Monumental mountain backdrops

Water-lovers can swim, fish or sail. Landlubbers can walk the fells to Lacey’s caves or Aira Force. Everyone can enjoy the Grasmere gingerbread, Ullswater steamers, and the myriad of country houses, gardens, castles and abbeys set against monumental mountain backdrops.

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In the Eden Valley

The Eden Valley sits among some of Britain’s wildest and most glorious scenery. A close neighbour not only to The Lakes, but also to the Yorkshire Dales, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders.

Bring your bike, because the Eden Valley is right on the saddle of the Coast to Coast cycle route. It’s great for walkers looking to conquer some of the Eastern Fells of the Lake District, such as Helvellyn and the Northern Pennines, too. Fishing and golf are plentiful and the area is peppered with historic houses and museums, including Dalemain and Hutton-in-the-Forest.

Further great treks include the Aira Force waterfall walk; keep on going for a more challenging hike up Gowbarrow Fell and be rewarded with stunning views over Ullswater. Your legs can also take you to Lacey’s Caves or to Long Meg and her Daughters, an ancient stone circle. This gently undulating walk is good for three generations of legs.

You can also see Ullswater by steamer, trek the treetops, tuck into real gingerbread at Grasmere, ride ponies around Coniston or watch the wildlife roaming freely at Bassenthwaite. Refuel with good pub grub, tea rooms and restaurants.

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Big days out

Steam across Ullswater, breaking the journey with a jaunt or two over the hills. See the landscape from horseback on a pony trek, or get the best views of the lake from Barton Fell.

Climb to Aira Force waterfall. It’s a two-hour commitment but the 65’ water drop and surrounding woodland make it one you’ll never forget. Keep on going to High Force or Gowbarrow Fell with an eye open for rare red squirrels.

One of England’s largest Druidic stone circles, Long Meg and her Daughters, is nearby, while Melmerby is home to the Egon Ronay award-winning organic village bakery. The Fox Inn at Ousby is a two-mile walk away, but well worth it for the food, service and atmosphere.

 

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Big nights in

Enjoy the pleasure of some extra luxuries to make your stay at The Croft even more enjoyable and relaxing. You can hire in a mobile casino, or a bartender to keep the drinks flowing. Spend the evening sipping the finest wines from around the world with a wine tasting party from Thirty Fifty Wine. Anything is possible.

Capture the magic with a photography session, letting a top local photographer take formal and informal photos of your celebration.

If you would like to indulge in some beauty and health pampering our expert beauty therapists offer a full range of treatments. Get all the luxury of a visit to a five star spa in the comfort of your own countryside getaway.

We’ve got top class chefs available to create and serve a special three course dinner on the big day, drop off ready meals when you arrive, or serve a classic brunch on Sunday morning.