Monthly Archives - November 2019

Why a Holiday Cottage With a Log Fire Makes a Great Winter Break

Winter is a great time to gather the family or round up a few friends and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a cottage holiday. Whether you’re getting together to celebrate the festive season, a special occasion, or you’re just looking for an opportunity to get together, this is the perfect time to get away for a few days. At Holgates Cottage Collection, we have a selection of fantastic cottages that will be perfect for your time away, largely due to the great features of the cottages which have been decked out with everything you could want for a getaway in the countryside.  One of these features is a log fire which will make your break just a little more perfect. Here are just a few reasons why:   

Warming Winter Feeling

When the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, what could be better than settling in for the evening in front of a roaring log fire? This is the perfect way to get into the winter mood and would offer the perfect opportunity to sit down on the sofa, wrapped up warm with a glass of mulled wine and a festive film on the television. Cut off from the business of your everyday life, this is a perfect way to unwind and relax, especially around Christmas time.  

Romantic Evenings In

Forget about taking the family or friends with you and enjoy a romantic getaway, just the two of you. Is there anything more romantic than sitting in front of a crackling log fire with that special someone in your life?  Our cottages are designed with a stylish touch that will help you to relax and enjoy a romantic evening warming by the fire so you can enjoy the company of one another and forget about the outside world, even if it’s just for a little while.  

Perfect for Walking Holidays

Silverdale and the surrounding area is perfect for walking and enjoying the great outdoors. Sadly, however, we can’t always guarantee that you’ll be treated to glorious sunshine, especially at this time of year!  When you stay in one of our cottages with a log fire, however, you’ll have the perfect place to warm up again after a day out walking, especially if it’s been wet and cold. You could even take a dip in the bath before settling down in front of a hot fire, listening to the relaxing spitting and crackling of the flames There are so many reasons why our holiday cottages are absolutely perfect for a winter break, whether you decide to take family or friends, or just whisk yourselves away for a romantic getaway.    Our holiday cottages with log fires (Pepper Pot, Cove Lodge and The Knott) add a little luxury to your time away, so why not treat yourself this winter with a little respite in this beautiful part of the country? Take a look at our holiday cottages and their features and availability to choose the perfect one for your winter break, or contact a member of our team to find out more.  

Why Our Cottages in Silverdale Make the Perfect Base to Explore the Lake District

When you want a bit of a break to get away with the family, there’s nothing better than that home from home feeling. Our collection of cottages offer a cosy and relaxing setting to get away from it all and unwind in our beautiful surroundings here in Silverdale. In fact, not only is Silverdale a wonderful place to visit in its own right, it is also conveniently located right at the edge of the Lake District, making it the ideal place to stay if you’re hoping to do a little bit of exploring yourself.  

Just a short drive to the Lake District

The Lake District is only an hour’s drive from Silverdale, making it very easy to plan a number of great days out to enjoy during your stay with us. Even the drive itself can be rather enjoyable, taking you through some of the most picturesque landscape in the country. Whether you’re a hiker, a shopper, or you love a good potter around a museum, there is plenty to do in the Lakes. No matter how much of a big day you have planned, you can be back at your cottage ready to relax for the evening within the hour, so start filling your itinerary now!  

Enjoy the Lake District’s best attractions

No matter what your idea of the perfect day out is, the Lake District has something to offer for everybody. Whether you’re visiting with friends, family, or as a couple, you won’t run out of wonderful things to fill your days with. If you have kids in tow, there are lots of child-friendly activities to be enjoyed, including the World of Beatrix Potter in the popular lakeside village of Bowness. Fancy bagging yourself a few Wainwrights? The clever people at have plotted the easiest way to walk all 214 of the Wainwright fells in just 59 walks - why not aim to complete a couple each time you visit us? What better reason do you need to return again and again... If taking to the water is more your style, Windermere Lake Cruises are a great way to enjoy the area of Windermere at a leisurely pace, or you could even hire a self-drive or rowing boat if you want an experience that is a little bit more intimate. There are many wonderful museums to visit in the Lakes, including Dove Cottage, the official Wordsworth museum and former home of the man himself. Car lovers will certainly enjoy a trip to the Lakeland Motor Museum, which houses fantastic historic cars and racing cars, as well as recreations of period shops, a 1920s garage, and a 1950s cafe.  

