A Lake District family tradition

I first visited the British Lake District as a baby. Returning year after year, this last time I went with my own little family. As a child and as a mother, I’ve always loved Langdale.

You may leave the Lake District, but once you’ve been, it’ll never leave you – anon
Sure, I have a few more wrinkles and there’s no way I’d now be seen in hot pants, but my love of the Lake District hasn’t changed.
child at Windermere
family at Langdale Hotel

Family time, outdoors

Come rain or shine, I love the Lake District. And my kids did too.

We hugged the winter, keeping warm with brisk walks, cream tea and ummm… socks on our hands (Sebastian lost his gloves).

child at the Lake District

Langdale lodges

The Lake District is a place for reconnecting with the outdoors and with family. This year my brother came with his wife and their child too. Here’s me with my brother…

Lake district walk

It’s a place to slow down and enjoy just being together. Although baby Annabelle was always on the run. Hold on, Granddad!

family walk Lake District

toddler in the Lake District

relaxing Lake District

The loveliest lodges in the land

As every year, we stayed in a self catering log cabin. Not far from Windermere, Langdale Estate houses the most luxurious and family friendly lodges in the land.

Cabins are dotted around little lakes and streams, with all the family modcons like a restaurant, swimming pool and playgrounds too.

The log cabins themselves are super spacious. They come with their own indoor hot tub and sauna. And ohhh the views!

Langdale Hotel

Langdale Hotel lodges

Langdale Hotel log cabin

My little monsters splashed in the puddles and in the pool.

child walking in puddles

swimming pool

In fact, my children enjoyed exploring the hotel estate grounds as much as the greater outdoors.

Langdale lodges

We even went bat spotting with the hotel’s bat detectors. Rafa wore his batman hat especially.

bat spotting

bat detectors

Comfort food, country walks 

The local village store hasn’t changed in thirty or so years (although I did spot vegan ice cream in the freezer). The walk there for supper has become a family tradition in its own right.

Langdale coop

And when we were too tired from all the fresh air, we lazed over dinner at the hotel’s Stove restaurant. Well, I say lazed… Dinner with four kids under five is never relaxing.

Side note – I love everything at Langdale Hotel – lodges are comfortable, staff are helpful and kind, but the restaurant is only OK. It’s mediocre pub grub with five star prices and just not worth it. Having said that it’s still convenient, if you’re too tired to cook in the lodge.

Langdale Hotel restaurant

Langdale Hotel bistro

family hotel in the Lake District

Alas my husband has been stuck working in Chile, so he missed out on our trip to the Lakes. But chin up, hubby! Langdale is a family tradition and we’ll ALL be there next year for sure.

Langdale log cabin

For more information on Langdale Hotel, see www.langdale.co.uk

The Langdale Estate also features a hotel as well a more luxurious set of suites called Brimstone. Personally, we always prefer the more family style, self catering lodges. 


  1. laura agasian
    January 14, 2020 / 11:07 am

    Thank you Nina for such sharing such a wonderful fine! I hope to travel there one day. Lovely pics as well. Glad you had time to spend with your family.

    • Nina
      January 14, 2020 / 6:13 pm

      Thank you so much! Do visit the Lakes if you ever get time. Along with the Highlands they’re my favourite part of the UK.

  2. Marina
    September 14, 2020 / 7:03 pm

    That’s all true! Langdale – one love ❤️

    • Nina
      September 16, 2020 / 1:22 am

      Looking forward to next time x

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