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Top 5 Things To Do Before Your Wedding Day

 Is Your Wedding Only 1 Week Away?

Here are a few things that can help you be prepared for the big day…

1 – Make a list…

Out of all the lists you must have made throughout the planning stages of your wedding this will be your last and most vital one! Your list should include all of the final touches you have spent so much time and thought over in the recent months. From table scatters to wedding favors you should take note of all of the things you want to pass onto your wedding coordinator on the day!

That’s the hard bit done! Once you have passed all of your items over you need to hand the list to your maid of honor (or delegated person) to collect all of those things for you after your big day! No use letting everybody get involved as you’ll be collecting items from your friends and family for weeks, if not months later!


2 – Pack the right things for your morning after!

You want to wake up feeling fresh and revitalized for your very first day as a married couple, don’t you? A sugary drink and some paracetamol definitely would not go a miss…and if you don’t need them your bridesmaids and groomsmen might! Better be safe than sorry. Think what do you usually need in the morning after the important event and pack it. Good make up kit or re-hydrating supplements might come in handy to help you get up  and start the day easier too.


3 – Take care of your dress!

Your wedding dress is your long lasting memory of that special day. Preserving it for as long as possible, even for your children might give you many more special moments. One of the wisest things I have heard was a bride booking her dress into the dry cleaners for the day after, assuming maybe…but wise? Yes!


4 – Book your transport!

Whether you are going straight off on your honeymoon or to the warmth of your own home you need to know you have a safe ride! Organize with your friends and family, or book a taxi in advance just to make sure you have a smooth and easy first day of marriage!


5 – Have your thank you cards ready!

Not for your gifts but for the people who have kept you cool, calm and sane! Whether it be the florist who has spoken to you several times over to make sure you have got the perfect bridal bouquet, or your make-up artist who has made you feel extra special on the day. Think about all those people who have made your day possible…they will appreciate  it!

Autumn Weekend Breaks in the Lake District

Catch the last of summer’s warmth and the first of the crisp autumn weather this September and October with a weekend break at Abbey House Hotel & Gardens.

Located just below the South Lakes, Abbey House Hotel & Gardens is just a short drive from the heart of the Lake District, one of the finest parts of England to enjoy the blaze of autumn trees.

The 14 acres of private woodland and gardens that surround the hotel put on a spectacular show each autumn, enjoyed during a stroll through the grounds, or simply from your room or suite windows.

Further afield; explore the Lake District National Park with vivid autumn colours perfectly reflected in Lake Windermere and Coniston Water.

Here are just some of Abbey House Hotel & Gardens’ recommendations for beautiful autumn views:

  • Grizedale Forest- just over 30 minutes from Abbey House Hotel & Gardens, Grizedale is truly picturesque in autumn.
  • Whinlatter Forest- this unique mountain forest boasts dramatic views and lies an hour and a half north of Abbey House Hotel & Gardens.
  • High Dam at Lake Windermere- take a walk around the tarn surrounded by larch, pine, oak and birch. High Dam is just a 20-minute drive from the hotel.

At the end of a day spent exploring the fells, woods and waters; enjoy a delightful meal at Oscar’s Restaurant.  Opt for the oak paneled dining area, or the heated dining terrace, which is perfect for drinking in garden views.

When planning your autumn getaway to the Lake District, why not book one of the hotels deals on offer at Abbey House Hotel & Gardens?

Award Winning Cumbria Wedding Venue

Abbey House Hotel is very proud to have again received the award for best wedding venue in Cumbria. The latest award now makes it the fifth year in a row that Abbey House has been awarded this prestigious accolade. All the hard work and planning of the most amazing Cumbria weddings has really paid off. The award was graciously accepted at the Gala presentation evening hosted by County Brides on the 17th June at St George’s Hall in Liverpool.

Best Wedding Venue Cumbria Award Ceremony
Abbey House Wedding Coordinators Harriet & Jo collecting the award for best wedding venue in Cumbria for the 5th year!