Great facilities nearby

If you stay with us in any of our cottages, you will get free access to our fantastic facilities at our nearby holiday park Silverdale Holiday Park, which features an indoor swimming pool, children’s play areas, and a bowling alley (although extra charges apply for the bowling alley). This means that if you fancy a day off from exploring, or if the weather isn’t the best, there is still plenty for you to do without having to stray too far from your front door.  When hunger strikes, why not head to The Royal, our fantastic bar and restaurant in the heart of Silverdale village, where we serve delicious locally sourced food and drink.  We do a special every night of the week, including steak night on a Thursday, and a fabulous Sunday roast. And if you’re visiting us around the festive period, be sure to check out our Christmas menu!   No matter what you feel up to doing, we’ve got you covered here at Holgates Cottage Collection, so why not check our availability now?

Why Renting a Holiday Cottage is Better Than a Hotel

Most of us are used to simply booking a hotel whenever we’re away, whether it’s for a couple of nights for a full week or two, but renting out a holiday cottage is often a much better alternative, especially if you’re going to be visiting for a while. And when your holiday cottage is located right on the doorstep of the Lake District and North Lancashire, it makes even more sense! Here are some of the reasons why we believe renting out your own holiday cottage is a much smarter alternative than a hotel room for your next trip away.  


The price is obviously one of the most important things that people take into account when looking for a place to stay, especially if you’re travelling with the family. While people often assume that hotels are always cheaper than holiday cottages, this isn’t necessarily always the case. Especially if you’re looking at a longer stay, you should be able to find cottages which are of a similar price to a hotel room, if not cheaper in some cases. Staying at a holiday cottage is especially cost-effective if you’re travelling in a larger group. Not only are you spreading the cost between more people, but you’ll save money by occasionally cooking your own meals. If you would like to eat out in the area, why not read our post on the best pubs and restaurants in Arnside?  

Better for Families

Travelling with a young family can sometimes be a challenge, but having your own holiday cottage can help to make things that little bit easier. As mentioned, being able to cook your own meals is a huge bonus, as you can cater to your children’s specific tastes and not have to worry about them being picky eaters if you were heading out for food. Older kids will also have their own space away from mum and dad where they can relax if they want to, and if you have younger children, you can sit in the living area and chill out after you’ve put the kids to bed in their own rooms.  

More Relaxed

Staying in your own holiday cottage is a much more laidback affair and really allows you to immerse yourself in the local community of wherever it is that you’re staying. Especially if you’re staying for a long period of time, you can really settle in and make the cottage your home for the week.  As well as cooking your own meals you’ll have all the other amenities from home that you’re used to, like a washing machine and dryer, private bed and bathrooms and an outdoor area to sit and have a BBQ (weather permitting!). Overall, the pace is just a lot more chilled out at a holiday cottage and you’ll actually feel comfortable just relaxing at home, much more than you would do in a tiny hotel room.  


On top of this, it’s nice just to have your own space, where you know that you won’t be disturbed. While some people won’t enjoy the lack of room service, housekeeping or concierge, for others, the idea of being left completely alone for the week sounds like bliss! You also won’t have any noisy neighbours to worry about. Holiday cottages are also much larger than standard hotel rooms, so even within the cottage, you’ll be able to get a little time to yourself if you wish.  

Home Comforts

Often, it’s the little things that make a holiday cottage really feel like home, rather than anything flashy. Simple things such as having normal cutlery and your own dining table to sit down and eat at, or being able to sit down in your dressing gown on the sofa and watch Netflix all help to make a holiday cottage feel a million miles away from a hotel room. But don’t just take out word for it! To find out the joys of renting your own holiday cottage here in Silverdale, be sure to check out our collection of cottages here at Holgates.