Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Grasmere - Brockstone Cottage Grasmere
Overlooking Rydal Water, four poster, spa bath, sunny terrace on Wordsworth walk
This historic Lake District cottage has amazing views over Rydal Water and the Lakeland fells.
Perched high on a Lakeland hillside with views over Rydal to the Coniston Fells this romantic famous 200 year old cottage is many people's ideal Grasmere holiday cottage.
The master bedroom has four poster bed and a high beamed ceiling and an ensuite shower, toilet and sink.
The second bedroom has twin beds and a sink, with lots of cupbaord space in the built in wardrobes.
The family bathroom has a spa bath with a power shower over the bath.
Downstairs the lounge has two comfortable settees, a dresser which stores games and jigsaws, a flat screen digital TV, DVD player, stereo syestem with CD player and an Ipod dock.
The kitchen diner is well equipped , with a Smeg fridge freezer, Smeg dishwasher and washer dryer, oven, hob, microwave and toaster.
There is an antique pine dining table and chairs, and an antique bookcase with lots of books for guests to enjoy .
All the rooms in the cottage have wonderful views.
Our side is one of the sunniest terraces in the Lakes. As our holiday cottage is perched high up on a hillside, facing south, it gets the maximum sun even in winter when houses in the valleys are blocked form the sun by the mountains.
It's a real treat to relax in the sun at the end of an active day, gazing over the Lakeland hills at the views that have inspired generations of artists.
On the tarrace is a large dining table, four chairs with soft seat covers, and there is a barbecue and sun umbrella stored in the outshouse.
There is private parking for two cars.
The cottage is at the end of a track, beyond which there is only a footpath. No traffic can pass by.
Situated on the beautiful 'Wordsworth Walk' from Dove Cottage Grasmere to Rydal, with car access by private track,only walkers pass by. Four poster with ensuite shower; twin room;spa bathroom; lounge with open fire;Smeg kitchen diner, terrace with views of Rydal Water ,Loughrigg and Coniston fells. Outstanding walks from the door to Ambleside,Rydal,Grasmere,Elterwater or for the more adventurous,Loughrigg, Silver Howe,Nab Scar, Fairfield . After an energetic day relax in the spa bath,or enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace watching the sunset over Lake District Mountains. Free use of fishing permits and local leisure club. Visit excellent restaurants and pubs in Grasmere or Ambleside;buy superb local produce from specialist shops;enjoy the seclusion of your Rydal Water,Grasmere self catering home
Lake District Walking: Brockstone Cottage is the perfect base for a walking holiday in the Lake District. Located on the famous 'Wordsworth Walk', also known as the ancient 'coffin road' from Rydal to Grasmere,step out of the dor and go! Gentle walks lead to Rydal and Ambleside, round Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake, to Grasmere Village, with stops for a pub lunch.Go along Loughrigg Terrace ( where Rene Zellweger filmed Miss Potter ) to Elterwater (pub lunch at the Brittania!) or over Silver Howe or Loughrigg for great views.For high level walks, Nab Scar and the Fairfied Horseshoe , ( over 3,000 feet) a classic circular Lakeland mountain walk, start from Brockstone Cottage. The Coniston Fells and Langdale Pikes can be seen from Brockstone Terrace, Helvellyn is a short drive. We are happy to advise and lend maps and books. The many walking shops in the area offer a huge range of equipment at all prices. At the end of the day, relax in the spa bath and watch the sunset over the Lake District Mountains.
Food and drink in the Lake District: The Lake District offers a huge range of excellent pubs, cafes and restaurants. In Grasmere, Villa Colombina (Dove Cottage restaurant) is 15 minswalk from Brockstone Cottage, and the Jumble Room and all the other Grasmere restaurants are just 1 mile away. Croft House bakery offers good cakes and pasties, Heidi's Deli has sandwiches and there is a pretty good Coop with reasonable wines and beers. 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 £15.95 (book in advance).
Booth's Supermarket Windermere offer stop quality local food, and an award winning wine section.
Lucy's of Ambleside is an excellent deli and food shop, and Nick's Kitchen Ambleside has ready meals made on site - no need to do lots of cooking for a great meal!
There are lots of good pubs with Lakeland Beers in Rydal and Grasmere, and the Drunken Duck is 15 mins.
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 weekends.
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!
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Sue Dixon
We have lived at White Moss House , 10 minutes walk away from the cottage, for over 30 years. White Moss House was a highly rated small hotel and restaurant, with top entries in the Good Food Guide for many years, before we retired. We used Brockstone Cottage as an extra hotel room- it was very popular.
In recent years we have taken it more easy, so White Moss now is our home, and we rent Brockstone Cottage, Grasmere as a wonderful place to spend your Lake District holiday.
We are nearby should you need any help, but respect your privacy throughout your stay. Usually we just see guests when they collect the keys and drop them off, but we are very happy to advise on walks, activities, tips, where to go- anything to make your stay at Brockstone Cottage as perfect as possible.
Sue Dixon purchased this cottage in 1976
Why Sue Dixon chose Grasmere
If you've seen the views, you'll know why this is such a wonderful place to stay. Sitting on the terrace, watching the changing weather over towards Wetherlam or Rydal Water is just fabulous.
Many places in the Lake District are tucked away down the valleys, and in the villages, where very little sun reaches. Brockstone Cottage is high enough to get all the sun available. This special cottage has a large terrace, with dining table and chairs for eating outside at lunchtime or on a long summer's evening. The cottage is surrounded by a wild garden, with a stream running under the house.
Inside there are all the modern facilities you need for a comfortable holiday in the Lakes.
What makes this cottage unique
There is no passing traffic. Only deer, sheep, red squirrels and walkers pass by. At the end of a hard day's walking ( you can start at the door) soak tired limbs in a spa bath. Heaven!
From the door of the cottage you can set out on walks and hikes in all directions. Some guests never use their car at all, apart from the odd trip to the shops.
If you do want to explore further afield, the location of Brockstone Cottage is very central .
Guestbook comments from the owner
A delightful cottage run by helpful and friendly owners, who also own the outstanding,nearby, White Moss House. The cottage is extremely well set up, with a washing machine and dryer -excellent for wet walking clothes after a day on the fells- and a dishwasher, plenty of kitchen utensils, cutlery and crockery, and a wonderful open-fireplace with ample supplies of wood. The bedrooms are comfortable and the bathrooms have excellent power showers. Parking is easy with room for visitors. The views must rank among the best in the Lake District -stunning vistas of the fells. We have already booked to go back in 2014