Broadoaks Country House Blog

Welcome to the Broadoaks Country House Blog. Keep up to date with all the wedding ideas and top tips, things to do and our latest offers.

Tuesday 27 March 2018

If somebody close to you has recently gotten engaged and you have been asked to be their best man, you may be wondering exactly what your role will entail and what responsibilities you need to be aware of to help your friend’s big day run as smoothly as possible.

You probably know that the best man is the one to organise the stag do, but what else does the role really involve? It’s actually a role with far more responsibility than you may realise! We’ve pulled together this guide to help you prepare for the big day.

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Monday 26 March 2018

If someone were to ask you to define being British in 60 seconds, chances are, the words ‘afternoon tea’ would be in the mix at some point.

Since its inception in the early nineteenth-century, it’s come to be regarded as somewhat of an institution in this country, associated with London’s fashionable society as a way to socialise with friends and neighbours.

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Monday 26 March 2018

Here at Broadoaks, we’re proud to be a same-sex friendly venue and we’ve been lucky enough to have hosted many same-sex marriages and civil partnerships here in the beautiful Lake District.

One of many questions we get from our couples and their families is regarding the etiquette for various elements of a same-sex wedding, as a lot of the traditional etiquette is very much gender specific. 

So, with that in mind, we thought we’d put together this post to clear up a few things and answer a few questions you may have!

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Thursday 22 March 2018

If you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid or the maid of honour at a wedding, first things first: congratulations!

Being asked to be part of the bridal party is a huge honour and something that you should really be proud of. However, it can also be a big responsibility and slightly overwhelming if you’ve never done it before, especially if you don’t quite understand just how important it is.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide to make sure you can support your friend as much as possible on their big day and make sure it’s an occasion to be remembered, all for the right reasons!

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Monday 5 March 2018

The days (and weeks!) after getting engaged can be a whirlwind of emotions and activity, with well-wishers dropping by full of congratulations and questions.

As a result, it can be difficult to take the time to fully digest what’s happened and to move onto the next stage of the process: planning the big day.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at everything you need to do between getting engaged and getting married, so you can get a head start as soon as possible.

Read on to find out the next steps

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Thursday 1 March 2018

When it comes to planning a celebration for your special occasion, there are lots of things you need to bear in mind: the budget, the food, the decorations and the guest list, to name just a few.

However, one of the most important decisions that needs to be made is also usually one of the hardest: the venue. Your choice of venue will largely depend on the type of event you’re holding, the atmosphere that you want to create, and the number of people you want to attend, but how do you choose?

Here at Broadoaks Country House, we have lots of different options for exclusive venue hire available for your special occasion, from just £2,995, so read on to find out more.

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Thursday 1 March 2018

Every year, the Cumbria Tourism Awards celebrate and reward the best venues across Cumbria. This year we have made the shortlist for The Wedding Venue of the Year award which is sponsored by Napthens LLPWe are up against Caste Green Hotel and Heather Glen County House. 

Last year we were finalists in the Small Hotel of the Year category and this year have our fingers and toes crossed that we win the prestigious ‘Best Wedding Venue’ award! 

 

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Wednesday 7 February 2018

When it comes to planning your wedding, there are lots of different things to take into account: the venue, the decorations, the cake and most importantly, the dress!


However, one aspect is perhaps the most important of all and also one of the most difficult decisions to make: setting the date.

 

Lake district weddings


Do you opt for a summer weekend wedding or go for a midweek winter wonderland ball?


Although your decision will come down to lots of personal factors, we’ve taken a look at some of the most important aspects to consider when picking your wedding date, so you can choose the best one for you!

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Tuesday 2 January 2018

If you’re thinking about somewhere perfect for you and your loved one to just get away from it all, then you need look no further than the Lake District.

romantic lake district walks

This UNESCO world heritage site is without a doubt one of the most romantic spots in the whole of the UK, and if you need any more persuading, here are just ten reasons why you should book a romantic break and experience it for yourself!

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Tuesday 2 January 2018

If you’ve just got engaged, you’re probably really excited to get stuck into planning your big day! Chances are you’ll have given your ideal wedding plenty of thought before you even got engaged, and will be dying to set the wheels in motion to make it a reality.

wedding planner

But the date that you set for your wedding will determine what you can really tie down in terms of details, particularly if you’re having a slightly longer engagement. How far in advance is the right time to start planning your wedding? Read on for our advice! 

