Howe Foot Holiday Cottages
News from our corner of the Cumbrian Lake District
This poem was written by my guest Ron whilst he was staying here with his wife Jo just a couple of weeks ago. I asked his permission for it to be posted on my news page as I feel that he has totally captured the essence of Howe Foot and experienced the rest and relaxation that Howe Foot has to offer! The Lake District is a truly magical place too and our little spot is no exception! Thank you Ron and Jo for coming here to stay and for this fabulous poem that now everyone can enjoy reading! x
Both Haven and Heaven
Rounded wall corners inside can be found
which allow nature's light to simply abound
around beautiful old timbers from age old trees
These seem pleased to be used and do support well
this comfortable heavenly though man-made shell
Standing on grass-land amongst cattle and sheep
to find such excellence to stay and sleep
could cause many a long heart-search ache
especially so close to Coniston Lake
To a Rayburn cooker, a huge open log fire
add a comfortable lounge for when feeling tired
following a trek through the countryside
Some food and small tipple, what more to desire?
On such mornings as this to sit outside might most please
simply listening to bird-song and enjoying the peace
Perhaps watching the House Martins flitting the sky
in search for a feed, a midgie or fly
to bring to their young nestled close nearby.
There's the pleasant sound of water tumbling under the drive
quite close to the gate where we first arrived
A small stream, or beck, running rocks with glee
chuckles and gurgles on its race to the sea
This raises an interest in most of course
to the hope of sometime exploring its source.
Ahhh--there's a lamb--Hey! Hold up!
This is all very well, letting thoughts loose and free
I must get off my backside and following breakfast and tea
Get out on the road, more places to see
we will be back……
Posted July 2018
News from Howe Foot Holiday Cottages
My cottages here at Howe Foot are being enjoyed by lots of lovely guests, many of whom have come to me through Sally's Cottages, based in Keswick. The weather has been exceptionally beautiful for many weeks and the gardens here have looked stunning and totally awash with colour! We made many improvements to the grounds over the winter, including new pathways, splitting and re-planting of annuals and shrubs. We did think that we would need to re-stock as there looked to be spaces everywhere when we had finished, but now it looks so full again and we will certainly have to shuffle everything around again early next Spring!
My other extremely exciting news is that I am now able to offer my guests the opportunity to book luxurious pamper treatments, all of which can be enjoyed within the luxury and privacy of our holiday cottages or can be enjoyed after a 5 minute stroll down the road from Howe Foot. Spa Treatments PS Enhance will embrace your every wish and leave you feeling quite simply a "New Person" so that you feel on top of the world to enjoy every bit of the Lake District with its UNESCO title, enjoy walks on Lowick Common with the knowledge of it belonging to Cumbria Wildlife Trust and hopefully enjoy fantastic weather into the bargain!
If you have any questions or would just like a chat about a possible booking in the future, please don't hesitate to pick up the phone and give me, Sue, a call.
Have a Very Happy Summer whatever you are doing x
Posted June 2018
Lake District ~ World Heritage Status
Last year the English Lake District celebrated its World Heritage listing, an achievement which was much over due but embraced by us all. This year Prince Charles has unveiled a plaque to mark the Lake District's designation as a Unesco world heritage site.
More than 500 children were among crowds who saw the Prince of Wales conduct the ceremony at Crow Park in Keswick on Monday 26th March 2018.
He was joined by Lord Clark of Windermere, who was at the forefront of the Lake District National Park Partnership's bid for the status, Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Unesco's UK chair Beth Taylor and tourism minister Michael Ellis.
Posted June 2018
Lowick Common gifted to the Cumbria Wildlife Trust
This year, Lowick Common, which surrounds Howe Foot has been gifted by its previous owner to Cumbria Wildlife Trust. There are so many rare and beautiful wild creatures that share the Common and to know that it is now in such safe hands is an absolute treat and I look forward to following their progress as they monitor the various species, flora and fauna.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust is the only voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wildplaces of Cumbria. The Trust stands up for wildlife, creates wildlife havens, and seeks to raise environmental awareness.
