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Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

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Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

Hello everyone!

I have used this forum before and I received some great feedback & tips! I decided to post here once again, this time about the vacation I am trying to plan with my boyfriend for this Summer: 24th - 31st July 2014.

We will be arriving at Manchester Airport (from Malta). We'll be departing from the same airport.

I am trying to understand The Lake District's geography a bit better as I'm looking for an accommodation hotel to stay in. We'd like to be as close as possible to the lake (this is for view/scenery purposes). However, it's okay to stay at a place which is walking distance from the lake itself. We'd love to stay somewhere where there are other restaurants or some other places for activities... I read about pottery and I think that would be interesting!

I'm after a romantic get-away. I'd like to book a hotel with english breakfast.

I'm trying to understand exactly the relationship between Cumbria, Keswick, Windermere (please tolerate my spelling!!) and the Lake District... Is it like the Lake District IS surrounded by all these places?

We'd like to go walking around the lakes.... We're also thinking of fishing (my BF LOVES to fish when he can and I'm trying to learn more about that too so I can get us a week permit so we can fish whenever we want to). I heard there are bike tours as well...

With regards to budget for accommodation, for 2 persons, I would consider anything up to 550 - 700 pounds for 7 nights (prefer the lower part of the range, less would be even better! haha).

Thank you in advance for your help. I'm soooo excited about visiting the lakes!!

Bella

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1. Re: Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

Cumbria is a county. Within this county is the area called the Lake District. The Lake District might be better named The LakeS District because there are about 10 lakes, mostly ending with 'mere' eg Windermere or Buttermere or 'Water' eg Rydal Water. Within the Lake District there are scores of small towns and villages some of which, confusingly, are also the names of lakes eg Windermere, Grasmere.

Generally speaking, lakes and villages to the east are busier and more commercialised than those to the west. Grasmere (the village, not the lake), Hawkshead and Ambleside are three of my favourite places to stay. I like Bowness (full name Bowness on Windermere) and the town of Windermere least for the simple reason that I visit the Lake District for tranquility and these places are the least tranquil of the lot. Your priorities might be different.

I've not recently stayed in the Lake District at places within your budget parameters so I cannot recommend hotels for you but it is a simple job to search on TA for others' recommendations and then come back to this forum if you want your choices verified.

I love the Lake District. I'm sure you will too.

Edited: 02 February 2014, 20:43
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2. Re: Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

Hi, the Lake District is an area of Cumbria, in North-West England, See the following link for a map of the Lake District. Keswick and Windermere are places located within it. http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/

For accommodation, you could try searching on a website such as booking.com . I have just done a search on their site and they have accommodation within your price-range.

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3. Re: Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

Firstly, you are intending on staying for July 24th - 31st, if you could arrive one week earlier your accommodation would be likely to cost a fair bit less as for many parts of the UK school holidays start on July 24th. If however you have to stick to this week you need to make a booking fairly soon.

If you are intending to travel around using buses it would be best to stay in Ambleside, Grasmere or Keswick, these are on the main bus route, and in addition will allow you to transfer onto other bus routes for areas such as Borrowdale, all three of these have a lake nearby, a number of pubs, hotels, cafes and restaurants, with Ambleside and Keswick being much larger than Grasmere. I haven't stayed in a Lake District hotel for many years, but a quick look at a place I once stayed in showed that £100 per night is achievable. With regard to an English breakfast, I would be surprised if you found anywhere with one exception that didn't provide an English breakfast ( the exception being the "American style B&B in Ambleside.)

Bike hire is widely available.

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4. Re: Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

You might want to have a sift through these to give you an idea of price for romantic getaways - and then go check out on booking.com, as suggested. Time of year vs. school holidays is paramount, regarding price!

britainsfinest.co.uk/hotels/…Cumbria

There are some fantastic places to stay - I guess it depends what you call romantic - and some of the places may just be smaller, independent places, and not necessarily have a lake view. Some great advice from the previous answers. The vast majority of places are going to do you an English/Cumbrian breakfast :-)

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5. Re: Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

You might be pushed to find hotel accommodation for your budget, particularly if you are committed to travelling during the school holidays. On the plus side, a proper English breakfast comes pretty much as standard with any hotel or B&B accommodation (though it's not always included in the price: do check whether you're paying a room only rate or a bed & breakfast rate).

However, you could very easily book self catering accommodation for that budget (and probably get somewhere reasonably up-market) if you don't mind cooking breakfast yourself. It's easy enough to buy good quality locally-produced bacon & eggs for your fry-up.

Cumbrian Cottages, Wheelwrights, Sally's Cottages, and Lakelovers all have extensive ranges of self-catering properties.

As for fishing, I'm afraid I know very little about it, but this website may help:

http://www.lakedistrictfishing.net/

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6. Re: Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

Assuming you don't have a car I will make 2 suggestions to start you off.

Lincoln guest house Keswick £35 pp BB and it is about 3-4 min walk from the bus station and about 5-10 mins to the lake.

Most BB's in Keswick are about £30-45 pp

Hillthwaite house hotel £109 DBB for 2 people, not sure of summer rates,Windermere 10 min+ walk from the railway station and about 10-15 min walk to the lake.

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7. Re: Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

Thank you so much or all your suggestions! I'm so glad I posted on here. I appreciate each and every one of you. I will go through your suggestions this weekend and do some more research myself.

THANK YOU!

PS: If there are others who'd like to add anything else, I'm all ears ;)

PS 2: I do have one more question... I was thinking earlier this week that we might just stay 5 days in The Lake District and then go for 2 days in Liverpool. The only drawback is we have flight tickets from Manchester Airport back to Malta already booked. So we'd have to go to Manchester from Liverpool (If this revelation hit me before, I would have booked the return ticket from Liverpool airport LOL)

The main reason behind this new update is that it might be TOO much to spend 7 days at the Lake District... What do you guys think? AND... I'm thinking that there won't be too much shopping that one could do ... so Liverpool might do that for me (as a lady! haha) . So we could spend 1 day shopping and the other day sightseeing or vice-versa... ?

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8. Re: Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

I think a couple of days in Liverpool could round of your trip nicely! You'll have had the best of both worlds then - countryside/views AND shopping (plus space for a little nightlife if you fancy it!). Plenty of good shopping and places to eat/drink in Liverpool, and an easy trip back to the airport at Manchester after that.

I second the Lakes suggestion of around Bowness-on-Windermere is a fine one too - plenty to do/see within easy reach

visitcumbria.com/amb/bowness-on-windermere/

http://www.golakes.co.uk/windermere/

Some dining/accommodation ideas here

tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g190820-Bowness_on…

One the "romance" front

tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g190820-zff3-Bownes…

iknow-lakedistrict.co.uk/central_lake_distri…

Have fun with the planning!

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9. Re: Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

You could easily fill 7 days in the Lakes but is you wanted to break it up a bit Carlisle and Hadrian's wall is a day trip from the Lakes or the Yorkshire Dales via the A684.

What about Chester for 2 days with a shopping visit to The Cheshire Oaks (a 10-15 min drive away) Chester is only 30 mins from Manchester Airport. Be it Liverpool or Chester the Lady Lever Art Gallery at Port Sunlight is a short drive from both and it is a great 1/2 day out.

Keith.

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10. Re: Visiting as a couple from 24th - 31st July, 2014

Mmmmmm ... Thank you all for your ideas! I was thinking of doing the hop on hop off tour in Liverpool for 1 day ... BUT I'm open to other suggestions. Chester - We've been there once JUST to visit the Chester Zoo back in 2011 (when we were in Wales)... I'll keep that in mind for Cheshire! Thank you!