To add a wonderful dimension to your Cumberland castling experience you should consider two castle hotels as your base and a wonderful way to enjoy the history and sumptuousness of Castle living. Two which come to mind are Armathwaite Hall Hotel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Storrs Hall (email@example.com)
Storrs Hall is in the region of Windermere which is in the mid-southwestern area of Cumbria and is an elegant Georgian Manor House. It has a spectacular and practically endless view over Lake Windermere. It was originally built in the 18th century for a Lancashire shipping magnate. It is surrounded by seventeen acres of landscaped wooded grounds and stands high above a slope a half a mile from the lakeside frontage. This home has been frequented by all the great lakeland poets, including Wordsworth, who first recited "Daffodils" in the Drawing Room. Beatrix Potter, who also hailed from this area, was also a visitor. It is owned and was restored by Mr Hindle, a property developer and Richard Livrock, who is a fine arts and antiques dealer. They opened it as a hotel in 1998 and rescued twenty five rooms to their former glory. It also has a lounge, library, writing room and cosy bar. The Terrace Restaurant is renowned for its fine cuisine.
Armathwaite Hall is famous for being used to film the BBC series Coronation Street. It is also a four star hotel surrounded by four hundred acres of parkland! To say it is a luxury hotel is putting it mildly because there are so many wonderful features. Its close proximity to all those northern Cumberland castles is the first plus, thereafter you have fully equipped studio suites complete with satellite TV. There are wood panelled public rooms and log fires, a cocktail bar, Lake View Restaurant (which has received two rosettes), a spa with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and a gym. There is a beauty salon, conference facilities and ample spaces for weddings and the receptions. Trotters World of Animals Farm park is on the grounds awaiting your children. Armathwaite Hall is situated close to the banks of Bassenthwaite Lake in Keswick which is convenient to Wordsworth House and not too far from Carlisle Castle.
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Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the work of some Cumberland poets and writers
and then Wednesday we’ll head south for some castles in Lancashire which is also northwestern England !
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Derwentwater and Skiddaw
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