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Electric Bike Hire in the Lake District – Review

electric bike hire in the lake district

Our electric bike hire in the Lake District is proving very popular, but it’s always nice to get a glowing review. One guest was so impressed that she got in touch and very kindly sent us her feedback.

“Overall, I would highly recommend them. They open up opportunities to explore the local area that some people would not ordinarily get to explore due to fitness levels. I am a runner and a cyclist but I really enjoyed the extra help the electric bike gave on a day when I was tired after completing a Lakeland Trails race. Irrespective of fitness levels they are fun and very easy to use. I would recommend that guests hire one to explore the beauty of the lakes. A great day out and an adventure not to be missed.”

Explore the area on an electric bike

Currently, the bikes are available for hire by guests in our Windermere cottages, and as our guests says, a great way to explore the surrounding area. There are a number of quiet roads in the area, perfect for a day exploring without the car. We would highly recommend crossing Lake Windermere on the car ferry and exploring the western shore – it’s perfect for bikes and when the hills get a little bit too much, the electric motor will kick in to give you a much needed boost.

Our electric bikes are available to hire from one day right up to six days (if you really want to ditch the car). Prices start at £50 / bike. All bikes are supplied with locks, visi-vests, helmets and full familiarisation is given prior to hire.

Electric Bike Hire Prices

Prices for our electric bike hire in the Lake District are as follows:

One day hire – £50 / bike

Weekend hire – £70 / bike

Three-day hire – £105 / bike

Six-day hire – £210 / bike

For more information, please call 015394 45756 or 07944 378070.

Lucy’s of Ambleside Private Dining

Lucy's of Ambleside Private Dining

We are delighted to be able to offer our guests Lucy’s of Ambleside private dining services. Fantastic food delivered straight to your Matson Ground cottage. Meaning you get a very well-deserved night off – after all, you are on holiday.

Whether you’re in the Lake District for a special occasion or simply spending time with family and friends, why not enjoy a delicious dining experience from Lucy’s Inside Out? Take away the headache of shopping, putting away, preparing, serving, washing up. Instead, choose from a selection of dishes, prepared using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.

All meals are catered for, from small and intimate to large and loud. If you fancy something ready prepared for when you arrive, maybe you’re celebrating a special occasion during your stay, or you simply fancy a night away from the cooker, let us know and we’ll send you some menus.

What’s on the menu?

Lucy’s of Ambleside private dining offers a range of dishes. Choose from the ‘Hot and Hearty’ savoury selections, perfect for small and large parties. If you’re gathering guests together for a celebration, enjoying a simple kitchen supper or you want something warm and tasty after a day walking the fells and don’t feel like cooking, these dishes are the perfect solution.

The ‘Super Salads’ menu has been designed to accompany most of the dishes at Lucy’s Inside Out, while the ‘Delicious Desserts’ menu will have you sorely tempted to ditch the diet for the day, offering over twenty luscious, sweet treats. From Westmorland Toffee Apple Crumble Tart to Damson and Sloe Gin Fruit Fool, Lancashire Lemon Tart to Sublime Sticky Toffee Pudding laced with rich butterscotch sauce, we challenge you not to indulge.

Lucy’s of Ambleside

Lucy’s of Ambleside comprises Lucy’s On A Plate, Lucy’s relaxed and friendly Ambleside-based restaurant, as well as Lucy’s Inside Out, for those who fancy a taste of Lucy’s On A Plate but in the comfort of their own home.

For more information about Lucy’s Inside Out, or to take a look at the menus, please do get in touch.

Lake District Outdoor Adventure – A Glowing Review

Lake District Outdoor Adventure Activities

Lake District Outdoor Adventure Activities

One of our guests recently booked some Lake District outdoor adventure activities for the family through our tailormade programme and it’s fair to say he was pleased. We’ve included the review below:

“Property was great, well equipped and very comfortable. In a great location.

“Your organisation of the activities was excellent and efficient. The activity people were all extremely competent and friendly. The equipment was all very good and they assessed our level of competence very well and gave us good level of challenge. Prices were all reasonable – probably cheaper than I expected but better that way round!

“All in all, very successful and we would happily recommend. And indeed we have already recommended the property to a friend.”

These happy guests chose to go climbing, ghyll scrambling and canoeing, as well as having a go at archery. Just some of the options our tailormade Lake District adventure partners offer.

Outdoor Adventure in the Lake District

Our partners on this occasion were Path to Adventure, a fantastic company offering fun, safe activities, and Mark Scales, an experienced outdoor instructor. Their love and knowledge of the Lake District is obvious. They will be able to show you some fantastic places that you might otherwise never have found.

As they say on their website; “Whether you want to be guided to the top of a mountain, camp out by the side of a lake, canoe down a river or jump off a waterfall, you can be sure that when you book with us, you’ll have a safe and fun adventure.”

These are amazing adventures, tailored to suit you. From individual activities to a full day packed with paddle boarding, ghyll scrambling, Lake District mountains, rock climbing and any other outdoor activities you can think of, your stay at Matson Ground will be even more special. You may even be able to achieve things you never thought possible.

Whichever options you choose, be it abseiling, guided walks, canoeing or bushcraft, this is your chance to experience all that the Lake District has to offer. There’s a reason it’s been dubbed the adventure capital of the UK.

If you would like to book some activities during your stay at Matson Ground, just let us know and we’ll do the rest. This is what memories are made of. Your next stay in the Lake District will be one you’ll never forgot.