Now in their fifth year, The North West Wedding Awards promote excellence within the wedding industry, across a wide range of categories.

The Abbey House wedding team specializes in taking your dreams and making them come true. With all the worrying tasks taken care of you can concentrate on enjoying your special day. Not only is Abbey House the best wedding venue in Cumbria but you will find the hotel facilities a perfect match for your special day.

Why choose Abbey House hotel as your wedding venue:

  • 5 times voted the “best wedding venue in Cumbria
  • Experience serving 140 significant events a year
  • Dedicated, highly experienced wedding service team
  • Beautiful country wedding setting
  • Exclusive, bespoke packages that are unique to each couple
  • Luxury guest accommodation
  • Award winning catering
  • Exquisite gardens and grounds

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    Welcome To Barrow In Furness

    Visitors to the Lake District and Cumbria may not know all that much about our home town Barrow In Furness, so here is a brief introduction and guide to what Barrow offers.

    Barrow In Furness History

    Barrow enjoys an ancient history with evidence of inhabitation in the Neolithic period. A significant finding of Viking artifacts points to Viking occupation with  the Old Norse names of the areas including “Barrow” and “Furness”.

    Furness Abbey played a key role in the rise of the local industry as Cistercian monks discovered iron ore deposits which they mined and processed. By the 15th century the proceeds from the mining operations and other revenue streams meant that Furness Abbey was the second richest and most powerful Cistercian abbey in England. Over the centuries the town grew into a major industrial player, with a peak in shipbuilding activities during the 2nd World War. Currently major renewable energy initiatives are underway offshore and in 2014 plans were revealed for the Barrow shipyard to construct a number of new submarines.

    Barrow In Furness Tourism

    Barrow In Furness has been described as the “gateway to the lakes” and “where the lakes meets the sea” placing it perfectly to start your exploration of the Cumbrian Lake District. Barrow offers a host of tourist activities for the whole family:

    • Barrow’s  Dock Museum tells the history of Barrow and is great for a free family outing.
    • Walney Island offers  two world renowned nature reserves, South Walney Nature Reserve and North Walney Nature Reserve.
    • At the tip of the Furness peninsula, barrow is the perfect spot to enjoy the warm summer at the beach with a number of beaches to choose from.
    • For a taste if the history of Barrow visit the ruins of Furness Abbey and Piel Castle, which are both managed by English Heritage
    • Experience 1000’s of wild animals at the  South Lakes Safari Zoo.

    Abbey House Hotel & Gardens enjoys an enviable location on the outskirts of Barrow In Furness and neighbours the famous Furness Abbey. A 4 star Barrow Hotel, Abbey House has undergone a recent refurbishment meaning it is sure to please. Each room offers an exquisitely comfortable bed, flatscreen LCD TV with a range of Sky Sports and Freeview channels, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary Wifi access.

    Check availability now at our 4 star Barrow in Furness at the gateway of the Cumbrian Lake District.

    Summer Holidays In The Lake District

    The Lake District is just perfect for a summer holiday with lots to do for the whole family. Abbey House Hotel & Gardens is located on the southern border of the Lake District and is the perfect base for a summer holiday or weekend break. Abbey House Hotel & Gardens have prepared a guide to a few of the top Lake District attractions within a few miles of Abbey House Hotel in Barrow In Furness.

    Furness Abbey

    Furness Abbey offers an opportunity to see firsthand the impressive, romantic ruins of an Abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England. Furness Abbey is located at the end of our beautiful grounds and is a great day day out with the family.

    Manor Road
    Barrow in Furness
    LA13 0PJ

    The South Lakes Wild Animal Park

    The South Lakes Wild Animal Park is just a 5 minute drive away and guests of Abbey House Hotel & Gardens can enjoy great savings on their entrance fees. Experience wild animals such as lions, snow leopards, kangaroos, wolves, bears and cute monkeys.

