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CUMBRIA Cumbria is famous the world over as home to the Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning some 885 square miles and with some 30 lakes, including Windermere, England’s largest at 10.5 miles long and a mile wide. As well as these jewels of nature it holds England’s tallest mountains, the king of them being Scafell Pike at 3,209 feet, affording views of not only England but also Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. At its foot lies Wastwater, the deepest of the lakes, stretching downward by 258 feet. It's an area of natural beauty that inspired the most prominent Romantic poets - William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Thomas de Quincey, John Ruskin and Robert Southey – and which today attracts not only writers and artists but people great numbers of people who love being active outdoors. Go anywhere with

shops and places to eat, such as Ambleside, Grasmere and Bowness-on-Windermere and you’ll find many people sporting the allweather clothing, boots and poles of committed walkers and ramblers. Those who enjoy their retail therapy can head to friendly Keswick, with an

For characterful self-catering in the Lake District, one of the best loved tourist regions of the country, The Treehouse Cumbria is hard to beat. The unique architecture of this stunning Victorian cottage has a tree integral to its internal structure, adding a fascinating, sculptural dimension to the living room and master bedroom of a property which is packed with both rustic features and fully integrated technology. PET FRIENDLY AND WELCOMING IN THE VILLAGE OF BECKERMET, THE TREEHOUSE CUMBRIA IS BEAUTIFULLY PLACED FOR SCALING ENGLAND’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, SCAFELL PIKE, PICNICKING BESIDE ITS DEEPEST LAKE, WASTWATER, OR PERHAPS HEADING TO THE SEA THREE MILES AWAY AT ST BEE’S HEAD, START OF THE COAST TO COAST WALKING ROUTE. IT IS NEAR A HOSPITABLE LOCAL PUB AND WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE OF ANY NUMBER OF ATTRACTIONS, OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AND FABULOUS PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK.

The cottage is ideal for four people but can accommodate two more on a sofabed. The master bedroom is outstanding and spacious, with a vaulted ceiling. Downstairs is a second bedroom with two adult-sized bunk beds. The living room tree is

array of good shops, a vibrant twiceweekly market and amenities including speciality museums such as Derwent Pencil Museum, celebrating the first pencils and entered through a replica graphite mine, and The Puzzling Place, presenting people-sized optical illusions and holograms.

Hundith Hill Hotel offers quality accommodation in an idyllic corner of the Lake District, with in-house fine dining, stunning views of the Lorton Valley and proximity to beautiful Buttermere, ‘the lake by the dairy pastures.’ A mile away, in the market town of Cockermouth, is Wordsworth House & Garden, the National Trust property which was the childhood home and inspiration of Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

complemented by a spiral staircase and log burning stove, while the conservatory dining area overlooks the patio with comfy seating for al fresco meals. The garden is long and lush, with a pond and several levels. Contact details: The Treehouse Cumbria, Beckermet, Cumbria, tel 07900 494429, email website Facebook and Instagram @ The Tree House Cumbria

Styled as a modern country house hotel, Hundith Hill has 25 tasteful en-suite guest bedrooms. These include a superior suite and a splitlevel family suite with their own private balconies. The Mosser Wing has seven deluxe double and twin rooms created to high specifications, five of them overlooking the paddocks and Lakeland fells. One room has been

designed for people with disabilities, complete with wet room. Some bedrooms are pet friendly and there are walks to be enjoyed straight from the door. As well as offering holiday accommodation, privately owned for 40 years Hundith Hill Hotel is one of Cumbria’s leading wedding and conference venues, with the landscaped grounds providing plentiful photographic opportunities, including picturesque church ruins. THE IN-HOUSE CATERING IS A JOY, WITH ALL FOOD LOCALLY SOURCED AND COOKED TO PERFECTION BY HUNDITH CHEFS, INCLUDING DINNER, BAR MEALS, CREAM TEAS AND SUNDAY ROASTS. Contact details: Hundith Hill Hotel, Lorton Vale, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9TH; tel 01900 822092, email website Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ Hundithhillhotelcumbria

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