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Our day with Keith Lemon on Fallbarrow Park

One of our holiday parks was showcased on the small screen this weekend on the popular ITV Saturday evening show, ‘Through the Keyhole’. Charismatic presenter, Keith Lemon gave around 4 million viewers a glimpse of Fallbarrow Park in Bowness-on-Windermere when he spent time inside TV star and entrepreneur, Duncan Bannatyne’s holiday lodge. Duncan bought his lodge last spring, encouraged by his teenage son, Tom who loves spending time on Fallbarrow Park and on the lake.


We were lucky enough to spend the (long) day with the film crew – much of it on Lake Windermere on a sunny afternoon in June. Yes, it is a hard life! Here are some of our highlights from the day, which you won’t see on the programme:

Hi-tech equipment is great when it works…

How many men does it take to operate a camera? Well, quite a few actually when the camera in question is an expensive hi-tech piece of kit. After a few teething problems, the octocopter “or helicopter camera” as Keith referred to it, finally flew like a giant spider getting some fantastic aerial footage of Fallbarrow Park and the lake.


Rain stops play…

Rain? In the Lake District? Surely not! Well how else do the lakes continue to look as good as they do if not for some of the wet stuff! Only problem is that the aforementioned hi-tech equipment doesn’t much like the rain so there were a lot of amateur weather forecasters in play during filming.


Traffic jams on the lake…

Everyone knows that the Lake District roads can get a bit snarled up during the popular tourist months, but traffic jams actually on the lake? Well the sight of Keith Lemon alone in a dinghy in the middle of Windermere was just too tempting for other boat users – many of whom seemed intent in getting into the shots. In fact, we’re sure some people just hired rowing boats to get close to the man himself when word spread he was there!


Give us your shoes…

Now there’s a proposition that even took Keith Lemon by surprise. Some young guys in boats loved Keith’s bright yellow shoes so much that they asked him if they could have them whilst alongside him in the middle of the lake. We think that might have been taking it too far. “Who asks anyone for their shoes?!“ laughed a bemused Keith. Perhaps once he had changed into Duncan’s clothes and shoes, he might have been more willing to comply!


Laughs, laughs and more laughs…

Always in character from the moment he slipped that unique bandage on, Keith never disappointed anyone. He posed for photographs, chatted with passing holidaymakers, and ad-libbed his way through the day to the amusement of the crew and those lucky enough to watch. To stay in character for so long and during numerous takes was quite amazing to watch!


See for yourselves how the final edit ended up here:


Tagged with: Bowness, Fallbarrow, Holiday Homes, Keith Lemon, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Lakeside, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, Through the Keyhole

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Hawthorne, Limefitt Park, Marina, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

20 Reasons to buy a holiday home

20 Reasons to buy a holiday home

People from all walks of life choose to buy a holiday home for a variety of reasons. Figures from 2010 revealed that a quarter of a million Brits own holiday homes, with no sign of a drop in demand.

Here, we look at 20 reasons why you might consider becoming the next Brit to purchase a home from home.

1)      Perfect investment of your leisure time

Some people like to spend their spare time in the pub beer garden, reading in the back garden, or out walking in the beautiful British countryside. Many holiday homes allow you to do all three and much more, with pubs and restaurants as well as rolling hills and valleys just a short walk from the front door.

2)      Spend time with family and friends

Quality time with your loved ones is one of the best reasons to purchase a holiday home. All the family can enjoy a relaxing few days away from home and inviting a couple of close friends to stay with you is always a pleasant gesture.

3)      Opportunity to make new friends

With so many people choosing to buy holiday homes, there are always like-minded people around to chat to and spend time with. Who knows, you may make a friend for life.

4)      Escape the stresses of life

The same old routine day in, day out can be extremely stressful. Escape the daily grind to your very own holiday home before coming back rejuvenated and ready to jump back into your everyday life.

5)      Relax and unwind

Getting away from it all allows you to recharge your batteries with some much-needed down time. Relax on the deck or take in the fresh country air as you enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the Great British countryside.

6)      Familiarity of a home from home

Ever arrived to your holiday destination and received a nasty shock when checking into your accommodation? Everyone has their own harrowing holiday nightmare stories, but with your own holiday home there are no surprises. Your home, your belongings, your holiday.

7)      Holiday home that will suit your requirements

A holiday home is a considered purchase so you can spend all the time you need to make sure you find your perfect haven. Never compromise on a family holiday again.

8)      Surrounding area and amenities that will suit your requirements

Once you fall in love with a location, you want to return again and again. Never worry about finding accommodation in your own personal paradise again, just pack a bag and head for your very own ever-welcoming holiday home.

9)      A base to explore the local area

Even those who return to the same area time and time again find something new on each visit. Your own holiday home gives you a holiday HQ from where you can set off in any direction and make another perfect holiday moment.

10)   In control of expenditure – no hidden costs

The one thing you can guarantee on any holiday is you’ll live to your means – maybe even beyond them. The comforting familiarity of owning your own holiday home gives you a better ability to monitor your spending, because there are no hidden extras out of your control.

11)   Free facilities on park

Most holiday parks offer facilities such as swimming pools and children’s play areas. For those of you who just can’t disconnect completely, many parks offer internet access free of charge.

12)   Free entertainment on park

Again, most holiday parks throw in entertainment free of charge for holiday home owners. Whether it’s live singers and comedians or children’s entertainers, there’s usually something going on to keep you out of trouble.

13)   Great for kids and grandkids

Holiday homes aren’t just for grown-ups. The whole family can enjoy a visit to their second home thanks to the provision of  kids’ entertainment and play areas. If you’re lucky you’ll find a kids’ club to give you a few hours of peace!

14)   Community spirit

Everybody needs good neighbours, and the sense of community created between owners is a special part of the holiday home lifestyle.

15)   Peace of mind

While you’re on the park, you want to know that you’re as safe as you feel in your own home. The majority of our parks have on-site security to give you complete peace of mind.

16)   Can go away at short notice and whenever you fancy

Maybe you’ve been planning the trip for six months, or maybe you just fancy a short break on a whim. When you own your own holiday home, you can be as impulsive as you feel. See you tomorrow?

17)   Flexibility of duration

A week, ten days, two weeks. Package holidays can be so restrictive. If you want to go away for eight-and-a-half days, you can do just that when you own your own holiday home.

