We can’t believe that we have now been custodians of this wonderful building for a full year, and what a year it has been. We had to close for Covid within a month of moving in and were desperately sad to send guests home before they’d even finished their stay back in March 2020.
We never dreamt in a million years that we would only be open for 4 months in our first year, but wow did we have the most beautiful spring and early summer in a deserted Lakeland before re-opening. It did give us plenty of time to apply a fresh coat of paint to the rooms and to make sure everything was tip top when our guests returned. It also gave us the chance to walk every single walk from the front door, in every single direction at least a dozen times. It almost balanced out Debbies baking, but all the cream scones, chocolate tiffin and tasty biscuits eaten in the breakfast room whilst watching the waterwheel through the window definitely took their toll on our waistline.
One of our favourite walks is up to High Sweden Bridge in the shadow of Red Screes and Paul managed to capture this sunset shot on the walk back down.
A new team has arrived at the Waterwheel Guesthouse. We took over from Julie & Nigel at the end of May. Since then, we’ve been frantically trying to set up our own routines for running the Guesthouse. If you’ve stayed here before, you’ll be pleased to know the number of changes is small – new TVs, complimentary trays, the odd lampshade. All the old favourites are still here.
We seem to be doing okay, according to our reviews and the comments from our guests! The TripAdvisor ranking is improving too. We started at number 35, due to a period of inactivity when Julie & Nigel were preparing to move out. We are now in the teens, hovering around 17 and 18 right now, which isn’t bad for an eight week period.
Now that we’ve just about settled in, we hope to keep the blog up to date. We’ll be posting details of events that are being held in the local area, along with photos of the beautiful scenery as it changes over the seasons.
If you’re looking for a luxury, boutique-style break, in a child and pet free environment, then look no further than the Waterwheel Guesthouse in Ambleside. A quality bed and breakfast service awaits you!
What with all the fuss and kerfuffle up here of late I’ve been unusually rubbish at keeping you all up to date with our comings and goings. Hmmm, ‘goings'; an interesting word for a big development occurring in the near future but more of that for a later update…. Ooh, the suspense!
January was, as expected following the negative media coverage of the area, quiet. We were open for business; as was the rest of the Lake District and yet there was continuous coverage stating how terrible conditions were. Very annoying. And all us locals have had a good moan about it.
We did, however, have some great weather and the time to enjoy a little silliness.
Playing in the snow. Julie and Nigel get a little carried away!
Good fun and a proper old fashioned snow ball fight with the neighbours.
Heading into February the news cycle of drifted off somewhere else and we started to get those crisp, fresh days that make the heart sing. There’s nothing quite like heading up to the snow line amidst green fields and blue skies…
A stunning day out on the hills. Skidding clouds and blue skies.
March has been quiet so far but that’s due to our taking breaks before the season proper starts at Easter. I took myself up to Loch Lomond for a few days walking and bagged a good Munro in the shape of Beinn Ime, the tallest of the Arrochar Alps. If you have to go somewhere else, and we certainly don’t encourage such antics, we’d suggest this lovely part of the southern Highlands…
An early morning on Beinn Ime. Alone but certainly not lonely
That’s all for now but watch this space for big, big news coming up soon……..
A new year cometh but I have no excuses for not updating the blog. So what if it’s been a bit blowy and rainy up here in Ambleside. It’s sunny and beautiful today!
It’s felt like a while since we’ve seen it but the sun is out and it’s a lovely day.
We’ve had an exciting few weeks but things do feel like they’re calming down a little and we’ve been able to get out into the hills to see what we could see. Some lovely sights as ever and a few unusual ones. Galava Fort almost turned into an island is a sight I never thought I’d see!
Windermere tried it’s best to visit Ambleside during the last few weeks.
We have managed to enjoy ourselves at this special time of year and we hope that you have too.
We’re looking forward to a new year and hopefully seeing you here too.
One minute I’m enjoying the glories of a Lake District Summer; the next the leaves are turning brown and Autumn is upon us! Still, what a time Autumn is up here.
The colours, the colours!
No photo’s as yet but watch this space……..
———————————- Update 23rd October 2015——————————————
We’ve had a glorious few weeks here in Lakeland so I thought I’d treat you all to a few pictures I’ve taken of the gorgeous weather and that feel of ‘Fall’ in New England that we get up here at this time of year.
