Welcome to our Holiday Blog

Enjoy reading through articles written by the Original Cottages team. There’s plenty here to keep you interested and inspired, with hot tips on what to see and do, where to eat and of course, recommendations of our favourite cottages to stay in! So get stuck in and let our ideas help you plan your next cottage holiday. We’d also love to hear from you, do get in touch at hello@originalcottages.co.uk and let us know about the amazing UK places you think we should write about.


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Walk from Shipbourne to Ightham Mote

Think Farmers Market, think a walk through the countryside to Ightham Mote for a refreshing cup of coffee, think lunch at The Chaser Inn - if this sounds good to you, then read on! The farmers market is set up in the grounds of St Giles church at Shipbourne and runs from 9.30am to 11am on Thursday mornings. The produce is fantastic and all their wares are set out in front of the lovely old church. If you continue through the churchyard and follow the yellow markers it will take you on a circular route via the Fairlawne Estate to the National Trust property Ightham Mote.

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Maple & Walnut Cake

It’s that time of year again, temperatures are falling, nights are drawing in and The Great British Bake off is on the telly. With all that in mind we thought we’d share with you a new recipe we’ve tried from The Hummingbird Bakery ‘Home Sweet Home’ book. This one is really for those of you with a sweet tooth.

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Where the wild ones go! (wild swimming in Devon)

Bathed in the radiant magic of morning sun or in the heavy humid haze of a summer’s afternoon, nothing quite beats a serene swim to refresh and revive the senses. With this timeless desire still set within us, why settle for a dip in stark chlorine when you can plunge into the fresh watery depths of Dartmoor? From an historic river fed swimming pool to picturesque rivers and tranquil lakes, Dartmoor National Park boasts some truly unique natural gems. So splash ahead with these top Swim spots!

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Lake District Cottages - Elterwater Village

Nestled in the mouth of Great Langdale valley, Elterwater village takes it’s name from Elter Water (Lake of Swans) which lies 1/2 a mile to the south. For several hundred years the main industries in the village have been quarrying and farming, many of the houses and Elterwater Cottages in the centre of the village were originally built as housing for the quarry workers and for the Victorian gunpowder works located on the site where Langdale Estate & spa now stand.Elterwater quarry is still a working quarry, now owned by Burlington Stone and producing the highly prized Elterwater slate

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Top 6 Cultural Things to See in Dartmoor

With a diverse and rich cultural heritage, Dartmoor has a wealth of things to see, from prehistoric tombs, medieval buildings and settlements over four thousand years old, to 23 conservation areas and 1,208 scheduled monuments. It has customs and traditions which remain present to this day, including the famous Widecombe Fair. Together, this contributes to Dartmoor’s extraordinary landscape, people and character, which over thousands of years, has left Dartmoor a wonderfully fascinating place to live and see.

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Brockhole - Tree-Top Trek

There are hundreds of things to do in The Lake District, but it doesn’t stop local businesses making new and ever more exciting activities for us all to enjoy. The ‘Tree Top Trek‘ at Brockhole is a fantastic addition for 2012. Similar to ‘Go Ape’ in Grizedale, it offers individuals or families the opportunity to see the grounds around Brockhole (on the A591 between Windermere & Ambleside) from a whole new perspective. 35 different challenges await as you swing, climb, balance and zip through the woodland canopy.

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Drizzle Cake Isn't Just for Lemons

Being a keen baker I’ve recently started to expand my repertoire into adaptations of other peoples recipes. As baking is more science & precision than other cookery forms you can’t deviate too much without drastic changes in results. I’m a great fan of The Hairy Bikers cookbooks, as after extensive usage for all sorts of meals they’ve never let me down (are you listening Gary Rhodes & Jamie Oliver!). Having recently used their Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe with a great response from family & friends I thought I may try the same recipe using Oranges instead.

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A Walk on Crinkle Crags, Bowfell & Esk Pike

Living & working in Langdale gives us less time than you may think to actually go out walking. Certainly the high fells are currently out of bounds with a 4 yr old who’s favorite phrase is ‘my legs are tired’. So today I will turn to a reliable source of information & simply point you in the right direction.

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