Inside the Cottage . This page tells about what you will find inside this Grasmere holiday Cottage
Brockstone Cottage was originally two cottages, built in about 1800 by the le Fleming family for their Rydal Estate workers. Since the early 20th Century it has been one cottage with two bedrooms. We have been the proud owners since 1976.
Many people walk past this unique Grasmere Cottage every day. If you’ve walked the famous “Wordsworth walk” from Dove Cottage, Grasmere to Rydal Mount you will have passed the gate. This route is also known as “the Coffin Route”, one of many such old paths in the Lake District, used before St Mary’s Church in Rydal was built as the shortest way to the very ancient St Oswald’s Church in Grasmere.
This is the view that you have of Brockstone cottage when walking from Grasmere to Rydal. The footpath passes by below the gate on the way past the cottage, heading for Rydal. A right turn here takes you down to White Moss Common.
This lovely photo above was taken by another guest looking at Brockstone from a spot on the walk to White Moss viewpoint. The wall heading downhill goes to White Moss Common, the main A591 road and the bus stops. The path at the top on the right heads to Rydal Village, to the left is Grasmere.
This photo was taken by a guest in July 2015. There is ample space to park two cars, This view looks back past the cottage towards the track from Grasmere.
Here’s what you can find inside Brockstone Cottage.
The Master bedroom is spacious, with a high beamed ceiling and a four poster bed.
There is an en suite shower, toilet and sink .The views from the window are superb.The bed is made ready for you with a feather duvet. Towels and soaps are also provided.
There are two windows in the master bedroom. One overlooks the garden, and in March it is full of daffodils. The other window looks out over the Lakeland Hills and Rydal Water. What a lovely sight to wake up to!
The second bedroom has new pine twin beds, a vanity unit with large mirror over, and the same wonderful views as the master bedroom. Towels, facecloths and soap are provided. There is a large built in wardrobe in this room.
The house bathroom has a relaxing spa bath, perfect for soothing tired muscles at the end of the day. Why not pamper yourself with lots of suds and maybe a glass of wine whilst soaking ? You’re worth it.
If you prefer a shower, the power shower over the bath is excellent.
There is a heated towel rail and bath towels, hand towels, facecloths and soaps are provided.
Downstairs. The ground floor was completely refurbished in 2016.
In the lounge we have exposed two little old windows which had previously been covered by a stud wall. You can see them in this photo, with our lovely new red sofas in the foreground.
In the renovations we uncovered an old fireplace with a huge Lakeland slate lintel. We decided to make this into a feature, and we installed a traditional log burning stove into the original fireplace.
There is a pretty old window seat, and the whole window wall can be covered with our lovely new curtains on winter evenings. In the summer evenings, you may want to keep the curtains open to enjoy the views.
There are lots of books, jigsaws and a chess set, an ipod dock, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD and CD player.
The Kitchen has been recently refurbished. There is a top of the range Bosch washer dryer, new oven and hob, dishwasher, mircrowave, kettle, toaster and a beautiful retro style Smeg fridge. The kitchen is well equipped for all your holiday cooking needs.
As you enter Brockstone Cottage, you walk into the dining area, with the kitchen to the rear, the lounge to your right, and the stairs straight ahead. Here, below, is your view when you open the front door.
Let’s take a look at the dining area. There is an antique pine arts and crafts style table, which is very comfortable for four guests. The table can be expanded if needed. The floor in the kitchen dining area is beautiful slate, which not only looks great, but is easy to clean. .
We provide a steam cleaner and a top of the range Dyson vacuum, should you wish to clean around during your stay This is particularly useful for dog owners, who we know are always very anxious that their dogs don’t make a mess, and that they will be welcome back. We know that a lot of cottage owners refuse to take dogs, but ( so far) we have found that dog owners are among the most considerate guests. They find the location of Brockstone perfect for their dog, and we are happy to welcome them. We do ask that dogs are kept downstairs.
Outside the cottage . As you step out of the door you are on a raised terrace, with an outside dining table and chairs, and a bench from where you can contemplate the views.
Here’s a photo taken in January. If it is a sunny day, Brockstone Cottage is perfectly placed to take advantage of it. Unlike may cottages down in the village, which get very little sun in winter, and where the hill and buildings cut out the sun for many hours even in summer, Brockstone cottage, south facing and high on a hill, is one of the sunniest spots in the Lake District.
There are steps down from the terrace to the drive and car parking area. There is a turning area, and plenty of space to park two cars.
Around the side of the cottage there is a garden room where the barbecue is stored. At the rear of the cottage is a wild garden, with a stream running through it. The garden is surrounded by woodland and hills, with footpaths heading off in all directions from the front door.
For more information about walks you can look around this website, or read my article on 6 Circular walks from White Moss by clicking here. The walks are described, with photos, and will give you a taste of the glories that await during your stay at our Grasmere Cottage.