    South Lakes Safari Zoo,
    LA15 8JR

    Cumbria Golf

    Abbey House Hotel & Gardens is situated close to two  stunning golf courses, Ulverston Golf Club and Barrow Golf Club. Simply contact our reservations team and we will arrange tee off times for you.

    Ulverston Golf Club:
    Bardsea Park, Ulverston LA12 9QJ, United Kingdom

    Barrow Golf Club:
    Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, United Kingdom

    Every room at Abbey House Hotel guarantees an exquisitely comfortable bed, soft plush carpets and en-suite facilities. All of our rooms include a flatscreen LCD TV with a range of Sky Sports and Freeview channels as well as tea and coffee making facilities. For the benefit and comfort of our guests, there is complimentary Wifi access throughout all public areas, suites and bedrooms.

    We look forward to welcoming you and the family on a Lake District Holiday or weekend break this summer.

    Early May Bank Holiday Break

    This year the early May Bank Holiday falls on 4 May 2015. Why not celebrate the start of the warmer weather with a May Day Bank Holiday break in Cumbria? Hopefully the winter weather will be well and truly behind us and May should see some warm days and mild evenings to go with the longer days. One of the best ways to enjoy Spring and Summer is get out into nature and Cumbria is the perfect setting for enjoying picture postcard scenery.  Located on the southern tip of the Lake District there is plenty of outdoor activities in the local countryside for the whole family.

    may bank holiday break gardens

    Abbey House Hotel & Gardens boasts 16 acres of manicured gardens and in spring and summer the gardens come alive with flowers and summer wildlife. Our new heated dining terrace is the perfect place to take in the breathtaking scenery of Abbey House Hotel’s gardens or soak up the sun and explore the gardens at your leisure.

    For your May Bank Holiday break choose from 61 exquisitely decorated rooms or suites. Every room at Abbey House Hotel offers:

    • an exquisitely comfortable bed
    • soft plush carpets
    • en-suite facilities.
    • a flatscreen LCD TV with a range of Sky Sports and Freeview channels
    • tea and coffee making facilities. complimentary Wifi

    Book your spot in the sun and experience the Cumbrian countryside this May Day Bank Holiday. Check availability now.

    Easter & Bank Holiday Break In The Lake District

    Where will you be spending your Easter Bank Holiday weekend? How about a Easter break to the picturesque Lake District area of Cumbria. The Lake District area of Cumbria is considered one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Abbey House Hotel & Gardens enjoys an ideal Cumbrian location on the southern border of The Lake District. Millions of tourists visit Cumbria and The Lake District National Park every year to enjoy the tranquil countryside and you too can experience it this Easter Bank Holiday.

    This year the dates of Easter Bank holidays are:

    Good Friday – Friday 3rd April
    Easter Monday – Monday 6th April

    Abbey House Hotel & Gardens is situated on the grounds of the famous historic landmark the Furness Abbey which can be visited by guests at the hotel. With 14 acres of private woodland and gardens to explore there is plenty to do for the whole family.

    The hotel has recently undergone a multi million pound refurbishment in its Centenary year and guests will enjoy award winning dining at Oscars and stunning and imaginative contemporary accommodation.  Each room offers as standard:

    • an amazingly comfortable bed
    • soft plush carpets
    • en-suite facilities
    • flatscreen LCD TV with a range of Sky Sports and Freeview channels
    • tea and coffee making facilities
    • complimentary Wifi access

    Make a booking at  the Elements Spa and leave the world behind as you treat yourself to the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. To check availability at Abbey House Hotel for this easter bank Holiday please use our online booking engine or give the team a call on 0844 8262091.


    Valentine’s Weekend Break in Barrow In Furness, Cumbria

    Are you still looking for the perfect destination for your Valentine’s weekend break? We hope Abbey House Hotel & Gardens will be the Valentine’s Day destination you have always dreamed of. Set in the Cumbrian countryside in the seaside town of Barrow In Furness, Abbey House Hotel offers all that you need for a truly romantic weekend.

