Friday, 21 October 2011

A Great Short Break In Kirkby Lonsdale


A couple of months ago a flyer popped through our letter box advertising a newly renovated holiday cottage in Kirkby Lonsdale. We weren't planning a break but the cottage looked so nice that we thought we would give it a try. So we booked for the four nights just gone. It's not far to travel and the scenery in the area is pleasant. It was a good decision. 

The Local Churchyard
Being situated within a stone's throw of the ancient church, our cottage was in the heart of this pleasant little market town which made such a refreshing change from country cottages in the middle of nowhere. The town has a lot of excellent restaurants and pubs so it was easy to just pop out to one or to an inn or hotel for a bite to eat, some tea and cake or a glass of wine. There was also a good Booths supermarket within easy walking distance and plenty of fine food stores on the main street with a weekly market thrown in for good measure.

Thornton Force Ingleton
The weather was not great apart from on Wednesday when we had a bit of a trip down memory lane and walked around the popular Ingleton waterfalls where we spent many happy days when the children were small. It's just as pretty as it always was although, without the kids, we seemed to whizz around the walk much faster than we did twenty odd years ago.


I noticed this odd formation of foam in the river caused by the falls. Caught in an eddy, these giant cappuccino toppings went around on a never ending merry go round that was quite hypnotic to watch.

The Sun Inn Lamb Shoulder
The nearest place to our cottage to eat out was The Sun Inn. Consistently found at, or near, the top of lists of best pubs and inns in the North, the accolades are completely justified and we enjoyed an excellent three course dinner on one of our nights. The food was great but so too was the atmosphere and the service. It's well worth the five stars it usually gets from Trip Advisor reviewers. But it's not a one restaurant town and we also enjoyed tapas at the friendly bar and restaurant  Platos and returned almost every afternoon to the recently refurbished Royal Hotel for tea and biscuits near a warm log fire.
    

The cottage, Chapel Cottage was perfect for two and would have easily accommodated another couple. It has just been restored to a very high standard. In fact the standard is much higher than you would expect from a holiday let.


It is located in one of the many small courtyards off the small town's streets and access by car was not for the faint hearted but, with Marion's guidance, we got by without any scrapes (unlike others as witnessed by a few paint marks in the passage). 


I don't know if I should be telling you about it really as we may want to go back and I wouldn't be surprised if next year is not soon fully booked. But, hey, I don't have that many readers so if you want a perfect little cottage in a pretty little town, check it out here.


You can find some more holiday cottages in Kirkby Lonsdale and the surrounding area below, just click on the pictures for full details including current price and availability.


If you prefer a weekend break in a hotel or guest house, Kirkby Lonsdale has some excellent places to choose from including a number of cosy pubs offering accommodation.