 

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Wednesday 20 December 2017

New Year’s Day is a time of confusion for many of us: we’re still in the period between Christmas merriment and going back to work, we’re not sure what day it is and we might even be feeling a tad on the rough side after what we drank the night before.


However, it doesn’t have to be like that every year and, if you’re staying in the Lake District, New Year’s Day offers you plenty of options when it comes to things to do.

 

lake district winter landscape


We’ve found 5 of the best ways to spend New Year’s Day in the Lake District this year so that you can make the most of your time in this beautiful national park.

 

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Wednesday 13 December 2017

If you are excitedly planning your wedding day, and are either not wanting to have a religious ceremony, or are looking for a perfect second reading to complement a Bible reading, you may be looking for something a little bit different.

 

vintage ring on a book


Perhaps your relationship is filled with laughs and good humour, and you’d like something read that is funny, or perhaps the two of you love to travel together. Whatever your relationship looks like, if you are looking for that perfect reading for your special day, we have gathered together five of our favourite non-religious reading ideas to help provide a little inspiration.

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Friday 8 December 2017

Choosing a wedding reading is a really big decision when planning your ceremony. It’s the chance to tell your partner how you truly feel and express your love for one another.

 

book with wedding rings


However, there’s a lot of pressure on achieving the perfect reading and many couples experience a bit of writer’s block in the process.


So, to get your creative juices flowing, we’ve found seven of our favourite romantic song lyrics that can be incorporated into your ceremony.

 

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Thursday 7 December 2017

There are lots of important decisions to be made when planning your wedding and one of the most important ones is also one of the most delicate: gifts.


wedding gift


Whilst it’s traditional to have a gift list, many couples feel awkward about writing one and are unsure where to start. In fact, some newlyweds avoid it altogether by choosing to ask for money or charitable donations instead.


But, if you’ve decided to opt for a wedding gift list, here are some pointers to help you on your way.

 

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Wednesday 6 December 2017

When it comes to capturing your big day, finding the right photographer is so important. Your wedding is a day you will want to remember for a long time to come, and even show future generations, so having shots you really love is key.

Wedding photographer with couple


There are so many things to consider, and if you’ve only just started the planning process and are perhaps feeling a little overwhelmed, we thought we’d put together our top 10 tips to help you find the perfect person to capture your wedding day.

 

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Sunday 3 December 2017

The Lake District is one of the most visited parts of the country, with millions of visitors every year flocking to enjoy the region’s lakes, fells and villages.

However, there’s a lot of things that many people don’t know about this beautiful tourist trap, and here are just some of them.

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Saturday 2 December 2017

Marriage trends have changed a lot over the years, so what does a 2017 marriage in the UK look like?

We’ve crunched the numbers to find out everything from how many couples are tying the knot, down to which colours they’re using and how quickly they’re updating their social media! 

 

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Friday 1 December 2017

The Lake District is a beautiful holiday destination at any point in the year, but it really comes into its own during the winter season.


christmas market stall

 

With snow-capped peaks, frosty fells, and festive towns and villages, the region is a great choice for a Christmas break.


But, what can you do while you’re in the Lakes? 

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Thursday 23 November 2017

The Lake District is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, pulling in around 18.5 million visitors a year.

However, many tourists choose to visit the area in the summer months, with the Lakes becoming synonymous with summer boat tours, ice cream trips and sunny (sometimes) hillwalking.

Many people, then, miss out on what the Lakes have to offer during the winter months. From Christmas markets to pantomimes, from boutique shopping to festivals, you can do it all within the heart of the Lake District.

Here, we’re going to give you a rundown of the best that the Lakes has to offer around Christmas and New Year.

snowy lake district scene

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Monday 20 November 2017

We know many of our guests come here to escape from the ‘everyday’ and spend quality time together as a couple. With such beautiful surroundings, it seems unthinkable not to visit the Lake District without going on a walk so we’ve listed some walks that take in some breath-taking views but are also easy to follow…an important one as getting lost could spoil the romance!

couple walking with dog

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Thursday 16 November 2017

While a summer wedding is certainly a wonderful thing, many people simply do not consider a winter wedding. They are that little bit less common, but in fact, a winter wedding can be simply magical, as we have seen many times right here at Broadoaks

To give you a little something to think about as we do head into the colder months, here at 5 reasons you should consider opting for a winter wonderland wedding.

winter wedding decoration on a table

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Monday 13 November 2017

The Lake District is well known for its beautiful fells and lakes, quaint villages and abundant wildlife. Here, we give you the low-down on 10 well known, and some lesser known Cumbrian specialties.

cumberland sausage

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Thursday 9 November 2017

Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party or just a family gathering, choosing the venue is one of the most important decisions that you’ll have to make.