18)   No airport queues

Flying out is bad enough, but anyone who’s ever had a twelve-hour delay flying back knows how the airport experience can totally ruin a holiday. Let’s be honest, this part of the holiday is stressful enough when everything runs smoothly! Instead, skip the flying altogether and enjoy a scenic drive to your very own holiday home.

19)   No carrying of heavy luggage

Everyone has someone in their family that seems to pack for a round-the-world trip when they’re only going away for a week. Don’t get stuck dragging weighty luggage around all day, just throw it in the boot and enjoy the drive.

20)   Don’t lose out on currency

Acquiring foreign money is often confusing and before you know it, you’ve lost a big cut of your spending money just by changing to the local currency. Add in the hassle of the trip to get your holiday cash and then consider how much easier it is just to head for your own holiday home, where everyone accepts pounds sterling and your debit card is a handy backup!

So there we have it, 20 reasons to buy a holiday home – so what are you waiting for? Why not request a brochure today?

Tagged with: Bowness, Caravans, Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Hawthorne, Holiday Homes, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Lakeside, Lancashire, Limefitt, Marina, Morecambe, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

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3 Fantastic BBQ Recipe Ideas for Dining on the Deck

3 Fantastic BBQ Recipe Ideas for Dining on the Deck

At last the sun is shining and the birds are singing so it can only mean one thing- it’s BBQ time! One of the fantastic advantages of owning your own holiday home is that you can dine on the deck during the summertime.

Sit back and relax next to the lake whilst drinking a glass of wine or beer, and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

But why just settle for classic burgers and sausages when you can grill mackerel, stuffed peppers and kebabs? Here are 3 scrumptious recipe ideas:

·         Honey and ginger prawns

These are really easy to make so the kids can help too. Prepare the prawns in a bowl, drizzle in honey, douse in fresh ginger and then grill on the BBQ until cooked. Alternatively, use chicken pieces instead of prawns and serve with chips or salad.

Click here for recipe instructions and ingredients.

·         The ultimate veggie burger

Homemade burgers are really easy to make and taste just as good as anything you can get in the shops. Just mix together all the ingredients, shape them into patties and fry until golden brown. Serve them in burger buns and with your choice of toppings. Easy peasy!

Click here for recipe instructions and ingredients.

·         Coconut coated chicken kebabs with raita

If you want something sweet and spicy, these kebabs will definitely do the trick. Why settle for a plain curry when you can eat fiery chicken pieces that have been coated in coconut?

Prepare the ingredients and marinade the night before, so all you have to do is throw them on the BBQ giving you more time to spend with the family.

Click here for recipe instructions and ingredients.

 Next time you are visiting your lodge or caravan, make the most of the great British outdoors and eat alfresco with the help of these top recipe ideas!


Tagged with: Bowness, Holiday Homes, Lake District, Lake Windermere, White Cross Bay

Posted in: South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

Day in the life of Alex Hodgson

If you’ve holidayed on White Cross Bay before, you’re sure to have come across Assistant General Manager, Alex Hodgson.  28-year old Alex, along with White Cross Bay’s General Manager, Mark McGarry, oversees the running of the park and the marina on a day-to-day basis and deputises for Mark when he’s away.

White Cross Bay is the largest of our Lake District parks and, with around 20,000 people visiting the park each year, Alex definitely has his work cut out making sure that everything runs smoothly for every single one of them. “Everyday definitely brings a different challenge,” says Alex. “But I work with great people and enjoy meeting new owners and customers.”

And he’s not just saying that. Trust us, Alex is one of those often too-rare people that you know just genuinely loves his job. He even has a live-in position so as well as being his place of work, White Cross Bay is also home to him, along with his fiancée, Rose-Marie, and 3-year old son, Ethan. “Our client base is fantastic,” says Alex. “We get such a mix of people and ages and I get the most pleasure from making sure that their experience of the park exceeds any expectations they have.”

For Alex, White Cross Bay is also a great place to be based with lots of family based activities and attractions on his doorstep or nearby. “I can really recommend South Lakes Wild Animal Park, which is a short drive away (35-40 mins) from White Cross Bay. Ethan loves all of the different animals at the park and we can easily spend a full day out there,” he says.

So what with living and working on White Cross Bay, does Alex ever manage to switch off from the day job and how? “Quite easily when it comes to my main passion of music,” he insists. Alex is heavily involved in organising festivals and has recently been learning more about sound engineering. And you never know, he may even turn up at a wedding or celebration near you, as he also has been known to spin a few cheesy classic tunes as a wedding and mobile DJ. “I’m really lucky in what I do as whether it’s the day job at White Cross Bay, or at one of the festivals I’ve organised, what I enjoy most of all is bringing people together to have a great time.”

And with Alex’s safe hands helping to oversee your next holiday, how could you not?!

Tagged with: Bowness, Lake District, Lake Windermere, South Lakeland Holidays, White Cross Bay

Posted in: Limefitt Park, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

The name itself sounds exotic

The Lakeland Sorrento Lodge

The Lakeland Sorrento lodge – just the name itself sounds exotic – and that is indeed the difference with this model. This is not a run of the mill, knock them up and ship them out lodge; this is a quality piece of local workmanship that is in hot demand right now. So much so that the first model ever produced for our parks was snapped up after just two weeks of being for sale.

Oh and did we mention they were local? Another great fact about the Lakeland Sorrento is that it is manufactured by the newly established Lakeland Leisure Homes just down the road from our Head Office at a factory in Milnthorpe.  Lakeland Leisure Homes is the new branch of Lakeland Refurbishment Limited, a company who have been working with South Lakeland Parks for more than eight years providing purpose built decking and refurbishing used caravans and lodges.

Andrew Jenkinson, General Manager at Lakeland Leisure Homes, said: “We’ve been refurbishing lodges over the years and it just got to a stage in the last year where we thought, ‘We could build these ourselves and improve on what has previously been done’.” So enter the Lakeland Sorrento, the first lodge produced by the company, which is soon to be followed by the Lakeland Livorno, Loreto and Firenza. Although based in the heart of Cumbria, the company also has Italian links, which it embraces through the names of their lodges.