It’s taken a while but the leaves are just starting to fall.
How to spend your time on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.
Just taken aback at the beauty we are treated to.
On a slightly different note but still inspired by our love of the Lake District Julie and I have had our new rug delivered. We asked the wonderfully talented Jane Exley of the The Woolly Rug Co. Ltd to design and make us a Lakeland Inspired rug and we think she’s produced the goods marvellously.
Made out of locally sourced Herdwick Wool, we love our new addition.
Busy in the B&B yet plenty of time for enjoying the great outdoors. Of particular note for us was our completion of our 214th Wainwright. All done with great celebration (and a bottle of champagne for good measure).
Feeling pretty good after finishing our 214th Wainwright. Sca Fell is beautiful, rugged and mainly ignored by the crowds on top of Scafell Pike.
We ascended Sca Fell up out of Boot in Eskdale and bagged Slight side on the way up as well. Both well worth the effort on one of the most beautiful days either Julie or myself can remember having here in the Lakes. The weather gods really knew we deserved a good day.
We were even treated to a fly by in honour of our achievement!
Okay, not really but the rescue helicopter did buzz the top of the Mountain as we sat drinking the champagne and the crew did give us a chirpy wave.
A little late in the day for a July posting but with honeymooning and getting our heads back in the hospitality game I have been a little lax.
Come what may July happens to be our Jam making month and we’ve made a couple of batches of delicious jams this year. The Raspberry and Lime is a treat not to be missed whilst Julies Gooseberry and Orange has to be tasted to be believed this year. Her best Jam ever, in this writers not entirely objective view.
I even had a go myself and brewed up a batch of creditable Blackcurrant Jam, much to my own surprise.
Julie’s years of practise, however, still put mine in the shade.
Although it has been a little chilly at times it has meant that the summer haze is being held back and some of the views from the top of the big hills have been superb. The beady eyed amongst you will have noticed an upsurge in photographs and videos posted to Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.
The last one I took was on Saturday from the top of Black Fell overlooking Windermere. It was a lovely walk but the wind was gusting at 45mph at times which made for an interesting moment or two and made taking photographs a real issue. I did manage to take a brief but reasonable panorama though…
Hopefully the sound of the wind speed comes through but as you can see the grasses and the trees, and myself, were taking a real battering. We had guests staying with us who braved the Fairfield horseshoe. They survived the walk but were actually blown off their feet on occasion. Exhilarating stuff!!
…. Update 12 June….
At last! We’ve actually had a couple of warm and sunny days. Lots of sunny days this year but the wind has been a bit on the chilly side. However, the last few days have been sublime and as is our wont we took to our favourite view point on Loughrigg Fell to enjoy a delicious picnic.
Looking down the Langdale Valley to the Langdale Pikes
Loughrigg Tarn as still as mill pond
Down toward Windermere with cheese and wine abundant.
We can highly recommend the peace and quiet and all a mere 30 minute walk from our front door!
…. Update 22 June…..
Not quite the done thing I suppose but we thought we’d share with the world that Miss Julie Wright became Mrs Nigel Hartley today. It’s been a lovely day and we wanted to thank all our friends and family for being with us and sharing our special day.
It’s May! And even worse it’s halfway through May! And I haven’t posted a single word on our doings and what have you in weeks.
Better remedy that then.
The Lakes look gorgeous at this time of year, Bluebells abound and down at Ambleside Manor House ( a tough to find pile of stones next to the Cricket ground) there are swathes of them just making the woodlands look magical.
A lovely spot with swathes of bluebells but little sign of the house any more.
I had a magical couple of hours just sitting and listening to the sounds of woodland and the denizens therein.
As ever, I’ll try to make more of an effort to lure you to visit us with pictures of our glorious it is up here. No promises mind!.
…….UPDATE 21 MAY……
Well, one bit of good news came through today from those lovely people at Tripadvisor.
We’ve been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2015 and as this is the fifth year that we’ve received this accolade the Waterwheel Guesthouse has been inducted in their 2015 ‘Hall of Fame’. They even sent us a nice certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Waterwheel Guesthouse certificate to commemorate five consecutive years as winners of certificates of excellence
We feel very lucky to have had such wonderful guests who’ve helped us to gain this prestigious award. Thank you one and all.