Winter breaks Brockstone Grasmere Cottage

Winter Breaks at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage

Many Reasons to enjoy Winter Breaks in the Lake District

You may ask- “Winter Breaks in the Lake District- why would I do that?”

There are lots of reasons to take winter breaks in the Lake District. The Lake District has recently been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status, recognising the unique beauty and culture of this area. That beauty if often at its best in winter. Here’s a photo I took last November. Brockstone Grasmere Cottage has views of Rydal Water. The building you can see in the photo is Nab Cottage. Brockstone is just out of view behind trees, on the footpath which runs above Nab Cottage.

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November Reflections Rydal Water

Why do people visit the Lake District? One of the main reasons is for the scenery and the walks. This remains as big a draw as ever in the winter. It’s true that the hours of daylight are shorter. If you want to do a really big walk, such as leaving from the door of Brockstone to do the Fairfield Horseshoe, you’ll need to start early. For most of our visitors, an invigorating walk of three or four hours is plenty. Maybe take in a pub lunch somewhere like The Brittania at Elterwater, a lovely old pub, or your could walk over to The Mortal Man at Troutbeck.

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Rydal Hall on a frosty November day

You could just do the beautiful Rydal Round from the front door of Brockstone Grasmere Cottage, taking in a visit to Rydal Hall gardens, and lunch in their excellent tea room.

At the end of the day, come home to a bubbly spa bath and a cosy log stove.Sounds good to me!

Is Brockstone Grasmere Cottage a good place for a winter break?

Many of our guests think Brockstone Grasmere Cottage is a very good place for a winter break.

If you are thinking of a winter break, there are lots of reasons why our holiday cottage might be a good choice. Winter breaks at our cottage are enjoyable whatever the weather. Just read the reviews by guests who stayed in December and January by clicking on this link.!

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Log burning stove in our Grasmere cottage

Here’s the lovely log fire to relax by on a winter evening.

Perched high on a Lakeland hillside with glorious views, Brockstone Cottage gets any sun that the Lake District has to offer in the winter months.brockstone-sun-view-january-25281-2529Here’s a photo taken on a sunny January day. On a  winter’s day, enjoy a relaxed breakfast, then put on your boots and start walking from the door, making the maximum use of the daylight hours. Return home to a warm cosy cottage, soak in the spa bath, then spend the evening by the log burning stove, reading, listening to music, watching a film, doing a jigsaw or just gently snoozing .

Restaurants, pubs, theatres, cinemas

You can go out of course! The restaurants, pubs, cinemas and theatres are quiet, and you’ll be made very welcome.


A winter week at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage is from £490.

The best value if for a full week’s stay, but we are happy to offer shorter breaks. Please email us for quotes. We have just one special break left for this winter- any 4 nights between Wednesday 17 January and Monday 22 January 2018 ( leaving Tuesday morning) for just £330. Up to two extra nights available at just £50 per night

Here are a few photos I’ve taken of the area in winter. The views can be better than summer, as there are no pesky leaves on the trees …


Rydal Water taken above Brockstone Cottage

Winter sun at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage

It is widely acknowledged that most of us in this Northern island don’t get enough sun in winter. We can’t guarantee sun in the Lakes in winter, but we can promise you that if you wrap up warm ( waterproofs may be needed too) and get outdoors in winter you will feel much better than if you stay huddled up indoors.

Winter breaks are good for you. It’s a fact. Winter breaks in the countryside refuel body and soul.

Langdale Ridge from Alcock Tarn, Late January afternoon

Langdale Ridge from Alcock Tarn, Late January afternoon


Special Events in the Lake District in November and December.

There are lots of special events taking place in the Lake District in the winter months.

Here are just a few of the events that you could join in with on a winter break in the Lake District.

Christmas Lights in the Lake District

Turning on the Christmas Lights in the towns and villages of the Lake District has become a major event in recent years. The whole town turns out to celebrate, with music, fireworks, lantern processions, food, drink, stalls and all sorts of fun.

The nearest Christmas lights event to Brockstone Cottage is Ambleside Christmas lights, which this year takes place on Saturday 18 November. For more information click here.

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Ambleside Christmas Lights and Lantern Parade

Keswick’s Christmas lights big day is Friday 24 November 2017. More information here.

Winter music in the the Lake District

If you love music, we have lots going on in the Lakes District in winter. In my diary I already have Ambleside Choral Society’s Christmas concert on 9 December in St Mary’s church Ambleside, and Carols at Allan Bank Grasmere on 16 December, led by Grasmere Glee. (I’m in both these choirs!)

A visit to Kendal could take in a sponsored concert by The Lakeland Sinfonia,or you could pop into the fortnightly midday Wednesday concert in Kendal Town Hall.

Live Theatre in the Lake District in Winter.

The Theatre by the Lake at Keswick,has an extensive winter programme. It’s a beautiful place to visit. Have a meal there too, or at one of the many excellent cafes in Keswick.

The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal stages theatre, music, comedy, films, and exhibitions all year round.

The Old Laundry in Bowness also has an excellent winter theatre programme.

Christmas Markets in the Lake District

I’ve added a new blog post about Christmas Markets in the Lake District 2017. Read all about it by clicking on this link.

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Christmas Market Windermere

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