Countdown to Christmas
This festive story starts with the keys to your private holiday home that’s exclusively yours for Christmas and over New Year, if you so desire.
Make yourselves at home in your Christmas hideaway with TV entertainment packages such as Sky Sports and Movies; indoor and outdoor hot tubs and other luxury spa facilities; libraries filled with local guides and good reads; head out onto your private estate and gardens with a glass port and warm mince pie to drink in the stunning Lake District views and muffled calm of the snowy-white landscape.
Decorated with fairy lights, holly and cunningly-placed mistletoe, lounges are filling with festive cheer. Gifts start to magically appear under the beautifully dressed Christmas tree, carrots, port and mince pies are left at the fireplace, along with stockings, as the younger holidaymakers eagerly await the arrival of a special guest in the night.
Sounds of laughter and cheer spill out from the games rooms, complete with pool tables, computer consoles, board games, lounge areas and bars, as our Lakelovers Gold Christmas story unfurls.
Once you are settled, the festive story continues as you explore in and around your luxury Christmas accommodation. After retreating to bedroom suites, guests pour out sparkling and glowing with Christmas cheer as a Champagne Afternoon Tea at a lakeside country residence awaits.
Bowness calls to guests looking for last-minute Christmas shopping, where there’s an enticing spread of boutique shopping spaced between artisan coffee houses, champagne bars and traditional pubs for a relaxed Christmas shopping experience. Bowness is a small and compact town with a delightful Victorian Promenade walk along the shore of Lake Windermere, where the reflections are mesmerising on a still winter’s day.
The traffic-free conservation village of Hawkshead is also a great place for Christmas shoppers and if you have time, we’d recommend a look at the nearby Drunken Duck Inn, which has a restaurant as well as pub, to experience the warmest of welcome’s even on cool, wintry days.
Sarah Nelson’s famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop, found in the heart of the village of Grasmere, is about as Dickensian a place as you could imagine, with its white-washed walls and green painted fence. A slice of her world-renowned spicy gingerbread with a warm glass of mulled wine will put even the most bah-humbug amongst us in the festive spirit. Luncheon at The Jumble Room is a must when visiting Grasmere for Christmas, along with a visit to the Wordsworth Museum.
On the Christmas ‘spirit’ trail, a trip to the medieval village of Cartmel, just outside of the South Lakes, is another recommend. Here you’ll find the Drinkshop in Unsworth’s Yard, where proprietor David Unsworth knows a thing or two about tipples of the grape variety. Lounge in the wine snug sampling the prestigious selection from Cartmel Cheeses, along with ale from award-winning Unsworth’s Yard Brewery. You’ll leave quite the merry clan. Also, every 3rd Friday, David arranges the Foodie Market in Cartmel – another great place to pick up some more unusual Christmas gifts.
For all ages, enjoying the picturesque Lake District views from the elevated carriages of a steam train guarantees a magical Christmas experience. Look up Lakeside & Havertherthwaite Railway, off the southern tip of Windermere for one of the very best steam train attractions in Cumbria. From the old fashioned steam driver caps to the white snow-like filled air and arduous huffing and puffing, this is a nostalgic experience of when travel was much, much slower – what better way to soak up wintry Christmas views, we say.
As all good Christmas stories must have a happy ending, we’d like to point out our Gold Rewards Club, where Lakelovers Gold guests are invited to take advantage of exclusive discounts and priority booking. Here’s counting down to a truly merry Christmas 2018.