I may be bias here but I honestly do believe the Lake District is one of the most stunning places within the UK. Filled with icy, clear swimming spots to cool you down in the summer and snow topped peaks in winter. It is a constant scene of beauty. I often look back at my more youthful days – especially when I was a teenager and think I never truly took advantage of where I lived. Did I even realise how lucky I was to have something so glorious on my doorstep. I did, however, spend a fair amount of my childhood in the great outdoors. There were many nights spent around a campfire or snuggled in a bothy and many tantrums thrown as a clambered up various . Even though this is where I called home for over a decade, there are so many hidden gems. These lay undiscovered to me tucked away between glistening tarns and towering mountains. So, the other weekend I decided to treat my friend on a birthday break away thanks to Sally’s Cottages.
Sally’s Cottages are a family run business – we like our independents. Who are an award-winning holiday letting agency with over 490 self-catering holiday cottages in the Lake District and Cumbria. Looks like someone enjoys the lakes as much as me. We stayed in a quaint little spot, Rose Cottage, in the middle of nowhere (Lamplugh). It really was a true representation of a typical countryside dwelling. A large lush garden, calling for a BBQ along with a roaring fireplace indoors, ready to get snuggly in the evenings. Upstairs had 2 bedrooms, one twin and a double with original features. Both looking out onto the garden and vast fields behind. Equipped with WI-FI, dishwasher, washing machine and even an ironing board. This modest, cosy rental has everything you need for a relaxed visit to the lakes.
The cottage was the perfect starting place to explore the fells, rivers, lakes and tarns of the parts of the Lake District that have been a stranger to me all these years. Alongside crisp lakes such as Loweswater, Buttermere and Crummock, there are also a variety on walks just on the doorstep. Most ending in a good old traditional pub and locally brewed beer. Being spring, it is the perfect season to witness some truly spectacular floral displays. Such as the delicate bluebells of Rannerdale Knotts. This picturesque ‘secret’ valley offers an air of calm and serenity not to mention scenes that can not be justified with photos.
Have you visited the Lakes?