Friday, 30 November 2012

Keswick Victorian Fayre - Reindeers

Keswick Victorian Fayre - Keswick Events

Sunday 2nd December

Market Place

The Cairngorm Reindeers are set to appear at the 24th annual Fayre in Keswick on Sunday 2nd December. There will be 6 reindeer with Father Christmas and Hollyberry being carried from the Keswick Rugby Club to Market Square passing via Derwent Close in their sleigh. You will not want to miss this around midday on Sunday, thereafter gifts will be handed out to children by Father Christmas.
There is going to be plenty to keep everyone busy, occupied and happy. Ranging from around 30 charity stalls, to live entertainment and children's funfair at the top end of Market Square. The final Christmas Songs of Praise will be held in St John's Church at 4:30pm.
Parking is free in Bell Close, Central, Lakeside and Otley Road car parks, this is courtesy of Allerdale Borough Council, but beware this does not apply to the other car parks or disk zones. The Fayre kicks off at 11am on Sunday 2nd December.

Special thanks go to the organisers: Members of the Keswick and Bassenthwaite Rotary Clubs, Keswick Lions, Keswick Inner Wheel and other willing volunteers, to the benefit of the local community.

The Railway Children by Mike Kenny

The Railway Children - based on the novel by Edith Nesbit

Theatre by the Lake has a successful children's book Christmas tradition. This year they are staging "The Railway Children". Produced by Mike Kenny and based on the classic story by Edith Nesbit. The story is about childhood, families and growing up.
Called the railway children, due to the children's adventure for the Summer starting by the railway, where the new home is located. This is after they were forced to leave London, when their father has to go away unexpectedly, and so begins the play.

Runs from the 30th November to the 19th January.

Price: £24.50 but pre-book and get £10 off.


Christmas Lights in Market Square - Keswick

Moot Hall makes a great site for attaching Christmas Lights - Keswick

Finally I have managed to get a picture of the Christmas Lights in Market Square in Keswick. Plagued by drizzle on the lens over the past few weeks, causing the pictures to blur, scaffolding or the market tents obstructing the views, today was my lucky day as I was able to get the picture on a dry evening with minimal obstructions.

This year Keswick has put more effort into their lights, not that they haven't in the past, but in the past the lights had been removed for days on end whilst trying to replace bulbs that blew, leaving gaps which spoilt the effect. Well done.
Moot Hall with Christmas lights and Tree in Market Square

Cottage Holiday Group wishes you a happy and festive build up to Christmas 2012, have you seen our Christmas countdown clock, come count down with us!!


Invermay in Blairgowrie, Scotland - New Cottage

One of our latest cottage in Scotland - Invermay

A beautiful Victorian Villa re-invented to a very high standard as a holiday home for the 21st century with original features from the 1880s which have been cleverly blended with a modern twist to provide all the comforts of a modern family home mixed with vintage character.


A fully restored Victorian Villa, located in an area where there are many historic Castles and Palaces. Offers flexible accommodation with 3 comfortable bedrooms. The popular Cateran Trail starts in Blairgowrie, which is a circular 64 mile circular walk for moderate fitness levels. Trout fishing and golfing are also available almost from the doorstep.

Can sleep up to 9 guests with 3 bathrooms, this property is also pet friendly, you may want to look at the pictures of this cottage which will make your mouth water.



Sunday, 25 November 2012

Keswick Victorian Fayre

Keswick Victorian Fayre - Keswick Events


Sunday 2nd December

Market Place

Stalls are available to hire by charitable organisations.

Raise money for your own cause and enjoy the atmosphere of the Fayre.

Any interested organisations can contat Mike Ryder
Tel: 017687 71065 or

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Website Updates

We have been busy making a small change to add some festive spirit to our website

We have updated our Christmas & New Year listing page on our websites, they now feel and look festive, want to build some festive spirit take a peek, you may see Father Christmas

For the Lakes and Cumbria Area


For all the other areas of the UK


Bargain discounted prices for Christmas and New Year

Lakes Cottage Holidays

We have a fantastic range of cottages available for Christmas & New Year!

