If you’ve taken advantage of the new flights into Carlisle Lake District Airport, here’s our 48-hour guide to what to see and do around the Keswick area and The Pheasant to make the most of your time here.
Arrive at the pretty entrance of The Pheasant Inn – our 300-year old former coaching inn – and relax! We’ll check you in to one of our characterful 15 rooms where you can replace your shoes with our complimentary slippers, put your feet up, and soak up the views over our traditional English rose gardens. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in one of our cosy lounges before sitting down to savour a three-course meal in our 2AA rosette Fell Restaurant. *Don’t forget, if you’ve booked direct with us, you’ll have your £15 voucher to use in one of our restaurants!
Saturday morning/early afternoon
When you’re in the Lake District, nothing quite beats a day on the fells. Take advantage of a full English breakfast and pick up your pre-ordered Pheasant packed lunch to really make a day of it. Head for nearby Dodd Wood where there are lots of picnic spots dotted around as well as some excellent walking trails for all levels. If you want to get the heart rate pumping, try the steeper circular trail, which has an ascent of Dodd Fell (502m) for stunning views over Bassenthwaite Lake, the Solway Coast and Scotland.
After a delicious 3-course meal and some fine wine in the Fell Restaurant, retire to one of our two lounges or for a more casual nightcap, the historic Pheasant Bar. Some locals reckon our snug bar is around 500 years old and we’re told the country’s most famous huntsman, John Peel, was once a regular. We’ve kept as much of that original character as possible with the blood-red walls, low beamed ceilings and a low bar top to give you plenty of opportunity to study our selection of 50+ whiskies.
After a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast with the day’s newspapers, we’d highly recommend a bit of pampering at the nearby Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa. Guests at The Pheasant receive complimentary access to the Spa with its 16-metre infinity pool, hydrotherapy pool, outdoor hot tub, aroma room, sauna and steam room.
Now that you’re suitably chilled out, you wouldn’t want to risk doing anything to spoil your Zen-like state. Our recommendation would be a short trip to Keswick (8 miles) where you can board the Keswick Launch for an equally relaxing 50-minute round trip on Derwentwater. It really is the best way to explore the lake and take in some of the awesome views afforded by Skiddaw, Catbells and the ‘Jaws of Borrowdale’. You’ll soon discover why legendary fellwalker, Alfred Wainwright, penned it 'the loveliest square mile in Lakeland'.
Why not mix it up on your last night and have a less formal meal in our modern Bistro? Our restaurants offer two quite different ambiences and it doesn’t usually take people long to decide on their favourite. The Bistro is a little more casual and relaxed whereas the Fell Restaurant offers more of a fine dining experience with crisp white linen on the tables and added touches like pre-dinner nibbles. We’d recommend you try both and then you’ll know where to book on your next visit!
3-night weekend breaks at The Pheasant start from £450 B&B this summer. We also have a 3-night midweek special treat, which includes a bottle of prosecco on arrival and £90 to use toward dinners during your stay – from £500 Sunday-Thursday.