Lakeland Leisure Homes are proud of the standard of their work and are keen to stress that they will produce made to order bespoke lodges to suit specific parks and pitches. “If someone is spending that amount of money then it needs to be perfect,” continues Andrew. “We can tailor make lodges to get the most out of the location, whether its changing the windows round to get the best view or just based on a customer’s personal preferences. We can now provide the full package from start to finish.”

So what can we expect from the Lakeland Sorrento? Andrew tries to explain: “It’s difficult to put into words but we go that little bit further with the finishing and the overall thought that goes into the design. Customers can just tell the difference as soon as they go inside. The quality speaks for itself.”

Lakeland Leisure Homes will soon be moving to bigger premises where Andrew says that the working conditions will become even better for their staff. But it’s not just the staff who are benefitting from the recent success of the Sorrento. The company also brings in a number of sub-contractors and craftsmen from the local area thus creating jobs and helping the local economy to prosper.

The Sorrento is the ultimate stylish home, and the 40 x 14 feet model can currently be found on an elevated base at Limefitt Park with breathtaking views out onto Wansfell, over to Kirkstone Pass and into the stunning Troutbeck Valley.

The stand out feature of the Sorrento is the large balcony, which is ideal for al fresco dining wherever the location. Although in the model at Limefitt, the balcony decking is south facing making the most of the valley sun. The floor to ceiling bi fold doors open out from the lounge onto the decking.

The open plan lounge in the Sorrento is surprisingly spacious, which is the look that the manufacturers are always trying to achieve. The impressive 12 feet Cantilever doors open out to the outside decking and certainly enhance the feeling of extra space, as do the vaulted ceilings leading through to the dining area. The lounge is bright and airy and is flooded with natural light. A feature wall in the lounge has a large recessed television, wall mounted fire and Inglenook niches. Two attractive cream leather sofas and a coffee table complete the room.

Dining area & Kitchen
The dining area and kitchen are open plan to the lounge with vaulted ceilings running continuing with the sense of light and space. The modern four-seater dining table and chairs match the coffee table ensuring design consistency between the lounge and dining area.  The kitchen is striking with fully integrated appliances including slimline dishwasher, tall fridge freezer, and high level built in oven and microwave. The worktops are top quality solid oak and the feature island unit is both attractive and functional complete with a pull up electrical point. A half glazed solid oak door leads out into the hall area.  

Master bedroom
The vaulted ceiling continues into the master bedroom, which is extremely spacious with an abundance of fitted wardrobes and a dressing area complete with full-length mirror. A king sized bed is set against attractive fitted units providing plenty of storage and drawer space. The Sorrento also has solid oak doors, skirting and architrave throughout.

Second bedroom
The second bedroom is next to the lounge and has full size twin beds separated by a bedside table. This room also has good-sized fitted corner wardrobes and is decorated to a very high standard.

Family bathroom
The family bathroom on either side of the two bedrooms is fitted out with the most up to date white fitted bathroom suite including a full size bath with shower over as well as a separate large walk-in shower. The sink has a stylish built in vanity unit for useful storage with a matching mirrored wall unit above it. The Sorrento also has an integrated docking station, which means music can be played into the bathroom as well as through the lounge and master bedroom.  

Interested? Here’s where to find it:
The Lakeland Sorrento can currently be found on Limefitt Park at Troutbeck. To find out more about Lakeland Leisure Homes, call us on 01539 897995 for more information on the Lakeland Sorrento on South Lakeland Park’s.

Tagged with: Bowness, Developments, Holiday Homes, Lake District, Limefitt, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

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An Off-Road Education…

It’s important to us that our fronts of house teams at our holiday parks have a wealth of knowledge about attractions and the local area surrounding our parks. So when Windermere based ‘Kankku’ offered us an educational experience of their off road driving tours we were extremely grateful. 
Our front of house teams from White Cross Bay, Fallbarrow Park and Limefitt Park took to the road in early December 2012.

Here’s what they said…
“It was great to have the opportunity to experience what beauty is on our doorstep, as you can sometimes forget working on such a busy park! The instructor was very informative, the set-up very professional and the driving was great fun.”
Katie Lambert, Assistant Park Manager, Fallbarrow Park

“The driving experience with Kankku was a thrilling one in truly lovely scenery and I would feel happy recommending it to our customers.”
Mark Leigh, Office Manager, Limefitt Park

“The driving experience was a fun afternoon out. From the moment we arrived the instructor put everyone at ease and explained everything that we needed to know. The off road tracks are only a short drive from their base in Windermere so the fun quickly begins. Your group takes it in turns to drive over varying degrees of terrain. The experience also gives you the opportunity to take in the beauty of the lakes with some amazing scenery. I was surprised at the places the 4x4 would get too. It was a fun afternoon out and one which I'd love to repeat.”
Mark McGarry, Park Manager, White Cross Bay

Our guide was very knowledgeable and really assertive, he made the experience enjoyable and we all felt very safe in his capable hands.  The first thing he said to us when we got in the vehicle was, ‘I want you to forget everything you know about driving and drive how I tell you to drive!’ Overall – an excellent experience, great company and would definitely recommend the experience to our holidaymakers!”
Anthony Bottomley, Holiday Reservations Advisor

Kankku off road driving adventures take place on wild off-road trail routes in the Lake District National Park.

For more information and to book call Kankku direct on 015394 47414.

Tagged with: Attraction, Bowness, Fallbarrow, Holidays, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Limefitt, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Limefitt Park, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Holidays, Todber, White Cross Bay

Our BIGGEST Ever Holiday Sale

Our BIGGEST Ever Holiday Sale*

Any park, any accommodation, anytime!

South Lakeland Holidays have today launched their BIGGEST EVER SALE with Short breaks from as little as £7 per person per night!

This huge saving applies to all 3, 4 and 7 night breaks when booking online or through our Call Centre before the end of January 2013. Choose from a range of holiday accommodation from caravans and lodges to cosy cottages.

South Lakeland Holidays have a choice of 6 fantastic HOLIDAY PARKS in Morecambe, the Ribble Valley and the Lake District. Take advantage of our low deposit offer and pay only £50 to secure your booking.

Book your perfect holiday today!

