• The Lake District is known for inspiring some of the most influential novelists and poets of our time. The rolling hills, picture perfect cottages, dramatic landscapes, historical monuments and wildlife are a recipe creative writing success.

    Not only that, the Lake District is home to England’s ‘book town’, Sedbergh. This picturesque little town borders the Yorkshire Dales and is famed for its eclectic mix of specialist book sellers!

    To give you a feel for the Lake District inspirational qualities here are some well known writers who credit the Lake District for their creativity.

    Beatrix Potter

    Famous for the much loved tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter spend much of her life here in the stunning Lake District, the area and her fascination with nature inspired her books. Her home Hill Top, a beautiful 17th Century cottage is only a 18 minute drive from Ambleside Lake House. Now owned by the National Trust the dwelling is a time capsule of Beatrix’s life and an ever popular tourist attraction boasting exhibits of her original illustrations and possessions.

    Arthur Ransome

    Another iconic children’s tale, Swallows and Amazons was first published in 1930, the story is set in the Lake District the year before in 1929. Arthur had spend much of his childhood in the Lake District and it was his passion for the area and the children of a close friend that inspired this classic adventure novel. Every place in the book is symbolic of somewhere in the Lake District. The “great lake in the north” described in the book is based on Lake Windermere, and as popularity in the book grew, so did interest in Lake Windermere itself.

    William Wordsworth

    Wordsworth spent the majority of his life in the Lake District, his love for the natural surroundings inspired much of his poetry, the famous ‘Daffodils’ is iconically Lake District. The poet went to school in Hawkshead, and his first family home was Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Today the cottage is open to the public and hosts many literary events and exhibits. Wordsworth’s second home was Rydal Mount in Ambleside a brief 7 minute drive from Ambleside Lake House. The house is still owned by the Wordsworth family but like Dove Cottage, is open to visitors. Visit to enjoy dinner, cream tea and tours of the beautifully landscaped gardens.

  • As you may be aware, January is one of the quieter months for visitors to the Lake District. We as locals wonder... why? There are so many great reasons to visit at this time of year!

    Crisp Winter Walks

    Winter walking is underrated generally, but in January, particularly so! Expect sparkly frosty grass, mist rising from the lake, snow capped fells and fog lingering in the valleys. The landscape has a unique beauty at this time of year which cannot be beaten. Whether you are experienced or a beginner in the world of walking, the Lake District can cater for all. Many of our guests love how a fresh, crisp winter’s morning walk makes them feel ready for the day ahead.

    Peace and Quiet

    Many tourists to the area visit to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, and to take a step back, relax and reflect. In winter all the popular walking trails are quieter and more peaceful, as well as the lake shores and buses from town to town. So if you’re really looking to experience life in the countryside from a locals perspective, now is the time to book.

    Postcard Perfect Views

    Here in the Lake District we experience snow in the towns and valleys fairly infrequently. But usually every year we do get to see some snow, a glistening blanket covering the tops of the highest fells and mountains. The contrast of the snow to the reddened braken, green fields and leafless trees is truly stunning. Definitely picture perfect and something everyone should see!

    Sunrise and Sunset

    One of the great things about shorter days in winter is that you don’t have to get up or stay out until stupid o’clock to see the spectacular sunrises and sunsets in the Lake District. Against the backdrop of our rolling fields, steep craggy fells and reflective lakes, the red and pink skies offered at morning and dusk are amazing! You certainly don’t need to be a professional photographer to capture a perfect shot.

  • With Christmas around the corner and with the purchase of christmas trees, gifts, winter breaks away and family get togethers top of mind, we thought it was a good time to share the origins of the biggest Christmas traditions!

    Christmas Trees

    The Christmas tree began as a tradition in Germany in the 16th Century. Devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes, though the tradition didn’t arrive in the UK until the 1830s. It began with Prince Albert who put up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1841.

    Mince Pies

    Mince pies were inspired by middle eastern cuisine brought back by the Crusaders. Early names include ‘Christmas pie’ and ‘mutton pie’. Originally they included minced meat, but since the Victorian times they have just included fruit and spices. The ingredients originally represented Christ and the Apostles while the oval pastry casing symbolised the manger.


    Turkey’s originated in North America and were brought to the UK in the 1500s, for many centuries it was considered a luxury dish, enjoyed by the likes of Henry VIII. It was only in the 19th Century when it was made a popular middle class Christmas dish. The price of turkey had reduced so it was more accessible to the masses, and Edward VII began the trend when he started eating it on Christmas Day.


