Love is in the Lake District air this February, and this year we’re very excited at the prospect of a Leap Year on Monday 29th – the one day in four years where a woman can traditionally propose to her partner!
This tradition is thought to date back to the 5th century in Ireland after St Bridget complained to St Patrick that women were waiting too long for their suitors to propose and is still carried out and celebrated 16 centuries later. Of course, in this day and age, couples are welcome to propose to each other whatever gender they may be, on whatever day of the year they wish – but we think there’s something very special about this old Celtic celebration of love and partnership.
We want to inspire you to pop the question this Leap Year 2016! The Lake District is the perfect place to propose with stunning scenery, lakeside views, beautiful hotels and a variety of locations from castles, woods and gardens to picturesque villages. You will be in good company with the fifty percent of single women who would definitely consider popping the question and might even have Royal approval as it was Queen Margaret who supposedly changed the law in 1288 allowing unmarried women to propose and male suitors to be fined for refusal. There might not be much truth to this theory though as scholars have been unable to find a record of the law, but it is as good a reason as any!
If you have been convinced, be sure to get in touch with Lisa and Richard, the couple who run The Hideaway at Windermere, and let them know about your love story.They offer beautiful packages for betrothed couples and newlyweds at their boutique hotel in the heart of the Lake District and would be delighted to welcome you.
This is a guest post on behalf of The Hideaway at Windermere tel 01539 443 070