One thing I haven’t been able to do on my many trips to London is travel further North. I’ve seen countless shows and movies that take place in the Lake District and it’s a beautiful area that I would just love to explore.
Well, now I’ve found the perfect base for that exploration: Kendal Cottage – a riverside cottage in the town of Kendal – nestled between the Lake District and Yorkshire Moors national parks.
I can picture it now – renting a car and driving north to explore the hilly crags that Cumbria has to offer.
Kendal Cottage has many amenities worth mentioning – here’s some from their website:
- Master bedroom with superking size bed, dressing table and mirror, mirrored fitted wardrobe, flatscreen TV and en suite with shower.
- Second bedroom has a ziplink bed so can be configured as a twin bedded room or a superking. Also dressing table, solid oak wardrobe, flatscreen TV, etc.
- Second bathroom (with bath) off the entrance hall.
- Myers Ultimate Luxury pocket sprung mattresses and top quality hotel bedding.
- Spacious open plan dining/living area and kitchen.
- Living area has large Laura Ashley sofas, solid oak furniture, flatscreen TV, Bose sound system and iPod/iPhone docking station.
- Dining area has solid oak dining table and chairs and immediately overlooks the River Kent.
- Kitchen has granite worktops and is equipped with oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster and washer/dryer.
- Superb balcony with outdoor seating and coffee table and a stunning view down the River Kent towards Stramongate Bridge and Kendal Castle.
- Fresh herbs for guests’ use.
- Free broadband WiFi.
- Free telephone provided for local and national calls.
- Secure, keycard-accessed apartment building.
- Secure, keycard-accessed, reserved parking in building basement.
It looks to be pretty affordable as well with prices starting at £270 for short breaks and £450 for week long visits. I think I’d need at least a week, want to give plenty of time to go and explore.
The village of Kendal itself is also very popular due to it’s association with Kendal Mintcake, which is:
Kendal Mint Cake is a cloudy slab of sugar and peppermint that is known the world over as a high energy food source. It was discovered by accident in Kendal in 1869, and continues to be manufactured in the town to this day.
Legend has it that a certain Joseph Wiper was trying to make glacier mints but took his eye off the pan for a moment and, when he returned, the mixture had turned cloudy, not clear. And there it was… Kendal Mint Cake!
Kendal mintcake is popular with walkers and climbers in particular, as well as some athletes and sports enthusiasts, and of course with visitors to the English Lake District (a beautiful National Park which is on Kendal’s doorstep and is the most popular tourist destination in the UK outside of London). It’s also even used for unique wedding favours.
I don’t know when we’ll get a chance to go to England again – the baby is due in 3 months or so – but when we finally can – I definitely want to put Kendal Cottage on our itinerary.
Here’s a small photo gallery: