The Glen, The Guesthouse Under "the Helm" Kendal The Glen, The Guesthouse Under "the Helm", Oxenholme, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7RF

"The Helm is a family concern with an excellent reputation for friendly service and large freshly cooked breakfasts. It is situated in its own grounds in a quiet location on the outskirts of Kendal."

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The Glen,
The Guesthouse Under 'The Helm'

Oxenholme, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7RF
Telephone: 01539 726386
English Tourism Council 4 Stars

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"The Glen"is a family concern with an excellent reputation for friendly service and large freshly cooked breakfasts. It is situated on the outskirts of Kendal, in a quiet location in its own grounds under "The Helm" (local walk and view point of Kendal, the Lake District Mountains and Morecambe), but within a short walk of pub and restaurant.All rooms are en suite, with most having bath and shower. For that special occasion we have, our Luxury suite, with four poster bed and en suite Jacuzzi/spa* and shower (from £35.00pppn) and a double room with large en suite bathroom with Double Jacuzzi/spa* and shower, both these bathrooms come with aromatherapy oils and candles, plus there is an add on package of any two of the following, champagne, flowers or hand made chocolates for £30.00 we have a large family/twin room with view of 'The Helm' plus a large ground floor suite with king size bed.

Outside, relax on our patio or in the HOT TUB, bathrobes provided (especially nice in winter). Before taking an evening walk on 'The Helm' to watch the sunset over the Lakeland Mountains, then a drink or meal in our local Inn.

We welcome dogs by prior arrangement (except in the luxury suite).

*Jacuzzis run by meter.


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Dining Room


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We are 2 miles from the centre of Kendal in South Cumbria, 8 miles from Lake Windermere, central for touring the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales and are within a short walking distance of the main line Oxenholme station and within easy reach of the M6. There is ample parking.

The Glen was built in 1887 (for the Station Master of Oxenholme Railway Station) and has been extended to provide exceptionally spacious en-suite bathrooms to all rooms, which are individually decorated.


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The Glen offers easy chairs and colour TV and DVD/Video in each room (DVD and videos available on free loan, over 100 titles to choose from). All of which are centrally heated throughout with thermostats. Tea & coffee facilities are supplied in each room.

All rooms are non-smoking.

Breakfast is served in the dining room and consists of fruit, cereals and juice then the freshly cooked full English Breakfast of your choice which includes locally produced sausage and free range eggs (vegetarians can be catered for) as much tea, coffee and toast as you wish.

Being within easy reach of the M6 Motorway gives access to the Yorkshire Dales. Carlisle 50 miles, then into Scotland Blackpool and the Fylde Coast approximately 45 miles.

We are a non-smoking establishment.


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Ground Floor Suite Bedroom
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Ground Floor Suite

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Luxury Suite
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Luxury Suite Bathroom

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Double Jacuzzi
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Standard Double

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Family Room
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A short history of Kendal

The largest town in Cumbria and the adminstrative centre of the county, Kendal and its people have a rich and varied history. The earliest records show the records of Kentdale being granted to Ivo de Taillebois by William Rufus in 1007. In 1189 The Barony of Kendal was granted to Gilbert Fitz-Reinfred and the town was granted a Saturday market day by King Richard I.

Around this time, many English border towns were subject to attack by the Scots and Kendal was no exception. These raids led to the building of Kendal castle. King John visited the castle in 1206 as a guest of Gilbert Fitz-Reinford, but some nine years later Gilbert rose with other Barons against the King and forced the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215.

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In 1331, John Kemp of Flanders settled in Kendal, bringing with him his weaving expertise. He taught others until the prosperity of the whole town was based on the making of the Kendal Green cloth which was worn by English Archers. At the height of the wool trade, 300 packhorse left Kendal every week laden for all parts, even London some 270 miles away. This trade gave the town its motto of "Pannus Mihi Panis" which translates as "Wool is my bread".

Probably the most famous resident of Kendal Castle was Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII's six wives, who was born in the castle in 1512. A year later the famous Kendal bowmen fought in the Battle of Flodden Field.

The skills of the Kendal archers have also been documented at other battles, notably Crecy and Agincourt. In 1553, the castle was partially destroyed on Royal orders, but later Queen Elizabeth I reinstated the natural heir, the Marquis of Northampton. After his death, the Barony returned to the Crown and since 1784 the title has been connected with the Earl of Lonsdale.

Although the cloth trade has died out since medieval times, Kendal is still well known for K shoes, snuff, carpet making and the famous Kendal Mint Cake. This is particularly popular with mountaineers as a convenient energy source in severe weather conditions.

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In spite of modern developments, Kendal has remained true to its character of a working town, with a lively weekly market and a broad range of shops, inns, restaurants and hotels that are mostly late Georgian.Among the many attractions are the ruins of the castle, to which the public has free access and Abbot Hall at the south end of town. It was built in 1756 and in June 1962 was opened by Princess Margaret as an art gallery.Also worth a visit is Kendal Parish Church. It is the largest in England and is somewhat unusual as it has five aisles.


Customer Comments

"Thank you for a wonderful weekend stay, the weekend was near perfect (pity the weather was awful), but the room and breakfast was outstanding!"

"We are back in Texas now, but a part of us is still in Scotland and in the lovely lake country of England. Your hospitality at Glen Guest House played a huge part in our happy memories. From the lovely room to the scrumptious breakfast we were treated like royalty." B and J, Texas

"We had stayed at many B and B and realised that your B and B is the one of the most comfortable and loveliest B and B in UK. When we go to Lake District again, please let us stay at your B and B." Y.P, Japan

"Just a tiny note to say "Thanks for a wonderful time" ... even though we spent only one night at The Glen, we were very impressed with the warmth of the hospitality. [My son says to add that the home-cured sausages were the best he's ever had till date!] Hope our paths cross again sometime in the future..." A.K, India

"Such a lovely time spent at The Glen. So comfortable and very relaxing. You have thought of everything for your visitors and the bonus was the wildlife from our bedroom window." Betty and Frank, Shropshire



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TARIFF for 1 night
Single roomsfrom £40 per night
Double roomsfrom £60 per night
Price includes breakfast.Discounts are available for longer stays

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Directions from Junction 36 of M6

Take A65 towards Crooklands/Endmooe then onto Oxenholme. Turn right after the Texaco Filling Station towards Oxenholme Railway Station. Through village to "T" junction, turn right and we are 300 metres up the hill on the right hand side.

Directions from Junction 37 of M6

Exactly four miles from junc 37 you will come to a small crossroads at the top of a hill, turn left (hayclose lane), then after another mile you will come to a T junction and the Station Inn, turn right and we are the second drive on the left.

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