Local Area

Staying in the Cartmel Valley

The lanes around Broughton House are very quiet, and ideal for cycling, or a short walk, and there are many lovely longer walks within a few minutes drive from the house. The southern end of Windermere is ten minutes away by car, with boats to Bowness, and to Ambleside, leaving from Lakeside. The central fells are accessible within half an hour or so

For evening meals, Cartmel is a ten minute drive away. L’enclume, with its 2 Michelin stars, is situated in the village, along with its sister restaurant, Rogan and Company. If you prefer pub food, there are four to choose from: the Royal Oak, the King’s Arms, the Cavendish Arms, and the Pig and Whistle. At High Newton, Heft is a new restaurant based in the former Crown Inn. Kevin Tickle is an ex l’enclume chef, and his food reflects this. It is a twenty minute walk along quiet lanes, and has a bar, with snacks, for those who just want something simple

Cartmel is a lovely little village, with a farmer’s market every month, and some fantastic food shops. Cartmel Cheeses offer a superb range of British and Continental cheeses. Based in Unsworth’s Yard, with its Wine Snug and brewery, it is a destination in itself. Of course, no visit to Cartmel would be complete without a trip to the home of “Sticky Toffee Pudding” to purchase a little something to take home

Other attractions: Cartmel Priory, in the centre of the village, is a magnificent 12th Century Priory with an unusual tower. The midnight service, on Christmas Eve, is a wonderful way to start the Christmas celebrations, and is popular with locals and visitors alike. Holker Hall, home to the Cavendish family, is 3 miles south of Cartmel, and the house and gardens are open to the public. Cartmel is also famous for it’s race course, voted the friendliest in Britain. Races are held at the end of May, in June and July, and at the end of August. Cartmel Show, at the beginning of August, is a fantastic day out for all the family, with lots to see and do. Another fascinating place to spend some time is Yew Tree Barn, at Low Newton, where you will find WRS Architectural Salvage, the Gallery, and Harry’s Cafe and Bar, where you can treat yourself to some delicious culinary treats