National Trust Tour of the Lake District
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Thanks to the bequests of Beatrix Potter and many others, the National Trust in Cumbria is the guardian of some of Britain’s most beautiful and spectacular scenery. Learn about the early history of the Trust on a stroll through its first purchase Brandelhow Woods on the shores of Derwent Water. Visit buildings as diverse as the Little Bridge House in Ambleside and Sizergh Castle near Kendal. Entrance to NT properties not included so we suggest joining at the first visit if you're not already a member.
- Hill Top – the house where Beatrix Potter wrote most of her stories
- Tarn Hows
- Townend - enjoy a private tour
- Sizergh Castle and Garden – a 1,600-acre estate with views over Morecambe Bay and the fells
Great reasons to join us:
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus all transport to visits
- Expert leader: our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at Derwent Bank
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - tour together, eat together and relax together
With the best waterfront of any hotel on Derwent Water, and splendid views of the surrounding fells, Derwent Bank offers a truly exceptional location.
Derwent Bank has 32 bedrooms in the main building, plus 5 double bedded chalets in the gardens. Some of the rooms have views over the lake, whilst others face towards the mountains of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike. In addition, in the grounds there is the refurbished Coach House, a luxurious two bedroom apartment.
Classic bedrooms – included in your holiday price
Comfortable accommodation with an en-suite bathroom, with either a bath or shower. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
Premium bedrooms – from an extra £5 per person per night
Enjoy extra space or exceptional views, plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade.
We have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded rooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms and laundry facilities.
At Derwent Bank there is a large, comfortable lounge, an attractive dining room and a welcoming bar stocking local beer. The conservatory is particularly attractive and has superb views of the lake and the surrounding fells. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.
The house sits in extensive gardens with a sloping lawn down to the lake jetty. Outside there is a formal garden, a putting green and croquet lawn.
Also Derwent Bank has a Dandelion café with comfortable chairs, delectable local produce and a great cup of tea or coffee, making a fantastic place to relax, enjoy and unwind overlooking Derwent Water.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
The most important meal of the day. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. You could choose fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or anything in between.
Our famous self-select picnic lunches keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish. Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (typically soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed, sociable dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring classic British cooking and local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
After your day’s walk or activity, your evenings are free for you to enjoy however you want. If you would like to continue interacting with our guides and fellow guests we often have extra activities available. Plus you always have the option to just relax in the bar.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on wildlife or the island’s rich history from a local speaker or a team quiz.
Many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
There may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Friday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Saturday: Canon Rawnsley & Brandlehow Woods
Let’s start by finding out about one of the founders of the National Trust, Canon Rawnsley. We’ll visit his church and his home and find out about the first place he helped to save for the nation - Brandlehow Woods.
Sunday: Ullswater & Acorn Bank in the Eden Valley
Today we head to the beautiful Ullswater valley and then drive through picturesque villages on the way to Acorn Bank, home to a renowned herb garden, orchard and restored watermill.
Monday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House.
Tuesday: Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top & Sizergh Castle
We visit Beatrix Potter’s marital home (not open to the public) and her “office”, Hill Top. Travelling through the Lyth Valley we arrive at the imposing Sizergh Castle to explore both the castle and its beautiful gardens.
Wednesday: Buttermere & Cockermouth
We’ll drive through Borrowdale and over the dramatic Honister Pass to Buttermere for stunning views. After a break for refreshments we continue to Cockermouth where we visit the family home of the Wordsworths and explore this delightful historic town.
Thursday: Tarn Hows, Hawkshead & Ambleside
We’ll take a cruise on the steam yacht Gondola, on Coniston Water. After a picnic at the spectacular Tarn Hows, we explore the nooks and crannies of the picturesque village of Hawkshead and visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery. We’ll end the day visiting the charming village of Ambleside to view the Old Bridge House.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
The Lake District is England’s premier national park with outstanding mountain scenery.
The nearest town is Keswick, about two miles away. As a popular tourist destination it has a range of facilities including supermarkets, banks, a post office, pubs and cafés. It is also well known for its huge number of outdoor shops where you can buy an array of clothing and equipment for the outdoors.
