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Buttermere

There is something totally magical about Buttermere

The stillness of the evening - Buttermere - The English Lake District

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One perfect summer's evening I was sat enjoying a glass of red wine on the Beer Terrace at the Bridge Hotel in Buttermere and I got talking to a lovely couple from Liverpool.

This is what they had to say:

"We didn't really know where we were headed. I just remembered coming to the Lakes years ago.
So, we decided to just drive until we reached the 'real Lake District' somewhere where we don't have a phone signal where it was just the scenery and us
Oh, and maybe somewhere fabulous to stay, too
We drove through some beautiful places - Windermere - Grasmere - but they weren't quite what we looking for
and then, we arrived here

Buttermere

We knew we had found what we were looking for"

I couldn't have agreed with them more. It was exactly the reason we had chosen to stay in Buttermere that night.
You have to admit it, if you are looking for beauty & serenity Buttermere fits the bill.

Buttermere Lake

Here are a few of my Favourite things in Buttermere

I think one of the things I love most about Buttermere - and there are lots of lovely things to choose from! Is that it is available for everyone.

  • Tranquillity
  • Photographer's Paradise
  • Level and low level walks
  • Historical Maid of Buttermere
  • Walk around the Lake
  • Skimming Stones
  • Waterfalls
  • Did I mention good food already?

    Where to stay in Buttermere

    We can let you know about some beautiful cottages for rent in and very close to Buttermere, but there is also the Bridge House Hotel.

    Now, I'm a bit picky when I come to choosing accommodation. I want a return for my money. Bridge House more than meets the mark. Good quality bed linen, well furnished en-suites and a choice of a great Bar or if you prefer serenity, the dining room to dine. hotel buttermere

    Its going to be really hard to talk about Buttermere without it turning into a gourmet review. In fact I think that the Bridge House Hotel really needs a page of its own, it was just so perfect on every count. (this page will be coming soon with a link from here!). However for now please check out the latest reviews for The Bridge Hotel - Buttermere Buttermere Lake

    Buttermere Campsites

    Syke Farm Campsite

    Set on a traditional working farm this is a no frills site allowing you to wallow up the splendour of this idyllic corner of Cumbria. Facilities include a male and female shower and a toilet block, there is also a shelter for cooking in.

    Booking tends to be on a first come first served basis but if you wish to check ahead try 01768 770222. The farm has Ayrshire cattle, some of the milk from which, they turn into delicious home made ice-cream which is available at the popular Sykes Farm Tea Room. With two pubs and two cafes within a couple of strides from the site you can always add a little luxury to your stay by dining out.

    Dogs on leads welcome - but this is a working farm/neighbourhood so please be respectful. Parking is available but not adjacent to pitches.

    Dalegarth Campsite

    Could camping in Buttermere get any better?

    Just a few minutes walk from the edge of the lake in a lovely woodland setting that can be a real sun trap is the Dalegarth Camp Site. There are four level terraces with a total of 35 pitches. Besides the usual washing up area, shower and loos we love the drying room and indoor communal retreat area for when the infamous Lake District weather makes an appearance!

    Well behaved dogs are welcome as they are at the walkers Bar at The Bridge Hotel which is just over a mile north of the camp site. During term time the camp site also offers breakfast baps and hot beverages plus other home made treats - find out more about what's on offer at Dalegarth Camp Site here.


    Buttermere Cafes

    The Croft Farm Cafe

    Just a little down the lane behind the Bridge House Hotel going toward the Fish Inn. When the weather is fine the terrace is perfect for enjoying an ice cream or savouring a delicious home made cake whilst soaking up the views. Croft Farm Cafe also has an indoor seating area and a covered shelter outdoors for those who can't bear to be inside! They open at 10am every day but Christmas Day but please double check times here: Croft Farm Cafe website. The cafe can bag your food to go, ideal for picnics on the fells or as you skim stones on the shores of the lake.

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    Sykes Farm Tea Rooms

    Syke House Tea Rooms Buttermere On a traditional working farm in Buttermere - Sykes Tea Rooms are becoming very well known for their ice cream which is home made from their Ayrshire cows as well as well flavoured soups and smackingly good bacon rolls.

    Sun can have you sat outside soaking up the vista but the barn conversion also incorporates an upstairs seating level, perfect for when the clouds open.

    The Historic Fish Inn at Buttermere

    Fish Inn Buttermere In addition to being steeped in history and famous for its ties with The Maid of Buttermere, The Fish Inn - or the Fish Hotel as it is also known, has an enviable selection of local draught beers on tap.

    Whether you are returning form a day on the fells or day or just fancy a scenic pint, it is hard to beat the lovely view from the Beer terrace here. Even on a cloudy day the view has that hypnotic Lake District charm about it.

    St James Church - Buttermere - Wainwright memorial

    I confess that each time we visit Buttermere we leave without paying a visit to the St. James Church, perched as it is, into the hillside. Here Wainwright followers can pay homage to fell loving author Alfred Wainwright, whose love of the valley is commemorated with a plaque and window. The Wainwright window has recently been restored and if the cloud level is not too low the vista is of his favoured fell Hay Stacks.

    Walks from Buttermere

    Watch this space! We will soon have a tempting list of our favourite walks in this area to tempt you....... Walks around Buttermere

    and finally we leave you with .....

    An excerpt from Joseph Palmers'

    A fortnight's ramble to the Lakes

    If you are fond of strong ale I must tell you Buttermere is reckoned famous for it

    wine and spirits are not sold here




  • Cottages Buttermere

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    A selection of carefully chosen cottages around Buttermere



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    The Via Ferrata Extreme Experience is just a few minutes drive from Buttermere





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