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A Host of Golden Daffodils

It’s not just Wordsworth who spotted the golden daffodils in the beautiful Lake District. On another favourite walk in Brigsteer Park Wood (National Trust), just 10 minutes’ drive from Joiner’s Mews, we were delighted to see so many naturalised in the woodland, with the promise of a similar showing of bluebells in a few weeks’…

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Beer is Best

A beautiful March morning here in the Lakes – snow on the fells and glorious sunshine. Hawkshead Brewery beer festivals are brilliant, especially when the sun shines. Held at Hawkshead Brewery in the village of Staveley, halfway between Kendal and Windermere, off the A591, just 20 minutes’ drive from JOINER’S MEWS, our cosy, romantic holiday…

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Things to do in March

What marvelous spring weather – hopefully we won’t pay for it with a cold and snowy March. Whatever the weather, Joiner’s Mews is cosy and comfortable – just right for a break in the beautiful Lake District. In case March does come in with a roar, here are a couple of things to do. Hosted…

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The Lake District National Park

Joiner’s Mews is so convenient for the Lake District National Park (and the Yorkshire Dales). There are lots of events and activities celebrating local culture, wildlife, scenery and much more. From wonderful family days out to high fell hikes. Events take place across the National Park so you’ll find something nearby. Guided walks and navigation…

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A Spring Walk for Birdlovers

Now that the sun’s starting to peep out and spring flowers are poking through the earth, it’s a good time to plan some walks. Cumbria Wildlife Trust runs a programme of guided walks and other events throughout the year at its reserves, including Brown Robin Nature Reserve at Grange-over-Sands – less than half an hour…

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What’s On In The Lake District?

I have just been reading my copy of February’s edition of Cumbria Life, the award winning magazine which is all about the county and, of course, the Lake District. If you want to know about this beautiful county there is no better publication to consult. I declare an interest – our daughter Michaela Robinson-Tate is the…

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A Royal Visitor

We know how lovely the area is around Joiner’s Mews and it seems a royal visitor also loves south Cumbria.
 Sophie, Countess of Wessex is returning for another visit here next month. Her Royal Highness is president of Westmorland County Agricultural Society – and was at our County Show last September. She’s coming back to…

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Spring is on the Way

What a dreich day but Spring is on the way – here is the evidence – so why not think about a holiday in the beatiful Lake District? Snowdrops look so delicate but they are really tough little plants and they make me feel so happy. These photos were taken 6 January 2019 about 50m…

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Paddington’s Favourite Festival

It’s the time of year when Seville oranges begin to appear in our stores. The fruit is traditionally used for making marmalade, something that we take very seriously in this part of the world. Cumbria is home to The World’s Original Marmalade Awards and festival, founded by Jane Hasell-McCosh at her family’s home, Dalemain House,…

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Bathroom Upgrade

After speaking to some of our guests, we’ve taken the plunge and upgraded the bathroom by removing the over-bath shower and installing a large walk-in rain shower, much more convenient and safer.

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