"I came to Longlands after a friend recommended the site to me. I love the friendliness of everyone at Longlands including the very helpful staff. I’m constantly telling people about what they are missing out on in this part of South Cumbria, with its fantastic views and very friendly locals."
Mr R Wallace
Sat 10th November 2018
Why You Should Buy A Holiday Home In The Lakes
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According to a recent report, the Lake District receives 18.41 million visitors each year and the demand for this area is significantly increasing.

This National Park is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the UK.


Longlands is a luxury, private holiday park on the edge of the Lake District National Park overlooking the stunning Duddon Sands. With unrivalled views and super facilities, Longlands offers residents a fantastic base to enjoy all that the Lake District has to offer throughout an extended ten and a half month opening season. With a relaxed and friendly feel, and with so many things to do and see on your doorstep, why wouldn’t you want your holiday home here??


We spoke to some of our holiday home owners about their favorite parts of the Lakes and if you read on, you can find out what they had to say,  


We hope this will help to give you an understanding of why buying your next holiday home In The Lakes is a fantastic idea!




The Lake District National Park has a wide range of activities and attractions, as well as the natural beauty of the entire area. Bowness-on-Windermere is home to the largest body of water in the Lake District, and the surrounding area is the most popular area in the whole of the Lake District. There is an assortment of attractions, places of interest and things to do on the lake and around it.


Holiday Home owners say that the best attraction in Windermere is either the Beatrix Potter tour of the Lake District or taking a relaxing journey on a sightseeing cruise across the Lake. The picturesque village of Hawkshead, where William Wordsworth once studied is also a favourite amongst tourists and home owners alike. 




A vibrant village extremely close to Longlands Holiday Park, bursting with unusual shops, restaurants, and the stunning Cartmel Priory. It is consistently voted one of Britain’s must-see places to visit. The historic village of Cartmel is also home to a Michelin starred restaurant, the famous Cartmel Village Shop with their Sticky Toffee PuddingCartmel Racecourse, Unsworth’s Yard Brewery and Cartmel Cheeses to name just a few. If you’re a foodie, then this is definitely the place to visit!


Holiday ome Owners’ top place to recommend in Cartmel is Cartmel Racecourse. A family day out with a difference, this unique and picturesque racecourse is a must visit. Enjoy a flutter on the races, delicious food and fairground fun. As a Longlands holiday home owner, you can also enjoy discounted rates on your race tickets. 


A few miles up the road from Cartmel is one of Britain’s best loved stately homes; the magnificent Holker Hall & Gardens owned by Lord & Lady Cavendish. Browse this impressive historic hall and its 25 acres of award-winning woodland and formal gardens or stop off at the Holker restaurant and Food Hall to pick up a few delicious essentials. Holker Hall also hosts a variety of events throughout the year that are publicised on their website so make sure you check that out.




Keswick and the North Lakes are well known for their scenic landscape and opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities such as rambling, cycling and running. If you don’t want to go out alone, guided walks, group walks, climbing with experts and experience days are also available. Finding out what to do is easy according to our holiday home owners. One owner says, “Why don’t you have a look at: The Puzzling Place, Keswick Climbing Wall and Newlands Adventure Centre as a starting point.” 



To find a good choice of attractions, visitor centers and parks just waiting to be explored, why not visit: https://www.keswick.org where you will discover something for every taste and age group. 


“Families will find many things to do when visiting here. There are plenty of activities to keep children entertained all day long.” Longlands Holiday Home Owner of 10 years. 




Ambleside is a bustling town, a mile inland from Windermere. Burrowed in the valley between various fells, it's the start and end point for many walks. It is full of outdoor equipment shops, bookshops, gift shops, cafes and restaurants and even a small, but very popular cinema. 


One of the most popular eateries to visit is The Apple Pie shop, an independent, family run, Café and Bakery. Since its opening in 1975 The Apple Pie has grown in size and popularity but still keeps traditional values at heart, serving fresh and quality products every day to regular visitors, passing tourists and loyal locals.


Just a short walk from Ambleside are the National Trust owned Stagshaw Gardens. Covering about 8 acres, the gardens have a fine collection of azaleas, ericaceous trees and shrubs.
The Armitt Museum on Rydal Rd is a purpose built home for a collection of books, manuscripts, water-colours, archaeological remains, geological specimens and assorted paraphernalia. It also houses an area dedicated to Beatrix Potter.
A short drive away on Lake Road in Ambleside is Hayes Garden World, a pleasant all weather attraction. It has a very large array of plants, aquatic life and gifts of an excellent standard. There is also a well-regarded tea room and as an additional bonus, parking is free whilst you are on the estate.
As well as the above there are many more places to visit near Ambleside such as Grasmere, Coniston and Keswick. 




Grasmere is Cumbria’s most popular village, thanks to William Wordsworth (1770-1850). Today Grasmere is given to the tourist industry, with plenty of gift shops and places to eat and stay. 


Most of the buildings date from the 19th or early 20th Century, though the farms around Grasmere are much older.


Longlands staff recommend that whilst visiting Grasmere you should drop by Sarah Nelson’s gingerbread shop. You may have to queue to purchase the famous ginger bread, but it is well worth it when it is served to you piping hot with award winning rum butter. It really is a must purchase when visiting Grasmere! It’s unique, spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake, ensured that its reputation quickly spread, and it is now enjoyed by food lovers all over the world.




Coniston Water is around five miles long and half a mile wide. Above its western shore, the mountain of the Old Man of Coniston towers above the lake and the village.


The lake is about half a mile down from the village, where you can hire bikes, canoes, boats and toppers, from Coniston Boating Centre. There are a variety of shops, pubs and places to eat in the village.


Why not take a stop at The Green Housekeeper Café for some delicious home-made food? This is noted as one of the top ten places to visit on trip advisor and we can vouch for it being truly delicious. Brantwood is also a famous stopping point, overlooking the eastern shore, John Ruskin's home, is open to visitors 7 days a week 10:30am - 5pm.




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If you’ve always dreamed of having a holiday home in The Lakes, then this could be your opportunity to grab that dream. Why wait? Take the plunge today, you will not regret it. 


Contact Longlands

If you have any question about Longlands please feel free to contact us by one of the methods below:

Longlands Caravan Park, 
Kirkby Croglin, Kirkby-In-Furness,
Cumbria LA17 7XZ
T: 01229 889342 
E: longlands@holker.co.uk