Update on availability

Further Availabilty Update

The remaining July weeks are now all fully booked.

The week we had at the end of August ( due to a cancellation) has now been rebooked.

Our next available weeks are in October. It’s a really beautiful time of year in the Lake District. Take a look at my Pinterest board for some lovely Autumn In the Lake District photos.

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October colours Grasmere

Availability Update

Just a quick update on our availability at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage.

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Brockstone view on an April evening


We did have two weeks available in June, but these have both now been booked. Our next availability is for the week commencing Saturday 8 July, leaving Saturday 15 July. We have reduced the rate for that week from £790 to £690 for a last minute booking. That’s a great price! We’ve just been away on a cottage break ourselves, and have returned thinking that we are offering really attractive rates at Brockstone.

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Boots off at the end of a walk

After that, our next weeks are in September and October. You can now book for Christmas and New year, and if you would like to book for 2018 just email us with youir dates and we’ll give you our best offer.

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Window seat with a view

That’s the update! Thank you.


Rydal Hall and Rydal Church

Rydal Hall gardens and Rydal Church were the stars of our walk yesterday. Setting off from White Moss, just down the path from Brockstone Cottage, this wonderful walk always offers something new. Yesterday, the Rhododendrons at St Mary’s Rydal Church were splendid. Here’s Rydal Church outlined against a clear blue Lake District sky yesterday.

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St Mary’s Rydal , May

You can find more lovely May  flower photos on the gardens and flowers page of our website .of our Onwards through the lovely church yard to Rydal Hall Gardens, where the tulips in the formal garden are coming to an end but still looking good. The gardens were designed by celebrated Lake District gardener Thomas Mawson. Here’s an interesting article about Thomas Mawson, who was responsible for many great Gardens in the Lakes and elsewhere in the early 20th Century.

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Tulips in Rydal Hall garden


The herbaceous border is ready to burst into life. The gardener has cleverly planted patches of vibrant tulips at intervals to give early interest. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks to see how this border has burst into life.

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Herbaceous Border early May

For more information about this beautiful walk around Rydal Water you can read a description of  “A circular Walk Round Rydal Water” that I wrote as a guide. You can also find more about circular walks from Brockstone Grasmere Cottage and from White Moss by clicking here .

We paused at the delightful Old School Tearoom for a tasty sandwich and a cuppa. We resisted the cakes- hard to do!

We’ve had lots of sun and no rain lately. Our cottage guests are having a great time! If you would like to stay in Brockstone, our Grasmere Holiday Cottage with amazing views, we’d love to welcome you. Here’s how to make a booking.

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Recent photos taken at Brockstone Cottage Grasmere

Here are some recent photos I’ve taken at Brockstone Cottage, Grasmere The view is the thing that immediately strikes visitors on arrival, so here are a few new recent photos showing the view. Here you can see Rydal Water in the background from the terrace.

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Boots off at the end of a walk

Now time to relax looking over the Grasmere Fells. The hazy hill you can see on the horizon is Wetherlam, part of the Coniston Fell range.

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Brockstone view on an April evening

From the inside looking out – a window seat with a view

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Window seat with a view

Inside, Brockstone cottage is cosy and warm. With the log fire blazing it’s easy to unwind and relax, curled up with a book, and maybe a glass of wine , or a local Lake District beer or specialist Lake District gin. (You might like to go on a distillery tour to The Lakes Distillery  during your stay)

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Log burning stove in our Grasmere cottage

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Cosy lounge at Brockstone Cottage

The weather this spring in the Lakes has been wonderful. Our guests are having a great time walking and relaxing. If you would like to treat yourself to a stay at our Grasmere Cottage, we have two weeks in June available- 10-17 and 17 – 24. We have reduced the rate to £690 for last minute bookings ( was £790)  The beds will be made up for you with lovely fine cotton bedding, we provide lots of fluffy towels. Just bring yourself and a loved one ( though we can sleep 4 in two bedrooms if you want to bring friends). Bring your dog too- dogs love Brockstone Cottage. No extra charge for your dog.

The week of 8-15 July is also available,  and so is 16-23 September. Check the form at the bottom of the page for details.

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


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.