Formed in 1962 and supported by thousands of members and supporters, the Trust cares for over 40 nature reserves (37 are open to visitors), campaigns for the protection of endangered habitats and species such as limestone pavements and red squirrels, and works with adults and children to discover the importance of the natural world.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust is part of a partnership of 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK. With more than 800,000 members and 2,300 nature reserves, we are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK's habitats and species.
For more info on the Cumbria Wildlife Trust visit their website.
Posted June 2018
Our Beautiful Lake District ~ World Heritage Status
Just a few weeks ago, our beautiful Lake District was at last awarded the so deserved Unesco World Heritage status, putting it amongst the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu. It was one of 33 sites around the world to be discussed for this status by the Unesco committee in Poland, being praised for the area's beauty, farming and the inspiration it had provided to artists and writers. This is the 31st place in the UK and overseas territories to be put on the Unesco World Heritage list and the committee has suggested the impact of tourism be monitored and has requested improvements in conservation efforts. The Lake District has been trying to obtain the Unesco status since 1986, so this title is long overdue!
Lord Clark of Windermere, chairman of the Lake District National Park Partnership which put together the bid, described the decision as "momentous".
I am so very proud to have been born and raised in this beautiful place and to be able to share just a tiny little postage stamp of the Lake District with lovely appreciative visitors makes me feel fantastic! I look forward to welcoming guests to Howe Foot for many years to come.
The stunning view over Coniston above is just 5 minutes walk from Howe Foot.
Posted July 2017
New Walking Guides
We have new walking guides available in our cottages, see our local area page for more details.
Posted April 2017
The dramatic Western Lake District
Mosedale and Yewbarrow rise above Wastwater here in the Western Lakes - picturesque and dramatic and well worth the climb!
Hopefully you will think of putting such walks in this part of the Lakes into your itinerary and then you can just lap up these glorious and totally unforgettable views!
The stunning scenery of the western Lake District is within easy reach of visitors to Howe Foot, which is perfectly situated to the west of Lake Coniston just a minute's drive from the main route taking you towards Wasdale and Ennerdale.
Many thanks indeed to my lovely guests Sean and Christine for sending on the photo
Photo © Sean Miekle
Posted March 2017
Howe Foot visitors and upcoming events
The Common Lizard is a regular visitor to the grounds of Howe Foot and this little chap was sunning himself on a man made log pile which we created to form a natural habitat for wildlife.
I was lucky enough to take a few photos of this one before he darted away at high speed!
Hope you enjoy this photo.
There are plenty of events coming up in the Lakes over the next few weeks and here are just a few within easy reach of Howe Foot:
- Friday 8 to Sunday 10 July: Flight by Geraldine Pilgrim - Brockhole, near Windermere
- Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 July: Derwent Water Regatta - Keswick
- Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 July: Hawkshead Beer Festival - Staveley
- Sunday 24 July: Coniston Country Fair
- Wednesday 27 July: Ulverston and North Lonsdale Agricultural Show
- Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 July: Kendal Calling - Lowther, near Penrith
- Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July: Potfest in the Park - Hutton-in-the-Forest
- Saturday 30 July 2016: Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show
- Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 July: Cumbria Steam Gathering - Flookburgh
- Saturday 30 July to Friday 12 August: Lake District Summer Music International Festival
- Saturday 30 July to Wednesday 7 September: Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition - Grasmere
I have some great offers on weekly stays as well as short stays throughout July. Please email or phone for details. I look forward to hearing from you.
Posted July 2016
New Photos & Otley Beck Cottage open
This gorgeous water lily was captured by my lovely guests Peter and Sue Miller whilst staying here at Howe Foot in early June. The tarn where it was photographed is literally a 10 minute walk from the cottage and beautiful walks and views can be seen from Lowick Common without the need to get in the car.