Our favourite places to eat near Windermere

Places to eat near Windermere

Recently, we were discussing our favourite places to eat near Windermere, and it turns out the list is a long one. From small cafés to Michelin Star restaurants, we’ve all got our favourites. Some are great for a light lunch, others perfect for a celebration evening out.

Of course, once upon a time, a trip to the Lake District was all about adventure and the breath-taking scenery. And while that’s still very much the case today, with seven Michelin Star restaurants, you’re just as likely to visit for the fantastic food, as you are to scale a summit.

Given the current situation, it’s more important than ever to support our local businesses. So, we thought we’d share five of our favourites with you, covering everything from a special occasion to a catch-up brunch, and everything in between. What’s even better about this list, is that they are all within five miles of our Windermere cottages.

HRiSHi

First on our list is the Michelin starred, four AA rosette HRiSHi, where Head Chef, Hrishikesh Desai, uses locally sourced ingredients to create modern British cuisine with a twist.

Diners can choose from a variety of modern British menus, including plant-based options, with a delicate hint of Indian influence in some of the dishes.

Whether you opt for a traditional three course meal, a stunning seven-course tasting menu, or a decadent take on afternoon tea, you will be captivated by the wonderful array of flavours.

Gilpin Spice

Next door to HRiSHi is the two AA rosette Gilpin Spice, a more informal dining experience boasting an open kitchen serving tapas-style pan-Asian sharing dishes.

The menu at Gilpin Spice is inspired by Cumbria’s rich history as a centre of the spice trade, with influences picked up along the spice trail including the Philippines, the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia and Japan.

Gilpin Spice is well worth a visit – wonderful, creative dishes and fantastic service.

The Brown Horse Inn, Winster

Nestled in the beautiful Winster Valley, the Brown Horse Inn is cosy and welcoming in all seasons. This 1850’s coaching inn has been beautifully decorated, retaining the original features, giving it a warm, traditional feel.

On warm, summer days, you can sit outside and soak up the wonderful views. When the nights draw in, enjoy comfort dishes with a touch of elegance, including slow-cooked meats, Stornoway black pudding or Thai green curry.

The owners try to keep the menu as local and as close to nature as possible. And you will definitely receive a warm welcome.

The Angel Inn, Bowness

In the centre of Bowness is the Angel Inn, a firm favourite with families, serving fantastic locally sourced beers, a superb range of wines and freshly prepared food.

The Angel Inn was ‘born’ in 2005 and has been run by the same family since it opened. Their ethos is to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere and welcome for all ages, whether you’re sitting down to eat or just popping in for a quick drink.

Homeground

Our final choice is Homeground in Windermere. Established in 2015, Homeground is a boutique coffee house which was winner of Cumbria Food and Drink Awards ‘Best Café’ in 2016 and 2018.

Open during the day for walk-ins only, this is the place to go for a skinny flat white, a slice of cake and warm, friendly service. It does a great brunch too. It’s our go to for important meetings!

Of course, we’ve barely touched the surface when it comes to great places to eat near Windermere, let alone the rest of the Lake District. I’m sure we’ll get on to them at some stage. But rest assured, if you are visiting, give one of the above a go. You won’t be disappointed.

Fell Pony Adventures at Matson Ground

Fell pony adventures on the Matson Ground Estate

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to enjoy a fell pony adventure on the Matson Ground Estate, courtesy of Tom Lloyd, owner of Fell Pony Adventures. This is just one of the tailormade activities we offer our guests, and we had the opportunity to experience it first-hand. And what a fabulous day it was.

This is an adventure suitable for families and groups of all ages, and the perfect way to introduce people to horses. Tom is very patient, so even if you’ve had no experience of horses, you’ll soon feel at ease. Tom is also all geared up for social distancing, as everything takes place in open spaces – a chance to breathe in some fresh, clean air.

What’s more, it’s an absolute treat at any time of the year. The stunning Lake District scenery is never the same from one day to the next, so you’re guaranteed a different view every time. It’s even great fun in the rain, as we found out on our fell pony adventure.

As the saying goes; “There’s no such thing as bad weather. Only unsuitable clothing.”

This is what memories are made of

We began our fell pony adventure at Birkdale House, where we met Tom and his daughter, Flo, along with Faye and Pansy, our fell ponies for the day. Once we had loaded them up with the essentials for the day – picnic, shelter, camping stove, spare harnesses and tethers – we set off.

We gently led the ponies along the byways and lanes of the estate, stopping in an organic hay meadow for lunch. We tethered the horses, put up the waterproof shelter and settled back to take in the breath-taking views.

Tom had prepared our lunch – cranberry balsamic vinegar, Appleby Brie, Garstang Blue, mixed olives, smoked humous, homemade leek and potato soup (his own family recipe) and artisan bread. Absolutely delicious.

It’s days like this when we realise just how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful part of the country. This is what memories are made of.

With the packsaddles loaded up, we set off back to Birkdale House. What a wonderful way to spend a day. For a few hours we had been transported to a different time entirely, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Fell Pony Adventures

Fell Pony Adventures is based at the southern end of Lake Windermere, where Tom keeps a herd of about a dozen semi-feral ponies.

The herd was originally established by Tom’s father, Walter, but Tom made the decision a few years ago to switch careers – he had been a film producer – so that he could keep the herd going. He took his mountain leadership course and set up Fell Pony Adventures.

Nowadays, Tom works the ponies, leading families and groups on day trips around Windermere, following old pack-horse routes through meadows, woods and fells.

For our guests, the Matson Ground Estate provides a ready-made route. What a perfect day out.

Huge thanks to Tom, Faye and Pansy.