Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Cut-price weekend

Have you heard of the Premier Inn rooms at £29 a night, that are like gold dust?  Well a few months ago my daughter managed to book some.  We stayed in one when we went to Edinburgh the other week, and this weekend we went to Kendal in the Lake District.  When she booked this, there was a sale on and she got it for £24!  You can't get much better than £12 each can you?  Throw in some free train tickets and you've got a very inexpensive weekend away.

The river Kent runs through Kendal and has quite a few bridges over it.  This is looking from one to another

The 12th Century castle has been in ruins since the 1500s so there isn't a lot of it left now
but there are good views from up here

Kendal has lots of old alleyways going off the main street which are called yards.  Some are just walkways through, and some have shops and pubs down                                  

After breakfast on Monday we went to Windermere.  The lake was so still, it looked really beautiful

We visited Holehird Gardens which are a two mile walk from the town.  These are fantastic gardens with lots of different areas, which are all maintained by volunteers.  There is no entry charge, just give a donation.  
I took loads of photos but here are just a few.
Some lovely Hosta beds 

this is one of the Alpine houses, I loved the cushions of plants in here

We were just a couple of weeks late to see the Rhododendron and Azalea displays, but there were still a few out

We walked back via Orrest Head which has superb views in all directions and looking down at Lake Windermere

We were incredibly lucky with the weather while we were there because the forecast hadn't been good, but we didn't see a drop of rain and it was quite warm on the Sunday.


  1. Lovely photos - it's many years since I was at the Lake District - a beautiful area.

  2. Lovely pictures :o) I love Kendal but haven't been there for some years - thank you for bringing back some happy memories!
    Rose H

  3. Hey Georgia, how good was that hotel deal, certainly make the weekend alot more enjoyable.
    Love the photos and while the sun wasn't shining, the colours of the clouds, river and lake certainly create a wonderful atmosphere.......The plants in the Alpine house at Holehird Gardens are interesting, you almost expect to see pins sticking out of those cushions!!

    Have a great week,

    Claire :}

  4. Lovely photography - almost like looking at postcards. I don't remember the last time I was at a place in Singapore with so much open space. I have the urge to call out "Hello?"

  5. It's been years since I went to the Lakes, those photos are just lovely. The hostas are beautiful and put mine to shame!

  6. I was last in the Lake District in 1988. I need to go back, Your photos are stunning!

  7. This looks gorgeous Georgia. Those views are amazing.
    Thankyou kindly for the quilt love on my blog.

    Have a great weekend my dear. Hope those blue tits have fledged safely.

  8. Lovely photos and what a good deal on the hotel with free travel....we need more of that!

  9. Oh I really miss the Lakes...I must go again SOON! Mr.Lane has never been! Can you believe it!

    Sarah -x-

    PS your are absolutely right, Boo fell asleep mid chew! ;D

  10. Love the Premier Inn deals, but you've got to be quick, well done for getting one! The Lakes District is just so gorgeous, love it. Pics are beautiful, thanks for sharing xx