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Historic Grasmere self catering cottage with fantastic lake and mountain views

Sue Dixon

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 - 14 nights

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Historic Grasmere self catering cottage with fantastic lake and mountain views

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 - 14 nights

Overview

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.

All the beds are made up with 100% high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. All bed have feather duvets. Extra blankets are provided.

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 system 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, juicer 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.

Outside 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 shaded from 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 terrace is a large dining table, four chairs with soft seat covers, and there is a barbecue and sun umbrella stored in the outhouse.

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 door 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 Fairfield 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 mins walk 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 famous 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 highly acclaimed Grasmere Players put on live theatre in Grasmere Village hall in the Summer and at Christmas.

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!

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sue Dixon (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
13 April, 2015

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. One day we would like to retire to Brockstone!

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 .

We welcome well behaved dogs .

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
Jul 2013
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4.6
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Historic Grasmere self catering cottage with fantastic lake and mountain views
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5

WOW factor

  • 5 of 5

Had the pleasure of staying at Brockstone cottage for 4 nights last week with our 2 Golden Retrievers and it was home from home and we highly recommend it. We collected the cottage key from Sue and Peters home, we was greeted by Sue who gave us a good customer service with information about the area and a map on how to get to Brockstone. On reaching the cottage the views are to die for overlooking Rydal water and beyond. The cottage is very clean and well maintained throughout, on our arrival it was warm, cosy, and very comfortable the coal fire was set and ready to light.

The description, location, facilities and reading the other reviews I cannot comment on it any better, everything was so very nice and Thank you to Sue and Peter for being excellent hosts and for accepting the dogs as well, they too enjoyed it and I think they were pleased to get home for a rest with all the good walking routes we explored.

Thank you again and hope to see you again.

Jane B. Derbyshire.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

WOW!!

  • 5 of 5

Had the pleasure of staying at Brockstone for 4 nights over the new year period. Cannot recommend the place enough.

Located at the furthest most point on a road/track up from Grasmere village. The views and location are just stunning. The path for numerous walks go passed the cottage in either direction. Central Grasmere is a 25min ish walk away, a bit longer on the way back as its up hill!! A route round Rydal Water in the other direction is around a 90min round trip. There are various other walks to do and a comprehensive guide for them is available in the cottage.

The Cottage...... from the smell of the coal fire as you enter right through to the collection of the Encyclopaedia Britannica on the dresser in the lounge, the cottage has an oldy worldly lived in feel and is the ideal place for a perfect getaway. There are some modern touches Huge Smeg Fridge Freezer; Dishwasher; Juicer; Microwave; WiFi; Whirlpool Bath, DVD Player, however this doesn't detract the authentic characteristics of the cottage.

The main bedroom has 4 poster bed, trouser press, en-suite with separate wash basin in a closet. The second bedroom has twin beds and an abundance of wardrobes. The bathroom has a whirlpool bath and over bath electric shower.

The lounge has 2 large sofas and a separate chair. Flat screen free view TV, DVD player and stereo, numerous board games and an open coal fire set up ready to light.

The kitchen has all the modern appliances and enough crockery and utensils to please even the busiest cook. There is a large dining table in the kitchen also which is perfect for that nice cosy meal after a good day walking.

The out house also has a BBQ and cushions for the outside chairs and table at the front of the cottage. Recycling is a big thing in the lakes too and there are a number of differing bins in respect of this.

The owners of the cottage Sue & Peter live a short walk downhill from the cottage. They couldn't of been more helpful. 4 homemade mince pies and a bottle of Prosecco on the dining table when we arrived, the coal fire set up ready to light are just a couple of the little thoughtful extras that further add to the wonderfulness that is Brockstone Cottage.

We will definitely return

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well we have to say "Wow!" too! What a superb review! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review. It's very detailed, very positive, and we really appreciate it. We're absolutely delighted that you loved Brockstone Cottage so much, and we look forward to welcoming you all again. Thank you once more. Best Wishes for 2015. Sue and Peter.
5

Perfect location, well-equipped, beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Brockstone cottage is right on the 'coffin route' from Rydal to Ambleside which makes it perfect for walks - Great Rigg is right behind it. It is exceptionally well equipped, warm and comfortable. Sue Dixon made is very welcome, she lives close by. Thoroughly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the cottage and its location so much. We look forward to welcoming you again sometime.
5

