For other lovers of this area, I thought I'd share a few recommendations for places we visited.
We booked through Lakelovers and stayed at Fell View, a 3 bed, 2 bath cottage with a little garden.
It was prettily decorated with kitchen/living area as well as a separate dining room and the general consensus was that the standard of the accommodation was high and that we'd definitely stay there again.
The only negative for some people would be that the cottage is approximately 200m up the Kirkstone Pass and therefore the walk from the village is very steep. Personally, I just felt less guilty about the amount of cake I ate at the bottom of the hill as I knew I was burning at least 3 million calories a day climbing back up!
One of our favourite places to eat was Stiles in Compston Road.
This relatively new coffee shop has a very big menu with very reasonable prices. My daughter recommends the nachos with cheese, topped with pulled pork, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and jalapenos.
Our other favourite place for cake was Cafe Treff , right in the middle of the village in Central Buildings, a few doors down from the Post Office. Here we scientifically tried a variety of more unusual delicacies including chocolate, dandelion and burdock cake and beetroot, white chocolate and strawberry cake.
Their current specialty is the white chocolate and vanilla frappe which you may want to order with something savoury as, when eaten with cake, causes sugar overload!!
As I was officially on holiday, no sewing took place and, by the end of the week I was suffering real withdrawal symptoms so took to the sketchpad instead.
Sadly, without a lottery win in sight, the holiday had to end but I've come back relaxed and with loads of ideas for new work.