Bit retro but still, when there's snow - and when I went in 2011 there was lots - this is a really fun place to go and ski. It has a tow lift and some very unexpectedly good off piste terrain as well as pistes. I had to join the club to ride there but it really was worth it. There is a club lodge and restroom on site so when the notorious winter conditions set in you've got a place to hunker down in.
B&B accommodation of an unusually high quality just a mile or so outside Carlise in Cumbria. Architect designed house with mature gardens.
Address is Lambley Bank, Scotby, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 8BX. Website: www.willowbeck-lodge.com.
Telephone 01228 513607
The farm shop which is joined on to the garden center at Houghton hall is fantastic. A great range of local produce, amazing lemon curd, jams, cheese. Possibly the best beef i have ever tasted - nicely matured not like the usual supermarket dross. Friendly staff who seemed to know not only about the products they were selling but also the producers. Well worth a quick 2 minute detour off the motorway. Also a very nice coffee shop.
Houghton Hall Farm shop
just off junction 44 of M6.
north Carlisle near to Kingstown.
Buy your coffee beans, have them ground, Gaggia and Bodum kit for sale as well as old sweet jars full of bright wrappers and lots of bars of chocolate.
A fabulously unpretentious, comfortable, welcoming cafe which wears its history, tradition and quality on its working sleeve and oh, to smell the coffees - roasted just next door, the smoke and steam bellowing out into the street before you!
Fine, local home-made food and a sweet counter to drool over with fabulous Cumbrian tray bakes.
Many of the Cumbrian market town dwellers look down on Carlisle and many areas have all the character and panache of a sodden sponge skewered on the branch of a wintry tree in a park in Ordsall but John Watts is to make any Carlisle visit worthwhile to the power of 100.
City Centre pedestrianised area, just down from HSBC
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