In case anyone is thinking of traveling to the Lake District, I want to share our travel planning details.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Flight: Amsterdam direct to Manchester with KLM (Delta)
Train: We would have taken the train from our home to the airport (the NS train stops directly under the Amsterdam Schipol airport), but my father was also travelling back to the US the same day we flew out to Manchester. That meant three large suitcases, three carry ons, a baby bed, stroller, and carseat along with three adults and a baby. We decided to take a taxi to the airport instead. We arranged for one of the larger taxis – a Mercedes minibus. It was money well spent. We did take the train back from the airport to our house, though.
Automobiles: Other than the taxi to the airport, we rented a car at Manchester airport for the week. A car is a must for this trip. I used TravelSuperMarket which helped me find a rate with Arguscarhire.com, but the rental was actually with a third company, Green Motion.
It the future, I will just google the airport’s website. It usually lists all of the in-terminal and nearby car rental agencies. Starting with the most local sounding company, I will research directly through the rental agency’s website. Lately, it seems I am able to save some money by NOT using the big, brand name (i.e. Hertz, Alamo, etc.) car rental agencies. When I went through Argus Car Hire, it charged me a deposit/middle man fee to put me in contact with Green Motion. I could have saved that money by going directly to Green Motion’s website.
Accomodation – Ben Fold Cottage
We recommend it highly! What a great way to experience The Lake District.