Introducing The Herdwick

 


The Herdwick

We are pleased to announce the opening of our first brand new apartment, The Herdwick!

This Luxurious apartment is fitted out to a very high standard. features a large open plan Kitchen/Living Room with a Log Fire, You can enjoy some of the amazing views of the Coniston Old Man from the balcony or in the hot tub.

This apartment is now available for bookings via the Sykes Cottages website at the link below.

http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Lake-District-Cumbria-The-Lake-District-Scar-Head/Herdwick-921822.html

Looking Forward to 2015

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Hoping you all had a brilliant start to the new year and that the rest of the year continues to be just as good!

Here at The Wilson’s we have a lot of plans for 2015 starting off with two new luxury self catering apartments, furnished to the same high standard as our very popular Wilson’s No.3 and The Mews, both will be available to let starting from Easter. We are very excited about these, expect more information about the apartments as they get closer to completion.

 

New Refurbished Rooms!

Refurbished RoomsAfter months of hard labour our old, outdated rooms have finally been fully refurbished to an exceptional standard! For more information please visit The Wilsons Rooms.

Many thanks go to Dave Pennick from Photo Express, Ulverston for providing the images!

Pizza Nights At The Wilsons

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Easter weekend has kickstarted the arrival of pizza nights here at The Wilsons, all cooked by our excellent Italian pizza chef, Martina. Pizza will be available to eat in or takeaway!

The Wilsons “Pannage” Pigs…

Pannage is the practice of releasing Domestic Pigs to eat wild, fallen acorns.  This is an historic event, which was a right or a privilage for local people to let their pigs feed on the common.  Customarily a pig was given to the Lord of the manor depending on the number of pigs loosed de herbagio, as the right of pannage was entered.

Pannage is still done today, in the New Forest, where the pigs are released for 60 days to eat the fallen acorns, which could be harmful to ponies and cattle that also graze on the land.  The duration of the “pannage” is decided each year, by the court of Verderers, and varies from season to season.  Prior to the pigs been released they have nose rings fitted to prevent them from creating too much damage and rooting in the grounds.

The practice of “pannage” is ancient and has been practised in Spain (as here) for centuries, where they are known for creating the worlds’ finest Ham.  The Jamon iberico de bellota are Black Iberico pigs (the original swine of Spain) which immediately after weaning, the piglets are fattened on barley and maize for several weeks. They are then allowed to roam in pasture and oak groves to feed naturally on grass, herbs, acorns, and roots. At the time of slaughter, the diet may be limited to olives or acorns for the best quality jamón ibérico.  The hams will then go through a very long curing process, from 12 – 48 months to produce a prized ham with a smooth texture and rich and savoury taste.  This ham sells for an average of £42/kg.

So bearing all of the above in mind….. We have let our saddleback pigs out into the woodlands for the last month or two and now, as Autumn is here and the acorns are falling, our Annie and her not-so-little-piglets are having a feast!  While we are not going down the road of curing and producing a fine ham, we are going to be preparing our pigs for a Hog Roast (or two).

We have a stand at the Ulverston Dickensian weekend at the end of November, where we aim to serve our Pigs, which will be slow roasted, and served with hot slices in a large soft roll, with spoonful’s of homemade stuffing, lashings of apple sauce and crackling!  Its guaranteed to warm you up – a must for hungry shoppers and passers’ by.

Summer at The Wilsons

Well, it is safe to say Summer is here!  The temperatures have been soaring and we have been kept busy with visitors and guests alike.  Andrew has been keeping the bar well stocked to help quench the thirst of our weary travelers,while Kirsty and her team have been cooking up a storm, ensuring everyone gets a good plateful of Wilson’s Food and keeping the Torver Deli stocked up.