Perfect moments make perfect holidays so start planning your 2013 holiday today!
Call our friendly Call Centre 015395 69835


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Tagged with: Bowness, Caravans, Fallbarrow, Holiday Homes, Holiday Letting, Holidays, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Lancashire, Limefitt, Morecambe, Ocean Edge, Offers, Regent, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

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Who says a caravan is just for the summer?

Snuggle up by the lake this Winter from just £147!

The five-star Fallbarrow Park overlooking Lake Windermere in Bowness on Windermere is offering limited availability short breaks this November and December from just £147.

Accommodation is in a 2-bedroomed standard caravan, which can sleep up to four people and breaks can be taken for three nights over weekends or four nights midweek. The special package also includes a complimentary £15 drinks voucher that can be used in the park’s bar and restaurant, The Boathouse.

This all works out at less than £19 per person per night based on a couple sharing and an upgrade to a superior caravan can also be made for just an extra £35.

Many people think that caravan breaks are best enjoyed in the summer months and during the summer the parks are certainly at their busiest. However, in late Autumn and early Winter, the park and the Lake District is at its most attractive with vibrant red and gold leaves throughout and cool, picturesque mists hovering over the lake.

Fallbarrow Park has been a favourite place to visit this year for entrepreneur and TV personality Duncan Bannatyne. The Dragon’s Den star has been tweeting a range of scenic photos of the park and its lakeside views on his numerous visits over the last few months as well as enjoying family watersports activities on the lake, which can be arranged directly from the park.

There are still plenty of things to see and do in the Lake District in November and December with the Winter season of the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness opening up. Exciting performances include the World Premiere Production of ‘Surprises’ written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn and ‘Silverscreen’ – an affectionate look at cinema with TV’s Robert Powell and Liza Goddard.

On Saturday 24th November, the Christmas lights will be switched on in Bowness and Windermere where a lake cruise with special guests, Peter Rabbit and Santa Claus while listening to the classic Beatrix Potter story, A Winter’s Tale, can be enjoyed before the evening lights switch on and fireworks.Fallbarrow Park’s special Winter caravan breaks are available for three and four night stays on dates throughout November and December. For more information and to book, call 015395 69835 or visit

Tagged with: Bowness, Caravans, Fallbarrow, Holiday Homes, Holiday Letting, Holidays, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Lakeside, Press, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks

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If it’s good enough for a Dragon…

The Lake District has always been known to attract millions of visitors including TV and film stars but one holiday park in Bowness-on-Windermere has seen more than their fair share of a certain‘dragon’ this year.

Scottish entrepreneur and star of TV’s Dragon’s Den, Duncan Bannatyne has become something of a permanent fixture to staff, holiday home owner and visitors on Fallbarrow Park in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Mr Bannatyne has firmly put his support behind holidaying at home and has visited the Lake District and Fallbarrow for long weekends and midweek breaks more than half a dozen times over the last few months. He even chose the tranquillity of Fallbarrow Park to help him recuperate after a short hospital stay earlier this Summer.  

Whilst staying on the park, Mr Bannatyne regularly takes to social networking site Twitter to share his scenic photos of morningmists over Lake Windermere, having fun on the lake with his children, and tips on where he recommends to eat and visit in the South Lakes to his half a million followers.

Recent tweets have included “Idyllic Windermere”, “Messing about on boats – great fun”, “Wakeboarding anyone?”, “Having another exciting day at FallbarrowPark with my lovely kids – love it!” and “We are still at the most beautiful & relaxing part of the UK – The Lakes.”

South Lakeland Parks, who run the five-star Fallbarrow Park on the banks of Lake Windermere, have been delighted to welcome the TV personality and hope that he continues to visit the park in the future. Nigel Wimpenny, Managing Director at South Lakeland Parks, said: “He really seems to love it here and who can blame him? There’s no shortage of things to see and do, and the park offers direct access to the lake so watersports and boating activities are popular in all seasons.

“Through his social media presence, literally millions of people are seeing his photographs of the park and our breathtaking lakeside views, which is fantastic and we are just so pleased that Fallbarrow has turned into one of his favourite places in the UK to visit.”

Fallbarrow Park is situated just a two minute stroll from Bowness-on-Windermere, which has a wealth of bustling shops, attractions, galleries, restaurants, pubs and cafes.

The county’s tourism chiefs must also be relishing the extra interest in the area that inevitably comes when celebrities visit. Others big names that have reportedly enjoyed trips to the Lake District recently include US stars Joan Rivers, Neil Sedaka, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. UK rapper Professor Green has also shared on Twitter that he wants to see the Lake District in snow. 

Tagged with: Bowness, Fallbarrow, Holiday Letting, Holidays, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Lakeside, PR, Press, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks

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Looking Back at Fallbarrow

The wooded parkland that makes Fallbarrow such an idyllic holiday retreat seems to be one of the natural glories of the Windermere shoreline. Yet the seeds were sown - quite literally and deliberately – by the man who built the hall and developed the estate.

He was Joseph Rawson, a landowner, banker, manufacturer and philanthropist from Halifax in Yorkshire who, in 1856, instructed his architect Joseph Buitley of Kendal to build him a house on the shores of Lake  Windermere. Rawson was also an  arboriculturist and knowledgeable plantsman who sent his experts to find choice specimens from around the world. During his lifetime he planted more than 100,000 trees in the Lakes and Yorkshire. “It’s why we have such a wealth of unusual trees and plants here on the estate today,” explained Mark Hans-Brooker, the Park Manager.

The park has been a haven over the years not only for holiday visitors and wildlife, but also a refuge for wartime evacuees. During the Second World War, Fallbarrow became the temporary home of the staff and scholars of Mowden Hall, a Northumbrian school which, to this day, is a respected and successful independent day and boarding school. The school’s founder, Frank Marchbank, came across the site quite by chance. In a published history of the school he wrote: “At Easter 1940 we had a holiday at Windermere – it was still the ‘Phoney War’ period – and from a boat we noticed a ‘To Let’ sign on a lawn sloping down to Bowness Bay. This was Fallbarrow and I thought it was worth paying the owner to have first refusal of renting it for a bunk hole in case Hitler got tough. He soon did and, with help from relations, we took Fallbarrow. Just in time as many other schools wanted it. Fears of bombing and an invasion made some parents wish to send their boys westwards and in June with three of the staff, Mrs Marchbank went to Fallbarrow with a dozen boys who were soon joined by more.” Mowden Hall School was itself taken over by the Air Ministry and Mr Marchbank returned to find “RAF trucks on the tennis court and a sentry at the door”.

