About Sue Dixon

I live at White Moss House, Grasmere in England's Lake District. The poet William Wordsworth once owned my house. We are the proud owners of Brockstone Cottage, Grasmere, which we rent as a holiday cottage. Brockstone is 400 metres above White Moss, perched on the hillside with amazing views over Rydal Water and the Grasmere Hills.

Things to do around Brockstone Cottage in June

June is a busy month in the Lake District. There’s an amazing choice of things to do. Of course, there is always walking, climbing, sailing, boating on the Lakes, visiting gardens and museums, taking in the views……etc…etc….. However, there are also many special events and things to do.

For a comprehensive list you can visit the official website of Cumbria Tourism, GoLakes, by clicking through this link. You can refine your search by dates, or by choosing your area of interest. For example, if you search “Fairs, Festivals and Markets”, you’ll find that the exiting and wonderful Keswick Mountain Festival takes place 8-11 June 2017. Outdoor activities, speakers, music, all in the beautiful setting of Keswick and Derwent Water. Find out more by clicking here. Keswick is a delightful 30 minute drive from Brockstone Grasmere Cottage. The photos below are from the website gallery of Keswick Mountain Festival 2016.

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Fell runners Keswick Mountain Festival 2016

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Music, Keswick Festival 2016

If cycling is your thing, then you’ll love the Adventure Cycling Festival at Brathay Hall, Ambleside, just 10 minutes from Brockstone Holiday Cottage. For more information you can click through this link. Actually, even if you don’t cycle, take a look. The website is spectacular.

Please bookmark this page and come back- more events will be added soon.

Still time to book our last minute offer

There’s still time to book our last minute offer for our Lake District cottage. Arrive Saturday 22 April and enjoy week relaxing and unwinding in our unique cottage. Now only £590 for the week. Sleeps up to 4 guests ( though very romantic for just the two of you). Bring your dog if you like. Dogs love walking from the door without having to get into the car.

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Last minute special offer 22-29 April

LAST MINUTE SPECIAL OFFER . Week from Saturday 22 April to Saturday 29 April now only £590 ( was £790). Short breaks available this week from £350 for 3 nights. Please contact us directly for a quote via our contact form.

What’s happening in the Lake District this Easter?

Here are some pointers as to what’s happening in the Lake District this Easter and for the rest of April. There is so much to do that I’ve just given you a flavour of some of my favourite things ( there’s a song there somewhere!)

If you’re in Ambleside this week please come along to the Ambleside Choral Society Coffee Morning on Wednesday 12 April. This is being held at Lucy’s on a Plate on Church Street. Thanks to Lucy for providing the venue. Whilst spending the morning in Ambleside you can take in a round of crazy golf at White Platts by St Mary’s Church, where there is currently a huge inflatable slide for the children. You really can’t miss it.

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Crazy golf Ambleside

From there you could walk around the church into Rothay Park where a fantastic new play area has just been opened following the damage caused by Storm Desmond.

There are lots of Peter Rabbit related events this Easter.The Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness has a Peter Rabbit Trail and many more events which you can find here.

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Easter fun in Bowness

In the North of the Lake District near Penrith the Lowther Estate is organising  a special Easter event called “Dragons and Chocolate” which sounds fun. For more information please click here.

At Allan Bank in Grasmere the National Trust are organising Easter Eggs Hunts, Easter crafts and lots of other spring events. Click here for details.

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Allan Bank Grasmere

 

Also in Grasmere, on Tuesday 18 April the Grasmere WI and the Buffs are jointly hosting a coffee morning. Proceeds go to fund local events. Here’s a little poster I’ve just made. I’m pretty pleased with my first attempts! As a member of Grasmere WI I’ll be baking cakes and helping. Please come along.

 

The Forestry Commission have two superb forests in the Lake District, Grizedale in the South and Whinlatter in the North. There are lots of activites, including Go Ape at both forests, bike trails, and all sorts of adventures. One that has especially caught my eye is the Gruffalo Spotters Trail at Grizedale. There is also one at Whinlatter.

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Grizedale Gruffalo Trail

For a comprehensive list of all events in the Lake District at Easter ( and all year round) you can visit the Official Cumbria Tourism website Go Lakes by clicking here.

The weather in the Lakes this Easter looks like being mostly dry, though a little more chilly than of late. We assume that you will want to put your boots on and do some walking. You need to work off some of the Easter chocolate, and what better way than getting out and about in the Lake District? Do check the weather forecast if you’re planning a days’s walking, especially if you are going up high, where the conditions can be very different to down in the valleys. For fell top weather the Mountain Weather Information Service is the best. Find it via this link.

We wish everyone visiting the Lake District this Easter a very happy holiday.

A Great Day out in the Lakes

Here’s my one of my favourite great day out in the Lakes.

Starting at Waterhead, Ambleside on Windermere, take the “steamer” to Lakeside, Newby Bridge, take the little steam train to Haverthwaite, and have lunch. After lunch take the train back to Lakeside , and go around the Aquarium of the Lakes . Then take the boat back to Waterhead.