One thing that you’ll have to bear in mind is whether you’ll be getting the venue on an exclusive hire basis or not.

We’re going to take a look at exactly what ‘exclusive hire’ means and why it’s something you shouldn’t overlook for your next special event.

Bride and groom together

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Tuesday 7 November 2017

Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness; when the world turns red and gold, mornings are crisp and log fires mesmerise. Mulled wine and blazing fires bring welcome warmth to the reception and a firework fountain finale adds extra sparkle and drama to the close of the first day of the rest of your lives together.

couple in front of autumn backdrop

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Wednesday 18 October 2017

 If you have recently got engaged, you may be deciding where you’d like to tie the knot right now. Well call us biased, but we think that the Lake District is the perfect place for you and your loved one to say your vows for a whole host of reasons.  

bride in front of a lake

 

To share with you why we feel this way, here are our top ten reasons!

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Wednesday 4 October 2017

Here at Broadoaks, we were over the moon a couple of months ago when UNESCO announced that the Lake District National Park was to be granted World Heritage Status!

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Tuesday 3 October 2017

The Lake District is well known among keen walkers for having breath-taking views, amazing history and utter freedom. It also has loads of potential for dog walkers, and many walkers have their ever faithful friend beside them on a long trek.

man with dog in forest

 

However, some walks can be ruined by high volumes of sheep, or bad routes for dogs to walk. Here are some of the best routes that Flo our hotel friendly Cavapoo has recommended to take when you go walking with your dog in the Lake District.

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Sunday 1 October 2017

Our partnership with Laurent Perrier champagne officially began in August 2012 when we were selected as one of their ‘Partners of Choice’, but our love affair with this champagne started much earlier than 2012 due to its distinctive flavour, with hints of citrus and white fruits, and a fine long finish.

 

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Saturday 16 September 2017

Tying the knot is supposed to be one of the most memorable days of your life and, as much as it’s likely to be a delightful experience, there’s an awful lot of pressure put on your wedding day to be perfect.

The best way to take some of that pressure off is to plan ahead, so to help you out, we’ve got together 11 wedding experts and faced them with the question ‘what are the best ways to organise and plan a wedding?’. Here’s what they had to say...

top down desk view

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Thursday 14 September 2017

If you’re unsure about how hiring an exclusive use wedding venue can enhance your wedding day, keep reading for five reasons which might just convince you to go for that exclusive use venue. 

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Friday 8 September 2017

Here at Broadoaks, we’ve been helping couples plan their special day for many years. You may think we’ve seen it all but no wedding is ever the same, and each one holds a special place in our hearts.

For some, planning a wedding can fill a couple with joy, others with dread. We know there are couples that find planning a wedding stressful and those that relish at the chance, but in the end, you all want the same thing, a wedding day that’s perfect for both of you.

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Tuesday 5 September 2017

Your big day is coming up, congratulations! Whether you were the one who proposed or not, you’re absolutely going to have your hands full trying to prepare for the big day. The reception is often a big deal, as this is the first celebration of the union of the couple.

You undoubtedly want to do everything possible to make this as special as possible, so what do the pros have to say? Here are some top tips from the best party planners themselves.

love sign with wedding cake

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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Tying the knot is supposed to be one of the most memorable days of your life and, as much as it’s likely to be a delightful experience, there’s an awful lot of pressure put on your wedding day to ensure it’s nothing short of perfect.

The best way to take some of that pressure off is to plan ahead, so to help you out, we’ve got together 10 wedding experts and faced them with the question ‘what are the best ways to organise and plan a wedding?’ purposefully keeping an open question to make sure we received their very best tips.

Here’s what they had to say...

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Wednesday 16 November 2016

Getting married in such a stunningly beautiful part of the country will certainly make your wedding day both something memorable and something different. The idyllic, fairy-story Lake District wedding venues will make your special day, very special indeed. The breath-taking scenery that wedding hotels in the Lake District are blessed with will guarantee you a setting that will live long in the memory of both yourselves and all of your guests.

There are never many free dates at Broadoaks so planning ahead is both advisable and necessary if you are not to be disappointed. Click here to see our wedding options and pricing.

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