Its that special time of year…..Lambing Time

Its February……So that means the start of Lambing. At Crake Trees we lamb in various stages through February, March and April. The first Ewes to give birth this year are Mules. This breed has been the traditional  choice of  sheep farmers for over a hundred years. They are a crossed breed of Swaledale mother from…

Remember, its best to….Book Direct

Today, even though I only found out this morning, is BOOK DIRECT day. I know your calendars are bursting with a day for this and a day for that, but having a special day does highlight a cause or an issue and make us think about the days title a little bit more. BOOK DIRECT…

Breakfast Marmalade….a big task ahead

Its the time of year again. No sooner have the decorations come down, the Toffee Shop fudge been devoured and I seem to have  a tidy kitchen for a short while  ……when I notice that Seville Oranges have arrived at Booths. Oh dear, now my favourite job (NOT) looms. Making Marmalade has been an annual…

Christmas Party Nights at Crake Trees

Christmas Party nights with a difference. For a totally different way to celebrate with work colleagues or friends this Christmas. Exclusive use of Wood Fired Hot Tub and seasonal 2 course supper for up to 6 people. Start the night with an hour or so  in the steaming clear waters of the Wood Fired Hot…

Autumn at Crake Trees

We certainly get wonderful skies in Cumbria. The Autumn weather changes rapidly but the ‘back-end’ of each year usually brings long spells of gorgeous weather that means a holiday in The Westmorland Dales is a good choice.  

Crake Trees Manor Relaunched!

Crake Trees Manor has just relaunched after a 7 month closure for refurbishment. We are very pleased with the standard of work by our contractors Mace Construction and all the other tradesmen (I’m afraid I was the only lady on site!) that slaved away in the intent heat of our early summer. A very tight…

Renovations 2018…..Craftsmen at Work

As we get towards completion of the bedrooms and bathrooms renovations the quality of  workmanship  becomes more visible.    The hot dry weather has its pluses and minuses. Tools and equipment are easy to store and move about, but trying to work in tight spaces during the day needs lots of rehydration breaks.   The…

Renovations 2018 ….and its Hay Time

Its been all about the internals this week. All the trades  work together to a tight schedule so that the plasterer can complete the skimming and boarding without interruption. Light holes and cables, underfloor heating pipes and electric circuits all have been meticulously mapped. After plastering the plumbers and joiners are back to drill and…

Renovation 2018…..Countdown to the middle of July

After 18 years of guests at Crake Trees the hard worked bathrooms and shower rooms are feeling the strain. So for the past 3 months we have been busy with renovation and alteration to the “facilities” and added on a few extras. Our contractor, Mace Construction from Kendal is pulling together all the different trades…

Snow Pancakes

  Years ago, probably when I was a small girl, my mother found an old recipe for ‘Snow Pancakes ‘. We religiously used the recipe each year whenever we had a few days of snow, Whilst Laura & William were also very young there seemed to be short bursts of snow each January, but it’s…