The Swanderful Blog

Welcome to the Swanderful blog

This is a place where you can read about lots of lovely ideas, recipe’s, places to go and more!

Here you’ll find a curated collection from The Swan Hotel of stories, wedding inspiration and more news and hidden gems from around the Lake District and Newby Bridge. Check back here soon for some more recommendations and tips from our team of experts.

Whether you’re looking for days out with the dog, or a family-friendly adventure near Grizedale forest or the surrounding areas then we have you covered. From our Lake district holiday cottages to our luxury lake district rooms. We’re sure we’ll find something to suit your taste.

You may be looking for a more refined time in the Lake District with activities to do as a couple near Windermere / Newby Bridge. If that’s the case you should definitely check out our blog on the best place to visit in the Lake District for adults!


The Holte Spa Launches Three New Spa Facial Treatments

Looking for some expert skincare treatments? Look no further! We’ve launched three trending spa facial treatments for you to book!

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Unique Anniversary Party Ideas & Venues in the Lake District

Discover the perfect blend of romance and scenic beauty for your anniversary celebration in the Lake District.

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The Best Hiking Apps For 2024

Looking for the best hiking apps in the UK? Explore our top recommendations for tracking hikes and navigating trails.

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Don’t Miss Out On The Best Place For Afternoon Tea in the Lake District

Immerse yourself in the serene charm of the Lake District by indulging in the cherished tradition of a spa day with afternoon tea.

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The 10 Best Views in the Lake District

From majestic mountains to tranquil lakeshores, experience the best views in the Lake District with our guide.

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10 Must-Visit Festivals in the Lake District

From the early spring Keswick Film Festival to the late autumn Penrith Winter Droving, the Lake District offers a diverse collection of festivals that…

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4 Things To Do With Kids In The Lake District

If you’re looking for some fun-filled family activities we’ve got some recommendations for you!

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The Top 10 Lake District Towns to Explore

Explore charming Lake District towns like Ambleside and Keswick on your next trip with our guide to the best destinations in the region.

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Our Favourite Hidden Gems of the Lake District

We did some exploring so you don’t have to – check out some of our favourite spots close to The Swan.

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The Ultimate Guide to Lake Windermere

Nestled in the stunning Lake District in North West England, Lake Windermere is a must-visit spot. Read more about this historic lake here.

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Embrace the Tranquility: Exploring the Lake District in November

As autumn leaves gracefully and gives way to the crisp embrace of winter, the Lake District emerges as an enchanting destination

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Waterfalls in the Lake District: The Ultimate Guide

Embark on a journey through the waterfalls in the Lake District with our guide to the best waterfalls in the area and how to…

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5 Reasons Wild Swimming in the Lake District Could Be Good for You

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Lake District lies a serene and exhilarating activity waiting to be explored: wild swimming.

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A Guide to Birdwatching in the Lake District

Nestled amidst the serene landscapes of the Lake District lies a haven for birdwatchers. With its diverse habitats, ranging from expansive lakeshores to lush…

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Why the Swan Hotel is the perfect destination for your birthday party venue

Looking to celebrate your big day in style? Look no further than the Swan Hotel, your ultimate birthday party venue nestled in the breathtaking…

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Exploring the Scenic West Windermere Way: A Journey from The Swan Hotel in Newby Bridge

If you are currently in the midst of planning your next trip to the Lake District, you may be on the lookout for socially…

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Top 10 reasons to holiday in the UK

During the pandemic, all we dreamed about was leaving the UK behind and hopping on a flight to our favourite luxury destinations. The thought…

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Top 9 Things To Do In The Lake District In Summer

We believe there’s never a wrong time to visit the Lake District; it’s the kind of place that gets more beautiful throughout the year.

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Top 10 Fathers Day Experiences In The Lake District

With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to put your thinking caps on and think of the perfect gift. After all, taking on dad…

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Behind the scenes of our brand new Splendid Rooms

After making a great start on our expansion back in June 2021, the new spa and bedrooms have since been a labour of love…

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Top 10 things to do in the Lake District for couples on Valentine’s Day

What do you think of when you think of the Lake District? The perfect setting for Valentines Day? Whether you picture cosy nights under the…

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The Swan Hotel announces spa partners ahead of Holte Spa opening

We are delighted to announce our three new spa partners, as we prepare to open our multi-million-pound ‘Holte Spa’ early next year.

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5 Ways To Have A Greener Eco Christmas

Christmas is one of the most magical times of year – whether you enjoy dancing (and singing along) to cheesy Christmas hits or spend…

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Paddle Boarding in the Lake District

There are plenty of fun things to do in the Lake District – from wandering through the many forests or exploring the abundance of…

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Arriving by boat at the Swan Hotel marina

Given that our National Park gets its name from the glorious masses of water surrounding it, it is only fitting that you’d wish to…

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The best walks in the Lake District

If you are currently in the midst of planning your next trip to the Lake District, you may be on the lookout for socially…

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Lake District Activities For Families

Are you a family full of explorers? Do your children love spending time outdoors? Are you looking for something fun to do in the…

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How to plan beautiful Christmas weddings in the Lake District

2020 has sadly disrupted one of the things we love the most here at The Swan – Christmas Weddings! Usually, this is one of…

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How to get cosy in the Lake District in the Autumn season

What do you love most about autumn? The satisfying crunch of golden leaves beneath your feet? The sound of a crackling log fire on…

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Wedding trends 2021

There is no doubt that the Coronavirus crisis has shaken the wedding industry since lockdown and as 2020 is coming to an end, we…

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Best Lake District Activities For Adults & Couples

With the kids back at school, it’s about time you took a little break for yourself! There is no place better than the Lake…

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The new Covid guidelines – what you can now make of your wedding reception

The good news was announced on the 14th of August, which means you will now be able to hold a small wedding reception in…

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Exciting times ahead as we start work on our expansion!

The iconic Lake District hotel The Swan begins work on its transformation into a world-class spa destination, making the most of lockdown to commence…

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The best socially distanced places to visit in the Lake District

The Lake District is one of the most popular and beloved tourist destinations in the UK, with thousands of visitors from across the world…

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Swanderfully Spooky Autumn Wedding Ideas

Here at the Swan we love autumn and the colours that it brings to our beautiful grounds, and there is no theme like a…

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Things to do on a rainy day

As one of the most dog friendly hotels in The Lake District, we know that the dog-friendly Lake District is a lovely place to…

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Haunted Lake District

Ghosts? Monsters? Mythical creatures? Stunning scenery? Uncovered history? Well, luckily for you, the Lake District has all of this and more! With its stunning and mysterious scenery, from dense…

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Here’s how to create an magical day for you and your guests

If you are one of many couples who have decided that postponing your wedding is not for you (you have waited long enough to…

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Our favourite ice-cream spots in the Lake District

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