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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.

 

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

 

 

”Amazing place”’

Only stopped for a drink and was amazed by how nice it was! Really cute and the staff are so friendly, we were served by a girl called Kelly, she was extremely friendly and made the best hot chocolate ever! The out door heaters outside are lovely. There is a Wii for the kids to play on, free WiFi computers, games and a place to charge up your phone, all for free! I would advise anyone to go! Amazing!

”Great lunches”

Had a lunch there last week, I can honestly say it was magnificent, the pork fillets and the fish cakes were delicious. This together with warm and friendly atmosphere in the bar and superb service really made our day. Will definitely come back.

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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”Friendly accommodating staff, real fire, delicious food”

We came here for dinner on our first visit to the lakes. We popped in on the way back to our cottage for a drink and once we met the friendly bar manager Andrew and saw the real fire and friendly atmosphere we booked a table for two days later. On return we found a wide selection of real ales and wines. A varied menu with a specials board to suit all tastes and a roaring log fire on a cold winters evening. Whilst we perused the menu we were given a complimentary aperitif of olives and delicious bread. We then went through to the cosy restaurant for a meal which did not disappoint  All In all a lovely, friendly establishment which we would definately recommend.

”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

”Choice hotels loss was The Wilsons gain”

It was quite by chance we fell on The Wilsons as Choice Hotels had sent us info for somewhere in the area but we couldn’t get in. In choosing The Wilsons we found the web site informative and straight forward no hidden agendas or costs. It was our first itme away with our dogs and thought we would be in for a rough ride, but at The Wilsons we were all welcome and made to feel right at home.
I even sampled one of the bitters my husband took a shine to and I have to say for the first time since the 80’s I was drinking pints. The decor of room 4 was beautiful the dogs settled in right away. The food was just what we would expect for being ‘up north. Tasty wholesome and plenty of it. (I would suggest that you don’t make it any more fancy.) The breakfast was to die for.
The facilities available were lovely you can see that a lot of thought has gone into planning and positioning.
Andrew in the bar was funny and friendly and by the way Andrew if you look on ‘tinternet’ and put the name [–] watch Buddy lee’s video and you will see what we were on about. Hope this helps you.
All the staff were helpful and polite and nothing was too much trouble.
Yes its a popular place but I think that says a lots if the locals prefer to spend their time and hard earned money there.
We hope to be back this time next year.
Oh and next time sort the weather out for the whole stay…..lol.
Thank you all at the Wilsons.