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The historic village of Heversham has a fabulous location. There are so many different areas you can visit, all within a 30 minute car journey or less – the dramatic Lakeland fells and Lake District; stunning coastline of Arnside and Silverdale as well as the Pennine Way and Yorkshire Dales.

For local conveniences, the village of Milnthorpe is just a mile away, where you can buy almost anything, from sticky toffee pudding to a tailored men’s suit! Booths supermarket is open daily until 10pm, No 17 Restaurant and bar provide a top quality meal out, Mirror Mirror is there for holiday beauty treatments, and there are Indian, Chinese and Pizza takeaways for easy holiday dining. We even have our own recently refurbished village pub just a 5 minute walk from the cottages.  Dating back several centuries, Heversham Hotel is full of character, there is even an old well in one of the back bars, preserved under a glass floor panel for posterity.  The pub offers lunch and evening menus with a roast on Sundays, and as part of the Samuel Smiths brewery, it serves one of the cheapest pints in the country.  In summer you can sit outside and soak up the rays in their lovely beer garden. They welcome families and are dog-friendly.

Walk from the cottages up the hill of Heversham Head, and within 10 minutes a great panorama opens up, with views of the estuary, coastline and fells. It really is breath taking. There are also 2 local parks just a mile away, where you can find both fallow, and the less common black deer, or visit Leighton Moss RSPB nature reserve for sightings of all kinds of rare bird life as well as otters, red deer and many other wildlife species.

There are also a whole host of attractions and activities in the immediate area, and of course many more throughout the Lake District. As a sample I have provided links to the nearest ones, and when you arrive at the cottages, there is a box filled with leaflets for the rest. So whether you fancy the topiary gardens of Levens Hall, outdoor adventuring, an animal experience for children, fishing, watersports, or stately homes, there really is something for everyone, and we try to make sure you know where to go!

Places to Eat and Drink

No 17 at Milnthorpe – 1 mile
Beautiful food, lovely contemporary atmosphere, great service. You can pop in for a coffee and a cake, have brunch, sample their light snacks lunch menu, nip down for a cocktail before tea, or book a table for their full a la carte menu.  They also do a great roast on a Sunday and serve up to 4pm.

 The Kingfisher at Sandside – 1.5 miles
A restaurant with a wonderful location and split level restaurant which enables everyone to enjoy the views of the Kent Estuary, surrounding Lakeland fells and spectacular sunsets. Gorgeous food with a good value set menu.

The Ship – Sandside, on the road to Arnside, 2.5 miles
A friendly pub, with a busy restaurant and public bar with pool table, darts board and Sky TV for sport.  Situated right on the estuary with stunning views of the estuary and fells.  There is a garden and seating outside so you can soak up the sun and make the most of the views.  It is a real ale pub featured on the local Storth website.

The Albion pub at Arnside – 3 miles
Located on the coastline, stunning views of estuary and fells.  Outside seating with patio heaters and glass wind breaks so that you can make the most of the views whatever the time of year.  This is the place to watch the sun set.

The Hare and Hounds at Levens – 1.5 miles
The Hare and Hounds has recently been refurbished, and Becky, the new land lady, has really brought the character back to this old pub.  It is now very popular, has a great menu and specialises in cask ales.  They are very friendly and welcoming to all – families, walkers, cyclists, children and dogs.

The Lakeside Hotel at Newby Bridge – 13 miles (20 mins by car)
Luxurious hotel on the banks of Lake Windermere.  Conservatory and terrace for light lunch or sumptuous afternoon tea and a la carte restaurant for the evening.  Full Spa facilities.

Activites and Attractions

There are literally hundreds of activities and attractions throughout the Lake District, so these are just a few of the ones closest to the cottages. Some of them are seasonal, so please check out their websites before planning your trip.

Farleton Fisheries – Farleton, 1 mile
Fly fishing and tea rooms.

Kendal – 6 miles
Visit Website
A really quaint old market town, that has kept it’s original character, whilst providing a great mix of shopping, cafes and historic culture.

Lake District Bike Hire – 0 miles (they bring the bikes to you!)
Marin mountain bikes, available for hire by the day. You book, they deliver.

Lakeland Maize Maze – Sedgewick nr Kendal, 3 miles
Giant maze and farm park including trampolines, karting, tractor rides, soft play area, pets barn, lamas and alpacas, giant draughts and coin operated tractors. Café for refreshments.

Levens Hall Topiary Gardens – Levens, less than a mile
World renowned topiary gardens and Elizabethan house and tea rooms. Escorted garden walks with Levens Hall gardener. Collection of steam engines, usually in action on Sundays.

Sizergh Castle (National Trust) – 2 miles
Beautiful medieval house with rich gardens and estate. Woodland trail for kids, café and shop.

The Outdoor Adventure Company – Old Hutton, 7 miles
Off Road Driving, Tank Driving, Clay Shooting, Archery, Paintballing, Sheep herding, Dry Stone Walling, Zip Wire, Raft race…

Tree Top Trekking / Brockhole – Windermere, 16 miles &
A fantastic day out. Set on the edge of Lake Windermere with a dramatic view of the Langdale fells, whether you just want a relaxing picnic on the shore of the lake, or to take part in one of their many activities, this is a fabulous place to visit, especially for families. Activities include: Tree top trekking, bike hire, boat hire, boat trips, mini golf, pony rides, trails and orienteering. Stunning grounds, café with amazing views.

Wildlife Oasis
The little zoo with lots to do. An exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive hands-on displays, you are taken on an evolutionary journey spanning over 300,000,000 years. Breeding programmes for endangered species. Butterfly house, aquarium, meerkats, fossas, tamarin monkeys and much more. Feeding times for

Winderemere Cruises
Cruises on England’s largest lake, Lake Windermere, from 45 minutes to 3 hours, or you can even spend all day on and around the lake with their Freedom of the Lake ticket. Boats leave regularly throughout the day.

COVID-19 Update 

Good news, from the 4th of July Olde Blue Bell Cottages we will be reopening it's doors to customers.  We are excited to welcome guests once again, and are introducing new protocols for cleaning and check-in to ensure your health and well-being.

If you would any questions answered prior to booking, please contact me direct on 07717171283 or

We look forward to welcoming you back to Olde Blue Bell Cottages and the lovely Lake District for your holidays.


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