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 Bed and breakfast 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…

Breakfast Granola

As well as Muesli that I mix up myself  I make a regular batch of Granola. Its unique flavour of roasted nuts, honey and oats really perk up thick yoghurt and give fruit an unusual crunch. The recipe is an adaptation of a local recipe from the special cookery book produced to celebrate Newton Rigg College centenary in 1995.…

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…

The Shepherds Hut…..A short history

Its creation from an idea to completion.   Thwaites engineers at Morland tackled the job of engineering the skeleton of The Shepherds Hut. Jan  made drawings and calculations  to scale from my own and mikes artistic efforts with a few alterations to get it in proportion. With a sprung base and articulated back wheels the frame looked…

Westmorland Oatcakes     

Here is something to try from my “breakfast specials” selection. The Westmorland Oatcakes are popular, mainly because they are not what folks eat at home everyday We use Oatmeal from the Watermill at Great Salkeld , and sometimes Spelt instead of Wheat Flour, which means the oatcakes can be tolerated by folks with a wheat allergy…