When the war was over, in the 1950s the first of the holidaymakers had begun to arrive at Fallbarrow, thanks to a Blackpool man, Norman Whiteley, who ran a small photographic business. He had bought the adjoining Bowness Health and Holiday camp and extended the site by renting Fallbarrow, originally for £5 a week. The
caravans came, but as Mark Hans-Brooker explains, there were no static vans arriving on low loaders. “Every caravan was towed behind the family car, maybe a Morris Minor, which was fairly difficult given the standards of the time.”

There were basic facilities, based in Fallbarrow House, including the first ever fish and chip shop in Bowness. By the mid 1960s, the estate housed what were probably the country’s first hire caravans with mains services, and guests could hire a 15ft x 7ft Pemberton for just nine pounds and nine shillings (£9.45) a week. Those wanting the luxury of a tap on the sink - and the new “bucketless” waste water system - could hire a Lynton for twelve pounds and twelve shillings (£12.60). A small extra would give the luxury of a carpeted van. The very top of the range, costing £22.50 a week, had its own flush toilet.

In the 1990s the Boathouse pub was refurbished, along with the new reception area and beer gardens. And on the subject of beer, when Fallbarrow celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1996, the Cartmel Brewery brewed a special “Forty Year” ale to mark the occasion. Ten years on to mark the park’s 50th anniversary; a ‘Fallbarrow Favourite’ apple tree was planted on the parkby Joseph Rawson’s great niece, Fenella Watkins. The first recorded discovery of this little cooking apple was on Fallbarrow in 1936 but could even have been earlier than

Today Fallbarrow hosts some of Britain’s most luxurious holiday lodges and is under corporate ownership. Mark Hans-Brooker enjoys looking back at how the park has developed and planning for the future. He’s worked there for 17 years and says that all of the changes that have improved the site have only enhanced its spirit and atmosphere. “There’s nowhere quite like it,” he says.

Did you visit Fallbarrow in the 1960’s and holiday in one of the first caravans? Perhaps you sent or received a postcard from a family member while staying on the site? We would love to hear your stories and see any pictures you may have of how Fallbarrow has changed over the years. Email us:

Tagged with: Bowness, Caravans, Developments, Fallbarrow, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Lakeside, South Lakeland Parks

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, General, Hawthorne, Limefitt Park, Marina, Press, Regent, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

Olympic effort by all for relay challenge

Olympic effort by all as relay challenge raises more than £6,000 for CancerCare

Staff at North West holiday park company, South Lakeland Parks has raised an impressive £6,369 for local charity CancerCare after taking part in an alternative Torch Relay through the heart of the Lancashire and Cumbrian countryside.

More than 30 of the group’s staff including Managing Director, Nigel Wimpenny and even the parks’ mascots raised the money by staging a relay between their 10 Lancashire and Lake District locations last month.

In keeping with the topical Olympic theme, staff ran, cycled, swam, rowed, canoed and even rode a horse between the parks covering more than 106 miles over a two-day period through some fairly challenging weather conditions. 

A support crew cheered them on during the route and collected bucket loads of donations whilst passing through cities and towns including Lancaster, Morecambe and Windermere.

Holiday home owners and holidaymakers came out in strong numbers to support the relay with one park, the 4-star Ocean Edge Park in Heysham raising more than £1,000 for the charity. This was helped in part by the efforts of the park’s Assistant Manager, Vicki Jones who did her bit by swimming 180 lengths – the equivalent of two miles - in the indoor swimming pool in an hour and forty minutes.

The charity relay got underway at the group’s southern-most park at Todber in the Ribble Valley on Wednesday 20th June and finished the following day. The final leg was completed by canoe between the two Windermere lakeside parks, White Cross Bay and Fallbarrow by MD Nigel Wimpenny just before the official Olympic Torch came through the town.

Nigel said: “I am hugely proud of the efforts of all the staff who took part in the relay. The enthusiasm shown at the outset and throughout was heartening and the support we received along the way really gave us the extra push we needed to keep going – especially on the second day when we were handicapped by the Lake District weather!

“We are delighted with everyone’s generosity, which has seen us more than double our original target for CancerCare. The work that they do with cancer sufferers and their families in the local area is at times superhuman and in our eyes, there was no worthier a cause to donate to.”

Lynne Stafford, Chief Executive at CancerCare also got involved by running the last leg of the first day from Hawthorne Park in Morecambe to Ocean Edge in Heysham.

She said: “I had a great time taking part in the relay and even managed a personal best time of 2 miles in 16 minutes. Being able to get out of the office to see the enthusiasm of the people that take part in fundraising activities is such a special part of the job and they should all be applauded for their exertions over the two days.

“For the team to have raised over £6,000 is just absolutely fantastic and will make such a difference to CancerCare. We can continue our valuable role of helping local people whose lives are affected by cancer.”

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Park staff take on a relay challenge ...

Holiday park staff take to the roads; the saddle; and the water for CancerCare relay challenge

More than 30 employees from North West holiday park company, South Lakeland Parks will be taking on their own Olympic-style challenge next month to raise money for CancerCare.

The staff including two of the Park’s mascots, Reggie the Dinosaur and Billy the Beaver will be taking part in various Olympic sports including running, cycling, horse riding, rowing, canoeing, and swimming over 100 miles in a huge relay between each of their 10 locations throughout Lancashire and the Lake District.

Starting from the group’s southern-most park at Todber in the Ribble Valley, three of Todber’s staff will kick off the relay with a 20-mile tandem bike ride before handing their own “torch” to the next cyclists to complete the 17-mile ride to Marina Park at Glasson Dock near Lancaster.

The climax of the relay will be at Fallbarrow Park in Bowness on Windermere where Managing Director, Nigel Wimpenny will bring the South Lakeland Parks torch home by canoe in time to see the Official Olympic Torch make its way across Windermere on its journey into Bowness.

The relay will take place over two days on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st of June and the group hope that holidaymakers, holiday home owners and members of the public will cheer them along en route and donate as much money as possible for CancerCare.

