Kendal is right in the heart of South Lakeland so it is the perfect location if you intend to walk, tour, enjoy the unique pleasures the Lake District has to offer or are in the area on business. Our B & B accommodation is situated above Kendal's bustling town centre, a short walk to the town's restaurants, shops and bars and a short drive to the spectacular Lake District National Park.
Kendal itself is an appealing market town full of good shopping from big names to local speciality traders. Kendal's nationally acclaimed Brewery Arts Centre features live drama, music, film, dance and a whole lot more while a good range of eating paces can be found in the centre of town.
Kendal is known as the gateway to the Lakes with Windermere only 8 miles away, but it's also within easy access of the Yorkshire Dales, the Lune Valley and the beautiful Cumbrian coastline.
If you fancy a bit of history and culture the area is brimming with spectacular houses, castles, museums and gardens. The Lakes and literature go hand in hand – Wordworth lived a little further north at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount, Rydal. The eminent Victorian writer, John Ruskin lived at Brantwood overlooking the lake at Coniston and Beatrix Potter's home can be found in picturesque Sawrey. All these houses are open to the public.
The Lake District
Beech House B & B is ideally located to allow you to explore the Lake District. The lakes, mountains and hill walking spring to mind - Kendal was after all home to Wainwright, whose books still inspire many a walker to explore the Lakes. However walking is not the only thing on offer there are many attractions, activities, events & shops. There's truly something for everyone.
The attractions range from the historic to the delicious! There is the beautiful arts & crafts house Blackwell, overlooking lake Windermere or Brantwood the home of John Ruskin, best visited via gondola from Coniston. For your taste buds there is the famous 1657 Chocolate House in Kendal or you could visit one of the 24 local breweries. View the detailed guide on Cumbria Tourism's website.
Activities are available here by the bucket load. The walks range from picturesque strolls to mountain scaling, the cycling is in abundance and if you fancy taking to the water there is canoeing, sailing, cruises or even swimming if you are feeling brave. Follow this link for more info on local walks or click here for advice on the activities on offer in the Lakes.
There is always something going on locally - art trails, mountain festivals, farmers markets, food & drink tours, exhibitions, theatre and live music. Below are some useful links, for more visit our links page:
Cumbria Tourism's Go Lakes website, packed with things to do and a what's on guide - www.golakes.co.uk/do/whats-on
Kendal's local newspaper the Westmorland Gazette's website which has listings of local events - www.thisisthelakedistrict.co.uk
The Brewery Arts Centre features live drama, music, film, dance - www.breweryarts.co.uk
Abbot Hall - www.abbothall.org.uk
Restaurants in Kendal
Just a few of the many Kendal Restaurants within 5 or 10 minutes walk of Beech House.
For independent reviews of the restaurants look in the little black book in the lounge.
The New Moon http://www.newmoonrestaurant.co.uk/
In fusion http://infusionkendal.com/
Déjà vu http://www.dejavukendal.com/
Castle Dairy http://www.castledairy.co.uk/
The Grain Store http://www.breweryarts.co.uk/food-and-drink/grain-store-restaurant
Paulo Gianni's http://www.paulogiannis.co.uk/paulo-giannis-kendal
Pizza Express http://www.pizzaexpress.com/visit-a-restaurant/restaurant/kendal
Strickland Arms http://www.ainscoughs.co.uk/Strickland-Arms/stricklandarmshome.html
Punch Bowl Inn http://punch-bowl-inn.co.uk/index.html
Local Transport Links
Oxenholme Railway Station is the intercity link station and only 2 miles from Kendal, from here it’s fairly easy to get a taxi to Beech House and it will only take about 10 minutes to do the journey. A useful local taxi firm we use is called Blue Star see link below.
Kendal Station is about 1 mile from us, but be warned it does involve walking up a hill from there to Beech House.
Busses 44 and 46 run from the town centre to Beech House throughout the day. The local 555 bus does regular journeys each day from Kendal to Keswick stopping off in Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside and Grasmere.
www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk combined bus and boat tickets can be purchased for hopping on and off.
www.mountain-goat.com Offer great tours for getting out and about without a car.