It’s that time of year when we sadly close our caravan for the Winter. The site it is on doesn’t actually shut down over the colder months, but being two hours away from home in a village that is prone to getting heavy snow, we figure it’s for the best really.
On Friday Eve we made sure we got stuck into the last couple of bottles of wine in the wine rack. 🙂
On Saturday the weather was grey, but the drizzle didn’t dampen our spirits. I had booked us lunch over at Bassenthwaite Lake Station , in a French Steam Engine no less. The disused train station was bought in 2019 by Simon and Diana Parums, who have been busy renovating the buildings. A permanent fixture on the track is the beautiful Steam Train , which is in fact not a real train at all…. . It is actually a replica made especially for the 2017 film version of Murder On The Orient Express , starring Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer,Dame Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. These days the film set is a lovely cafe/restaurant and being slightly wider than a ‘ real train ‘ lends itself to its new life perfectly.
We chose the Brunch Bowls for lunch, followed by cake of course! Delicious. 😁 There’s lots of choice on the menu and a good selection of drinks too. Food is a little more expensive than most cafes in the area. However the setting and the friendly service justifies the price.
It was great that Hugo was made very welcome on the train, even though he did have a habit of lying across the aisle. The staff brought him dog treats and made a real fuss of him. Perhaps the Station dog, a pretty black Labrador called Poppy , had something to do with that. 🤗
After lunch we had a quick look around the rest of the train. Our dining car had been bustling and busy , though a posher salon at the back was empty. Perhaps this is used for special occasions. For a finer day there is also outside seating and the Station building itself with Waiting Room is also part of the cafe.
I really love what the new owners are doing here. Breathing life into what only a couple of years ago, was an abandoned unused space. Hopefully we will visit again next year. I would also like to explore Dubwath Silver Meadows Nature Reserve opposite and of course go for a wander by the lake. 😁
Later in the afternoon we visited my Mum and Brother who live on a farm in The Eden Valley. The farm cats Tibby and Sooty have been used to spending time in the house recently, but weren’t too impressed that a certain Labrador was in residence.
Back at the caravan and Sunday dawned cold and bright, a lovely day for our last one there this year. We enjoyed a walk up the old bridleway from Melmerby to Unthank, I will miss those uninterrupted views toward the Lakeland fells.
After tidying and closing down the van we headed to the nearby village of Langwathby for a sausage butty lunch on the green.
Here’s to a few local adventures closer to home over Winter. Hope you can join me. X
26 thoughts on “Our Last Wknd At The Caravan Until Spring.”
The interior of the train looks really nice and that fried egg looks quite yummy. I love the two cats looking in through the window – looking daggers at Hugo maybe? 🙂
That was exactly what they were doing Eunice. Not impressed by him at all. The train was lovely, definitely worth a visit. 🙂
That all looks fab. Roll on next spring…..
A shame that the weather had made your visits ‘end of the season’ but what a lovely way to go! Looks an amazing few days !
We had the best weekend. 🙂
What a lovely break to end the year, although there are definitely worse places to be snowed in! I love the film set train, looks like a delightful restaurant. 😊
The train is fabulous. 🙂 X
It looks wonderful there. I expect it must feel bittersweet knowing you wont be at the caravan for a while, but you have enjoyed some lovely visits there this year.
And well done on taking the time to ensure the wine rack is left empty. That must have been rather challenging for you 🙂
Haha, yeh emptying the wine rack just had to be done. 🙂
That train looks fabulous. I don’t recall being aware it when we stayed in Bassenthwaite as it’s somewhere I would have loved to have visited. 😃
Thanks Carol, I think it’s only been open since July.x
Wonderful, just a wonderful finish to the season! Like all of your posts, you write about some great days out; you are really blessed by some beautiful locations and attractions. Maybe next year we’ll make a trip in that direction. Thank you for sharing with us your words and pictures!
Thanks Ashley. I am very lucky. 🙂
A wonderful, evocative set of photos. Feels just like I’m there with you!
Thank You. 🙂
Roll on next Spring.
The train restaurant is a great idea. You discover some fab places!
Discovered on Instagram. I follow the lady who co owns those beautiful Springer Spaniels Max, Paddy and Harry. She, Kerry and the dogs went for a birthday breakfast there. I immediately thought Yes! I fancy that. 🙂
Shutting up the van for winter gives you something to look forward to in the Spring. Absence makes the heart grow fonder 😉
Will definitely have to visit that train for something to eat next time David and I are in the area. Sad to see your caravan adventures end for the season, but look forward to what next year brings. Take care xx
Thanks Christine. xx
Oh my goodness how exciting to eat brunch in the film set of the Orient Express. The food looks amazing. Makes me feel all cosy inside.
Aw, it was fab Cathy, hope to get back there next year. 🙂