Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Brockstone cottage has the most amazing views over Rydal Water and the Lake District hills.

Christmas 2015 still available.

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.

We're fully booked already for many weeks in 2016, so please book early if you want to stay at this unique Lake District holiday cottage.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach 400 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
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 Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, 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
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Living Room: * fireplace * 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 dockDining: * dining area with extending antique pine table * seating for 4 peopleKitchen* 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.Bathrooms: * 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.Bedrooms: * 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.Outdoors*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.

Further details

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

We are taking booking for Christmas and New Year, 2015. Our minimum stay is 5 nights, and we can be flexible about arrival and departure days. Please contact us with your requests and we'll do our best to meet them.

Cosy winter weeks are available from £490. Changeover days flexible.

The 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.