Sleeps 10 | Friday Changeover | No Pets | VE 5 Star Gold Award
Heron Beck lies a ten minute drive west from the foot of Windermere, a large Lake District holiday home, offering the perfect retreat for large groups of family and friends to gather for reunion and celebration.
For me Heron Beck is a most interesting property, well deserving the five star gold award. Imaginative, with many delightful details, nooks and corners, all combining to make a fantastic home in which to spend a relaxing holiday in comfort.
The main living areas are a galleried concept with each level linked by short flights of wide timber stairs. From the front door you enter into the middle level, a cosy snug with sofas and chairs drawn around a roaring log burning stove, giving a wonderful focal point to the room.
From here, stairs lead up to a second sitting room, with plump sofas and fine views of the beck from french windows opening onto a balcony.
Back to the snug, and steps lead down to the kitchen where you will have all the mod cons including a super range cooker and granite worktops.
There are a total of five bedrooms; one off the kitchen, one off the second sitting room, with the rest on the upper two floors, one has an en-suite shower and all reached by the splendid cast iron spiral stair case.
There are two bathrooms. The first is off the middle level with a large bath, hand basin, WC and large walk in shower . Up the spiral stairs to the second fully fitted bathroom with marble tiles, and again with large bath, hand basin, WC and large walk in shower.
To the rear of the house is a small garden to relax and barbecue, with views of rolling meadow.
Heron Beck is a splendid place to discover, ideal for gatherings of family and friends, celebration and reunion.
Bowstead Gates is a cluster of four or five houses set in the fells east of Ulverston. The town is a friendly and traditional place with plenty of shops, cafes and pubs set along cobbled streets. Ulverston is also known as the festival town
More like a Spanish town than one in the North of England, Ulverston does love a festival. There are festivals for walking, music, egg rolling, flag day and, perhaps most spectacular, the Lantern Festival to list but a few. As I see it, there is some celebration going on each month, so you need to check what's on and when with the Tourist Information Centre or the towns own website.
Arts play a big part in the life of Ulverston where, along with the festivals, there is a good cinema and the ‘Coronation Hall’, a fine theatre, offering plays, music and opera. There are a host of theatre, music and art groups.
The centre of Ulverston is much unchanged with shops and inns lined along the cobbled Market Street, off which radiate alleys and ginnels. There are bakers, butchers, ironmongers, chemists, a good deli, and just east of the town is Booths supermarket, a fine local chain. Dotted around the town are some excellent art and craft shops along with fashionable clothing outlets.
There are lots of good pubs and inns serving bar food and local brewed ale, and dining there are a host of cafes and restaurants where to can chose from Thai to Chinese, Italian or Mexican and down at the canal foot the renowned Bay Horse Inn and restaurant. On the entertainment and cultural front there is plenty on offer. From rock venues to cinema, Theatre to indoor carnival parties there is something for everybody. The Laurel and Hardy Museum is a tribute to one of the towns most famous sons, with an amazing treasure trove of memorabilia, including letters, photographs, personal items and furniture. A small 1920s style cinema shows classic Laurel & Hardy films all day. The Coronation Hall, affectionately known as ‘The Coro', is treasured building with a seating capacity of 660 offers a year-round programme of entertainment from music and drama to ballet and opera. Head out of the town, towards Dalton and you can visit The South Lakeland Wild Animal Park to get close up to lions, tigers and rare white rhinos.
Ten miles east brings you to the foot of Lake Windermere and the River Leven, where you will find the the villages of Newby Bridge, Lakeside, Finsthwaite and Backbarrow, along with The National Trusts Fell Foot Park. Here there are gardens, a cafe and, at the lake shore, fishing, jetties for mooring and hiring rowing and sailing boats, along with a ferry crossing to Lakeside. At Lakeside, steamers and launches leave for trips on the lake and can be used as a sort of water bus to explore other areas. Also at Lakeside is the steam railway terminus and the Lakeland Aquarium. Nearby at Backbarrow is the famous Lakeland Motor Museum with over 30,000 exhibits.
From Finsthwaite a track leads up to Low & High Dam, one of my favourite tarns, easy to get to and perfect for a picnic or paddle in summer.
For dining or a drink there are some good choices. The Lakeside Hotel overlooks the lake and offers a traditional bar serving local ale, a lounge bar and contemporary bistro, along with a more formal restaurant offering fine cuisine, perfect for celebration or just a little indulgence. At Newby Bridge you have the Swan Hotel, with its gardens overlooking the River Leven and offering a decent bar and bistro restaurant.
Head south down onto the Cartmel Peninsular and you have winding country lanes that lead to Morecambe Bay. The village of Grange over Sands overlooks the bay with a mile long promenade. There are some excellent shops including Higginson's award winning Butchers, two bakers, a grocer and a host of little cafes and tea rooms. Over the fell lies Cartmel, one of Cumbria's prettiest villages. Four pubs, a fab wine wine bar, the Michelin awarded l'Enclume, a huge Norman priory and a national hunt race course along with narrow streets and a little river make for the perfect village setting.
At Cark there is Holker Hall, a fine country house and gardens open to the public also offering a food hall with local produce. If you are still in the mood for more grand houses, then at the other end of the peninsular is Levens Hall a fine house built around 1590 and boasts one of the finest topary gardens in the UK.
North from the cottage, up the Rusland valley, you come to the Grizedale forest where you can purchase a map of the trails for both walking and mountain bikes. As you explore the forest you will come across fabulous sculptures, which are part of an ongoing art initiative sponsored by The Forestry Commission. A little further on lies Coniston Water and the Coniston mountain range offering plenty of water activities and mountain trails to suit all abilities.
Finally I should mention Barrow in Furness and Walney Island. Tthis old ship building town is often overlooked, but does have quite a lot to offer including shops, supermarkets, cinema, bowling and go karting, along with the dockyard musuem. Cross the bridge over to Walney Island, well worth exploring for its coast, the sea bird reserve and the little villages whos windows face away from the sea, and said to be the homes of ship wreckers.
Dear LCC. Just a quick thank you note for the excellent service and cottage we stayed in over the weekend. Everyone had a great time and were very impressed by the high standards and cleanliness, which we tried to maintain during our stay.
We surely will be booking again with your company in the future and will be recommending your service to all my family and friends. Keep up the good work! Kind regards.
Dr. Sen and Mr. Tabassum
Heron Beck has everything, the interior design, luxury furnishings and surrounding panoramic views offer a haven of peace and tranquility.
Mrs G - Cheshire.
Local Areas Of InterestConiston Water & Mountain
Heron Beck Inventory
Lots of shops cafes etc.
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
Pubs and Resturants
Rogans Wine Bar
The Cavendish Arms
The Royal Oak
Pig & Whistle
The Kings Arms
Cartmel Village Shop home of the sticky toffee pudding
Cartmel Racecourse - See website for race days
Holker Hall beautiful gardens and house along with food hall and cafe.
Grange over Sands
The Veg Shack
Stewart Higgginson's Butchers
Barrow In Furness & Walney IslandAccess Statement