We’re sure you’ll be wondering about visiting the Lakes again in the ever changing Covid-19 restrictions.
We also understand you will be feeling a little bit uncertain about enjoying a break away.
We believe that self-catering is probably one of the best and safest options for a relaxing break, as long as you are allowed to travel from your area after December 2nd. (please follow the Government guidelines).
After all, you simply pack up the car, drive here with your family group and do a version of self-isolation in one of our lodges- enjoying down-time with family in your own bubble. If you are unable to travel because of a local lockdown we are happy to move your break to another date, or give you a full refund. Check out our Covid-19 info page here.
Why not start planning your December short break, or perhaps book a break for next year?
Here’s our guide about how to hunker down in your own self-catering lodge, just for your own family or bubble. Things will be a little bit different with places you can visit or explore, as many places are indeed closed, but the great outdoors is always there for you. Think of it as a little bit of Lake District ‘hygge’.
Our lodges are perfect for privacy, relaxation, peace, space, fresh air and being close to nature.
As ever, please remember:
Wash your Hands, cover your Face and give people Space.
Follow the Government guidelines on travel and overnight stays.
Food and Drink
(one of the most important part of a holiday !)
- Visit a Farm Shop because we love local delicious food! Award-winning Low Sizergh Barn, and Plumgarths Farm Shop, and Artisan Bakeries and café at the Plumgarths Roundabout on the A590 near Kendal.
- Have local produce delivered to your lodge – we use ‘A Days Walk’ local produce, reasonably priced, sourced within A day’s walk of the centre of the Lake District. Order a week before your stay and they deliver to your door.
- Order a Welcome hamper to be delivered to your lodge – you’ll see the option to have it added to your booking, and our friends at Low Sizergh barn have it delivered for you. Hamper contents vary seasonally but here’s what to expect. If you’re coming over the Christmas season they also do a Christmas hamper.
- Food shop supplies – If you want to use traditional supermarkets, why not support our local businesses and go and do your grocery shopping when you’re here. We have plenty to choose from: Booths Windermere, Ulverston & Keswick, Tesco Express Bowness & Ambleside, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi, Asda: Kendal. Or you could pre-book a slot to have your food delivered to your lodge.
- When places to open again, why now have lunch out instead of an evening meal. With the new restrictions on timings and numbers, why not make your main meal a big hearty lunch? When they can open again, our local cafes and restaurants would love to welcome you at lunchtime or early evening. Read about a few of our favourite pubs, and coffee shops. You can then snooze away the afternoon with a full tummy, or walk it off with a stomp up the fells.
Things to Do
Space and social distance are now part of our culture. You’re in the Lake District so can easily find some space to walk, rest, run, and just breathe and enjoy the beautiful and uplifting surroundings, which are all so good for peace of mind and your mental health.
Pack a bag, a flask, some of your delicious local-food and head out for the day. There are miles and miles of walks, from high-adrenalin peak walks, to pottering around a lakeshore. Wherever you choose, you will always find somewhere to have a rest, enjoy the view and soak up the peace and quiet. Here’s a few to inspire you.
A superb way to relax, and unwind away from the crowds. Here’s everything you’ll need to know about Fishing in the Lakes.
Hire an e-bike
Make molehills out of those mountains and book yourselves an e-bike, which can be delivered to your lodge by arrangement with our friends at Electreks, based at High Borrans Farm.
Tourist Attractions and Visits
All of our places to visit have responded magnificently to the COVID-19 guidelines, and social distancing – keeping you safe if you choose to visit them. They all have the distances marked out and hand sanitiser etc available. They will really welcome your support and visit, so do consider a trip! In particular Brockhole Visitor Centre, next door to White Cross Bay is a great place to spend a day with the family -you’re right on the lake front, and they’ve adventure playgrounds, Tree Top Trek, boat hire, walks, cafes and so much more.
Choose from boat cruises, boat hire, castles, gardens, museums, galleries, activity centres, climbing walls, via Ferrata, playgrounds and outdoor play areas. Check out our Things to Do Pages for lots of different ideas. Also check out Cumbria’s Living Heritage for more details.
Inside the Lodge
We’ve cleared lots of the soft furnishings and games and books out of the lodge to protect you – so please feel free to bring your own. Perhaps a game of Scrabble, pack of cards, your own throws and cushions if you’d like to. Don’t forget to take them home with you!
You could all make your own pizza, or feast of your choice, hunker down, get cosy and watch a film. Many of our lodges have DVD player, and some have individual wi-fi. Check which yours has on the website.
If you’ve booked a lodge with a hot-tub you’re half way there…We are meticulous about standards on cleaning and water changing between guest visits. Why not just relax after your tub-time, get back inside the lodge, and then perhaps enjoy a face mask, manicure or pedicure, with a glass of fizz of course! View Lodges with hot tubs here.
Go out for Afternoon tea – or Make your own!
We’ve so many fabulous places in the Lakes who are doing amazing things with Afternoon Tea. Have a look for ideas here. Or if you want to hunker down and enjoy your own, have a look at all our lovely foodie shops to create something special, or order an Afternoon Tea Box from A Day’s Walk £55 for 4 people. (Gluten free options available too).
Read a Book: We’re all online so much these days, one special treat of a holiday or trip is to read an actual book, magazine or newspaper. A physical thing to hold and enjoy. Get into your favourite chair, get a pot of coffee on the go, turn your phone on silent; perhaps have some relaxing music in the background and indulge in some reading time.
Enjoy Nature & Wildlife: All our lodges have generous decks and are perfect for a spot of bird-watching, star-gazing and generally enjoying nature and the great outdoors. Get yourselves wrapped up, perhaps grab your binoculars or camera, or phone-camera, and a drink and sit as quiet as you can, and note down what wildlife you see. If you’re lucky – and quiet, as well as all the birdlife, you might see red squirrels, and even deer wandering. And of course, plenty of Herdwick sheep. Read about our native wildlife from Cumbria Wildlife Trust here.
Whatever you choose to do, we know you’ll return from a self-catering break with us, relaxed and rested, having stepped back from day-to-day life for a while.