During your visit to Derwent Bank you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Take a leisurely journey around Derwentwater on the ferry - a great way to see the surrounding mountains from a different perspective. The nearest stop at Nichol End is just a few minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. www.keswick-launch.co.uk
Theatre by the Lake
Situated by the lakeshore in Keswick, the theatre offers an excellent repertoire of plays in the main house and smaller studio theatre. The theatre’s popularity means that advance booking is recommended, especially in the high season. www.theatrebythelake.com
Honister Slate Mine
Go underground on the mine tour at this famous Lake District mine which is situated at the top of Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere. Here you can travel underground and learn about the history of Lake District slate production. Honister is around 30 minutes' drive from Derwent Bank, and can also be reached directly using the Honister Rambler bus. www.honister.com
Whinlatter Forest & Go Ape!
Relax at the visitors centre and cafe, or follow the excellent new mountain bike trail; one of the best in Britain. The high-ropes Go Ape course is great option for active teenagers. www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter or www.goape.co.uk
Derwent Water Marina
Hire a canoe or sailing boat and enjoy one of England’s most beautiful lakes. Just five minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. www.derwentwatermarina.co.uk
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank and is famous with its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum. Wordsworth’s birthplace can also be visited in Cockermouth; a pleasant market town to the north-west of Derwent Bank. Both Grasmere and Cockermouth can be reached by local bus from Keswick. www.wordsworth.org.uk
Lake District Wildlife Park
Well worth a visit for the whole family. You can watch the antics of the otters, apes and monkeys and marvel at the flying displays of eagles and vultures. www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk
About 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank is Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes. Enjoy its glorious scenery either on foot or by steamer. If you are visiting the Ullswater area you could also visit the superb waterfall of Aira Force or the country house and gardens at Dalemain. www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk or www.dalemain.com
Carlisle, about 45 minutes from Derwent Bank is the historic county town of Cumbria. Here you’ll find a good selection of shops, the cathedral, and castle. Of particular interest is the Tullie House Museum which is recognised for its exciting, varied events and exhibitions programme and is full of exciting interactive displays. www.tulliehouse.co.uk
Our address: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY
The nearest train station is Penrith. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
HF station transfer:
We offer a reduced price taxi transfer between Penrith railway station and Derwent Bank every Friday and Monday. The pickup is at 4.50pm from Penrith railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Penrith station by 9.50am. This transfer only costs £10 per person, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 20 mile journey from Penrith to Derwent Bank can be made by taxi. Taxis cost approx £30 per journey (if pre- booked; taxis at Penrith station can be considerably more expensive). Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Derwent Bank Manager.
From Penrith - take the A66 past Keswick towards Cockermouth. One mile beyond the roundabout to Keswick and 200yds beyond the B5289 turning to Keswick, turn left off of the A66 signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley. Derwent Bank (not Derwentwater Hotel) is approx half a mile along this road on the left after the Derwentwater Marina and before the Nichol End Marina. Look out for our sign.
From Kendal - take the A591 to Keswick. To avoid the town centre turn right following signs to the A66 and Cockermouth, then follow the directions as above.
Chrissie Le Marchant
Chrissie grew up in Yorkshire and spent her early years exploring the North York Moors. Having obtained a degree in Geology and Geography, she spent the next few years working for an international mining company, prospecting in the West Country and gold mining in Africa, driving home overland from Johannesburg via India.
She spent the next few years raising children and working for two National Parks, Snowdonia and Dartmoor. After training as a teacher of design technology she returned to civil engineering building roads. Eventually she became a Blue Badge Tourist Guide and has worked in the West Country and southern England and all over Europe as a guide and tour manager.
As a ‘Deviationist’ on the Ffestiniog Railway she drove trains, tipped wagons and appeared on Blue Peter and has been leading railway holidays for several years.
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
26 Aug 2015, 6:37 a.m.
The walks were well organised and the houses very well managed. Everyone was very helpful.
The National Trust tour had a great selection of properties to view and the guide was most informative.
3 Sep 2014, 1:42 p.m.
Very enjoyable and good value for money
Too many places were visited and therefore not enough time to enjoy fully the NT properties we did visit. Less time on the mini bus would have been preferred by me.
14 Aug 2014, 2:23 p.m.
Always excellent on every holiday!
The order in which the leader arranged the programme involved a lot of unnecessary travelling between visits, leading to less time available at some locations.
13 Aug 2014, 9:11 a.m.
A lot of driving around, on some days over 60 miles because of changes to the programme. The programme had been devised by someone other than the leader who had had to make quite major changes because of National Trust changes or incidents at properties.
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|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|28 Apr 2017||DBHHM - National Trust Tour - Derwentwater||7||£899.00||£774.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person