DURING YOUR STAY
We all work hard and our free-time is to be treasured so here at Maple Bank we hope your stay will be as relaxed as possible. Like you're 'home-from-home', but with a few essential treats.
When you arrive at the house we ask you to complete a quick registration form and take your payment. We'll give you a map of the village - with the local pubs, restarant and tea shop highlighted - and a menu to order your breakfast. Just drop it back downstairs before you go out for your evening meal. This pre-order helps plan our kitchen prep, and more importantly, manage any waste. Separate menus and choices are available for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free.
Breakfast is between 8am and 9.15am and is cooked to order when you all come down to the dining room. We ask you choose a time when you check in, just to make sure we can look after you properly. If you're in a party of four or more, then we try to block out a half hour slot so you can all be served together and also other guests aren't caught up waiting for their breakfasts. This helps make sure that everyone can get out for their days adventures and enjoy the Lakes. If you need to be out in the morning by a specific time then please let us know the night before, especially if it is before 8am. And you'll get a fresh menu every day so you can choose your breakfast each day, and we'll this in your room when we give it a quick tidy and hoover.
If you're bringing a canine pal with you, then we'll show you our fully enclosed garden, point out where to find the green dustbin for pooh-bags, and where to find dog-towels and doggy-dressing-gowns for wet paws. We have trays in each room for water and food bowls, plus extra fleeces, but please do bring your dog's own beds, as it does seem to it help settle our four-legged guests more quickly.
At check-in, we'll also show you the guest fridge in the dining room. This has fresh milk every day for you to help yourself to. Just decant some into a small jug for your room. You're welcome to pop anything in there as well. We also put out homemade cake on the dresser each afternoon - just help yourself when you come back in.
Whilst there isn't a guest sitting room, we do have a couple of armchairs and footstools at the end of the dining room where you're welcome to relax after your day out. And of course, just move the dining tables around for any games nights, as there are packs of cards, Uno, draughts, chess, Snakes and Ladders, Banagram, Articulate, Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary etc all available to use during your stay.
If it's wet or muddy, you can store your boots in the hall to dry out, and any wet clothes can be hung up in the hall or in the private bathroom. Best not to leave them in your car as unlikely to dry out overnight.
And of course the garden is there for everyone to enjoy, not just our four-legged guests. Here you'll also find our newly created Paradise Terrace with chairs and a table for anyone that would like to sit outside. And more chairs available if needed - just ask.
But the most important thing to remember during your stay is that you have come to relax, so kick-back and let the Lakes work their magic.
We're looking forward to welcoming you to Maple Bank.
Kate, Ann and Tara.