The Lake District is known for its idyllic scenery, picture-postcard villages and the place to go if you like the great outdoors with plenty of hills, but there is also a rich and diverse cultural side to the area.
Providing inspiration to many artists, writers and musicians and a fine selection of museums, galleries and attractions the Lake District is a cultural and historic destination to explore.
If you fancy a more laid back visit without the waterproof pants and rucksack then take a look at a few places that might be of interest.
Allan Bank - Grasmere
The National Trust are celebrating Hardwicke Rawnsley this year at Allan Bank, his former home, as he played a key role in helping to establish the National Trust. Allan Bank is still a work in progress but you will definitely feel relaxed and made to feel at home as you explore it’s fascinating history, you can even pop into the kitchen and make yourself a cup of tea! Bring your creativity and create a masterpiece in the art room, relax in the 18th century mountaineering library while you marvel at the achievements of pioneering climbers or simply find a quiet corner to read the papers.
Townend - Windermere
Discover typical Lakeland life over 400 years ago in this traditional stone and slate farmhouse full of fascinating stories from the Brownes family. Take a tour around Townend and learn how to ‘burn a candle at both ends’ and how the cunning chambermaid outwitted the rich merchant as you are guided through the farmhouse kitchen displaying a strange and unique collection of domestic tools. The library contains a well-read collection of books some of which are the only remaining copies in the world. Their family recipe book is also on display and many of the dishes are cooked for visitors on a Thursday afternoon.
Claife Viewing Station
Aside from the glorious views getting to Claife Viewing Station is an adventure in itself as it is best accessed by the ferry. Following a two year restoration project Claife Viewing Station is now fully open to showcase its colourful history and architecture. Originally built in the 1790’s the building was cleverly designed to reflect the surrounding landscape throughout the different seasons. Today it is a rare example of a purpose-built viewing station and a reminder to the beginning of tourism in the Lake District.
With so much to see we are ideally placed right in the heart of the Lake District and just a stones throw from the edge of the shoreline so you can wake up to beautiful views across the lake and the hills beyond. Take a look at our rooms and treat yourself to a getaway in the Lake District.