Adventurous Lake District!
“Dear Lucy and Freddie, we are delighted to invite you to join us for a fun filled weekend” – with those words lovely Alia invited us to join the MacDonald Hotels & Resorts infamous FAM trip to the Lake District. Lucy and I couldn’t have been more excited about a weekend away exploring the stunning countryside and make ourselves familiar with three of the fantastic MacDonald properties up north where neither Lucy or I had been before.
And here is what happened:
Leaving work slightly earlier on Friday we took the direct train from London Euston to Penrith, a comfortable three-hour journey. Once we arrived, we were picked up from the train station and transferred to the first hotel of the weekend, the Macdonald Leeming House. With unravelled views of the Cumbrian Fells the 4* hotel’s location is without doubt breath-taking. Right after checking in we joined the rest of the group for drinks and canapes, followed by dinner at the hotel’s Regent Restaurant. Probably exhausted from the fresh air that we are not used to as Londoners (let’s pretend Tring is part of London) we went for an earlier night in our spacious en-suite bedrooms, tastefully decorated in traditional style with balcony.
The following morning, we woke up to a surprise, it was snowing. From our beautiful balcony we enjoyed a clear view of the lake. What a start to the day, but there was more to come!
After a delicious and substantial breakfast, we left the hotel to have a show around at Macdonald Swan Hotel 3*, a former coaching inn built in the 1650s and therefore one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District. The cosy hotel is the perfect starting point for everyone wanting to explore the wonders of Lake District. We stopped at some on the most picturesque places on our way and were not short of excitement for the beauty around us.
Afterwards our journey continued to Graythwaite where our day of thrilling activities began. Sara and her team from CBA Events had already been waiting for us. After a quick hot beverage, we were split in two groups ready to take part in exciting activities which included archery, clay Pidgeon shooting and 4 x 4 off-road driving in Land Rover Defenders. Lucy as the country girl that she is exceled in all activities (I felt pressured to write this). It is safe to say the we all had a lot of fun! In our opinion the most memorable activity was the speed boat trip across Lake Windemere. Taking in the stunning scenery was worth the cold March wind blowing in our faces. After arriving safely at the Macdonald Old England jetty, we had some free time to explore Bowness-on-Windemere.
Macdonald Old England & Spa 4* is a homely hotel with outstanding view of the lake. Our room designed in contemporary décor provided the perfect space for us to relax and rewind after such a lively day out. But the day was day was not over yet. Early evening the friendly group met for a Gala dinner with lots of entertainment. We indulged in a delicious meal joined by exciting group games organised by All 4 One Events and big shout out to Capita for being such a fun bunch (next time our team will win). Later on, we joined our lovely hosts for a drink at the bar, before going off to a relaxing night sleep. What a perfect evening!
The next morning, it was already time to say Goodbye, right after a scrumptious breakfast with the gorgeous Lake views that we already had gotten used to. Taking the train from Oxenholme it didn’t take us long to arrive back in London.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Alia, Linda and Michelle from MacDonald Hotels & Resorts for the excellent hospitality, the fun times and unforgettable memories. Lucy and I will definitely visit the Lake District again – on our own or with our clients!
Author and lucky participant: Freddie Jung
Video content expert and lucky participant: Lucy Williams
Project team @ C-WISE