£100 off Lakes Cottage with amazing views March, April

£100 off our Lakes Cottage  with amazing views for two prime spring weeks. It’s an excellent offer!

The week from Saturday 25 March to Saturday 1 April was £690, but we’ve reduced it to £590. Up to 4 guests can stay there at this rate. We also welcome a “well behaved” dog. (all our guests tell us their dogs are well behaved). This week should be an excellent time to visit the Lakes. British Summer Time will begin on Sunday 26 March, sunset will be 7.40 pm which means it will stay light until at least 8pm. Can’t wait!  The thought of sitting out on Brockstone terrace in the evening with a glass of wine (or maybe a local beer) after a day’s walking, surveying the hills, lakes and mountains is delightful.

School holidays don’t begin until 1 April, so this will be one of the quieter spring weeks.

We think that the daffodils should still be out. They are looking beautiful right now, but we have lots of late varieties too so they will probably still be around in two weeks time.

Of course, Sunday 26 March is Mothering Sunday.  If you’re stuck for a last minute gift for your mum this year….a week in the Lakes?

Lunch on Brockstone Grasmere Cottage terrace, January

Daffodils at Brockstone Cottage

The other week that we have reduced is from Saturday 22 April until Saturday 29 April. This week is available due to a cancellation. The rate was previously £790, but we have reduced it to £690.

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

Bluebells hidden over the wall on the Coffin Route

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, so I’m assuming that’s 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. The scent is wonderful too. The best walk 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 that burst through in the Lakes at this time of year.

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 £690. (reduced from £790 for last minute bookings)

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.

Bluebells in White Moss Woods and Rydal woods

Our Grasmere holiday cottage is getting lots of bookings

If you’re planning a visit to our Grasmere holiday cottage, Brockstone this year, please don’t leave it too long to make your booking. We are getting lots of bookings right now.

If you want to come in the UK school holidays, we have the week of 29 July to 5 August available at the rate of £890, and we have a two week slot from 12 August to 26 August at a special two week rate of just £1650 ( we are not letting one week only during this period)

For our up to date booking chart please check the availability chart on HomeAway which you can find here. Please just be aware that we may be holding a provisional booking for dates which show as available (24 June to 8 July is provisionally booked).

Our son, who has been looking for cottages in the UK to visit with his family, tells me that our rates for Brockstone cottage are too low compared with places he’s been checking. It’s true that we haven’t moved our rates up for several years, and we probably are offering excellent value. We are letting lots of weeks for the year ahead, so maybe we are undercharging a little but Hey! why not take advantage of our great rates and make that booking!

Just make sure that you book with us direct, as the online booking portals like Home Away and Holiday Lettings (who we’ve cancelled our listing with) will charge you a large booking fee .

The raod to Brockstone cottage, May, blackthorn blossom

I like to add a photo or two to my posts, so are some taken in May. We do still have weeks available at the end of April and beginning of May.

Nearby Rydal Hall gardens in May

Pictures taken around Brockstone Cottage , May

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year to you from the Lake District. The first day of 2017 has been glorious- blue skies all day.

The White Moss car parks have been absolutely packed as visitors from all over the place come to our beautiful area to enjoy our wonderful walks. The guests staying in Brockstone Grasmere cottage are very happy- they can just step out of the door, leaving the car on their private car park, and head off for a hike.

Some of you may follow Brockstone Grasmere Holiday cottage on Facebook. You can take a look at our Facebook page by clicking here. You’ll see some fabulous photos taken by our recent guest, Mark Jarvis, who is a professional photographer. Here are a couple that he took on local walks from the cottage. Thanks to Mark.

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Lake walk from Brockstone

Up on the Fairfield Ridge- a really great hike from Brockstone

Wonderful photos, taken by an expert. From Brockstone you can do the really great hike up and round the Fairfield Horseshoe- 3,000 feet and several hours of hard walking. Do it if you can. However, there are so many varied strolls and hikes in all directions that even a week is not long enough……

Today, the 1st day of January, is supposed to be the day that people think about booking holidays for the year ahead. That seems to be the case, as we’ve now taken three bookings today for the year ahead. If you’re regular guest who wants to revisit Brockstone this year ( and all our guests say they do) please don’t leave it too long or your date may be gone..

