10 reasons why Britain is GREAT!

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I read a poll in the newspaper the other day. There is nothing better than a good list to get folk chatting about what should or shouldn’t be in the top 10! The poll listed the top 50 reasons why Britain is great. There were some interesting choices in there and I was most taken with the top ten, especially since the Lake District came in at number 9.

The top ten is pretty typical of these sorts of lists and as I read on, I realised that the best thing about it, is that you could tick off all of the top ten just with a trip to one of our self catering cottages in the Lake District

1. Countryside
Well this one speaks for itself. We are truly blessed with dramatic mountain scenery, beautiful lakes and gorgeous green countryside. The national park is unspoilt and the surrounding countryside is calm, quiet and equally beautiful.

Countryside view, Eskdale, Lake District
2. Fish and chips
I don’t think a holiday is complete without a bag of chips. Being biased towards Keswick, my favourite is the Old Keswickian. I like to sit on the steps of the Moot Hall at closing time and watch plucky Bob Graham runners set off late at night.

3. Roast dinners
You just can’t beat a roast dinner on a Sunday. One of the great things about our self catering cottage weekend breaks is that we include Sunday for free. So even if you have to go home on Sunday, you can still have Sunday lunch at the cottage or, even better, go to the local pub!

4. Tea
Tea is a particularly English custom. Afternoon tea in a posh hotel is a real treat. There are plenty of tearooms plying their trade and they all have their own charms. My favourites include Rattle Gill in Ambleside (never ending teapots), New House Farm, Lorton (AMAZING cakes) and Siskins in Whinlatter (wonderful setting).

5. English history
There is some real ancient history in the Lake District, starting with the stones circles. Most famous of all is Castlerigg, but the others are well worth a visit to marvel at the wild locations and mysterious settings.

There is more modern history too. East Cumbria and the Eden Valley are littered with ruined castles from the days of Scottish invasions. Penrith has an iconic red sandstone castle opposite the railway station and the ruins are perfect for a picnic.

6. Fry up
Stopping in a self catering cottage means you can enjoy a lazy breakfast of your choosing. If you fancied treating yourself to a cooked breakfast then I can recommend Bilbo’s in Ambleside who serve a huge fry up that keeps you going all day!

Great British breakfast
7. NHS
Yes really! The NHS was in the top ten and it does come under the remit of the Lakeland's unique charms. We really hope you won’t need their services during your stay, however if you do, there is a cottage hospital in Penrith, Keswick, Cockermouth, Maryport, Wigton and Millom. These unique buildings are often exactly as they sound – cottages – with dedicated staff offering everything from emergency prescriptions to x-rays and first aid.

8. Strawberries
Lancashire is a strong hold for British strawberries and you can buy the juicy sweet berries from farm shops and greengrocers across the Lake District. In south Cumbria you can visit pick-your-own farms and fill a basket.

9. Lake District
Here at Sally's we LOVE the Lake District. It is the reason why I am writing this article and I am passionate about the area and its people. All of the gang at Sally’s Cottage live in the Lakes and we all have our favourite things to do from climbing, biking and swimming to strolling around local food markets and shops.

View over Derwentwater, Keswick
10. Beaches
We have some spectacular beaches in Cumbria. The west coast is on the edge of the National Park and it boasts beautiful long sandy stretches, shingle bays and stunning cliffs. St Bees is a spectacular location with vibrant sandstone cliff and beautiful sandy beach below. The cliff is home to thousand of nesting birds including kittiwakes, fulmars, guillemots, razorbill, cormorant, puffins, shags and herring gulls.

To tick off this list for yourself, click on the link to see a selection of Lake District cottages perfect for you, your dog and your family.