inns within 3.5 miles, 2 of which are only 1/2 a mile away all child & dog friendly. Lovely walking area. Pet friendly. Parking is provided for two cars.
Availability for new year.


Moat Farmhouse Pet-Friendly Cottage, Aldingham, Cumbria

This pet friendly detached farmhouse for 12 people has private access to a secluded sand and shingle beach near the village of Aldingham close to Ulverston and the Southern tip of Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park. Wonderful views of the sea.


Mell Fell View, The Lake District And Cumbria Ref 2847 (England, Cumbria Lake District, Penruddock)

This charming property is well placed for all local activities and amenities, making it a great place to come with family or friends and comfortably sleeps up to four people.


High Doat, The Lake District And Cumbria Ref 4174 (England, Cumbria Lake District, Keswick)

This semi-detached bungalow is just ten minutes’ walk from the centre of the Lake District town of Keswick and sleeps four people in two bedrooms.