Although continually popular with holidaymakers and walkers, it seems the Lake District is pulling in the stars. Forget celebrity haunts such as the Italian Lake Como, home to Hollywood actor George Clooney, it seems the new hangout for stars is Lake Windermere.
Rene Zellweger may be the most talked about celebrity in the Lake District, during the filming of ‘Miss Potter’ with co-star Ewan McGregor, but she isn’t alone in visiting the region. Filming such as this has produced a magnificent boost to the regions economy and revenue for local business.
Among the celebrity holiday homeowners to be spotted around Lake Windermere are several premier-league footballers and renowned singer Sting and his wife Trudi Styler. The romantic setting of the Lake District is also said to be the place chosen by Sir Paul McCartney to propose to Heather Mills-McCartney.
John Morphet, managing director of South Lakeland Caravans and owner of the five star flagship holiday park White Cross Bay located on the shores of Lake Windermere, commented: “The fact that this area is attracting celebrities comes as no surprise to me. This is a fantastic place and the unobtrusive nature of the area has seen an increase in the number of stars visiting the region.
“In addition to this, the increased profile of the area as a film location and celebrity visits has ensured an increase in the revenue for local businesses.”
Other A-list celebrities with whom the Lake District is a favoured retreat are Tony Blair and Prince Charles. Friends star Jennifer Aniston and Hollywood actor Brad Pitt were also rumoured to have selected the Lake District as a holiday destination during their marriage.
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Notes to Editors
Pure Leisure Group
The Pure Leisure Group is owned by UK based leisure entrepreneur John Morphet. Included within the group is South Lakeland Caravans a fast-growing company, which specialises in developing and operating holiday parks, with caravans and timber lodges for sale or hire. At selected parks there are also pitches for touring caravans. Established in 1988, it now has 14 UK locations ranging from smaller caravan parks to larger holiday villages complete with leisure facilities.
The UK locations are:
White Cross Bay Leisure Park & Marina, Windermere
Limefitt Leisure Park, Windermere
Fallbarrow Leisure Park, Bowness, Windermere
Gatebeck Caravan Park, Endmoor, near Kendal
Ocean Edge Leisure Park, Morecambe
Regent Leisure Park, Morecambe
Hawthorne Caravan Park, Morecambe
Marina Caravan Park, Glasson Dock, near Lancaster
Fell End Caravan Park, Hale, near Milnthorpe
Hall More Caravan Park, Hale, near Milnthorpe
Little Todber Caravan Park, Gisburn, Clitheroe
South Lakeland Leisure Village, Borwick, near Carnforth
Billing Aquadrome, Northampton
Cogenhoe Mill, Northampton
The Pure Leisure Group also has three developments overseas:
· Olive Grove Park, Limnatis, Cyprus located in a traditional Cypriot village set amongst Almond and Olive groves just 15 minutes drive from the cosmopolitan town of Limassol.
· Marbella Gun and Country Club, Spain - where an initial development of timber lodge holiday homes is nearing completion.
· Royal Westmoreland, Barbados - a luxurious 500 acre estate with a world class golf course offering a choice of magnificent, newly built villas in a selection of sizes and styles - from two to four bedrooms, to larger Premium Villas and grand, individually-styled Exclusive Villas.