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Midsummer Shows


2009 has been a very busy year for Sally’s Cottages. A new website, a new office, lots of new cottages, a new house – and a new garden.

Let's hear it for holidays!


Hello. Just back from our holidays. I’d like to say we stayed in England but I’m afraid we went abroad to France and had a lovely time.

The next few weeks in Eskdale ...


It will come as no surprise to lovers of the Lakes that Cumbria is the current holder of the ‘Best UK Holiday Destination’ award. Some gongs are just the industry congratulating itself, but this one isn’t; the great British public votes for the winners. If you need any more proof, take a look at these up-and-coming events in and around Eskdale…

Move over Glastonbury…


Festival season in Keswick is here! There are so many things to do over the next few weeks that it’s going to take some organisation to make sure we make the most of it.

The first, and my favourite, is the 18h annual Keswick Jazz Festival from Wednesday 6th – Sunday 10th May. Hosted by the Theatre by the Lake, the festival has 100 – yes, 100 – different events, and includes jazz classics, New Orleans-style, 1920’s authentics, jive and swing.

Grange in Borrowdale


Every time I go down Borrowdale, I’m amazed by the view as you drive though the creatively-named ‘Jaws’ at the head of the valley, just south of Keswick. The valley is so narrow at this point that the crags either side seem enormous, and it’s extremely easy to imagine our Cumbrian ancestors watching the coming and goings in the valley from their fort at the top of Castle Crag.