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Cartmel Hill is a stunning large country house located in a spectacular and very peaceful off-road location in the hills above Cartmel village. This luxury country house has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and sleeps 8 people. For an extra nightly charge a 5th bedroom can be used bringing the total of guests to
Cartmel is one of Cumbria's most unique villages. Set on the Cartmel Peninsular, surrounded by rolling hills that tumble down to the coast, it is situated seven miles south of Lake Windermere. Picture perfect, Cartmel has grown into a chic destination characterised by the most delightful architecture of traditional lime washed and stone-built houses, shops and pubs.
Centred around a delightful square and overlooked by a huge Norman priory, Cartmel is a maze of lanes and bridges crossing a sweet little river, patrolled by fleets of ducks and swans.
The norman priory
The Priorya magnificent building, rises up above the village like a great ship and is well worth a visit to savour its architecture. Cartmel Priory has an year old history and the ancient chapel has wonderful carvings, beautiful stained glass windows, grand arches and fine renaissance screens. The bells of Cartmel Priory can also still be heard each Sunday as they welcome worshippers to the weekly morning service.
There are several good local walks, lanes to cycle and plenty more to explore. Most notable is Hampsfell and Eggerslack Wooda limestone fell and ancient woodland where the summit gives way to panoramic views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District Mountains. Coincide your visit with the coming of spring when the woodland is carpeted in bluebells.
There are plenty of shops, both in Cartmel and in nearby Grange-over-Sands. Another foodie favourite is Hales of Cartmel, an artisan chocolatier who produce a range of delectable sweet treats. Once a month, the village also holds a food market with many local producers setting up their stalls close to Cartmel Priory. Look out for the Indian takeaway tent, a real treat if you love exotic dishes. In addition to the foodie outlets in Cartmel, it's worth stopping by The Larch Treea charming independent shop selling quality toys, gifts and clothing. Other Cartmel shops include:. For a slightly wider choice, head into nearby Grange-over-Sands where you'll find everything from a butchers and greengrocers to a shoe shop and vintage clothing store.
For dining, you really are spoiled for choice in Cartmel.
The village has become renowned for a selection of excellent eateries that range from casual cafes and dining pubs to some seriously smart restaurants. If you're looking for home-made cakes, hot drinks and light bites, we recommend trying the Mallard Tea Shop or Cartmel Coffee.
Another good option is Rogan and Co, which is located in a stone cottage by the river. Holker Hall and Gardens is a short drive from Cartmel and well worth visiting during your short break or holiday. The house, grounds and a deer park are all open to the public and a complete delight to lose yourself in - the estate arranges an annual programme of events.
Levens Hall is a fine example of the archetypal English grand country house. Make sure you spend time enjoying the box and yew sculpted topiary gardens. Let yourself be beguiled by the succession of secret 'garden rooms', wooded walkways and the fine ornamental pond used recently in the BBC series Henry VIII.
Finally, a trip to the National Trust managed Sizergh Castle is a real treat. It is a beautiful medieval house with wonderful gardens and estate grounds. An imposing building, it stands sentinel-like at the gateway to the Lake District. There are typically nine days of racing to enjoy each year at Cartmel Racecourse with a selection of local food stalls, picnic areas and family-friendly entertainment.
Bars at the course serve everything from real ale to champagne and you can feast on some famous Carmel Sticky Toffee Pudding as you watch the horses tackle the jumps as they race around the 4 furlong course. A great day out is to take a Segway off-road tour around Cartmel with Lakeland Segway.
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Alternatively, you could enjoy a romantic horse and carriage ride around Cartmel Village from Black Horseswho specialise in breeding Friesian horses. A favourite pursuit with active visitors is to climb high up onto Hampsfell with its panoramic views across the Morecambe Bay - the trail descends to Grange-over-Sands. There is also a huge compass showing the fells that form your view and it is the perfect spot for a picnic.
Not far from Cartmel is the dog-friendly Lakeland Miniature Village which contains more than little versions of Lake District landmarks that have been painstakingly recreated by husband and wife team, Edward and Kathleen Robinson. A little further afield you have the coast where you can explore the fringes of the bay.
One of the finest walks in the Lake District is along the shore at Arnside, on the south side of the bay. Ahead of it is a stretch of silver sand, and as the tide comes in the view is spectacular. Make a bee-line to Humphrey Heada huge limestone ridge that juts out into the bay — here you can explore the rock pools for shrimp and crabs. From Lakeside Pier near Newby Bridge, you can hop on a steamer for a trip on the lake, which winds its way ten miles into the central fells passing Bowness and Sawrey before terminating at the Waterhead terminus near Ambleside.
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