Caroline Farrer, Group Marketing Manager at South Lakeland Parks said: “There are going to be huge celebrations in Bowness when the Olympic torch arrives and we wanted to get into the spirit of the occasion by staging our own mini event that our staff and guests could get involved in across the North West.

“Obviously we won’t come anywhere close to the miles run by the official torch bearers but we will be covering more than 100 miles through some fabulous Lancashire and Lake District scenery so we hope as many people as possible can come out to cheer us on and help us raise as much money as possible for such a worthy charity.”

Lynne Stafford, Chief Executive at CancerCare will also be a guest runner for the final leg of day one and will carry the South Lakeland Parks’ torch between Hawthorne Park in Morecambe and Ocean Edge in Heysham.

She said: “Many local people and organisations think up different and fun ways of raising money for CancerCare that it’s impossible for us to be involved with all of them, although we would certainly love to be. So I am very excited about personally taking part in a leg of this relay, which is such a great idea.

“The enthusiasm shown by South Lakeland Parks’ staff has been inspiring and we wish them all the best in their efforts to raise much needed funds for our charity. With their help CancerCare can continue to help local people whose lives are affected by cancer.”

At the same time as Lynne is running her leg, the Assistant Manager at Ocean Edge, Vicki Jones will also be swimming the equivalent distance of 1.9 miles in Ocean Edge’s indoor swimming pool.

The individual legs of the relay are as follows:
Day One, Wednesday 20th June:
• Todber, Ribble Valley – Marina, Lancaster – 45.2 miles
• Marina, Lancaster – Regent, Morecambe – 8.7 miles
• Regent, Morecambe – Hawthorne, Morecambe – 3.3 miles
• Hawthorne, Morecambe – Ocean Edge, Heysham – 1.9 miles

Day Two, Thursday 21st June:
• Ocean Edge, Heysham – Gatebeck, Endmoor – 22.4 miles
• Gatebeck, Endmoor – Head Office, Natland – 2.8 miles
• Head Office, Natland – Limefitt, Troutbeck – 14.4 miles
• Limefitt, Troutbeck – White Cross Bay, Windermere – 3.2 miles
• White Cross Bay, Windermere – Fallbarrow, Bowness – 3 miles

To make a donation to CancerCare in support of the South Lakeland Parks torch relay, please visit

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Olympic Torch is coming to Bowness

Olympic Torch is coming to Bowness-on-Windermere

Thursday, 21 June 2012
The Glebe, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3HE 

The Olympic Torch departs from Waterhead on The Tern at 19:06 and arrives at Bowness Bay Pier at 19:46, making its way to the stage for 20:00.

The Olympic Torch relay events will open at 6pm and the evening will run until 11pm

Torch Celebrations: Stage show including performances from singer-songwriter, Katy B, Indie Rock Band, British Sea Power, local young people’s choir and more. The show will be MC’d by TV Presenter, Andy Akinwolere

21:30-22:00 A chance to relax and grab a bite to eat as you make your way across to site B for On the Night Shift

22:00  Les Commandos Percu perform On the Night Shift .  On the Night Shift is a brand new commission from French Pyrotechnic wizards, Les Commandos Percu, who wowed audiences at Mintfest and Maryport in 2010 and have a worldwide reputation for incredible productions.

One of the opening events of the prestigious London 2012 Festival, the show will see streams of colour and light blaze across the skies above Bowness-on-Windermere, soon after the Olympic Torch has passed through the town.

Event Capacity The event is licensed for up to 10,000 attendees. Please note it is a ‘standing only’ event.

Video Clip of Les Commandos Percu

To find out more about the Olympic Torch visit CLICK HERE

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Champagne breakfast on the lake

Here at South Lakeland Parks we have a luxury lakeside lodge for sale that is the “closest you can get to the lake without actually being in it”.

The luxury lodge at Fallbarrow Park in the popular holiday town of Bowness on Windermere is the largest property on the site and boasts 1,144 square feet of living space - more than a typical city apartment.

Priced at just under £675,000, it is also the most expensive holiday lodge in the UK.

However, the unique selling point is the location. Looking directly out onto England’s largest lake, Windermere with split level decking reaching the waters edge, it also has the exclusivity of being the last ever lakeshore lodge to be built on this site.

The three bedroomed lodge comes with modern open plan kitchen, dining and living areas, which all have uninterrupted views from floor to ceiling doors onto the lake and stretching out to the impressive Lake District fells. 

The master bedroom has the same view from the king sized bed as well as having a spacious dressing room and ensuite wetroom with underfloor heating.

It is the most technically advanced of its kind available today and has been fitted with all the latest mod cons; from dial-in controlled lighting and heating to an integrated FM sound system that runs throughout the entire property.

The Lakeside lodge is part of the new Lakeside Development - an exclusive 23-lodge development set in a private and secluded area of Fallbarrow Park with properties ranging from £295,000 to £674,995.

Fallbarrow is a peaceful, relaxing five star holiday park set in extensive private grounds yet situated just a couple of minutes’ walk from the shops, bars and restaurants of Bowness on Windermere. It has held a David Bellamy Gold Award for its commitment to conservation for the last 13 years.

To enquire about the Lakeside lodge and other properties on the Lakeside development, call 01539 261455.

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Olympic Torch comes to the North West

So the Olympic Torch route through South Lakeland has been revealed.

On the afternoon of June 21st, the torch will arrive in Grasmere – then travelling along the A591 to Ambleside.

Local events have been planned at this point of the route, including a tea party in Borrans Park.

The Torch will then set sail down Windermere to Bowness Pier, arriving just before 8pm, where a huge event to mark the occasion is being staged on the Glebe.
After spending the night in Bowness the Torch will set off from Kendal Castle on the morning of June 22nd – heading through Kendal and Milnthorpe before entering North Lancashire.

Here’s the South Lakeland route in more detail:
The torch will come from Keswick to Grasmere along the A591 arriving in Grasmere at approximately 5.38pm. The Torch will then leaves Grasmere and continue on the A591 to Ambleside.

Grasmere Primary School is tying its sports day in to coincide with the Torch’s visit. The sports day will be held at Broadgate Meadow so that the local community can be involved. The sports day will be followed by a British style afternoon tea picnic. Children will be performing traditional British Isle songs and special piece of music will be commissioned to welcome the Torch’s arrival.

