Catch up on your favourite TV after a day on the fells

Our first task of 2020 was a TV upgrade.

All our cottages and our studio now have a Full HD Smart TV, so you can keep on top of your favourite programmes while enjoying time on the fells. The TVs are set up for BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and My5. If you have a Netflix, Prime or similar account, you can use your own log in details to watch these services through the relevant app on the TV.

Our plan is also to install a Smart TV in our Retro Caravan too for the beginning of it season in March. We need to work out the best installation – the wifi in the Caravan works slightly differently to the houses which makes things a little more complex!

Tommy Bit, our shepherd’s hut, will remain without a TV. There is still wifi available.

We also have new Bluray players throughout which will play Blurays and DVDs.

ManestyCatch up on your favourite TV after a day on the fells
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Happy New Year!

We’ve had a lovely end to 2019, with sunny weather and clear skies. This photo was taken from the garden today and catches some of the first sunshine of the year up on the fells across the valley from Manesty. All the best for 2020 to all of our guests, past, present and future. Thank you very much for choosing Manesty!

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Holly berries

This week has been marked by the annual ‘stripping’ of the holly berries by our local and visiting birds. We have a number of hollies at Manesty, with red berries, yellow berries and also the berry-less variegated tree with green and yellow leaves. This photo is of the variegated and red berry trees on Manesty Band’s lawn.

At this time of year the red and yellow berried trees practically vibrate with birds. Our resident blackbirds and thrushes are joined by the wintering fieldfares and redwings and between them they can strip a ripe tree of its berries in days! Amazingly, the birds never quite seem to get them all and there are nearly always enough left over for decorating Christmas. If you are visiting at Christmas we are very happy for you to use the holly for your own decorations, but please do ask beforehand so we can make sure you take it from the best place for our garden management plan.

If you are looking for a break over the holiday season we do have some availability left for 2 over new year or up to 5 over Christmas. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

ManestyHolly berries
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Autumn colours and red squirrels

The autumn colours are particularly lovely this week. These photos are of Manesty today, basking the midday autumn sunshine.

This morning the red squirrel was out and about in our back garden, busy burying nuts for the winter. We often see them at this time of year, as they venture out of their hazel tree haven more often to store up for the winter. Our retro caravan overlooks the hazel trees and many of the guests who stay there see the squirrels regularly.

Manesty in the autumn sun

Manesty in the autumn sun

ManestyAutumn colours and red squirrels
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Super Sunny Bank Holiday!

Well for once the weather was on side for the August Bank Holiday! We were out and about and here’s how we fared ‘tourist-ing’ on our home turf…

Can’t recommend enough our lunch at Littletown Farm which we walked to over Catbells Hause. They were very welcoming, the food was delicious and the garden has lovely views and a lovely lawn which the grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed. The scones in particular were delicious. And they also sell beer for the grown ups. We returned around the end of Catbells and caught the Honister Rambler (77A) from the Fell End home to Manesty.

The trip to the La’al Ratty (Cumbrian for Little Route – aka the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway) on the West Coast was great fun. An early start meant we caught the first steam train of the day at 1020 (there is an earlier ‘walkers’ train pulled by a diesel locomotive). It is a beautiful ride out to Dalegarth. From Dalegarth there are extensive walking opportunities for those wishing to make a day of it. We made good used of the children’s playground and returned to Ravenglass on the return train. Picnic and ice cream in the station watching the little steam engines turn on the turntable (there are also cafes at Ravenglass and Dalegarth). Home in time for barbecue dinner.

We finished off with a day trip to Levens Hall in South Cumbria. It is famed, quite rightly, for its garden topiary which is very impressive and oddly exciting to walk in and around – you never know what you will find around the corner. The non topiary parts of the garden do not disappoint. The house started life as a traditional defensive Pele Tower in the mid 13th century and is full of interesting Cumbrian history.

We hope this gives you some inspiration for your next visit to Manesty and that you enjoyed your Bank Holiday wherever you were. Here’s to hoping for an extended summer and sunny autumn!

ManestySuper Sunny Bank Holiday!
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New website

Welcome to our new website. We hope we have managed a balance between refreshing the look and usability while maintaining a useful and informative site to help you plan your Lake District holiday. We have done our best to go through the new site with a fine tooth comb to eliminate errors, but please do get in touch if you find any typos, broken links, incorrect information or anything else that needs our attention! We would love to hear any feedback you might have about the site itself, whether positive or negative, to settle out any teething issues. Thank you!

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Rannerdale Bluebells

If you are in the area and haven’t seen the bluebells yet on Rannerdale Knotts in Buttermere then put it on your to do list for your visit! Photos don’t do them justice and the scent that lingers over the hillside is fabulous. We visited today and this was the scene.

ManestyRannerdale Bluebells
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More spring snow

We had another snowfall on Wednesday night, with the snow line advancing to about half way down Narrow Moor (the fell behind Manesty). A lovely day followed on yesterday (Thursday) with bright sunshine, wonderful clear Alpine conditions on the tops and lovely spring walking at the lower levels. The longer days make exploring more of a treat as the looming concerns over a ‘benighting’ recede. This photo shows a snow covered Skiddaw just as the sun is starting to rise, taken from the road on the way to Keswick.

ManestyMore spring snow
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Slow spring!

The cold has certainly slowed down the arrival of spring, but we have have lambs in the fields, daffodils in the gardens and have heard the baby owls in the wood. Spring is definitely trying hard!

ManestySlow spring!
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