I am currently sitting in the lounge with a mug of coffee and glancing out of the windows to a calm and beautiful Lake Windermere – no rain, no wind, just a serene Lake with bright blue and white clouds above. In the background, I can hear birds singing. Aside from that, all is still – so still you can even hear a pin drop! This is my wonderful world and I want to share it with you.
The sunsets over the Lake are of course quite spectacular. Some of our guests have taken some amazing photos of the setting sun and kindly donated them to us, one of which I have uploaded below. Meanwhile, as evening falls, and the day closes in, we will hear the owls call in the woods at the back of the house. Guests staying in The Dalesway room, which overlooks National Park fells might even see other woodland creatures as dusk falls – perhaps tiny protected bats flying past, or deer sniffing the air.
We get many different peoples who come to stay with us from all over the world. Walkers come to stay when they want days out climbing mountains and hills or exploring the fells. Some walkers come here to start their journey on the Dales Way Walk (www.thedalesway.co.uk) which begins a literal minute’s stroll from our guest house, while others reach us at the end of their 80-odd mile trek to be welcomed with hot drinks, biscuits and friendly chit chat.
We have guests who come to stay with us because they want to explore the little towns and villages in the Lakes. Blenheim Lodge is situated in the centre of the Lakes, thus going out and about is very convenient, whether using private or public transport. Lake Windermere, where the cruise boats ply, is only a 5-minute walk from our front door, so guests can hop on the ferries and use them to visit various stops on the Lake.
For people who arrive by rail or coach and want to tour quaint narrow lanes and windy roads to sightsee in this vast county of Cumbria, we can arrange for private or shared tours to pick them up and drop them back at the guest house. Alternatively, for those who arrive in their own vehicles to explore the Lakes, we do have a private car park on site for residents’ use.
Many people, of course, come to the Lakes because they have heard of Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and other notable historical connections. The home of Beatrix Potter (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top) is only a 20-minute car ferry hop and ride from our door, and Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage (www.wordsworth.org.uk) and Rydal Mount (www.rydalmount.co.uk) are both within a 30-minute drive from us. Then, there is Blackwell House, a beautiful Arts and Crafts building (www.blackwell.org.uk) that is only a mile or so from our B&B.
For guests who enjoy a quiet getaway within beautiful surroundings close to convenient local amenities and stunning views from their bedroom windows, Blenheim Lodge would fit the bill perfectly. What we are not is bling – and our bed and breakfast would not suit loud or rowdy groups. However, if what you are looking for is an understated elegance in a comfortable lived-in sort of way, with friendly hosts who care that you enjoy yourself and feel at home, then Blenheim Lodge is a fantastic place to stop and stay. You are sure to have a wonderful time!
‘Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’
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