Easter Break To The Lakes
Over the Easter bank holiday weekend I thought it would be a great idea to make the most of the Good Friday holiday. We drove up to the Lake District to relax for a few days with the other half in the stunning English countryside. We got to the lakes on Friday morning and what was supposed to be a four hour drive ended up being six and a half hours!
Not a great start as most of it was in traffic and stuck behind a very noisy football team. Needless to say entering the Lakes quickly relaxed us and made the journey worthwhile as the views were breath taking from the outset.
We had booked to stay in the very scenic Gilpin Hotel Lakehouse. Comprising of only six rooms and overlooking a picturesque lake, it was everything we needed to relax and get that “getaway from it all” feeling.
Our first full day comprised of a two hour walk around the Windermere countryside. I thought this would be a walk in the park (excuse the terrible pun) but it certainly wasn’t, especially for a city boy like me. Hiking outside of London was much harder than I thought and it was my very first time in wellies. But once again it was very much worth it as the walk proved to be the highlight of the whole weekend.
For miles around in some areas there was nothing but green rolling fields and lakes that just appeared out of nowhere in some places. We stopped off for lunch later in the day where we were treated to some of the best pub food I had ever tasted. All of the pubs in the region served nothing but the finest quality food as everything was so fresh.
The next day we drove to Bowness-on-Windermere where we walked around the waterfront and visited the local trinket shops that my wife would not leave without seeing. That evening we enjoyed yet another beautiful meal in our hotel then followed by a walk around the grounds and surrounding lake.
Not being a seasoned hiker myself, all the walking made sure I slept early and wake up in time for the clear and crisp early starts. Our last day consisted of a short breakfast and yet another two hour walk to a local pub for lunch. A perfect end to a perfect getaway.
In traditional Stone and Wood Shop fashion it wasn’t possible to leave the area without commenting on some of the stunning stone flooring I encountered over the weekend. From large format flagstones to small random sized wood flooring, you could really see where the latest trends for flooring are being inspired from. With character throughout every floor I came across, I’ve come back with a great sense of what we want to add and improve in our range.