 

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Take the Steamer from Waterhead

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The Teal comes into Lakeside to take you back to Waterhead via Bowness

The steamer takes you all the way along Windermere, England’s longest lake. You get marvellous views of all the luxury properties along the lake- lovely for nosey folks like me.

We made this trip with grandparents, parents and little ones aged 1 and 3, and all loved it. A Great Day Out in the Lakes. Why not try it this Easter?

Organ Recital Grasmere

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Organ recital In St Oswald’s Church Grasmere tommorow, Sunday 2 April 2017. Organist Ian Hare launches his new CD of music in local churches with a recital in Grasmere, where he has recently taken up the position of organist.

Admission on the door, £5 including refreshments.

We’ve added new photos to “Inside our Grasmere Holiday Cottage”

We’ve added new photos to the page on this website called “Inside our Grasmere Holiday Cottage”. If you click through this link you’ll see some new pictures of the bedrooms, including the wonderful views from the bedroom windows. windows.

We’ve also put some more new photos of the car parking area on this page. Guests are always very concerned about where they can park. This is totally understandable, because many Lake District Cottages, especially those in the middle of villages such as Grasmere and Ambleside, have very limited parking facilities.

Whenever we go to stay at a Cottage or B & B I always want to know about parking. This springs from one of our visits to Cornwall. We checked in at our B & B, and asked the receptionist where we could park. “I don’t know” was her answer! Wrong answer! We ended up having to park in a car park on the edge of the village, some distance away and at quite a high cost. Never again ! Always check the parking arrangements.

Plenty of car parking space at Brockstone cottage

I’ll just throw in a few more new photos taken at Brockstone Cottage over a gloriously sunny Lake District weekend. It was still March, but felt like summer.

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Pretty bench in corner of Brockstone garden

Grasmere cottage view of Rydal water

View from Brockstone garden over the “Coffin Route” gate on the famous Grasmere to Rydal walking path and to Rydal Water below

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Looking up into the wild garden from the bench. Daffodils! Wordsworth loved daffodils.

£150 off Lakes Cottage with amazing views 22-29 April

We’ve taken £150 off the rate for our Lakes Cottage with amazing views for the week 22- 29 April.

This is a prime spring week, when we think the bluebells will be looking good. You can’t rely on things happening at a certain time, but judging from past years, this will still be bluebell time. This is not a school holiday week, so the area won;t be packed out with families. We’re surprised that we haven’t already filled this week, so in an effort to encourage anyone who might be interested we’ve reduced the rate by £150, from the previous rate of £790 to just £640. You are welcome to bring your dog if you wish, at not extra charge. ( We assume your dog is well behaved- owners always tell us their dogs are well behaved!)

Bluebells near Brockstone Cottage

 

 

If you read the next blog post down you’ll see that this should coincide with the bluebells. More pictures of bluebells below, along with some other photos taken in the last week of April. These are taken on the beautiful walk from Brockstone Cottage to Rydal Village, and feature St Mary’s church Rydal (Wordsworth was behind the building of this pretty church), and also Rydal Hall. Click here for more information about the Gardens at Rydal Hall.

I’ve forgotten to mentions primroses- a picture below shows a lovely bunch growing near Brockstone Cottage. Photo taken this same end of April week. We hope you’re tempted….

Primroses on the path near Brockstone Cottage

Tulips at Rydal Hall

Rhododendrons in Rydal Village

More Bluebells

Bluebell time in the Lake District

When is bluebell time in the Lake District? I’ve looked through my photos from past years and they all seem to have been taken towards the end of April.  I’m assuming  therefore that the last couple of weeks in April are usually a good time to see our wonderful bluebell woods.
If you stay at Brockstone Cottage you won’t have far to walk to see these beautiful masses of flowers. As well as seeing the lovely little flowers you’ll also realise that the scent is wonderful too. The best walk if you want to see bluebells from Brockstone Grasmere cottage is to step out of the door, and walk around Rydal Water. Click through the link for an article I wrote about a walk around Rydal Water with pictures and directions.

We do still have a week available at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage for the week 25 March to 1 April. You might be a little early for bluebells, but you’ll catch some of the many daffodils.

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Wordworths daffodils at Brockstone Cottage

Above are the very pretty wild daffodils,Narcissus pseudonarcissus  loved by Wordsworth, just some of the many varieties of daffodils at Brockstone Cottage. This end of March week is just £590 ( we’ve reduced it from £690 for last minute bookings)

The other week that we have available, which will probably be in “bluebell time” is the week from Saturday 22 April to 29 April. This week is £650. (reduced from £790 for last minute bookings). That mean that you can stay at our Grasmere cottage (did we mention that it has amazing views?) , whilst seeing the bluebells and also enjoying everything the Lake District has to offer whilst saving £150.

Here are some bluebell time photos taken in the area around Brockstone Grasmere Cottage. Come and enjoy the Lake District from our lovely cottage with amazing views.

Bluebell wood near Brockstone

Rydal Wood bluebells

Bluebell flowers on a walk round Rydal

Bluebells in Rydal Woods

The bluebell is so pretty

See and smell bluebells up close

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White Moss Woods