    Abbey House Hotel

    As an award winning wedding venue , romance is our speciality and the lovely country setting is just right for spending time with your Valentine. Our stunning rooms and suites offer imaginative contemporary interiors and a full compliment of amenities. In each room you will find flatscreen LCD TV with a range of Sky Sports and Freeview channels as well as tea and coffee making facilities. There is complimentary Wifi access throughout all public areas, suites and bedrooms.

    Join us for our  Valentines Masquerade Ball on Saturday February 14th 2015 for a taste of our award winning cuisine or contact us now to make an enquiry.

    Conference Venue In The Lake District, Cumbria

    Conferences and events can really lack personality when hosted in a sterile city space. Abbey House Hotel on the other hand offers a state of the art conference venue in the beauty of the Lake District Cumbria.

    Our countryside location near the Cumbrian Lakes does not mean antiquated technology. We have invested in a range of cutting edge AV technology, seamlessly integrated to ensure ease of use and the success of your event or conference. This conference technology includes high resolution HD quality projectors with the latest Apple iPad controls and the ability to present directly from an iPad to the room display using Apple TV.

    Conference room in Cumbria

    Abbey House Hotel offers ideal venue options with a choice of conference and meeting rooms. Our in-house conference equipment comprises of:

    • Built in projectors & screens or HD Screens with laptop interface & sound. (where this isn’t possible a portable screen & projector will be provided)
    • Flip Charts & Markers if requested
    • Blotters, Paper & Pencils

    Off package, all Abbey House Hotel & Gardens conferencing rooms are available from £100 per hour, including all in house equipment as detailed, Free WiFi, Coffee, Water & Cordials.

    Conference presentation venue

    If you prefer a more informal setting or when full conference facilities are not needed then visit our award winning restaurant, Oscar’s. Oscar’s offers free WiFi throughout the day complimented with an extensive beverage & dining range. This is a ideal environment to meet with your important clients over award winning food and drink.

    Conference catering

    Your conference delegates and visitors will love exploring the surrounding gardens and countryside and relaxing in our comfortable rooms.  All of our bedrooms include a flatscreen LCD TV with a range of Sky Sports and Freeview channels and complimentary WIFI.

    Speak to our dedicated conference team today to discuss your conference venue requirements in the Lake District, Cumbria.

    UK Short Breaks To The Lake District, Cumbria

    Where is your favourite spot for a short break? Spain, Italy, France? Why not make 2015 the year to discover the many scenic local spots in the U.K. The U.K. has so many beautiful coastal towns that are perfect for a short break. No rushing to the airport, roaming on your mobile, converting Pounds to Euros and struggling to communicate. The West Coast boasts breathtaking scenery and an abundance of activities and sights and sounds that will keep the whole family entertained.

    Abbey House Hotel from airAbbey House Hotel and Gardens enjoys an ideal location in the Southern Lake District. Set in 14 acres of private woodland and gardens, the hotel lies nestled just on the edge of the town of Barrow in Furness. The Furness Abbey is accessible from the grounds and the exciting ruins can be explored at your leisure.


    Just minutes away is the South Lakes Wild Animal Park that will be a great hit with the kids. They will also love a visit to Thomas & Friends at the Haverthwaite Railway Village.

    Things to do in Cumbria

    Less than an hours drive is Lakes Coniston & Windermere along with the scenic villages of Hawkeshead & Ambleside. In the town of Barrow in Furness you will find a superb dockside museum. Enjoy some fresh air and get the blood pumping with a coastal walks to the Walney Island Nature reserve and the local seal community can be viewed on a regular basis.

    With so much to do in the local area, Abbey House Hotel is the perfect base. The unique country setting, great accommodation options and complimentary WIFi make for a truly unforgettable short break. We are looking forward to welcoming you at Abbey House Hotel so why not check availability now for your next short break to Cumbria?