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Twitter winner stay

2 October 2012 / Reviews / Guests / Prize

Our August Twitter competition prize winner enjoyed their stay with us this weekend.

“A place where you can be assured of a warm welcome. Yes Thorney How has a lovely homely feel and the staff have a great welcoming touch even when we arrived at 9pm.”

Read Shaun Bale’s blog – Lost Again


28 September 2012 / Events / Film

The Hunger Games (2012)- 142 min
Director: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth
Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.

Hunger Games Film Poster

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives.

Review by Peter Bradshaw The Guardian, Thursday 22 March 2012
The Hunger Games is a very enjoyable futurist adventure, presented with a compelling, beady-eyed intensity…. this is supremely effective entertainment. There’s a tang of satire in this televised survival-contest thriller that allows it to outrun the Twilight comparisons.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – The Hunger Games (2012)IMDb

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28 September 2012 / Technical

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20 September 2012 / Events / Film

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – 119 min
Hauru no ugoku shiro (original title)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Genres: Animation | Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Romance

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

Howl's Moving Castle Film Poster

A love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sofî, cursed by a witch into an old woman’s body, and a magician named Hauru. Under the curse, Sofî sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Hauru’s strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Hauru’s fire demon, named Karishifâ. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie—if she breaks the contract he is under with Hauru, then Karushifâ will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape.

Review – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, Friday 23 September 2005

Miyazaki’s films require a conscious investment of attention; you have to immerse yourself in them, and soon you will find yourself floating, buoyed up by his gentleness, his visual exuberance, and his unshowy intelligence and emotional literacy. It is a lovely film for all ages.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) IMDb

Project Thorney Next Steps

19 September 2012 / Business / Planning / News / Project Thorney

After the months of waiting, we can finally announce that our planning application to develop Thorney How has been accepted.

We’re thrilled that we can now make a start on making the improvements that this wonderful Grade 2 listed property deserves.

Snapshot Thorney Plans

This is an overview of what we’d like to achieve over the next few years. But we won’t be rushing to do everything at once and we will be remaining open for business.

Of course what everyone wants to hear is that there will be more showers!

We will update you here with more details of the plans, photo’s of progress and all the news as the redevelopment takes shape. Of course we’d also love to hear your comments too.

Keep an eye out for the hashtag #projectthorney

This week's film - 15th September 2012

12 September 2012 / Events / Film

In Time (2011 – 12, 109 min
Director: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Olivia Wilde

Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller

In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth.

In Time Film Poster

Welcome to a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there’s a catch: you’re genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich “earn” decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. When a man from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage. Living minute to minute, the duo’s love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system.

Review by Henry Barnes The Guardian, Friday 4 November 2011

This elaborately imagined sci-fi thriller from the Gattaca director is a fun ride, even if its message is a bit obvious

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission

Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – In Time(2011) IMDb

We're on the map

11 September 2012 / Guests / Cycling / Sustainability

Thorney How has just been added to the The OpenChargeMap. An international creative commons project providing a global, open and public database of electric vehicle charging locations.

Electric Car charging points at Thorney How

See the Open Charge Map here

Our two new Electric Car Charging points are now ready to provide eco friendly, sustainability conscious visitors to the Lake District the option of driving an electric car.

Drive Less See More
Linking with the Go Lakes Drive Less, See More Campaign alongside our Electric Bike Hire we’re hoping that visitors will think more about how to reduce their travel carbon footprint.

Ptolomy off for an adventure

9 September 2012 / Animals / Guests / Facebook

Ptomolomy entertains one of our guests whilst heading off to walk up Easedale Tarn.

Ptolomy off for an adventure

Posted back to us by one of our Facebook friends, thanks Michael:

Ptolemy on one of his adventures in late July. He wanted to join us on a walk up to Easedale Tarn – here he is about half way down the track towards the Easedale Road, but he would have stayed with us further if we let him.

A great photo, the other two cats Remy and Luna rarely venture far from the garden, or even the sofa!


This week's film - 8th September 2012

7 September 2012 / Events / Film

John Carter (2012) 12A, 132 min
Director: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe

Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.

John Carter Film Poster

John Carter, a Civil War veteran who in 1868 was trying to live a normal life, is “asked” by the Army to join. But he refuses so he is locked up. He escapes and is pursued. Eventually they run into some Indians and there’s a gunfight. Carter seeks refuge in a cave. While there he encounters someone who is holding some kind of medallion. When Carter touches it, he finds himself in a place where he can leap incredible heights, among other things. He later encounters beings he has never seen before. Later he meets a woman who helps him to discover that he is on Mars. And he learns there’s some kind of unrest going on.

Commentary by Ben Child – Guardian, Thursday 1 March 2012

Why John Carter has to be seen to be believed
John Carter is the kind of movie no studio bigwig in their right mind ought to have greenlit – but where else will you see such strange monsters?

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission

Join us for a Curry – please book ahead

More information here – John Carter(2012) IMDb

A great morning for Photographs

31 August 2012 / Weather / Walks / Grasmere / Coast To Coast / Photography

Three great photos for you this morning, with morning mist and blue skies – looking forwards to a grand day in the Lakes.

View towards Helvellyn

Up towards Helvellyn, this is the Coast to Coast route to Patterdale. Views of Seat Sandal. Grisedale Hause (the Gap before Grisedale Tarn), Fairfield and Great Rigg.

Helm Crag from the How at Throney How

This is our view of Helm Crag from the top of the How at Thorney How, overlooking our roof line.

First Autumn Colours Grasmere

First autumn colours appearing in the garden.