    Kissing under the mistletoe originated in England, the custom was that you must pick a berry from the mistletoe before you could kiss, and that when they had all gone, you could not kiss anymore. The hanging of mistletoe in the home dates back to ancient pagan practice, as it was said to ward off evil, possess spiritual powers and bring good fortune.

  • 31 October 2018

    Festive Fun.

    The upcoming festive season is a time to indulge and enjoy great food and spend time with friends and family. So if you’re planning on staying with us this winter, and perhaps bringing along or meeting up with family and friends, we thought we’d reveal the hotspots in the area for festive fun and mouth watering feasts!

    Table 22 Christmas Menu

    This restaurant is situated down the road at our sister hotel The Regent Hotel. This year Table 22’s Christmas Party menu looks utterly delicious and offers a range of options to suit every palate. Here’s what has caught our eye. The chicken, pistachio and belly pork terrine served with toasted brioche, damson chutney and a dressed salad is a starter sure to whet your appetite!

    While the mains section has a variety of delicious warming hearty meals. Our pick would be the red wine braised blade of beef with goose fat roast potatoes, honey glazed parsnips, seasonal vegetables and red wine jus. Yummy! And if that isn’t enough, the desserts are to die for, I mean who would say no to a salted caramel tart served with mulled winter berry compote an Madagascan vanilla ice-cream? If this sounds tempting to you, you can find out more here: www.regentlakes.co.uk

    Zeffirellis Jazz Bar

    The festive season is a time to let your hair down and relax, or have a boogie! Zeffirellis in Ambleside offers live music in their Jazz bar on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Most of the gigs are free and bar goers can enjoy contemporary Jazz and world music live. Interested? You can visit their website to see what’s on during your stay: www.zeffirellis.com/live-music

    Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

    Grasmere Gingerbread Shop is a big Lake District tourist attraction, with millions of visitors all year round. Though, since gingerbread is such a festive treat, it seems only right make a trip during the season, don’t you think? The shop is only a short, picturesque drive from Lake House taking arounds 15 minutes. It is a great place to visit for a few indulgent treats with friends and family. The shop serves the famed gingerbread invented in the 1800’s, along with a variety of other ginger sweet treats and gifts. You can visit their website here: www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk

  • 29 September 2018

    Activities in Ambleside.

    Ambleside offers much to see and do during your stay at Lake House. To help you see the wood from the trees as it were, here are a few ideas that as locals we would thoroughly recommend!


    Ambleside may be a small town but it is full of interesting and exquisite shops, many for clothing, outdoor equipment, home accessories, decor, art and gifts. Plus if you need to rest your feet (you probably will, as there’s so much to look at!) you can break up the shop visits with a well deserved cuppa! There is a whole host of quaint tea rooms and cafes serving delicious coffee and cakes.

    Stroll around Lake Windermere

    Now you can’t visit Ambleside without walking around the top attraction - Lake Windermere! Ambleside is based at the head of the lake and there are lots of great pathways around the shoreline. The perfect way to see the surrounding landscape from a variety of stunning viewpoints. If you have limited mobility the ‘West Shore Walk’ is a great one, and the ferry takes you directly to the starting point of this walk.

    Visit Wray Castle

    Wray Castle is a beautiful Victorian neo-gothic building on the shore of Lake Windermere. Owned and run by the National Trust, Wray Castle is a good place for a day out with something for everyone. There are elaborate rooms, towers and turrets to explore, even a ‘Peter Rabbit Adventure’ for the kids, and if you’re feeling peckish a delightful cafe with offering stunning views of the landscape.

    Visit Bridge House

    Bridge House is a famed feature of Ambleside town. The cute and quirky building has survived since the 17th century and has had a whole host of occupations over the years! It was first built by the Braithwaite’s to access their land on the other side of Stock Beck and has since been a tea room, weaving shop and cobbler’s to name a few! The unique, pretty appearance of this Lakeland relic has meant it has been a source of inspiration for many artists and painters over the years.

    Loughrigg Fell

    Loughrigg fell sits on the edge of Ambleside town and despite not being particularly high (335m) it feels as though it has multiple summits and offers excellent views of the lakes and greater mountains beyond. There are many walking routes over the fell to choose from, but for most you will cross Loughrigg terrace, a wonderful section of pathway offering views of Grasmere Lake which continues on to pass the impressive Rydal caves.


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