With the new Covid-19 rules about socialising in pubs and restaurants, here’s a quick guide about how to hunker down in your own spacious self-catering lodge and still enjoy a break away.
Think of it as the Lakes version of ‘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.
Food and Drink
(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.
- 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? All our local cafes and restaurants would love to welcome you at lunchtime or early evening. Many of them are open all day so you can choose when to take your slightly earlier meal. 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 cleaning and water changing between guest visits. You could relax after your tub-time, get back inside the lodge, and then perhaps give yourselves 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.