Friday, August 12, 2016

Steve Burton Reviews Burnside Park Owners Club

I recently had the pleasure of staying at Burnside Park Owners Club through an exchange with Dial an Exchange. It was a very enjoyable stay not least because of the very friendly welcome I received from the staff who were Lisa the resort manager, Elisa the front of house manager and Susan and Emily on the front desk. If you ever stay at this resort try and go to the resort welcome meeting late on sunday afternoon. Elisa takes the meeting which is highly informative and unlike many other welcome meetings it is not about trying to sell you additional weeks. It is the most interesting welcome meeting that I have attended in my thirty six years as an owner of timeshare since I first became an owner back in 1980 at the Osborne Torquay the first timeshare resort in England.


This resort is in part owned by Hapimag they own nine of the forty six units. The resort has twenty five two bed units, twenty one bed units and one studio. The units are maintained to a high standard and while staying at the resort you can use the facilities of the nearby Burnside Hotel which includes an indoor swimming pool.


I believe in being honest in my timeshare reviews and because Burnside Owners Club is located in the English Lake District in Cumbria and due to its location it is in the wettest part of England with an average of over seventy inches of rain each year. In fact there are around two hundred days each year when rain falls for part of the day in this region on average there are one hundred and forty five dry days and twenty days when it snows. Many people come here for the walking  with Scafell Pikes, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Langdale Pikes being particularly popular. I like Tarn Howes as its very scenic and not too difficult a walk.


It is a matter of personal choice as to which of the nearby towns and villages are best to visit. My personal favourite is Grasmere which is a charming village right in the heart of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. It was once the home of the world famous poet William Wordsworth. If you go there it is possible to visit two of his former homes Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount. Other places that are worth visiting include Ambleside, Windermere, Hawkshead, Bowness and Coniston. Lake Coniston is famous for the lady in the lake mystery and back in 1967 the untimely death of Donald Campbell who died in his boat Bluebird when attempting to beat the world speed record on water. The towns of Windermere, Coniston and Keswick are all located by lakes Windermere, Coniston and Derwent water. Windermere is the largest lake in the Lake District and for me it is more pleasurable now that there is a speed limit of ten miles an hour for craft using the lake. It is much quieter now that there is a ban on jet skies using the lake. Derwent water is easy to get to by bus and you can purchase a combined bus and boat cruise ticket but please check it as our driver issued me with a ticket for a cruise on Lake Windermere not on Derwent water.


Beatrix Potter the childrens  books author who was famous for the tales of Peter Rabbit lived in the Lake District for much of her life. She left her substantial estate to the National Trust which helped in keeping the Lake District as a National Park.


This is a much sought after timeshare resort so my advice would be to put on a search as early as possible if you wish to obtain an exchange to this wonderful resort which is located just a few hundred yards from Lake Windermere in the Bowness district of the Lake District.

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