HF Book Club - Tales from the Farm & Country Weekend in the Northern Lake District
The HF Book Club is a great way to holiday with like-minded book lovers to discuss your favourite works or discover something new in a relaxed and informal setting. Related guided sightseeing visits to key attractions are included. These holidays are perfect for solo travellers or you could come along with your book club. Farming life can be tough but also fantastic. Discuss the trials and triumph of country life. We're finalising our reading list and we'll publish it early 2020.
- Find out more about our rural landscape
- Explore literature related to the great British countryside
- Romantic or a harsh reality - what is life in the countryside?
- High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
- Knowledgeable HF Holidays Leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
Over the weekend we'll discuss various works fiction and fact to gain an understanding of rural life and see how it's viewed through fiction.
We're working on our itinerary and will publish more details soon.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other, beautiful Derwent Bank has been entrancing walkers since 1785. Extensive refurbishment and investment have seen this established walkers’ retreat transformed into a beautiful country house hotel perfect for people looking to explore the great outdoors. It’s also perfect for drinking in the views over a glass of something chilled on the terrace. With 41 bedrooms across the main house and garden rooms as well as a rustic ‘pod’ to sleep in, there’s plenty of space, along with a pretty orangery, large lounge and relaxed vibe. The lakeside land encompasses a formal garden, extensive lawns and mature trees. The emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors and it’s all made super easy with walkers’ facilities from an inspiration point equipped with maps and route ideas to a boot room and drying space – this is the Lakes, after all. With views of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike, the inspiration for adventure is never far away. Venture out from the house to head to the high peaks such as Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Helvellyn or stick to the lower slopes and lakes; Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes, Borrowdale and Buttermere are all within easy reach.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the stylish outhouse where there are eight garden rooms with exceptional views for stylish, laid-back Lake District accommodation. In the main house, we’d pick room 12 for the extra space and stunning views over the gardens and Derwentwater. Alternatively, ask for rooms 46, 47, 48 and 49 in the outhouse, all first-floor garden bedrooms with their own glass balcony looking over the ornate formal garden and with views of the lake. There’s easy access to the boot room and orangery too, making these rooms a must to stay in. If you’re after somewhere a little more unusual to stay overnight, there’s a ‘pod’ in the garden that offers extra privacy, sleeps up to four and gives you a great story to take away!
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, extensive garden, putting green, orangery, lounge and board games to borrow
After a day exploring the Lake District, settle in at our country house. Walk the pretty gardens, pause on the pier that juts out in to Derwentwater and look for the boats and ferry that sail on the lake. Try your hand on the putting green or at croquet. Grab a drink and sit on the terrace above the sloping lawns. Indoors, the spectacular orangery with its superb views, is the ideal setting for a bit of peace and quiet, or sink into the sofas in the large, comfortable lounge. Head to the bar for a great local ale and a cracking conversation with fellow guests.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea and cakes served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Derwent Bank is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to traditional Cumbrian fare from local river trout with samphire to a duo of local lamb. Look out for Eden Valley brie and red onion tart or Whinlatter Forest wild mushroom risotto. And to cap it all, Cumbrian sticky toffee pudding with English Lakes thunder and lightning ice cream.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
Bring along your copy of the books we'll be discussing.
Please be sure to bring any annual museum ticket or membership card if you have one - admissions to museums are not included in the price of your holiday. The entrance fee will be approximately £8-£10.
As a qualified and experienced English teacher, with a background firmly rooted in literature, Alison is skilled in facilitating thoughtful and enjoyable discussions. She has a passion for reading. Her broad knowledge and great enthusiasm will help you to gain new perspectives and a deeper appreciation of a text as part of a relaxing and stimulating weekend.
Angela Topping is a former English and Drama teacher, who has worked in both FE and secondary education. She is a professional, widely published poet, and author of several books on literary texts. Her enthusiasm for literature is infectious. She is also interested in art, music and nature. A seasoned performer and speaker, she has appeared at literature festivals and given talks in a range of venues across the UK. She is outgoing and approachable.
Further information about Angela Topping can be found on her blog at: https://angelatopping.wordpress.com/
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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06 Nov - 09 Nov
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