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High ranking B&B in Grange over Sands top pick for Valentines

Now ranked as number 2 on Tripadvisor in the B&B’s and Inns section of Grange over Sands, Bay Villa having not even been opened for whole year yet has fully cemented itself as a leading place to stay in this South Cumbria town.

Despite having just 3 rooms they have managed to notch up a hefty 70 reviews on Tripadvisor since opening in April 2014 with 68 of the 70 awarding the B&B the full 5 stars. But it is the fact Bay Villa, located on Main Street in the centre of the town, has only 3 rooms that is proving so successful. The personal service offered by Margaret the owner is mentioned in nearly all the reviews. Nothing is too much trouble, breakfast is served in the rooms and attention to detail is evident throughout from arrival to the things guests find in the bedrooms drawers. Everything is of the highest quality from the beds to the produce served for breakfast.

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Bay Villa’s Silverdale room

Being exclusive, peaceful and tranquil means Bay Villa is the perfect location for a romantic break. The rooms are huge and days vanish just relaxing in them. It is a place for adults and especially couples so there’s no children screaming or running around so the “Slow Life” can be enjoyed.

The ultimate day for romance, Valentine’s Day, is fast approaching. Bay Villa would make the ultimate romantic gesture this Valentine’s which handily falls on a Saturday this year. With so many people having stayed at Bay Villa throughout December and mentioning a definite return, Valentine’s weekend is sure to get booked up very quickly. A two night weekend break starts at £300 based on 2 people sharing for the 2 nights and includes breakfast. To check availability visit, http://www.bayvilla.net

Hydro-Electric Waterwheel Installed at Lake District Hotel

The construction and installation of a hydro-electric waterwheel has been completed at the Langdale Estate.

Smith Engineering from Maryport have designed and manufactured the four-metre diameter hydro-electric waterwheel which has also been a project in association with the University of Cumbria. The research gathered from this and other projects led by them is hoping to find sustainable energy solutions especially for developing countries. Smith Engineering have designed the waterwheel with minimum parts and components, able to be lifted into place by two men with no heavy lifting equipment, perfect for use in remote, developing countries.

But hydro-electricity is not just a vision to help developing countries, in the Lake District especially with the amount of waterways and lakes, harnessing the power of water is a realistic prospect to produce sustainable energy.

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Hydro-electric waterwheel at Langdale

At present, the whole Langdale Estate use around 6 million kilowatts of energy of a year and to generate this they use a combination of LPG, electricity and biomass. The waterwheel has made use of the already flowing waterways that run through the estate right past reception and the restaurants. The wheel should continuously produce 6kw of electricity which the estate is planning to use to power the biomass plant room and to charge the fleet of Twizy electric cars.

As with any of the green projects Langdale have implemented and installed over the years, using local firms and suppliers is key for them. The biomass system including plant room construction was carried out by Barden Energy at Kirkby Lonsdale and now the waterwheel from Maryport base Smith Engineering. It is very encouraging that businesses requiring specialist services such as these needn’t go out of the county to obtain them.

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