To celebrate the Torch’s visit to Ambleside local schools and community groups are planning several events. Including a tea party picnic in Borran’s Park which will feature music and the park ‘dressed’ for its arrival and areas planted in the Olympic colour. Pupils from local schools will also perform an especially composed song welcoming the Torch to Ambleside.

After this the Torch will board Windermere Lake Cruises boat MV Tern at Waterhead Pier and will sail down Windermere to Bowness Pier where it will disembark. at 7.57pm where it will be centre stage of a series events planned at the Glebe featuring celebrities, dignitaries, music and food from Taste Cumbria.

The Olympic Torch Relay celebrations will take place in Bowness on the evening of 21 June. The event will give the local community and visitors to the area a chance to welcome the Olympic Flame and share in the excitement and celebrations that the Relay will bring.

The evening will finish off with a breathtaking performance organised by Lakes Alive in conjunction with Les Commandos Percu with the world premiere of ‘On the Night Shift’. This is a newly commissioned spectacular show to mark the start of the Festival 2012. This incredible open-air production combines music, pyrotechnics and drama to dazzling effect, sending streams of colour and light soaring through the skies above Windermere.

After spending the night in Bowness the Torch will set off from Kendal Castle at 8.20am on the 22 June. It will travel through Kendal and then will set off for Milnthorpe where it will be met by hundreds of school children as it passes out of South Lakeland and into Lancashire.

Milnthorpe community leaders are inviting all local schools to line the route as the Torch passes through. Two local residential homes have also been invited. Schools in the area are to be given a colour from the London 2012 colour palate to create banners and flags and to wear t-shirts so a ‘Relay of Colour’ can be created along the route. Milnthorpe Primary School will create a musical farewell moment as the Torch leaves the town as the last community in the district.

The Torch will be in carried by a torch bearers it processes through towns and villages. It will be on what Locog are calling convoy mode, when it not in these areas.
Cllr Brendan Jameson, Leader of SLDC, said: “This is a fantastic event over two days that businesses and communities can be involved in. It will showcase South Lakeland and its attractions to the world.”

The details of the route can be found onLocog website at

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Attraction Review: Brockhole Visitor Centre

There are so many things to see and do in the Lake District that sometimes you could be spoilt for choice. In an effort to help you make up your mind, We are planning to highlight some of the attractions near some of our parks. For this issue we dispatched Matt Hartnett and Heather Clough off to Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre.

brockhole visitor centre

They report: “We arrived by car and the first things we immediately noticed were the wonderful scenic views and the beautiful gardens which stretch right down to the shores of Windermere. Further investigation quickly revealed that there is loads to do.

There is an adventure playground, a new crazy golf area and 20 acres of garden and woodland to admire and explore. Boat hire is available for a trip around the lake and a new pier.

Inside the imposing house there are always exhibitions to enjoy and to inspire. We enjoyed Rugged Reflections, History of the Lakes as well as touch screen computer games. There is a café which serves good food, most of which has been freshly prepared and locally sourced. There is also a wide range of cakes and sandwiches on sale.


We enjoyed a refreshing cup of tea on the terrace enjoying the splendid views and later we found a bench where we had our picnic with the sun on our backs. Nearby children were enjoying the adventure playground.

Whilst we travelled to Brockhole by car, owners can walk from Limefitt, White Cross Bay and Fallbarrow. Entry to the house, grounds and lakeshore is free. There is free WiFi, but parking charges apply.

Brockhole is a not-for-profit attraction run by the Lake District National Park Authority. All profits go towards its upkeep. There are various events throughout the year so it is best to visit Whats on to see what is on.

The visitor centre is open all year round (except Christmas Day) and opens at 10am till 5pm while the gardens open 8am to 6pm.

We will definitely be going back as there is so much more to explore.

The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole is located just off the A591 between Windermere and Ambleside. 015394 46601

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Review by Matt Hartnett,
South Lakeland Parks website Co-ordinator

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Park Life Magazine - Edition 3

Park Life the Magazine for Owners at South Lakeland Parks ...

It may have flown by but we at South Lakeland Parks have come a long way in 6 years. With the 3rd edition of 'Park Life'  now ready this is what can be found in our latest edition of Park Life;

- Owners' Inbox - Competition, letters, Owner feeback
- New Developments for 2012
- David Bellamy Awards
- What they mean to us.
- Charity News
- Exclusive Owner Events
- Attraction Review
- Blackpool Tower
- Manufacture's review - ABI Seashore
- Owners Discount Vouchers - with great savings on local attractions.
- What's On
- Plus much more

So to view the magazine CLICK HERE

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Orrest Head Walk

This is a very short walk but one which should never be rushed. It should be done in the summer and at that time you will see plenty.
This stroll begins in the centre of Windermere close to the A591 and below the Windermere Hotel, the bus stop, Booths Supermarket and the railway station. There are plenty of places to eat but Orrest Head on a nice day is the perfect place for a good picnic.

Map OS L96 or OL7
Grid reference: 412 989
Length of walk: 1.5 miles
Time: You could do it in an hour but you may want to take a little longer than that.

1 - Find a sign on the road seen from the parking area indicating Orrest Head. This is only a few yards and bears left into lovely woodlands. Follow the track through the woods and continue to a junction and turn right. At this time of the year, the woodland flowers, trees and birdsong are at their very best and on the day of my visit I watched pied flycatchers catching insects in flight and taking beakfulls to their nests to feed their young.
Here is a lane with a stony floor and contained between walls which must be very old as they are covered in moss as well as plants such as ferns, herb robert and ivy-leaved toad flax.

The route now bears left and here you begin the climb towards Elleray Bank.

2 - Look out here to see what is left of a kitchen garden which once fed the inhabitants of the estate of Elleray House. The mix of native and introduced plants are open areas close to woodland has proved ideal for butterflies and on the day of my visit I watched several species including Comma, Peacock and Red Admiral. On hot days photographing butterflies is hard work but early in the morning it is easy. Butterflies are cold blooded and in the early morning they spread their wings wide on the surface of flowers and let the sunlight warm them up.

3 - Rhododenrons thrive in this area and follow the meandering path up towards Elleray Bank. There are splendid views down to the left and the route then begins to level out and leaves the trees, dominated by Scots Pine and enters a lovely little lane. Follow this lane until a kissing gate is reached.

