I recently turned 25 and had the pleasure of spending it in the Lake District. North Lake Lodges – Brayton Park were the perfect location for our weekend away.
From the moment we arrived, I knew it was going to be a birthday to remember. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday weekend. Relaxing surrounded by beautiful scenery, in a luxury lodge situated in the Lake District – bliss. Those that read my previous post about turning 25 know how anxious I have been about this Birthday, but once we had this booked, it couldn’t have been more welcomed. I met the big 25 with open arms – it’s not every weekend you get to stay in a lodge in the Lakes!
Upon entering the lodge I was blown away, the photos on the Hoseasons website didn’t show the true beauty of the lodge. We stayed in Brayton, the only lodge suitable for two people – with one master bedroom. The lodges really are private and secluded, with only 7 lodges on the park, giving us the privacy and peace and quiet we wanted.
Facilities in the lodge include a walk in wardrobe, king size bed, dressing table with a mirror and hairdryer, a kitchen equipped with every utensil you could think of (even baking equipment) a stunning bathroom featuring a stand alone bath (my favourite room of the lodge) and our very own private outdoor hot tub.
Before setting off for the drive, we nipped into Tesco to pick up some bits for the lodge. I say bits, but it was more of a weekly shop for 4. We bought croissants, full English breakfast supplies, cheese, crackers, hummus, breadsticks, crisps, and dips. We also purchased some well-needed alcohol including champagne, red wine and pear cider.
On the first night, we decided after the 3-hour drive that we would stay in and enjoy the log fire and hot tub rather than go out to eat. Although ordering in food wasn’t the most exciting way to spend our first evening in the Lake District, we were both extremely shattered and after unpacking and finding the takeout leaflets on the kitchen side, we thought what the heck – we ordered a pizza and decided to make the most of the beautiful lodge and its features.
The log fire gave off some serious heat which we lit every night. It was definitely a nice feature and the perfect way to warm up after a bath or a dip in the hot tub. We were able to purchase logs and fire starters from the Lakeside Inn – the restaurant on the park. These logs latest us the whole 3 days and reasonably priced at £10. Totally worth it if you want to spend your evenings relaxing in front of the fire.
Morning soon arrived and this meant only one thing – making the most of the lovely kitchen and cooking up a big breakfast! After looking through the handy selection of attractions and things to do guides, kindly supplied by the folks at the park, we decided we had to go and see a beach and so a trip to Allonby beach followed, being just a 25 minutes drive away.
Although the English weather, of course, did not bless us with any sunshine, it was a pleasant enough day for the start of April – dull but dry. After a lovely walk on the beach, we decided to drive to Keswick for a look around the town. I spotted the Beatrix Potter Shop and had to go in and buy a Peter Rabbit souvenir. I alway loved the tales of Peter Rabbit as a child, so the shop brought back some great memories and is well worth a visit.
The remaining days involved relaxing in the lodge, taking long walks followed by hot tub soaks, champagne, red wine and laying around the log fire. After reading various positive reviews about the Lakeside Inn (the restaurant on the park) I also decided to book us in for an afternoon tea.
I love afternoon tea, especially scones and when it arrived it looked and tasted amazing. Everything they served was homemade – quiche, pastries, and scones… the scones were incredible. They also swapped our meat dishes for vegetarian-friendly options with no bother or fuss.
We celebrated my actual birthday on Sunday, this was by far my favorite day, I mean who doesn’t enjoy receiving presents? After a long hike, we planned to spend the evening doing what we do best – absolutely nothing. Using the supplies up that we had bought from Tesco, we decided to put a little spread on, crack open the Veuve Clicquot and just spend time in front of the log fire playing games. The sunshine joined us for a couple of hours later in the evening, giving us the opportunity to make the most of the lovely patio and the hot tub outdoors.
I opened my presents later on in the evening and were absolutely spoilt. Not only did my Mr treat me to this weekend away and lots of lovely gifts, I also received the most adorable surprise birthday cake courtesy of Richards Cakes (featuring a handmade icing chihuahua identical to Lily my dog). It was so tasty and such a thoughtful gift, definitely the icing, cherry and then some more on top of such a perfect weekend in the Lake District.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of Manchester behind was definitely well needed and the perfect way to spend my 25th. Not only did it give me the space to get my head together, it also allowed Bobby and I to spend some much-needed quality time together.
I can not recommend North Lake Lodges in Aspatria enough for a couples retreat. I have even booked to stay again in January as I was so impressed with the whole experience.
On the way home we decided to stop off and visit the Lake District Wildlife Pack, mainly to see the meerkats. I love meerkats and goats and got to see and pet both of them, it was a great, last minute treat for us before heading back to reality.
Overall the whole weekend – start to finish had been incredible. I would highly recommend anyone to try out the beautiful lodges at Brayton Park and the scrummy food at Lakeside Inn.
If anyone has any other lodge/lake getaway suggestions, drop them in the comment box so I can check them out.
….Lake District, I will see you again very soon and thank you Brayton Park for such a perfect 25th Birthday – I am already counting down the days untill our next visit.