New guests- contact us asap. Sadly we’ve just had to refuse a booking to someone who was pipped at the post for his dates as we were in the process of confirming an enquiry made a few hours earlier. Our booking calendar on Home Away is usually up to date, but as the second enquiry followed very quickly on the heels of the first we hadn’t had time to update the chart.

The forecast for the next few days is for more sun, but getting cold at nights. Hopefully there will be some snow on the high fells, as this makes the views from Brockstone Cottage even more amazing.

Happy New Year- we look forward to welcoming you in 2017.

 

A beautiful November walk round Rydal Water.

November in the Lakes has been beautiful this year. We’ve enjoyed lots of walks around Rydal Water and Grasmere in perfect weather.

When guests visiting from the USA asked in advance what weather to expect, we told them that it would be unpredictable, but that rain would probably feature. However, as yet they’ve been here for 5 nights, and there has not been one drop of rain.

It’s been dry, cold and sunny this November in the Lakes.

The other day I set out from our front door and walked around Rydal Water. This walk can be done from the door of Brockstone Grasmere cottage too. Here are some of the photos I took. I was using my phone, no settings, just simple snaps, and even with such basic technology I hope you’ll agree that the walk round Rydal Water is pretty spectacular.

A still Rydal Water reflects the sky

A still Rydal Water reflects the sky

William Wordsworth often walked around Rydal Water. He lived his later life at Rydal Mount, a lovely house which you pass on this walk and which is open to visitors.

In one of his poems he wrote about Rydal Water-

“Like a fair sister of the sky

Unruffled doth the blue lake lie

The mountains looking on”

I think that he must have written these lines on a day like this, when the lake is still, and the sky is reflected in the lake- making the lake a “sister of the sky”. You can clearly see “the mountains looking on” as they are highlighted by snow in my photos.

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Looking towards the Fairfield Ridge, more reflections in Rydal Water

It’s hard to tell in the photo above where the land ends and the lake begins, as the reflections are so realistic.

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On the frosty side of Rydal Water

In winter, the west side of Rydal doesn’t get any sun. Loughrigg Fell stops the low sun making it over the edge to the west shore. However, the opposite side of the lake is bathed in sun. The contrast can clearly be seen between those areas which stay frosty all day, and those that get the sun.

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This sheep was not impressed-” move along please, I don’t want my photo taken” Rydal Water in the background

Half way round the walk you come to Rydal Hall, where the formal gardens still look good even in November. The Old School tearoom behind Rydal Hall serves delicious home made cakes, soup, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks- all at very reasonable prices.

Rydal Hall Gardens on a beautiful crisp November Day- a short walk from Brockstone cottage

Rydal Hall Gardens on a beautiful crisp November Day- a short walk from Brockstone cottage

For more information about Rydal Hall you can visit their website by clicking here.

Rydal Hall on a frosty November morning

Rydal Hall on a frosty November morning

Winter in the Lake District can be wonderful.A winter walk in the sunshine is good for your mind and body. Wrap up warmly and get outdoors. Brockstone Grasmere Cottage is a wonderful base for your winter break.

Goodbye October 2016

It’s 1st November, All Saints Day, and we’ve said “Goodbye October 2016- you were a wonderful month” The sky was blue, the sun shone, we had very little rain and the autumn colours were amazing. (for our reader in the USA that would be “FallColors” )

We thought that we might have some unlet weeks in our Grasmere cottage, but in the end all the weeks in Brockstone  were booked, and we’re fully booked through most of November too. Our guests had amazing weather and loved their stays. You can check out  our new reviews here. 

Here are a few photos from the last day of October 2016.

October colours Grasmere

October colours Grasmere

This is a photo taken through the beech wood known as “Penny Rock Woods” down to the shore of Grasmere. Can you see the reflections in the lake? Wonderful!

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A carpet of leaves in Penny Rock Wood, Grasmere

A carpet of beech leaves.

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Grasmere weir, October colours in the Lakes

This is one of my favourite short walks. I probably do this three times a week. Every day is different- the weather, the light, the season, all combine to make each day unique.

All these wonderful sights can be seen on a short walk from Brockstone Cottage- beautiful at any time of the year.

Take a winter break in our Lakes Cottage

Take a winter break in our Lakes Cottage, Brockstone, and enjoy great views, fresh air, fabulous walks, starry nights,and cosy accommodation in the heart of the Lake District.