With the weather being so kind to us the back field is in more use than ever.  Annie and her piglets have settled down well and are enjoying their new home.  The Pygmy goat and her Kid (named Jack) have arrived to join Annie and the Herdwick Lambs.  The bouncy castle is up and the new tables and benches have been assembled. So we look forward to the start of the summer holidays and welcoming you all here: whether its for a plate of Wilsons food, a cold drink, or a room for the night  we will be ready and happy to see you.010

The Wilsons Saddlebacks

The Wilsons has been busy gearing up for the Summer holidays!   We have a lot of new benches and umbrellas (for those hot summer days to come) and the back field has been mowed, the Lamb pens are built and we have also built a couple of Pig Arks, for Annie and her piglets.

Annie is a Saddleback pig.  The saddlebacks which came about when Lord Western was travelling in Italy and decided that the Neapolitan pigs would be ideal  to improve the breed of Essex pigs.  He crossed the Neapolitan with the Essex Sows to create the Neapolitan-Essex.  Overtime one of his tenants, used the Neapolitan-Essex boars, belonging to Lord Western, and crossed them with his coarse Essex sows and therefore established the Improved Essex.  The Essex pig originally had a black head and neck, as well as a clearly defined belt of white  over the shoulders and continuing over the forelegs. The rest of the body was black with the tip of the tail and feet being white.

The Essex pig was then crossed with the Wessex (a cross between two indigenous old English bacon pigs which was black all over, with a continuous belt of white hair over the forelegs and shoulder),    to  “make a feature of the chief colouration marking?…”.  So the respective breed societies amalgamated in 1918, in 1967 the British Saddleback breed was established.

British Saddlebacks are hardy breed and are noted for their mothering ability. The breed is known for its grazing ability and has secured a place in organic production.

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News and Reviews of The Wilsons

We are looking forward to a busy weekend ahead of us with the Coniston 14 (a local run organised by a small committee from the Village).  The Coniston 14 Road Race was established in 1982 and is organised each year by a small, enthusiastic committee supported by approx 100 local volunteers on the day.  Over £20,000 is raised each year and donated to several charities in the area.  Lets hope the snow keeps away for the Runners.  We wish them all the best and Good Luck!

We have also had some fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor lately, so we thought  we would put them here to share with all our readers.  Well done to the Team who work so hard and make all our guests and visitors so welcome with good food.
Reviewed 17 March 2013 NEW

Just spent 2 nights there , it was better than we expected, good log fire to sit up to, the best of staff, excellent home grown food & good menu, very clean all round & modern bedrooms fully heated, the owner, Fran could not have been more helpful, we will go there again in the near future.

“Bargain Break !!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 13 March 2013
Stayed at the Wilsons Arms for a two night mid-week break, 11/12 March 2013. All staff were very friendly from our arrival right through to our departure, and nothing was too much trouble (even our dog was made to feel welcome). Recently refurbished room was very clean and modern. The 3 course meal that came with the deal on the first night was extremely good, with really generous portions (so generous, that neither of us managed a pudding, so settled for coffee instead!). Although currently going through a refurbishment, there was no disruption to our visit whatsoever. We are intrigued to see the end result of the red phone box ‘fish tank’, and the glass covered ‘well’ that the builders were working on while we were there (hopefully Fran can get the pictures onto the website when they are finished, so that we can see the end result?).

Please pass on our thanks to the team for making our stay so enjoyable

 

 

Newly refurbished Room 5 – Torver

Recently newly refurbished to an exceptional standard. Reopened on 8th November 2012.

En Suite Double Room with Shower facilities.

Complimentary bottled water.

Tea & Coffee making facilities.

Fresh Towels and toiletries provided.

Colour Freeview TV.

Radio alarm clock.

Free Wi-Fi.

LED night lights.

Room Rate: £89.00 per night.

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”Great location for a break”

If you are looking for a nice break at an atmospheric location don’t look any further. Wilson Arms has it all. Good restaurant with honest local food and a cosy pub/bar area with log fire.
Great to come back to after a long walk in the beautiful area