Lockdown birthday travels
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The best-laid pre-lockdown plans
I am getting to the age when I would
rather forget birthdays! But this year 2020 it will be so difficult to forget -
the Lockdown birthday. Many people have had to forgo weddings, funerals,
anniversaries and, of course, birthdays. We had planned to visit the Lake
District and stay at the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa on Windermere but sadly
that has now been put on hold.
Wainwright did his walking in the
mountains, Heaton Cooper captured the moods of the hills in his
painting; Wordsworth and the 'host of golden daffodils' drew us to the
place that Beatrix Potter called home. Travellers from all over the world are
enchanted by the Lake District. Its history, its stunning scenery including
lakes and mountains, its rugged, peaceful beauty captivate the visitor with its
I have visited the stunning Lake
District many times to Keswick, Grasmere, Troutbeck to name a few. Windermere
is one of my favourite areas and can give you either peace and tranquility or
the hustle and bustle of this small tourist town.
My journey to this beautiful part of
our islands was intended to be at the newly refurbished Beech Hill Hotel & Spa on
Windermere's eastern bank, to indulge ourselves with stunning views, good food,
and a welcome spa. The Beech Hill Hotel has 57 bedrooms, many have private
balconies with en-suite facilities. If you have disabilities, please
contact the hotel before you go. The Lake View Spa has undergone an
expansion that includes a 40ft swimming pool, Himalayan sauna, aromatic steam
room also an outside vitality spa pool.
The constantly changing vista of the
Lake District is stunning and the position of the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
overlooking Windermere gives wonderful views across the western fells and is a
photographer's or birdwatcher's dream.
Walking and sailing are very popular
activities, Windermere is the largest of the 16 lakes that are to be found in
this area. For walkers and climbers, the mountains reveal living picture
The Beech Hill Hotel has a
beautifully presented restaurant, the Burlington Restaurant which has
held AA rosettes for the last 20 years. This 4-star hotel is in such a
beautiful location and is waiting to welcome visitors again when we are allowed
I love to walk the Wainwright walks
or visit the famous landmarks of this stunning area but I can wait a little
while longer before we sample the luxury of the Beech Hill hotel.
What really happened on my birthday
Champagne all the way!
Well, I was determined to do
something to celebrate the day, so the champagne cork popped as I opened my
cards and a few presents. My friends think I am a heavy drinker as most of
my gifts were wine or gin! Well, one said, "What can you buy when
the shops are closed?" but food shops also sell alcohol and I am a little
partial to champagne.
A video call to Barcelona to Zoom in
with family was a special treat and phone calls from friends added to my day of
Thankfully, I have a lovely garden
to enjoy and on the day the sun was shining and certainly giving me a feel-good
factor. We were able to visit friends at a social distance of course for a
lovely lunch with strawberries and cream washed down with Prosecco!!
Afternoon tea with my sister in her
garden then a visit to more friends for another glass of prosecco before I came
back to my home to enjoy a delicious evening meal cooked by my husband.
A lovely day not planned, but what
has come out of our lockdown birthdays is how we value our family and friends
more than anything in the world.
Maybe next year I will get to the
Beech Hill Hotel & Spa to celebrate in style.
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