What is there to see and do

  • Bigland Hall for outdoor activities and all things equestrian.
  • Holker Hall and Gardens with Cafe and Fine Food Hall
  • Levens Hall and Gardens for unique Topiary and Cafe
  • Country Lanes Bike Hire located in Windermere by the railway and bus station.
  • Lake District Bikes Lake District bike hire offering a great range of bikes including electric bikes. Will deliver to The Knoll.
  • Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop, Tea Room, Craft Gallery and Farm Trail
  • Windermere Lake Cruises Regular sailings throughout the year from Lakeside along the length of Lake Windermere to Bowness and Ambleside, taking in the breath-taking scenery along the way.
  • Cumbrian Heavy Horses – Take a Fell Ride or beach ride on one of the iconic big horses and see the beauty of the Lakeland Fells from horseback.
  • Aquarium of the Lakes an amazing journey of discovery, uncover the secret world of the Lakes from the Mountain to the Sea.  Cafe and Shop and all just a five-minute walk away
  • Brantwood House and Gardens former home of John Ruskin.  A lively centre of contemporary arts and the environment with Cafe and Shop
  • Go Ape an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up in the trees
  • South Lakes Wild Animal Park is probably the UKs best wildlife conservation Zoo Park and home to a wide variety of wild animals from around the world
  • Coniston Launch for Solar Electric Passenger Boat Cruises along the stunning Lake Coniston.  Enjoy walks along the shoreline and home cooked food in the lakeside Bluebird Cafe
  • Yew Tree Barn Just a short drive from the Knoll in Newton, Cartmel, Yew Tree Barn offers a fabulous café, gift shop, local crafts and reclamation yard.  Great Christmas market too.
  • The Dock Museum is a modern museum built over an original Victorian Graving Dock, were you can explore the fascinating history of Barrow-in-Furness.  Shop and Cafe on site
  • Gleaston Water Mill is an imposing Water Mill which has been part of the local heritage for over 400 years.  Complete with a traditional English Tea Shop and a Country Store selling a superb collection of food and gifts
  • Grizedale Forest – from the all access Ridding Wood trail to the demanding Silurian Way, from the Tearoom to the Sculpture trails, Grizedale Forest Park offers an unrivalled day out for everyone
  • Hayes Garden World is home to one of the North’s largest selections of plants, garden furniture and leisure products from around the world, Hayes Garden World is sheer inspiration
  • Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery is the largest stocked lake in the North West of England, offering renowned top of the water action in true loch style, set amidst breath-taking scenery
  • Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is home to hard working steam locomotives that haul comfortable coaches through the beautiful Leven Valley to Lakeside, where connections are available with Windermere Lake Cruises. Locomotives, Licensed Restaurant and Souvenir shop at Haverthwaite station
  • Low Wood Water sports and Activity Centre for water skiing, wakesurfing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and boat hire or why not have a go at the climbing wall or bungee trampolining
  • River Deep, Mountain High Activity Centre for a wide range of instructed outdoor activities including: gorge walks, canoeing, abseils, mountain biking, climbing, sailing and more
  • Ulverston is South Lakeland’s festival town with a year-round programme of mainly free festivals and events. Birthplace of Stan Laurel. Wealth of specialist shops, street market Thursday. Summer Saturday’s art, craft, charity markets and food fairs in heart of this historic town.
  • Windermere Lake Cruises Regular lake cruises on Windermere from Lakeside Pier (less than 5-minute walk from the Knoll) to Bowness, Ambleside, Fellfoot Park and Brockhole all available throughout the year. Discounts available for guests staying at the Knoll.
  • Cartmel village and priory Beautiful Priory set in a beautiful village boasting the renowned L’Enclume Simon Rogan’s Michelin starred restaurant and the Cartmel Sticky Toffee pudding shop.
  • Lakeland Motor Museum Fantastic collection of classic and vintage cars in the original Blueworks factory in Backbarrow.
  • Fellfoot Park Just down the road from the Knoll is the lovely Fellfoot park owned by the National Trust.  It has great boating hire options, café, shop and you can BBQ lakeside during the year.

We closed our doors here at The Knoll finally on 7th December 2021 and said goodbye to this cherished home.  

It has been a place of love, laughter and sanctuary and I have been privileged to have been its custodian for almost 21 years - a third of my life.  It’s been incredibly hard to let go as it has been more than a job and more than a home. Thank you for supporting it and me through either being amazing guests or treasured friends - in many cases both.  I particularly want to thank my wonderful team  - Cheryl Munster, Karen Robb Bellman, Helen Snowball-Brand, Ali Deeley.   But of course, The Knoll would be nothing without my fabulous sister Denise Hyde and my truly incredible partner Mosy Mac.  I’m so proud of what we did here.  The love and genuine care we afforded every single person who walked through our doors over the years has been what made us special. We have offered a port in a storm for some, a place to enjoy the Lakes for others and in the middle of this, a home for me and my nearest and dearest.  This beautiful building has been handed on with love to its lovely new family.  

We wish you all well in the future and again, thank you for supporting this wonderful place.  Should you want to keep in touch,  we still have the Knoll email address.

Warmest wishes and love always,