Stainton near Kendal, Cumbria is a delightful picturesque south Lakeland country village with St Sundays beck running through it, a pack horse bridge, a ford and canal.
St Sundays Cottage is ideally placed for both town and country life. A few miles away is the busy market town of Kendal with its excellent shopping, cinema, galleries, and museums including the award winning Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Kendal Castle. There are peaceful riverside walks and a large variety of restaurants, gourmet pubs and coffee bars. Levens Hall, Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House are nearby. All have excellent gardens, tearooms and shops. Close to Sizergh Castle is the award winning Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop and Tea Room. The shop is stocked with superb quality organic food and sells splendid, unusual gifts. Visitors can watch the cows being milked from the tea room viewing gallery and walk the organic farm trail.
Drive or take the train eight miles on and you will arrive at Windermere and Bowness with stunning Lake walks and Steamboat Cruises.
On for another four miles and you arrive in Ambleside which is one of the main centres for walkers and climbers. Fell walking, rock climbing and mountain biking are all popular activities with abseiling and gorge scrambling for the more adventurous...
For those wanting a more tranquil break visit Wordsworth House and Garden, Dove Cottage and Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin with its magnificent view of Coniston Water.
The market town of Kirkby Lonsdale with beautiful shops, places to eat, riverside walk and famous bridge is 9 miles. The historic city of Lancaster is 19 miles.