Our cottage is full booked until the end of October, but from then until early March you can enjoy a 3 night weekend break for £290, or a full week’s stay for £490 ( excluding Christmas and New Year)

Step out of the front door and walk! No need to drive and park, there are lovely walks right on the doorstep. A click through this link should take you an article I’ve written about short circular walks from White Moss. Brockstone Cottage is in the White Moss area of Grasmere. Walk to Grasmere for a beer or a meal, and call in at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth museum.  Amble to Ambleside for a spot of shopping. Ramble to Rydal to see Wordsworth’s house Rydal Mount  and enjoy lunch at Rydal Hall tearooms.

At the end of the day you can return to a cosy, warm cottage and light the log burning stove for an extra glow. Take a bath in the spa bath with soothing jets to massage tired limbs. If the skies are clear, go outside and look at the stars. If you live in a city or town you’ll be amazed at the wonders of the night sky in the countryside.

Treat yourself to a winter break. Immerse yourself in the countryside. It’s good for you!

Huge reductions for October weeks.

We have made huge reductions for October weeks 8-15 October and 15- 22 October.

Originally these weeks were £790, but as we still have two weeks available and it is getting quite close, we are now offering these weeks at the great price of £590. October is actually a very, very popular time to visit the lakes, and usually we would expect to be fully booked. For some odd reason we’re not fully booked! So if you can get away you have the chance to take advantage of this huge reduction and book peak weeks at low season rates.

If you look around this website you’ll see pictures of the cottage, with it’s new cosy log burning stove, perfect for the autumn evenings after a day in the crisp autumn air. The leaves are already beginning to turn slightly, and by early October the autumn colours will be looking good.

October is the time that discerning visitors come to the Lakes for a last break before the shorter days set in. Here are some autumn photos I’ve taken in past years to give you a hint of the glory of the Lakes in October.The little light spot on the hillside in the middle picture is Brockstone. All these photos are taken on walks which you can do from the door .

Please contact us if you think you can take advantage of this reduction in price and enjoy a week at our beautiful cottage at a wonderful time of year for a special rate.

Bridge at Grasmere

Bridge at Grasmere

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Brockstone from Loughrigg Terrace

Rydal Water

Rydal Water

Our Grasmere Cottage is now fully booked until 8 October

We’re delighted that we’ve let the special offer week mentioned in our last post. This means that our Grasmere Cottage is now fully booked until 8 October.

October is an absolutely beautiful time to visit the Lakes. The weather can be glorious, the trees are starting to turn, and the crowds of summer have gone. The days are still quite long, but there is a nip in the air, which makes it even more delightful to come back at the end of the day to our cosy, warm cottage, with its log burning stove and bubbly spa bath.

At present we have two weeks still available in October. These are the weeks commencing 8 October and 15 October, The rate for these weeks is just £690 per week.

Here are some photos of autumn in the Lakes . These are all just snaps taken by me on a walk from White Moss around Loughrigg terrace that takes about an hour to an hour and a half from Brockstone Cottage. Brockstone Cottage is in the White Moss area of Grasmere, and all these walks can be done from the door. Leave your car and spend the days on foot. Be inspired by the walks Wordsworth knew and loved.

You could be here this autumn at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage, enjoying these views and wonderful walks. I’ve written some of the walks from Brockstone Cottage and White Moss on this page of 6 Circular walks from White Moss

We’ve just received a really lovely review for Brockstone Grasmere Cottage. You can check out our latest review here, and be inspired! 

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Brockstone from Loughrigg terrace

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Autumn view from Loughrigg Terrace, a beautiful walk from Brockstone Cottage

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Grasmere Lake from Loughrigg Terrace- a wonderful short walk from Brockstone Grasmere cottage

£100 reduction for the last week in August

We are offering £100 reduction for the last week in August. Previously £890, the week from Saturday 27 August is your for just £790 for a stay in our beautiful Grasmere cottage with amazing views.

The cottage sleeps 4 guests, and you are welcome to bring your dog.

This is the week of Grasmere Sports, which takes place on Sunday 28 August. A great day out for everyone. Here are some photos I took there a few years ago. Dog show, children’s races, band, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, fell races, lots of fun, food, stalls, beer tent.

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Looking down on Grasmere Sports Field, 10 minutes walk from Brockstone Cottage

Looking down on Grasmere Sports Field, 10 minutes walk from Brockstone Cottage