Category Archives: Lake District

Easter in the Lake District

Easter is a great time to visit the Lake District. It’s a time for daffodils and new born lambs. It’s a time to shrug off the winter blues and look forward to the spring with all its new growth. Take some time out this Easter and book yourself in to one of our pet friendly cottages here in the Lake District.

Skiddaw in Winter

Skiddaw in Winter

If you are visiting the Lake District this Easter, you may be lucky enough to see the high fells covered in snow. The view of the white capped mountains against a clear blue sky is uplifting and certainly makes you feel alive.

It has been sometime since we had new born lambs at Melbecks. But there are lambs already out in the neighbouring fields. From their first stumbling steps to their energetic pogo’ing, they immediately find affection in all that see them. We do have plans to re-establish a flock of sheep at Melbecks, so watch this space.

Easter Lambs At Melbecks

When you are visiting the Lake District this Easter, look out for all the activities and attractions that are available. One of our favourites is Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass which usually organises special events. Mirehouse, Bassenthwaite is popular with our nephews and nieces – the adults can enjoy the gardens against the dramatic back drop of Skiddaw, whilst the children explore the adventure play ground and woodland trails.

Dodd Cottage at Melbecks - one of our pet friendly cottages in the Lake District that sleeps 4

If you aren’t able to stay in one of our pet friendly cottages this Easter, then why not plan a visit to the Lake District later in the year. Details of our cottages can be found at All of our cottages are now let on a Friday to Friday basis. Subject to availability, we offer short breaks if your holiday start date is within the next three weeks. Our minimum short break is 3-nights, but you can choose any three nights of the week.

The Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier is a particular breed of dog taking its name from the area where it was bred, namely the Lake District. Its original use was that of a working dog used in the main for hunting foxes and rabbits. Today the Lakeland Terrier is a popular show dog.

Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier


Lakeland Terriers are classed as a small dog, weighing around 7 – 71/2 Kg, standing around 34 – 36 cm and has a lifespan of 12 – 16 years. The dogs tend to be slightly larger than the bitches. With their hunting background, they are regarded as quite active dogs and as such require a moderate amount of exercise


They are very biddable and friendly dogs, with a confident and bold attitude. They have a good degree of intelligence and are therefore easy to train. However, their boldness can sometimes hinder this. Their characteristics can be summarized as robust, healthy and hardy. They are an ideal family, being accepting of other people and children.


Lakeland Terriers have a coat that does not shed and therefore they require periodic grooming. They have what is known as a “double coat”, that is a rough outer coat that defines the outward appearance and a soft under coat. They come in a variety of colours: black, black& tan, wheaten, grizzle & tan.


There a quite a few breeds of terriers which are similar in nature to the Lakeland. These include the Welsh Terrier, the Irish Terrier, the Sealyham Terrier and the Bedlington Terrier.


The litter size of the Lakeland Terrier is quite small, with litters being between 3 and 4 pups. With such a small litter size, there are few puppies available for sale. A good place to find a reputable breeder is the Lakeland Terrier Club ( As you would expect, there are quite a number of breeders in Cumbria and Lancashire.


As mentioned, the small litter size of the Lakeland Terrier means that there is always a demand for puppies. You can therefore expect the price to be around the £700 – £800 mark for a Kennel Club registered puppy. For a non-pedigree puppy, you can expect to pay between £300 and £400.

Pet Friendly Cottages in the Lake District

Choose from our selection of five pet-friendly cottages at Melbecks. All of our properties are pet-friendly – we just vary the number of dogs each property accommodates according to its size. Melbecks is situated at the foot of Skiddaw and just 1 mile from
Bassenthwaite, and just 7 miles from Keswick. Our self-catering
cottages sleep between 2 and 7, providing combined accommodation
for 21 people.

At Melbecks we look forward to welcoming you and your dog(s).
The Lake District is a great place to bring your dog and we can
provide advice on where you can walk your dog locally, on and off the
lead. If you have stayed with us and have photographs of you and
your dog holidaying in the Lake District, then just forward them to