Brockstone Cottage Grasmere
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Brockstone cottage has the most amazing views over Rydal Water and the Lake District hills.
Our Grasmere holiday cottage is located on the famous path from Wordsworth's Dove Cottage Grasmere, to Rydal Village where Wordsworth lived in later life at Rydal Mount. Both these famous Wordsworth houses are less than 30 minutes glorious walk from Brockstone Cottage.
The 18th century cottage is equipped with all the 21st century facilities to ensure your Lake District stay has a touch of luxury. From breakfast on the south facing terrace to a relaxing evening drink at sunset after a busy day, the views over Rydal Water and the Lake District mountains are magnificent. Just 1 mile from shops, pubs and restaurants in Grasmere, the cottage is private and peaceful. Perfect for those who love to be out in the countryside, with amazing views. People who love to walk from the door will be in heaven!
You might see a red squirrel hopping along the wall.
We do accept a dog by arrangement.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||400 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 129 km, Nearest railway: Winderemere 13 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
* comfy seating for 5 people
* a selection of CDs and a great stereo system- bring your own CDs and play them as loud as you like!
* some DVDs provided, but why not bring your favourite films and movies to enjoy during your stay?
* large library of books
* jigsaws and games
* unlimited BT broadband and WiFi.
* ipod speaker dock
* dining area with extending antique pine table
* seating for 4 people
* Smeg fridge freezer
* Smeg washing machine and tumble dryer
* Smeg dishwasher
* Excellent oven, grill and induction hob
* Microwave, toaster, kettle
* Lots of good knives and kitchen tools. We love a well equipped kitchen when we go away, so we provide one for our guests.
* Family bathroom - relaxing spa bath with electric power shower over the top. Great to relax in after a day's walking on the Lakeland mountains!
* The four poster room has its own ensuite shower , toilet and sink.
* The twin room has its own sink and vanity unit.
* 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
* Four Poster Room - 1 Double Bed.
* Twin Room - 2 Single Beds
* Four poster room has high beamed ceiling with en-suite shower, sink and toilet. Lakeland mountain views
* Twin room has sink. Lakeland mountain views.
* Separate bathroom with spa bath
* Top quality bedding and towels are provided for your Grasmere self catering cottage stay.
* This cottage was originally two Lakeland cottages. The stairs are quite steep, and we do not have safety gates. We feel the cottage is not suitable for young children as there are no child safety features, and the steep steps might also be tricky for guests with walking problems.
*Sunny terrace with dining table and chairs, barbecue and sun umbrella.
*Ample private parking for two cars.
|Further details outdoors|
Lake and mountain views from the terrace. All the rooms have great views.
South facing terrace with large wooden dining table with sun umbrella and four comfortable chairs. The cottage is perched high up on the hillside, so gets the sun even in winter and at the end of the day when the lower properties lose the sun behind the hills. This is one of the sunniest locations anywhere in the area.
This Grasmere cottage has a wild Lakeland garden, and it is not suitable for unsupervised young children.The garden is on a hillside, and an unfenced stream and waterfall runs through the garden .We do not recommend the cottage for families with young children.
Access is along a bridle track which becomes a walking path only after the cottage. There is ample parking for two cars. From the car parking area there are outdoor steps to the cottage terrace and entrance.
Guests can use the pool and leisure facilities at the Langdale Leisure club.
There are quite steep stairs inside to the bedrooms, and outside steps to gain access from the drive to the terrace which make it unsuitable to guests with walking difficulties. Brockstone Cottage is on the Wordsworth Walk between Grasmere and Rydal. Access is on a tarmac road off the A591 from Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, Grasmere or from White Moss House ,for half a mile, followed by a track for the last 300 yards. In extreme winter weather conditions it may not be possible to take a car all the way to cottage. In this case, guests are able to park their car safely at White Moss House. The track is used by many walkers and we ask that our guests drive very slowly and take great care .
The track after Brockstone becomes a walking path, leading to Rydal Village and on to Ambleside.In extreme winter weather it might not be possible to take the car all the way to the cottage.
