Easter sees the opening of many of the great houses and stately homes around the Lake District which offer a great way to spend a day out. We are lucky to have a great many wonderful historic houses to visit here in the Lake District, packed with wonderful possessions and antiques created by world renowned artists and craftsmen and stories of our rich and turbulent past. Beyond the grand buildings are often extensive and beautifully laid out grounds and gardens to explore. If you are looking for inspiring things to do on your next trip take a look at www.cumbriaslivingheritage.co.uk and here are our top 5 historic houses to visit within easy reach of The Pheasant Inn.
Although Christmas seems long gone now, we were reminded last week when a lovely letter from the charity CHUF – Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle - dropped through our door. The letter was thanking us for our donation of £250 which we made at Christmas time instead of sending cards to our wonderful friends, family and customers.
Here at the Pheasant Inn if you are taking a break we think your dog should be able to join you so you can both ‘lap up’ the views of the Lake District. In fact, we think our four legged friends should be taken care of in the same way that we take care of our guests and are pleased to announce that we have not only completely refurbished our garden lodge dog friendly rooms but have added two further rooms where you are welcome with your pet.
The glow of winter sunlight, sparkling frost on the trees and atmospheric fells quite rightly make the Lake District in winter one of the most romantic destinations in England. Even if the sun doesn't shine there are plenty of cosy pubs and cafes where you warm up next to a roaring open fire with a drink or delicious slice of cake in hand.
As the season to get fit is still upon us, we thought we would share one of our favourite local walks. Dodd Summit sits majestically across Bassenthwaite Lake from us here at the Pheasant Inn and is an ideal walk for winter, taking only 2-3 hours with good paths but has enough of a lung-buster ascent to burn off a few calories and make you feel like it is doing you some good!
Christmas is a time for many traditions such as decorating the tree, hanging up stockings, making (and of course drinking!) mulled wine, giving presents and eating mince pies. One major tradition is the sending of Christmas cards which goes back to the Victorian Era with the first commercial Christmas card appearing in 1843.