Posted Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 by admin
When it comes to Valentines Day activities, nothing says romance quite like a boat trip out onto an idyllic open body of water. Gliding along the mystical waves of the Lake District, while the magnificent hills and unspoilt landscape look on with splendour, is something quite breathtaking.
Why not book a trip for you and your loved one at some point during your Valentines stay with us and explore the lakes of Cumbria by boat. You are guaranteed a memorable romantic experience.
Lake Windermere is one of the most popular spots to visit. Trips head out from Lakeside Pier Visitor Centre, Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria. On this spot, steamers and launches sail daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. There is a timetabled service available online.
You might also want to give Fell Foot Park a try. Situated in Newby Bridge, Ulverston, it is a lakeshore Victorian park on the east shore of Windermere. It provides great access to Lake Windermere and offers reasonably priced boat hire.
If you really want to impress your significant other, you might want to explore something a bit more up-market, with the steam yacht gondolas of Coniston Pier. Float back to the days of Victorian upper-class indulgence, with a luxurious cruise on Coniston waters, in the steam powered vessel.
To combine your cruise with some of the best scenery that’s on offer, look no further than a trip on the Ullswater steamer, at The Pier House, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria. A combination of a pleasant cruise and some spectacular scenery.
Posted Tuesday, January 06th, 2015 by admin
Happy New Year! or should that read Happy New Wifi!
I really don’t know where 2014 has gone. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older but the years seem to disappear faster every time?! Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
We’ve had an interesting twelve months with lot’s going on at the Beech Hill, but I think the thing that’s really made a difference to you our guests, is the long awaited upgrade of our Free Wi-Fi! If you’ve stayed with us before and you’re reading this you’ll probably be jumping with joy about now, understandably so!
This has been something we’ve been working to achieve for many years, we’ve tried every solution on the market to make the best of what was available in the remote area that we reside in. (Just to fill you in on a little of the detail a standard broadband line in to the hotel gave us 1 mb/s download and 0.8 mb/s upload which was pretty bad especially when you consider it had to be shared out.) This has even included banding extra lines together to help download speeds and this last year we tried Satellite Internet which was great for download speeds but the latency (response delay) was 100 times slower than standard broadband, we even got our local MP Tim Farron on the case to chase fibre broadband roll out in the Lake District, to say we were very frustrated with situation would definitely be an understatement.
Anyway I’m delighted to tell you that now even in the heart of the Lake District, we have fibre broadband! In short the Wi-Fi connection and speed is amazing…. This service is as always, currently available in our public areas, however we have plans to upgrade the system and this will allow full Wi-Fi services in all our bedrooms too.
Once this is possible, we can then move our plan even further forwards which means moving from the conventional paper guest compendiums to a tablet format. This will give our guests instant access to a whole range of services and facilities, you’ll be able to check out local walks, read through our range of special events and even make your next reservation, all from the comfort of your room!
Exciting times ahead, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on our progress, in the meantime, I would like to wish you all the very best for 2015!
Posted Monday, December 22nd, 2014 by admin
For those of you who wish to mark Christmas with traditional religious services, nearby Carlisle Cathedral runs fantastic services of prayer and celebration, to mark the birth of Christ.
The stunning ancient cathedral, with its dramatic stained glass, is a popular place to worship over the Christmas period and services are expected to attract large crowds of Christians, from the surrounding areas.
On the 21st of December, there is a ‘Festival of Reading’ and carols at 3pm. The carol service will feature a full choir, accompanied by an organist and on the order of service, is many a well loved carol.
To mark Christmas Eve, the cathedral hosts it’s Crib Service – suitable for young children, at 3pm in the church hall.
Later in the evening, will be another ‘Festival of Readings’ and again more Christmas carols, at 6.30pm.
Midnight Eucharist, will take place at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve, bringing us into Christmas morning, with songs and prayers.
On Christmas morning at 10:30, in between present opening time and Christmas lunch, will be the
Festival Eucharist for Christmas Day.
For further details see www.carlislecathedral.org.uk
Carlisle cathedral is situated on Abbey Street CA3 8TZ
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