We usually let the cottage for a minimum stay of a week at peak holiday times, but outside those times we may be prepared to accept a minimum of 3 nights, and we can be flexible about changeover days.
For two guests, the cottage is a most romantic private place to stay, and it is a popular location for honeymoons and anniversaries.
The rate we quote are for two people sharing a room. If the second room is going to be used, there may be a small extra charge .
Guests are welcome to use the Langdale Leisure club facilities free of charge.
We are happy to accept dogs by arrangement- the cottage is heaven for dogs! We usually make a small extra charge .
SEPTEMBER SPECIAL 2014
Due to a cancellation we have two weeks available in September, the week beginning 13 September, and the week beginning 20 September. These weeks are £750, but if you can take the whole two weeks, we can offer a special rate of £1,250 for the two week stay.
The Cumbria/Lake District
Brockstone Cottage is on The Wordsworth Walk, the historic "Coffin Path", between Wordsworth's homes Dove Cottage , Grasmere and Rydal Mount in Rydal Village. You will see from the map that our cottage is at the end of the track. No one can drive past. Only walkers go by.
This unique self catering cottage is ideally located for exploring the Lake District on foot or by car. There are a wide variety of walks and hikes from the door, to Grasmere, Rydal,Ambleside, and Elterwater,or up Nab Scar, Fairfield, Loughrigg, Silver Howe, Helvellyn and other famous Lakeland hills or "fells" as they are known locally.
Half a mile from the cottage is Rydal Village. As well as visiting Wordsworth's home Rydal Mount ,call into the historic Rydal Hall and the newly restored Rydal Hall Gardens.Enjoy a homemade soup and cake in the Rydal tearooms.
For garden lovers Holehird garden at Windermere run by the Horticultural society is a magnificent treat with several national collections.
As well as being the home of Wordsworth, the Lake District was also home to Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. Their homes of Hill Top and Brantwood are 30 minutes drive.From Brockstone Cottage you can see White Moss Common and Loughrigg Terrace where Rene Zellweger filmed the movie "Miss Potter."
10 minutes by car or about an hour on foot is Ambleside. Visit Bridge House Ambleside and Zeffirelli's cinema.
On Lake Coniston ride The Gondola steamboat , visit Ruskin's Brantwood and the Donald Campbell Museum. Boats can be hired on Grasmere, Windermere, Ullswater, Coniston and Derwent Water.
Take the famous old Windermere "steamers" from Waterhead down the lake to the Steam trains and Aquarium at Lakeside.
The Derwent Pencil Museum and the Theatre by the Lake Keswick are worth visiting. See the world's longest pencil and buy the famous Derwent crayons. There are plays, musical events and festivals all year round the the Theatre by the Lake. The Old Laundry Theatre Bowness and the Brewery Arts Cents Kendal also host many live events.
The Lake District offers a huge range of outdoor activities besides hiking. There are challenging cycle trails at Grisedale Forest, where you can also"go ape". Hire road bikes and mountain bikes,Sail on Windermere or watch the Ospreys at Bassenthwaite. Hire a rowing boat .Play tennis or pitch and putt! This wonderful area offers so much!
Great for nature lovers-Brockstone Cottage is named after the "Brocks" (badgers) that live around the cottage. You may see badgers, deer, red squirrels, and allsorts of birds such as kites, herons and woodpeckers. You will certainly see the local Herdwick sheep, who roam all over the area.
Great for walkers-Brockstone is on the famous 'Wordsworth Walk', (also known as the ancient 'coffin road' ) from Rydal to Grasmere. Step out of the door and go! Gentle walks lead to Rydal and Ambleside, round Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake, and to Grasmere Village, with stops for a pub lunch or a coffee and sandwich..Or pop over the hill to Elterwater for a swim at the Leisure Club there- we have free memberships for Brockstone Cottage guests.Visit the many outdoor shops for expert advice on buying the right equipment.
Great for poetry fans-walk or drive half a mile to Dove Cottage where Wordsworth wrote his best poetry and on to Grasmere Village. Visit Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth museum. The guides at Dove Cottage are excellent, and the musuem is really interesting. Dove Cottage runs a varied programme of poetry reading and workshops. There is a brilliant poetry season from spring to autumn where poets read their own works. You may see poets such a Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage- check Dove Cottage website for details.