4 - Pass through this gate and climb for a short distance to reach the summit of Orrest Head. Look for an inscribed stone dated to 1902 and celebrating the fact that the Heywood family gave the area to the people of Windermere. I would add that it is not just a treat for the people of Windermere but for all of us because here is one of the best views in the whole of Cumbria. All this in just over a mile from the town centre which can easily be reached by public transport. I always picnic here and enjoy a view over the whole of Windermere water and on a clear day, Morecambe Bay can be seen as well as the Langdale Pikes, Scafell Pike, Coniston Old Man and many of our hills and mountains.

5 - From the Orrest Head view I am always reluctant to start the descent leading to the starting point, but there is still much to see, but Elleray Woods has other gems on offer. Apart from a picnic I always carry a little flower book because the variety of plants here is wide and attracts birds and butterflies. A little hand lens and a light pair of binoculars always com in handy. An obvious track leads to the road and the starting point.

Most of us use our cars to reach the starting point for walks, but it is good that this one can be reached by both bus and train.

NB: Restrictions on space mean that this article provides a general summary of the route. It is advisable for anyone who plans to follow the walk to take a copy of the relevant Ordnance Survey map.

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Peace Dividend

You’re shore to have a great time in the Lakes

It’s hard to imagine tranquil White Cross Bay was home to the top-secret manufacture of Sunderland flying boat bombers back in World War Two. 

The MoD moved the plant from Kent on the basis that the shores of Lake Windermere were as off the beaten track as it was possible to get.  These days, you don’t need a high-security pass to get in and wooden lodges have replaced the Flying Boat Factory. 

In fact, all that remains of a largely forgotten part of the war effort is the long concrete slipway leading into Britain’s largest lake, from which you can now launch your own boat.  But the awesome Lakeland scenery is pretty much unchanged, as stunning now as when the war effort was moved here in 1941.  Or for that matter, when William Wordsworth was wandering lonely as a cloud back in the early 1800s.  White Cross Bay today is home to a laid-back and well-kept holiday park with more than 40 available to rent.

It’s a few minutes from the tourist hustle and bustle of Windermere town centre, but very peaceful, when the only noise you will hear, is the sound of children (mine included) roaming around the park on their bikes.

We are staying in a three-bedroom superior lodge, complete with a large patio and a fully equipped kitchen area and lounge.  My wife and I and our three kids had so much space that my wife summoned a friend and her three children to come and join us for the day.

If your idea of holiday parks is round-the-clock entertainment and children’s shows, then White Cross Bay might not be for you.  But our kids loved it, especially since they could maraud about on two wheels without having to worry about traffic.  There is a bar, shop and restaurant on site and a quiz night once a week and the occasional singer.  The food is reasonably priced pub grub, handy if you can’t be bothered cooking.  The complex has a decent-size indoor pool (go early if it’s raining as it does get busy) and a gym.

But the main attraction here, aside from top-notch lodges, is the great out-doors which White Cross Bay is well placed for exploring.  We took the kids up Loughrigg Fell which is a 10-minute drive around the lake at Ambleside.  With great views from the 1,000ft summit, you feel like you’re on the top of the world.  There is a well-signposted path, so you really don’t need to be a mountaineer or to have fancy walking gear to get up there.  We did it in trainers and wellies and it only took an hour or so to get to the top.  To our mild surprise, the kids loved it….. especially the decent!

As you’d expect there are watersports centres dotted along the lake but after getting quotes of up to £20 per child and adult to go kayaking for an hour, we opted for more manageable £11 per hour for a two-seater kayak at the Youth Hostel at Waterside.  We took to the water in our life jackets and followed a route across the lake in brilliant sunshine up along the River Rothay which leads into the northern end of Windermere.  Even though it was hard work at times in the wind, it was great fun.

But the biggest test of any UK holiday is how well it copes when it rains, which of course it does in the Lake District – often, in buckets.  Fortunately there is plenty to do in the area around White Cross Bay.  There is an indoor play area for younger kids in Ambleside and two brilliant, old-school, cinemas one in Ambleside and one in Bowness.  Watching Mr Popper’s Penguins on a tiny screen in a room not much bigger than a large lounge at the Royalty cinema simply made the evening all the more enjoyable.  Unsurprisingly it was a sell-out – the audience seemed to be a sea of anoraks drying out from the wet weather outside – though it has to be said, our children were quite happy to splash in wearing their wellies and macs.  Almost as happy as when they were having their nightly scrap about who was sleeping where in the lodge ….


Sunday Mirror Homes & Holidays Supplement – issued 5th February 2012 by Stephen Martin

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Luxurious Holiday Lodges

The UK’s most luxurious holiday lodges opened in April

It has been described as a new dawn in luxury home ownership and there was certainly many other compliments paid when the Lakeside lodge development at Fallbarrow was officially launched in April.

The sun shone brightly as Tim Farron, local MP and president of the Liberal Democrats opened the development which offers a chance for holiday home ownership in one of the Lake District’s most prestigious locations.

Mr Farron said: "We have a world class product here in the Lake District and these staggering and gorgeous lodges have really raised the bar of the standard of accommodation available.  The product is ambitious and visionary offering a wonderful standard of residence in the Lake District that is cheap by comparison for a second home.  It’s a great opportunity for others to share in what we enjoy on a daily basis without robbing a local of much needed general housing."

His views echoed that of South Lakeland Parks MD Nigel Wimpenny, who is the brains behind this exciting development He said:  “We wanted to create a market for people to own a holiday home without putting the strain on local housing prices.  These lodges offer just that and there are few, if any, better locations for a holiday home than here on Lake Windermere. 

"The lodges have a unique quality in their proximity to Bowness and offer owners the highest quality of accommodation at half of the average house price in the area."

The Lakeside is a collection of 23 high specification holiday lodges which can accommodate up to six guests each.  Features within the lodges can include:

  • Remotely activated heating and lighting
  • An overall living space of up to 62 x 22ft
  • Meile kitchens
  • Bose sound systems
  • Outdoor decked area for owners to enjoy barbecues or even install their own hot tub
  • Parking for up to two cars
  • Lakeside location with views to the surrounding mountains
  • Luxury furnishings and carpets
  • Mooring for luxury motor and sailing boats

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