Picture Cumbria and the Lake District and you may well think of windswept fells and walking boots. Yet there is so much more to see and enjoy - from castles, historic houses and gardens - to phenomenal Michelin starred restaurants and hotels. As well as the superb facilities and incredible venues, the landscape is as romantic as it gets.
For well over a hundred years the major draw for visitors to Cumbria has been the inspirational beauty of its fells, lakes and valleys. But increasing numbers are now coming here to savour a different delight: the food and drink that is served, sold and produced in places right across the county including Holker.
When Wastwater in the Western Lake District was awarded the title of ‘Britain’s favourite view’ in a competition run by ITV in 2007 it will have come as no surprise to the millions of people who delight in this magical part of England. It’s an area which has inspired writers and artists like William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome, drawn walkers and climbers, and brought immense pleasure to those who simply desire a change of pace in this increasingly busy world.