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Situated at the southern tip of Lake Windermere in Cumbria, The Swan is
very much a part of the local community and the fabric of the beautiful
Lake District. Their comfortable and attractive, luxury accommodation is
designed to suit everyone’s needs – from families and couples through to
independent travellers and business guests.
It was during a long-weekend camping trip of a group of us, as mere
youngsters, that we first sampled the local brew of The Swan Inn, whilst
sitting on the stone-walled bank to the far right of the coloured photograph,
on a very hot summer's day with our feet dangling in the water. Needless to
say, we were not then able to even think about enjoying a meal in the
restaurant, freshly prepared by the chef from local produce - because fried
egg and bacon, cooked on a Calor Gas camping stove, back at the camp
site was the order of the day.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, a prolific nineteenth century American author, was in
1853, appointed American Consul in Liverpool. During his four year stay in
Great Britain, Hawthorne, together with his wife and family, travelled the
length and breadth of the land, keeping a journal as he went, which he
referred to as a "tolerably full record" of 300,000 words and was
subsequently published under the title of The English Notebooks.
On July 10th 1855, their travels brought them to the Lake District and
their stay at the Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge, which he described so ...
"We reached home somewhere about eight o'clock - home I see I have called it; and it seems as homelike a spot as any we have found in England, the old inn, close by the bridge, beside the clear river, pleasantly overshadowed by trees "
So it was many moons later that Linnie and I spent a very relaxing autumn
long week-end, at the Swan Hotel, enjoying everything that was on offer
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