You may have seen on my instagram lately I took a trip down to the Lake District for a couple of nights away. I’d driven passed the Lake District many a time heading down south and always said I’d love to visit and spend some time there so I finally managed to make some space in my diary. As you can imagine I’m not much of a country girl however I can very much appreciate the beauty of the countryside and what it has to offer. Where hill walking is for some people, it isn’t for me so don’t be expecting a blog post on the must have hill walks, if thats what you even call it. But instead, the gorgeous hotel/pub I stayed in, shopping spots and places to explore.
First stop on the way down I hit Gretna Gateway shopping outlet for a quick shop in hope I’d grab myself a bargain – of course I managed to fit in a bit of shopping. It was a success, I picked up a few pieces from Marks & Spencers and also a couple of pairs of shoes from Next all for under £50! I’ve pictured a couple of these below including a skirt at £8 (Marks & Spencers) and a pair of heels at £12 (Next). Definitely worth while stopping to have a look and grab a coffee before you hit the road again.
We then checked into the most amazing pub where we were staying for the evening. When you say the term ‘pub’, you tend to associate it with dingy, stale smelling rooms filled with older men drinking pints and looking from the outside it did look like any other Victorian roadside inn/pub. However as soon as you take a step inside it really could not be any further from that. The Plough offered a cosy yet sophisticated environment with the most amazing, effortless country-contemporary styled rooms. When I posted videos of my room on my Instagram story many of you messaged me to ask where it was as you could just never picture such a beautiful place in the countryside just off the M6.
The Plough has mastered a modern-rustic style by perfecting the balance between your typical countryside cosy, comfortable interiors – the winter dream, alongside a bright, welcoming atmosphere. The staff were super friendly and food just delicious. I’d highly recommend 100 times over so if you ever consider a weekend away in the Lake District or just looking for somewhere to pop in for lunch on your travels, visiting The Plough is a must. (P.s. It’s also dog friendly).
Surprisingly enough, I’m a bit of a geography geek – I do love a good cave to visit. And after studying the White Scar cave back in my younger years of higher geography I was desperate to visit with it being only a 30 minute drive away from The Plough. Whether you’re into that kinda stuff or not, it’s definitely a great experience and worth taking the time to visit. Also its probably worth noting, don’t turn up in a white skirt and high heels, it’s quite wet and theres lots of steps. Maybe that sounds a little ridiculous but here was me thinking heels would be a great idea – evidently not.
But thats it from me. I hope this has maybe encouraged you to take that well deserved trip or even just given you a couple of ideas for your next getaway.
Thanks for reading.