Great for pottering about!- in Grasmere village see the Wordsworth graves at St Oswald's church. Visitors to Grasmere love the quaint Grasmere gingerbread shop and Heaton Cooper's Art gallery .The garden centre and Sam Read's book shop are fascinating. Enjoy the quaint cafes, pubs and shops.
Great for superb food and drink -The Lake District offers a huge range of excellent pubs, cafes and restaurants. In Grasmere, Villa Colombina (Dove Cottage restaurant) is about 10 minutes walk from Brockstone Cottage, and the Jumble Room and all the other Grasmere restaurants are just 1 mile away. Tweedies Bar serves good meals and has a great garden.Croft House bakery has wonderful homemade cakes and pasties, Heidi's Deli has sandwiches. There is a pretty good Coop with reasonable wines and beers, and a selection of good quality ready meals so that you can eat in the cottage or on the terrace with the minimum of fuss and effort.
Ambleside (2 miles) has a wide choice of restaurants, and a good selection of take away food. Zeffirellis Restaurant and Cinema offer an excellent 2 course vegetarian meal and reserved cinema seat for just £17.95 (book in advance).
Booth's Supermarket in Windermere ( also in Keswick) offers top quality local food, and an award winning wine section.
There are lots of good pubs with Lakeland Beers in Rydal and Grasmere, and the famous Drunken Duck is a 15 minute drive away.
Great for live events-Lakeland shows, theatre,music, films. If you have any energy left after a day in the fresh air, there are many great venues offering theatre music and film. The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, has an excellent repertoire of plays throughout the year, and also has music events and literary festival. Zeffirellis Cinema Ambleside shows 5 films every day with live music at weekends. The combined movie and meal deal is excellent value.
Wordsworth's most famous home, Dove Cottage, Grasmere has a visiting poet and poetry readings most Tuesdays. The Old Laundry, Bowness, has plays, music and live events throughout the year. The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, has an interesting mix of music, theatre and cinema.
The Lake District Summer Music Festival takes places in Ambleside and the surrounding villages in August. All Lakeland villages have their own shows and sports days throughout the summer, with fell racing, Cumberland wrestling, cycling, track running,hound trails and many other sports and entertainments. Sheep dogs shows, garden festivals, jazz and beer festivals too many to mention! See golakes website!
Great for Historic Houses and gardens. Visit Sizergh Castle and gardens and Townend Troutbeck , run by the National Trust, or the privately owned Levens Hall and Topiary gradens, Holker Hall and gardens, or Mirehouse to the north. All great days out.
Great for free extras- We offer free use of fishing permits and local leisure club. Guests have free unlimited broadband and WiFi.
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18 Aug 2014
"The most wonderful cottage in the lakes"
Delightful cottage in marvellous setting with sunny terrace looking out over lakes and mountains. Feels secluded but not lonesome, with great walks up, down and along the hillside and two wonderful … More
3 Aug 2014
"Great views, shame about the cottage access."
The cottage has the best views of any let we have ever used, as keen walkers we have stayed in cottages from Cornwall to the Highlands of Scotland. The cottage was very clean and well equipped. The o… More
Thank you for your very positive review about the views, cleanliness, equipment and the wonderful walks at the cottage.
Unfortunately you damaged a tyre before arriving at the cottage. We can say honestly that this has never happened before.
The track is in good order having been refurbished by United Utilities in order to allow their large vehicles to access the Aqueduct for repairs (now completed). Although partly single track there is no traffic coming the other way as it is a “no through road”. It is completely level with no gradients, hairpins or any other potential hazards. The gardener's large van and the heating oil tanker have no problems using the track.
Our gardener regularly strims along the track and we ourselves cut back on a weekly basis whilst cleaning the cottage.
One of our regular guests has a large Bentley and enjoys the run to the cottage in it! (in his words “it's a piece of cake!”)
We do though ask guests to drive with care as there may be dogs and walkers about.
