Retreats & Hideaways - Luxury Self Catering the Lake District

Visit Somewhere Special this Autumn

This Autumn the National Trust are offering free single use passes for non-members. This means you can take the opportunity to visit one of over 500 locations across the country including some extremely special places, right here in the Lake District.

So, the question is, where will you choose?

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle is a gorgeous 1,600-acre estate standing at the gateway to the Lake District, teaming with wildlife, ancient woodlands, and walled gardens. 

Inside the house, that has been owned by the Strickland family for over 800 years, you can view artifacts dating back centuries and learn of the extensive local history. It’s the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Sizergh also has a great gift shop and café where you can find local artisan gifts and tasty meals made using traditional Lakeland ingredients. There’s even a second-hand bookshop in the barn! 

Once the weather has calmed, venture outside to explore the vast estate or burn of some energy in the wild play area.

Wray Castle

Another family favourite is Wray Castle, built on the west shore of Windermere. Although deceptively young, built only 180 years ago, this mock gothic building still draws the crowds. Travel back in time and visit the 19th century photography exhibition on the ground floor or enjoy a multitude of walks across the parkland and along the lake shore.

If your feeling brave, why not take a dip in England’s largest lake? Alternatively, if coffee and cake is more your jam, make sure to pay Joeys Café a visit. Well renowned for providing some of the best plant-based grub the Lake District has to offer, Joeys dish up daily specials including French toast, grilled ‘sheese’ sandwiches and handmade pies, as well as their irresistible cake selection and perfect flat whites.

Hill Top

Perhaps one of the most iconic houses in the Lake District, Hill Top was once Beatrix Potters’ farmhouse retreat.  Now in the care of the National Trust, this cottage is the epitome of English country charm.

Explore the gardens that inspired Potter’s beloved stories and keep your eye out for peter rabbit himself.

Inside the house you’ll find favourite items belonging to the author, and original artwork from her books. Walk the rooms where Tom Kitten was imagined, and Mrs Tiggywinkle came to life.

Finally, treat yourself to a hot chocolate and a delicious cake from Joey’s Coffee Cabin and visit the gift shop to take a little piece of this special place home for yourself. 

Photo by Hannah Smith – Unsplash

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