Easter may seem a while away but once Christmas has been and gone Easter will be upon us. With some excellent family properties still available booking now means you will have the peace of mind that you have the perfect accommodation in your choice of location. With the Easter holiday being a longer school break than the February half term Easter is a great time to get away.
The Lake District is a great destination for a family break. The Lakes as this area is often referred to have a diverse and wonderful landscape meaning there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and adventures.
Below are three gorgeous properties all based around the ancient medieval village of Cartmel. With so much to do and see in this area you will be spoilt for choice.
The Lake District visitor centre in Brokhole
Brokhole is great place to visit as a family young or old there is something for all. Take a stroll around the extensive gardens; Easter time brings into bloom my personal favourite magnolias along with rhododendrons and camellias which always seems to bring a glimmer in my mind of warmer months ahead!
Book to join a Predator Park session, these sessions are thirty minutes long and vary depending on season as to what species you might meet and learn about. You will get to meet a variety of British birds of prey, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.
For something a little headier try a Tree top trek. This is an Ariel adventure with rope bridges, wobbly logs and a thrilling zip wire experience to finish. Two treks suitable for age 5 and over.
With an adventure playground, indoor soft play area, a traversing wall (suitable for all ages) you can easily spend a whole day enjoying Brokhole.
Cartmel cottage perfectly located with wonderful views of the Cartmel Valley and a variety of activities and attractions all conveniently around Cartmel cottage’s peaceful and picturesque doorstep!
Part of a beautiful barn conversion with an oak beamed lounge and well equipped throughout with all home comforts this spacious accommodation with two good sized bedrooms a separate dining area and outside terraced patio accommodates four with ease.
Cartmel is a beautiful 12th century village with cobbled streets a medieval priory church and glorious views. There is a choice of pubs amongst them is The Pig and Whistle owned by celebrity chef Simon Rogan you will find a great menu and good food at reasonable prices! Cartmel has interesting shops to browse around all in a beautiful tranquil location.
Availability: Easter 2013.
Capacity: sleeps 4.
Price: from £350.00.
Period character house
Old Bank House a handsome six bedroom period home sits in the rural village of Cark-in-Cartmel. Located on the Cartmel peninsula, Old Bank House is surrounded by unspoilt costal landscape with beautiful views and many local attractions and activities.
Charming and inviting with great original character this house makes the perfect accommodation for holidaying as a family and has the space to perhaps invite a few friends along!
The large entrance hall doubles as a children’s chill out area with its own TV and video player. The kitchen is newly fitted, well equipped and has a pantry. A cosy lounge with an open fireplace is the perfect room to snuggle up and relax in and the dining room boasts a flag stone floor, beautiful inglenook fireplace and a window seat. On the first floor there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms and the second floor has a further two bedrooms one combines as a children’s playroom.
Cark-in-Cartmel has two good pubs, a shop and train station which makes it easy to explore the local outstanding area.
Nearby is Cartmel race course – where you can enjoy original national hunt racing. Other areas of interest include Holker Hall Stately home – a magnificent home and stunning gardens, Coniston Water – walks, bike rides, boat cruises and a children’s playground makes Coniston a great day out, Morecambe Bay – offers spectacular views of the Lakeland mountains, a variety of birdlife and some lovely walks.
Availability: March and April 2013.
Capacity: sleeps 11 plus a cot.
Price: £800 for Easter week.
Charming cottage accommodation
Summer Cottage is located in the village of Allithwaite on the Cartmel peninsula. This pretty village has great amenities including pub/restaurants, a shop and post office, tennis courts and a bowling green so if you choose to spend a day at home there is still plenty to do!
Summer Cottage has a beautiful private garden with a brook and the inside is just as pretty with a snug 1st floor sitting room with a log fire and beamed ceiling creating a cosy ambience. The adjoining balcony is another great way to appreciate the garden. The well-appointed ground floor kitchen and dining area is perfect for family meals. There is also a ground floor shower room. Set out over three floors makes the best out of what this property has to offer. There are two comfortable bedrooms on the second floor, the master bedroom has the luxury of a spa bath.
Availability: Easter 2013.
Price: from £526 per week.
Capacity: sleeps 6/8.
All of the ideas mentioned are easily accessible from all three properties; you can really appreciate all this area has to offer.
Kirsti Banyard lives in Hampshire and loves nothing more than spending time with her two sons and husband whether exploring Cornwall or perhaps further afield to enjoying a roast meal on a Sunday.