5 May 2014
"Perfect venue for a fell-walking holiday"
This is the second time I have rented this cottage and it makes a perfect base in the heart of the Lake District. It is very conveniently located but is also peaceful and secluded. A number of great w… More
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this excellent review.We do try to equip the cottage with everything that guests might need, and it seems that we may have got it right!
We are very happy that you have already visited the cottage twice. We really enjoy welcoming our regular guests back and we look forward to welcoming you again in the not too distant future.
Thank you again!
23 Feb 2014
"Perfect cottage for our New Year stay in the Lakes"
It was dark when we arrived, but lights were on inside and out, the heating was turned up high, the log fire was ready to light, and there was a bottle of wine in the fridge for us to enjoy on New Yea… More
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this lovely review.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your New Year stay so much, in spite of the weather being a little damp.
We do hope that you will to able to visit again, and we look forward to welcoming you back.
17 Nov 2013
"The most wonderful holiday cottage I have stayed in"
We are so happy to have found this lovely cottage. The views are just amazing, and even though we were there in October we sat out on the terrace most days just loving the sounds of the steam that run… More
Thank you very much for your review.We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much, and we look forward to welcoming you again.
22 Sep 2013
"Beautiful location, comfortable "tired" cottage"
The cottage is in a lovely, peaceful location and extremely well positioned for walks around the gorgeous countryside. However the narrow gravelled track to reach it is not for the faint hearted and w… More
Thank you very much for your review. Guests have always been able to use the free wifi at nearby White Moss House, but from April 2014 was are happy to say that free unlimted WiFi will be now also be available at Brockstone Cottage.
2 Sep 2013
A great location for vacation rental. It's located down a "road" which is also becomes the Coffin Trail walking path. Other than an occasional hiker on the path below, you will see no o… More
Thank you very much for this lovely review. We are delighted that you so enjoyed the location and the views. We think it's one of the best views you can have in a Lakeland Cottage- very happy that you thought so too!
Thank you too for alerting us to the problem with the toilet flush. We have replaced this with a new unit and all is now working perfectly.
4 Aug 2013
"Charming Cottage in rustic surroundings"
What a charming cottage in beautiful surroundings with stunning views westayed along with two friends the first week of June and found the cottage very clean and equipped with all you need,the bedroo… More
We're very happy that you all enjoyed staying at Brockstone cottage. We are delighted that Posh and Becks enjoyed it too!
Thank you for taking the trouble to post this lovely review.
We look forward to welcoming you back in September, and again in June 2014.
30 Jul 2013
"Absolutely superb - best self-catering cottage I have found"
A delightful cottage run by helpful and friendly owners, who also own the outstanding,nearby, White Moss House, where gourmet meals are available if one feels like a night off cooking. The cottage is … More
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and very happy that you have booked to come again in 2014. We look forward to welcoming you again.
15 Jul 2013
nasty carpet in bathroom, smell of mildew permeates throughout, moths show up on bedroom walls at night. son had an asthma attack on first night, rental car scratched driving up the narrow gravel path… More
The guests who left on the day this reviewer arrived have already booked two more visits. They are as mystified as us by this review. You will almost certainly see moths and spiders , as well as butterflies, deer, badgers, red squirrels and abundant birdlife. That's all part of the rich eco system in Lakeland.
The main bathroom has a relaxing spa bath and power shower. Unusually for a 200 year old Lakeland Cottage we have also managed to fit an extra ensuite shower room in the four poster bedroom. Other guests have appreciated this extra facility.
I have read out the comment about the porch to various regular guests to see if they could understand it. No one knows what the reviewer means. The porch is a traditional Lakeland porch, dating from when the cottage was built over 200 years ago. Its style is typical of the vernacular Lake District architecture. Is the reviewer suggesting we should knock it down and replace it with some modern edifice, which would be totally out of character and against our strict planning regulations?
We would love to have had the chance to discuss the reviewers “concerns” face to face, but far from “confronting” us they handed us a note of their complaints as they were leaving, giving us no opportunity address their points.
Obviously the cottage did not suit these guests. We're sorry that they did not enjoy their visit.
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