Tucked away in the Lake District ONPAR discovers a hidden gem offering cosy accommodation, sumptuous cuisine just minutes from a golfer’s paradise
When asked to play golf and stay in one of the most beautiful and picturesque destinations in the UK, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. Not that we don’t love the hustle of the ONPAR HQ, as soon as we hit the meandering countryside lanes off the M6 we already felt a sense of calm.
Our picturesque destination for the night was set in the cosy hamlet of Brigsteer, which lies between the parishes of Helsington and Levens just 3 miles from the medieval market town of Kendal. The Wheatsheaf Inn nestled snugly under the limestone escarpment of Scout Scar is a newly refurbished and award-winning historic inn, recommended in the Good Pub Guide, and part of the Individual Inns group of eclectic inns scattered across Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire.
Positioned at the heart and soul of Brigsteer, we found a bustling dog-friendly pub and warm welcome from the staff and patrons. It was only once we sat down in the bar with a refreshing drink, we could fully absorb the easy-going décor that encapsulates the old fashioned with a modern twist.
The timeless walls with pale painted woodwork adorned with a variety of clock faces artistic sketches and cartoon impressions of the local surroundings and wildlife. The promise of their log fires surrounding the variety of cushioned dining seats have a cosy appeal for winter, following a day of countryside adventure or indeed a round of golf.
Carved wood bar stools line the wide range of local and guest ales on the handpump, such as Hawkshead Bitter, Bowness Bay Swan Blonde and Marston’s Wainwright, the vast array of gins and malt whiskies ornament the shelves. Outdoor decking seating next to the gushing stream were filled with customers enjoying the warm hospitality.
Waitresses passed busily across the flagstones floor with steaming plates, a gastronomic delight, seriously tempting us to take an early dinner.
Holding the keys to the Lumley Fee Bunkhouse, just half a mile up the road, we found a suitable offering for groups and families keen to get away from it all, overlooking the fine country panoramic views of the Lyth Valley and Lakeland hills and fells. A former schoolhouse has been creatively converted into five en-suite rooms, each sleeping up to four, brought together with a communal cosy lounge and fully equipped kitchen, perfect for those wanting to be self-sufficient during their stay.
We saw a BBQ outside however, a meal back at the Wheatsheaf was certainly more alluring for our appetites. Rooms may be booked individually, or as a whole house which, for a group of friends getting together for a golf break, this would be ideal.
The 6 bedrooms at the Wheatsheaf offers a choice of double, king or twin en-suite rooms furnished stunningly and individually made even more quaint by the little bottles available of fresh milk for a morning brew.
Spoilt for choice, the mouth-watering menu encompassed handmade pizzas, traditional favourites and a specials board to die for. A packed-out restaurant is always a good sign, so we ordered with eagerness and thoroughly enjoyed the piping hot food that was served extremely quickly. Anything with a brisket of beef braised for 12 hours wins my vote but certainly, all dietary requirements are catered for here.
A hearty Cumbrian breakfast was waiting following a peaceful and comfortable night’s sleep. So, with the prospect of a round of golf at a hilly, heathland course, we took the opportunity to fuel up ahead of our game. And, so glad we did. Windermere Golf Club, although modest in length, is a challenging course with possibly the most breath-taking views we have ever seen. As members of a links course, it was refreshing to find a track without a single bunker, nevertheless, the 3 200-yard plus par 3’s proved a decent challenge.
With perfect conditions, we began our game teeing up and over a blind crest, and then proceeded to dip and dive our way through a series of spectacular holes with Alps-like scenery. The 8th is their signature hole, with a backdrop that gave an awe-inspiring photo-opportunity, perhaps one to archive as a reminder to visit again. Don’t be concerned about the hills as plenty of buggies are available to hire should you require one. This is a suitable course for single handicappers to high handicappers, and the rewarding drink in the clubhouse finished off the perfect round.
Any time spent in the Lakes District is good for the soul, and for golfers, foodies and adventurers alike ONPAR would recommend sampling the hospitality at The Wheatsheaf Inn and a round at Windermere Golf Club.
A Round of Golf at Windermere Golf Club plus an overnight stay at Lumley Fee
Only £120 for two
- Available Sun-Thurs
- Price includes an overnight stay for two in our luxury bunkhouse Lumley Fee and 18 holes at Windermere Golf Course
- Voucher covering full price of the golf will be provided. The golf must be booked in directly with Windermere Golf Club.
Please call for details and to book 015395 68938
We are also able to offer vouchers for golf at Windermere Golf Club for guests staying at The Masons and The Wheatsheaf – call for details.