Special Offers...
Stair, Newlands Valley, Nr Keswick
Sleeps 2
Christmas Week Was £530 Now £490
New Year Week Was £650 Now £590

St Johns View,
Sleeps 4
Christmas Week Was £570 Now £490

Holme Fell View,
Sedbergh, South Lakes/Dales Border
Sleeps 4
Christmas Week Was £490 Now £440
New Year Week Was £590 Now £540

Keswick Bridge 16,
Sleeps 4/6
Christmas Week Was £650 Now £590
New Year Week Was £730 Now £690

Whitbarrow Holiday Village 18,
Nr Ullswater
Sleeps 6/8
Christmas Week Was £850 Now £680
New Year Week Was £1050 Now £945

Sleeps 6
Christmas Week Was £850 Now £790

Crook Howe Cottage,
Whinfell, Nr Kendal, South Lakes
Sleeps 4
Christmas Week Was £490 Now £440
New Year Week Was £590 Now £540

Pooley Bridge Holiday Village,
Sleeps 10
Christmas Week Was £1390 Now £1190

The Duke of Portland Boathouse,
Sleeps 2
Christmas 3 Nights from £975
New Year 3 Nights from £975

 We look forward to welcoming you to a
Lakes Cottage Holiday this Christmas,

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Third time lucky for teenage heart transplant patient!

Third time lucky for teenage heart transplant patient!

Karen and her son Shane were featured in the Cumberland News yesterday, 16th November 2012 as part of The Cumberland News Promise Life organ donation campaign.
Karen is our manager at the Keswick branch and is extremely grateful her son Shane is still with them, as is Colin her husband and Brad her youngest son.
Read the story

Living North Essence of Christmas Fair, York Racecourse

We are exhibiting at the Living North Essence of Christmas Fair at York Racecourse currently, if you would like to come along and speak to one of us, or would like to sign your cottage/property up for self-catering!

We will have special offers for new owners and will also be running a very special competition for holidaymakers!


Hope to see lots of you there!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

New Properties in Carnforth - Apartments and Cottages

Marina Apartments and Cottages - New Properties in Carnforth on the Lancashire and Cumbria Border


Marina Cottages overlook Tewitfield Lock on the Lancaster Canal which uniquely follows the natural lie of the land and has the longest stretch of canal in the country without a lock. A waterbus now runs on the canal during the summer months, reviving a 200 year old tradition, and a day out at Carnforth and Lancaster is a leisurely cruise away.

Situated on the Lancashire and Cumbria border, these units provide a great base to explore between these counties. It is only a short 15 - 20 mile drive to get to Kendal or Windermere or you could go in other directions to either Lancaster, Morecambe Bay or even the Yorkshire Dales. Ideally situated for a very full packed adventurous holiday. The units overlook the marina and you can chose between ground or first floor. Each will have either a terrace or balcony to give you the felling of privacy. All properties are 5*.
The accommodation is a selection of apartments and townhouses overlooking the marina and range from 1 – 3 bedroomed accommodation. The cottages are all of a 5 Star standard and have been furnished and equipped to the highest standard offering you a luxurious home from home ambience.

MARINA COTTAGE, 2 bedroom, Carnforth, Lancashire/Cumbria Border,



Sunday, 11 November 2012

Morning Mist on the way to work

Picture of the Morning Mist - Portinscale

On my way to work, yes I have to work on a Sunday!! I know you are all so lucky.
Thought you might like to see just how beautiful the Lake District can be early in the morning on a crisp winter day. I was even treated to sunshine.

Today is turning out to be a fantastic day for a trip to the lakes, make sure to dress warmly as it is still quite nippy out.

Enjoy your day from the Cottage Holiday Group :-))

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Puddle Duck Cottage - New Cottage in Spark Bridge, near Windermere


 Puddle Duck Cottage is located close to Coniston Water and Windermere, ideally situated to explore the Southern Lake District. The cosy multi fuel log burning stove is ideal for winter evenings the cottage also has a country garden with fell views perfect for al-fresco dining.

