I am so lucky to live on the outskirts of the Lake District, though often find that we take our surroundings for granted because it’s on our doorstep. Our every-day; our normal. So when I was asked if I wanted to join some blogger friends on a weekend in a cottage in the Lakes, very kindly invited by Sally’s Cottages, I thought it would be a great opportunity to relax and take it all in.
A group of nine bloggers all came together at Croft House, Lamplugh in West Cumbria – just a short drive away from the beautiful Loweswater and town of Cockermouth. Directions were provided by Sally’s Cottages which were easy to understand, as Croft House is a little tucked away – which, of course, has its benefits for a quiet weekend away!
Croft House is a converted barn, sleeping up to twelve people between six bedrooms. There was a mix of bedrooms; doubles, twin and even a set of bunk beds! Each bedroom had a sink, so we weren’t fighting to brush our teeth or wash our faces.
The barn is set out in an upside-down fashion; living room, kitchen and dining area were on the first floor with two bedrooms and a shower room, and the other four bedrooms, main bathroom and a toilet were on the ground floor. The living-dining area is a huge space, with a grand table and chairs big enough for 12 people to eat together. This made for some rather spectacular meals! The living area was set out really well too, with a few comfy sofas, and a coffee table – perfect for our mission to play as many games as possible on an evening.
The kitchen was quite cosy, but did have a dishwasher, microwave and two fridges – which really came in handy for such a large party! We arranged for a grocery shop to be collected from the local ASDA before we arrived at Croft House, and found space for everything we had bought for the long weekend. There was more than enough glasses, crockery and cutlery too – all that was lacking was a decent knife for cutting vegetables etc.
I shared a twin room with my lovely friend Donna, from What the Redhead Said, which was lovely and spacious. It had a wardrobe and chest of drawers to put our clothes and a sink in the corner. It was lovely and light in the mornings as there was two or three windows, looking out onto the gardens of the house.
The gardens were lovely to explore, with a beck running down through the grounds and a lovely woodland adjacent to the property. There’s also plenty of parking availability at Croft House – we had 7 cars parked up, and there was still a little extra space.
A Walk at Loweswater
Whilst the Lakes are on my doorstep, and I could visit Loweswater any weekend I fancy, I don’t. My job does, however, mean that I’ve got a reasonably good local knowledge. Of course, the girls who had come from London and Manchester couldn’t come to the Lakes for a weekend without visiting a lake! So off we tottered to Loweswater for some fresh air and an explore.
It was reasonably early morning so there weren’t many people around, and we found some friends in the sheep grazing next to the lake. It always amazes me just how peaceful it is standing next to a lake, in this case Loweswater, surrounded by the fells. I am so, so lucky to live here and have this peace and quiet as my everyday; my normal. Whilst we love going to cities for weekends away, I couldn’t live everyday with the hustle and bustle, and this weekend at Croft House has really cemented that for me.
I had arranged with a local restaurant, Shill’s of Cockermouth, for our party to attend for dinner. They put on a fantastic spread of antipasti, breads with dips, followed by a huge selection of tapas with chips. It was really delicious, as were the cocktails. I attend Shill’s regularly and it’s one of my favourite go-to restaurants for a lovely meal, so I’m really pleased that everyone enjoyed it as much as I do.
Thanks for a Brilliant Weekend
I’d like to thank Sally’s Cottages for inviting us all to Croft House for the weekend, which I really enjoyed – despite never meeting half of the other bloggers! Croft House would make a great venue for a family gathering any time of the year, or even a party of friends like ours. It’s just far enough from civilisation to be perfectly quiet whilst not being too far away from a lovely town with supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. I’d also like to thank the other bloggers; Donna, Rosie, Sarah, Mel, Grace, Lisa, Laura and Lauren; for making our weekend one to remember.
*Sally’s Cottages gifted our stay at Croft House, however all words and opinions are my own.