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YHA Ambleside

You’ll be hard pressed to find a hostel in a better location. Sitting on the banks of Lake Windermere, the commanding YHA Ambleside offers breathtaking views across England’s largest natural lake from many of its rooms. Being a popular hostel, it’s seemingly busy at all times, particularly with large parties of students. We stayed for [...]

By | September 11th, 2017|Accommodation, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

YHA Honister Hause

YHA Honister Hause might not boast the amenities of other hostels, such as wi-fi or reliable mobile phone signal, and, if I’m honest, isn't the best looker among the myriad properties owned by the YHA. But that aside, this place has much to offer its visitors and we thoroughly enjoyed staying there this summer.  [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|Accommodation, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

Holgates Silverdale Holiday Park

Park delights nostalgia lovers & maintains gold standard Lovers of historic touring caravans will be heading to Silverdale, the popular south Cumbrian holiday park and flagship site of the Holgate empire, which comprises five other parks amid the Cumbrian and Lancashire countryside. The reason? Well, one of the rarest caravan models – a 1960 [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Holgates Silverdale Holiday Park

Skelwith Fold – In the News

Skelwith Fold, the popular caravan park in the heart of the Lake District, close to the popular town of Ambleside and some of the region’s most beautiful fells, is in the news for all the right reasons. Set amid the 130-acre grounds of a former country home, the park provides caravan holiday homes for private [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Skelwith Fold – In the News

YHA Borrowdale

Nestled in the Borrowdale Valley at the foot of rugged crags and impressive fells is Borrowdale Youth Hostel. My family and I spent one night in this ski chalet-styled property and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Yes, it was the end of July – school holiday season – which meant the hostel was packed and the [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|Accommodation, Ideas, Self-Catering|Comments Off on YHA Borrowdale

Hassness Country House – Lake District

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the Lake District’s most beautiful corner – well, that’s my opinion – then look no further than Hassness Country House, run by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. This grand, white-walled manor-styled property is the jewel in the operator’s wide-ranging portfolio. It’s easy to see why because it has much [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs, Ideas|Comments Off on Hassness Country House – Lake District

HF Holidays – Derwent Bank

En route to our hotel in the Lake District, my eight-year-old son, Peter, asked what the “HF” stood for in HF Holidays. My explanation that it was an acronym for “Holiday Fellowship” didn’t register – not surprisingly. But after enjoying a three-night break with the UK’s largest walking and leisure activity holiday provider with over [...]

By | August 10th, 2015|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs|Comments Off on HF Holidays – Derwent Bank

Skelwith Fold – New Self-Catering Option

Until now, award-winning Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, situated just outside the bustling Lake District town of Ambleside, has comprised mainly of privately-owned static holiday homes; in fact, there are 300 of them. Other than buying a unit, the only way holidaymakers could stay on the site, which is surrounded by woodland favoured by naturalist David Bellamy [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on Skelwith Fold – New Self-Catering Option

YHA Helvellyn

This hostel is appropriately named because it seems like you’ve travelled halfway up the mountain by the time you reach the car park! Sitting in the shadow of England’s 3rd highest peak, above the pretty lakeside village of Glenridding, the route to the hostel turns from tarmac road to stony track, providing a decent test [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on YHA Helvellyn

Silverdale Caravan Park

Holgates own several caravan parks on or near the coastline of Morecambe Bay with Silverdale – which won Cumbria Tourism’s “Best Holiday Park” award for 2014 – the company’s flagship site. Set amid 100 acres of scenic park and woodland, Silverdale – which takes its name from the picturesque village nearby – offers 80 hard-standing [...]

By | October 8th, 2014|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on Silverdale Caravan Park