We stayed in the Vendeen Lodge for our mini-moon at the end of June. The lodge is impeccable, very large and cosy with most things you could need. Vendeen is the last lodge situated on the site and therefore perhaps offers most privacy, we felt very detached from it all which was exactly what we had hoped for. The hot tub is superb and is permanently heated meaning you can jump straight in on arrival. Phone signal is very limited around the site, with o2 being the worst. We found if we walked to the site entrance we were able to get some signal here. (Although it was lovely to be able to switch off from the outside world, with no landline on site some signal was needed to let loved ones know we had arrived safely and to call for taxis etc). Lovely little personal touches, such as tea/coffee/milk on arrival and a Sticky Toffee Pudding in the fridge (all plans to take this home as a souvenir went out the window). Also a visit from the owner to check that everything was ok the day after our arrival was a nice touch.
Cartmel is a very picturesque village located about a 15 minute walk down the road. If walking, there is only one route, the windy road with no paths you drive down to get to Meadow's End. The walk was really pleasant and offered some amazing views of rolling hills, but just be mindful to wear good footwear! We also took a taxi into Cartmel one evening, this cost less than £10 return and taxi numbers were provided in the information booklet in the lodge (it is worth booking in advance if needed for a specific time).
We also drove to Lakeside, which was about 8 miles by car and very easy to navigate to. It is perhaps the less busy part of Lake Windemere and offers stunning views of the Lake. There is a regular boat service to Bowness on Windermere, which offers more of a tourist attraction and is more populated. The Boat trip took 40 minutes and made for a very lovely day out.
Grange-Over-Sands is also very picturesque and is about 3 miles by car in the other direction to Cartmel. This offers more conventional amenities, such as a local spa shop and several take aways (and better phone signal!)
We absolutely loved our stay at Meadow's End Lodges, it really was perfect. The lodge was stunning and the surroundings so peaceful. We would happily return and highly recommend!
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