Enjoy the wonderful drone pictures which have been added to this website this month. They were taken by Simon who owns Skylark Aerial Photography and they are the most perfect way of capturing Howe Foot.
Otley Beck opened its doors to welcome return guests Sue and Peter O'Sullivan (yes, another Sue and Peter!) on the 4th June. Please go to Otley Beck Cottage page to see their comments! It is wonderful to be open at long last and interior photos which are to be taken by photographer Tony West will be added to the site shortly after 11th July.
Photo © Peter Miller
Posted June 2016
Out and About in the Lake District
With summer only just around the corner, the gardens here in the Lake District are beginning to look so very beautiful and are just bursting with colour. Holker Garden Festival is literally just over two weeks away and an absolute delight to everyone interested in gardens, flowers and plants. Please have a look at their website for further details www.holkerfestival.co.uk
There are many events to enjoy in the Lake District at this time of the year and there are a few celebrities coming to our area very soon. Simply Red and Jools Holland are at Cartmel races over the Spring Bank Holiday.Also coming up in June we have the Great North Swim on Windermere and Ulverston holds its International Music Festival between 8th and 19th June.
My news next month will be of Otley Beck Cottage which finally opens its doors to welcome return guests Peter and Sue on the 4th June! I shall ask them to write a quick report on their stay for all to read. There will be photos coming soon so there is so much to look forward to and it makes me realise how I just love being able to make my guests happy during their stay here at Howe Foot!
Posted May 2016
Exciting April Offer - 10% Reduction
Our beautiful Lake District has welcomed Spring and all it unfolds - the daffodils have been spectacular and are still out,but looking really fresh are all the beautiful wild primroses and the bluebells which are suddenly appearing. The gardens are coming to life and the trees are budding so all this gives such hope and expectation of some really beautiful months to follow.
Howe Foot will soon be opening its doors to new visitors as Otley Beck Cottage nears completion. The cottage stands facing the beck and the fields - the stunning views are totally uninterrupted by my other cottage or by us and a gorgeous private little patio area "Just for Two" overlooks the beck. Just perfect on a lovely sunny day, with evening sun as it is facing west.
Any bookings of 5 nights or more made in April will receive a 10% reduction as way of a thank you and a celebration of such a fabulous cottage! Please come and see for yourselves!
Photo © Christian Dymond
Posted April 2016
Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Shop celebrates 25 years
Cartmel is the home of sticky toffee pudding and was originally baked in the Cartmel Village Shop but the production has now been moved just down the road to Flookburgh and has a much bigger kitchen. It is a family owned business employing more than 30 people all dedicated and sharing the same passion for the puddings - which are made with love - even the sauce is ladled over the puddings by hand and the puddings are still made using their traditional recipe.
My guests will be able to sample the pudding as I shall be leaving one for you to share in the fridge, so please enjoy and just remember that further supplies of all their goodies can be bought in the Village shop in Cartmel!
Posted March 2016
New Friend in Tilberthwaite
Herdwick Sheep are unique to the Cumbrian landscape.
The lambs are jet black with white ears when they are born in March and April. As the lamb ages the face, head and legs become white and the first fleece then becomes a chocolate brown colour. After the first shearing (at around 15 months of age) the fleece then turns a silver grey colour.
They are so gorgeous and hopefully many of my guests will get to see them in person this Spring... they are certainly delightful and my very favourite breed of sheep!
Left: A young herdwick lamb in Tilberthwaite near Coniston
Photo © Christian Dymond
Posted March 2016
Lake District Cycling Holidays & Tours and bike hire
Mountain and Road Cycles available to hire or "Bring your Own" and book a wonderful and exciting Guided Cycle Tour around the Lakes or across the Coastal routes of Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary.
Please contact John via his website if you are interested. What is more, he lives right here in the Crake Valley so staying at Howe Foot is just perfect for your cycling adventures with John!
Posted March 2016