Situated between Coniston Water and the coast is the hamlet of Spark Bridge, a cluster of traditional Lakeland cottages in a beautiful rural setting. Spark Bridge is within 3 miles of Newby Bridge at the southern tip of Lake Windermere and 2 miles from Coniston Water. It is an ideal location to visit the south and western Lakes. Grizedale Forest can be seen in the distance where you can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities. Close by is Haverthwaite Steam Railway, Aquarium, South Lakes Animal Park and the villages of Windermere and Coniston. Near Sawrey is only 20 minutes’ drive this is where Beatrix Potter wrote Jemima Puddle Duck.
A contemporary, family accommodation allowing you to enjoy cosy nights in front of the log burner or dine alfresco and take in the stunning views to the fells which can be admired from all aspects of the house and garden. The village pub, which is nearby would be ideal for unwinding after a long day on the fells.

PUDDLE DUCK COTTAGE, Spark Bridge, Nr Lake Windermere ,

Puddle Duck Cottage Family accommodation

New Cottage in Braithwaite, Keswick - Moss Garth

New Cottage in Braithwaite, Keswick - Moss Garth


 Characterful Cottage situated in the beautiful village of Braithwaite. Comes equipped with a games room, formerly a “Cumberland bank farm” and barn, Moss Garth has been converted into a spacious three storey family home and lovingly furnished and equipped by the owners to welcome you to the area.

Moss Garth is a spacious detached cottage with superb views to Skiddaw and Latrigg situated in the ever popular village of Braithwaite at the foot of Whinlatter Forest. There are many walking opportunities from the doorstep including Newlands and Coledale. Whinlatter Forest also offers a wide selection of activities for all ages and abilities including forest walks, mountain biking, orienteering and Go Ape, an exciting and challenging tree top adventure.

This cottage is ideal for large families or groups of friends looking for quality accommodation in a beautiful and picturesque lakeland setting, children old and young will enjoy the games room.

MOSS GARTH, Braithwaite, Nr Keswick ,

Moss Garth cottage has its own games room



Thursday, 8 November 2012

Christmas Lights Switch On In Keswick

Keswick Events - Christmas Lights Switch On

Today, Friday 9th November 2012

The Christmas lights are being switched on today. This is combined with the Rotary Club's Lake District Tree of Light, which draws a lot of spectators, so you would be well advised to arrive early to get a good spot to see the lights go on. All this and also the Keswick annual Food Fayre.

List of Events

1:00pm - 8:00pm

Market Square hosts the annual Food Fayre, with food on offer and a wide selection of local produce.


Keswick Committed to Rock Choir singing in Market Square.


Tree of Light light gathering, mayor's speech and prize draw. Make your way to the Cenotaph on Penrith Road just by Fitz Park.


Tree of Light switch on.


Town Crier and Keswick's Olympic Torch Bearers lead the Children's Procession and Keswick Community Choir to market square.
Full route leads from the Cenotaph, down Victoria Street into Bell Close car park, left up Standish Street then right onto Market Square through King's Arms Yard.


The Official switch on by Town Mayor, Andrew Lysser and the Olympic Torch Bearers.

All Day

Market Square wil be host to Lakeland Radio broadcasting.

What is Free

Free parking in Allerdale Borough Council car parks.

Come and join Keswick in lighting up the town! Market Town that lights the way.


☛ You're Invited to meet us! Complimentary tickets available!

You're Invited to meet us! Complimentary tickets available!

The Living North Essence of Christmas 2012


Cottage Holiday Group
invite you to come and meet us!
We are looking forward to exhibiting on the first floor at this years
Living North Essence of Christmas Fair at York Racecourse
16th - 18th November!
We will be offering fantastic registration offers and reduced commission rates to new cottage owners!
A perfect opportunity to come and meet us and learn how we can help improve your bookings, we will be happy to answer any of your queries.
We have a limited amount of complimentary tickets to give to 
Cottage Owners who would like to have a chat with us,
please follow the link for more details
Hope to see you there,
Cottage Holiday Group
Cottage Holiday Group Other Destinations in the UK Brochure
Cottage Holiday Group
2 Lonsdale Street
Tel. 017687 74060

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Holiday Gift Vouchers

Christmas is fast approaching, struggling for gift ideas???

Can be personalised and for any chosen amount!


Contact us for more details or to purchase.


The past few days have seen the temperatures drop during the night which has resulted in snow capped fells all around the Lake District.

Here are a few pictures for you to see the beautiful effect this has on the landscape at the moment. It would appear that even the rain cannnot melt this snow and every morning there is a bit more coverage.

Can you guess which fells these are?