3* Damson Dene Hotel, Crosthwaite, Near Bowness-on-Windermere
Tucked away in the tranquil Lyth Valley, the Damson Dene Hotel takes its name from the famous damson orchards of the area. In a good year the profusion of white damson blossom in the spring attracts much attention.
There is no Lift at this hotel TV Telephone Tea/coffee making facilities Safe Hairdryer Writing Desk Iron & Iron Board Complimentary toiletries Wi-Fi Restaurant Bar Lounge Indoor Swimming pool Sauna Gym
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee or arrival
3-course menu with 3 choices per course
Tea/ coffee after dinner
Tea/coffee & scones on one afternoon
Free use of hotels leisure facilities
Hotel special Quiz on 1 night
Cruise on Lake Windermere
Journey on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Afternoon Tea at Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Station
Entrance to Dalemain house and Gardens with guided tour
Cruise on a Ullswater Steamer
Journey on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway
Entrance to Muncaster Castle
We make our way to the Damson Dene Hotel where tea/coffee will be awaiting our arrival.
Windermere Lake Cruises & Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
We begin our day in Bowness where we join our boat for a cruise on Lake Windermere. One of Cumbria's most popular attractions, Windermere is England's largest lakes and set in the heart of the Lake District. From here we enjoy views of contrasting scenery of mountains, wooded shorelines and lovely tranquil bays. In the afternoon we embark on a nostalgic steam train journey on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Journeying in nostalgic 1950's carriages hauled by one of a fleet of passionately restored and maintained steam locomotives along the 3.5-mile journey on this former Furness Railway branch line. When we arrive at Haverthwaite station we enjoy a lovely Afternoon Tea at the station's tea rooms, with time after to explore the well-stocked Engine Shed home to the current restoration projects and gift shop.
Dalemain Historic House & Gardens & Ullswater Steamers
This morning we visit Dalemain Mansion, a unique and slightly quirky historic house with a beautiful Georgian facade of dressed pink stone. Some parts of the house are a glorious confusion of winding passages, quaint stairways, unexpected rooms - the sort of house children love to play in. Part of the charm of Dalemain is that it is still very much a family home, still occupied by the same family who have lived here for more than 300 years. It's also been home to the annual "World's Original Marmalade Awards & Festival" since 2005, Entries are sent in from all over the world for judging and the winning entry is than sold in Fortnum & Mason and the Dalemain shop, so don't forget to visit the gift shop to purchase some award-winning marmalades! In the afternoon we travel to nearby Pooley Bridge and board one of Ullswater Steamers for a cruise with a difference's Ullswater 'Steamers' is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England's most beautiful lake.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway & Muncaster Castle
We start the day with a return steam train journey on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway, from the coastal village of Ravenglass to the very heart of the Lake District, Dalegarth, where we disembark for a short break before our return journey. Once back at Ravenglass station, we re-join our coach for a short drive to Muncaster Castle & Gardens, owned by the Pennington family, who have lived at Muncaster for at least 800 years. While here we discover the history of the house and family, why a castles Fool is still appointed, and why it's known as one of Britain's most hunted castles. There's also time to explore its grounds which offer stunning views over Eskdale.
We depart after breakfast and begin our journey home.