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
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).
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…
It’s a place to slow down and enjoy just being together. Although baby Annabelle was always on the run. Hold on, Granddad!
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!
My little monsters splashed in the puddles and in the pool.
In fact, my children enjoyed exploring the hotel estate grounds as much as the greater outdoors.
We even went bat spotting with the hotel’s bat detectors. Rafa wore his batman hat especially.
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.
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.
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.
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.