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5 Reasons To Have A Winter Wedding

When most couples think of their wedding day in the Lake District they normally think of a hot summers day drinking fizz and celebrating it with their loved ones… But why do they dismiss the option of having a winter wedding? I know what you are thinking… the weather will be cold and dismal, there’s a chance of rain or snow and the days can be dark and dingy. We shouldn’t dismiss a Winter Wedding in Cumbria for these reasons. They can be some of the most romantic and detailed weddings around! Here are 5 reasons why we think you should rethink having a Winter Wedding.


The Price

Winter is the best time of year to have your perfect wedding day at a reduced cost. Due to the peak season being over, Abbey House Hotel will be offering special winter wedding packages, Steve Hillman Wedding Photography is also offering a late availability package exclusively to Abbey house (subject to availability). It’s a fantastic opportunity to save money! And who knows you might even be able to hire that perfect band you both love!


Winter Bride Groom Sign-01


The Theme

Why not sprinkle some Christmas magic on your wedding and embrace the season! By using a Christmas colour pallet, it will allow you more freedom to keep your wedding modern yet celebrate your favourite holiday at the same time. Abbey House Hotel & Gardens pulls out every stop especially when it comes to Christmas lights!




The Photo Opportunities

What’s more perfect than a crisp winters day… The nights get darker and the celebrations get louder! As a wedding favour why not think about giving custom branded sparklers? I don’t know how many times we’ve all been to weddings and ‘accidentally’ left the wedding favour on the table… By giving sparklers you can get your guests to take part in a magical photo, lighting the path for you and your lovely partner’s future! By upgrading your wedding package with Abbey House you could receive the perfect background … a magical firework display.




The Details

Where to start… Winter wedding details are the perfect way to set the mood for your big day. Whether it’s using hundreds of glowing candles down the aisle or warm twinkling lights at your reception, you can create the most amazing experience for your guests from start to finish with the simplest ideas.


wedding lanterns


The Winter Romance

There is nothing more romantic than a getting married on a chilly winters day in Cumbria. It’s a perfect chance to get all cosy next to your new husband/wife over a glass of warm mulled wine and enjoy every moment of your big day…


Bride and grom_winter-01

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?

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.

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?