The Lake District is still #theplacetobe and open for business after Storm Desmond!
It’s been a tough week for many people in Cumbria following on from the floods and devastation of storm Desmond. Our two lakeside hotels; the Lodore Falls Hotel in Borrowdale and the Inn on the Lake in Ullswater have both suffered from the storm, however we are pleased to announce that both hotels are open as usual.
When storm Desmond was at it’s worst at the weekend, road access to the Lodore Falls Hotel and the Inn on the Lake was cut off due to rivers bursting their banks, aggressive water flow coming off the fells, and Derwentwater and Ullswater both raising to astonishing levels. Both hotels have been incredibly lucky, managing to avoid any damage inside, unfortunately the Lodore Falls gardens have taken the brunt of the floods and are going to need a great deal of TLC to restore them to their original beauty.
All the roads to the hotels have now been opened, Glenridding can be accessed via Troutbeck on the A66, and Keswick can be accessed by the first turn off from Penrith. The Borrowdale road is open, the Greta Bridge in Keswick (next to the Pencil Museum) is still closed. So don’t stay away… come and visit us!
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at the Lodore Falls and Inn on the Lake who have worked so hard to maintain high morale, keep our guests safe and try to continue as normal. We are very proud to employ some wonderful people.
It’s been truly amazing to see locals, visitors, the local authorities and the army all come together to rebuild what storm Desmond destroyed. Here’s a few lovely stories which we thought you might like to read about…
We love this wonderful story of a wedding that took place at the Inn on the Lake during the storm on Saturday 5th December. Well done to our staff who helped to make this couples wedding day such a great one! This is worth a read… visit http://bit.ly/1YWC91K
John and Mel were due to marry at the Lodore Falls Hotel on Monday 7th December but after the terrible floods plans had to change, luckily there was a happy ended and the couple still managed to say ‘I Do’ surrounded by their nearest and dearest… by holding their celebrations at our sister hotel, the Skiddaw Hotel in Keswick. After John and Mel’s ceremony they managed to walk up to the Lodore Falls to take some stunning pictures. Photography by Dru Dodd Wedding Photography.
Here’s some great photos from the other day when the army brought supplies to the village of Glenridding. We were able to set up a free shop in our Ramblers bar for locals to come and get what they needed and the Orangery was used as a communication centre for the Mountain Rescue and the Police.
Newlyweds Simon and Yvette Holden from Chorley, had concerns that their wedding may not go ahead because of the floods! But that didn’t affect the plans and we were so pleased to be able to host their wedding day at the Inn on the Lake on Thursday 10th December, it’s good to be able to enjoy some normality and happiness during all the heartache of the floods. The couple commented that they would be spending their first full day as husband and wife helping out residents and “doing what they could”.
Watch this short clip of the Lodore Falls looking rather spectacular after all the rainfall… taken on Thursday 10th December.