So near the silvery water yet so close to the sky

  • 5 of 5

We loved this cottage - in the heart of the lakes and yet tranquil and isolated, somewhere to watch the wonderful lakes and mountains, walk up to the crags and run down to two lovely lakes/meres/waters to paddle and swim in glorious surroundings. The occasional call of a falcon wheeling around the high crags above the woods - where we could pick chanterelle mushrooms, blackberries, raspberries and later in the year there will be ripe hazelnuts in the woods. Very clean and comfortable; cosy fire, friendly and helpful owners. Feels isolated but not lonely as occasional walkers out of sight below on the footpath. Great fireplace and useful internet access. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your delightful review. We're very happy to hear that you loved the cottage and it's location, and that you enjoyed all the wonderful wildlife. You did well to find chanterelles! Marvellous! Thank you for your visit and review. We do hope that we might be able to welcome you again sometime. Sue and Peter
5

A wonderful cottage with incredible views

  • 5 of 5

As we drove down the narrow track to the cottage we were getting excited, then as we parked outside, got out of the car and took a look at the view we were so happy that we had found this holiday cottage.

No traffic goes past Brockstone, which is the last house on the ancient "coffin road" between Rydal and Grasmere. For walkers like us, it was heaven to put our boots on and step right out onto wonderful hikes up Fairfield, Loughrigg, Silver Howe and many more shorter walks direct from the door. Grasmere is a 30 minute walk away.

The view is wonderful, and the terrace catches all the sun going- perfect for a glass of local beer at the end of the day before soaking in the spa bath then curling up by the log fire.

The cottage is comfortable and well equipped. We loved it, and can't wait to return.

The owners were very helpful, and we would certainly recommend this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
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1

we named it "mothstone"

  • 1 of 5

nasty carpet in bathroom, moths come out at night in the bedrooms, son had an asthma attack on our first night, smell of mildew permeates throughout cottage, 2nd bathroom is a 75 cm wide joke. front porch awning is falling off the wall. scratched car driving up the narrow gravel path. less time should be spent writing about views outside and more time should be spent cleaning the dust and spider webs on the inside. confronting owner with our concerns got zero response.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.

Location

Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Manchester
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Winderemere
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
M6, junction 36 (from south) or 40 (from north)
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
Car: necessary

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. The Lake District scenery has inspired countless poets and authors, including William Wordsworth, Coleridge, Ruskin, Turner and Constable. Our Grasmere holiday cottage is located in the heart of this beautiful landscape.

Brockstone Cottage is on The 'Wordsworth Walk, between his famous home Dove Cottage Grasmere, and the house he lived in during his later life, Rydal Mount. This walk is also known as the historic 'Coffin Path',as it was used by Rydal Parishioner to go to St Oswald's Grasmere in ancient times.

Adjacent to Rydal Mount is the historic Rydal Hall and the newly restored Rydal Hall Gardens. Holehird Gardens Windermere is a short drive. Beyond Rydal is Ambleside and Lake Windermere. Visit Bridge House Ambleside and Zeffirelli's cinema. From Brockstone Cottage you can see White Moss Common and Loughrigg Terrace where Rene Zellweger filmed Miss Potter. Beatrix Potter's house Hill Top Sawrey and John Ruskin's Brantwood Coniston, are a short drive. On Lake Coniston ride The Gondola steamboat and visit the Donald Campbell Museum. Boats can be hired on Grasmere, Windermere, Ullswater and Derwent Water. The Pencil Museum at Keswick, Derwent Water and the Theatre by the Lake Keswick are worth visiting. Grasmere Lake and Grasmere Village is 1 mile,with Wordsworth's grave and Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread shop next to the ancient St. Oswald's church Grasmere

Other Activities: Historic Houses and gardens

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Prices & Availability

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Prices for this holiday cottage in Grasmere, Windermere & Central Lakes

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring
11 Apr 2015 - 1 May 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
May
2 May 2015 - 22 May 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
May Half Term
23 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
June offer (see below)
30 May 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£690
for 7 nights
£690
 
 
Summer Holidays
18 Jul 2015 - 7 Aug 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£890
for 7 nights
£890
 
 
August two week special.
8 Aug 2015 - 22 Aug 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 14 nights
£825
 
 
August 6 night special
23 Aug 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
6 night minimum stay
£690
for 6 nights
From
£115
 
 
August holiday week
29 Aug 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£890
for 7 nights
£890
 
 
September
5 Sep 2015 - 2 Oct 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£790
for 7 nights
£790
 
 
October
3 Oct 2015 - 23 Oct 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£720
for 7 nights
£720
 
 
October Half Term
24 Oct 2015 - 30 Oct 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Notes We have reduced the rate for our remaining weeks in June to £690. If you can stay for two weeks, arriving 30 May the two week rate is only £1,290 ( was £1500)

We have a 6 night special rate for arrival Sunday 23 August, leaving Saturday 29 August, of £690.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Grasmere in Windermere & Central Lakes

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite shower room to the four poster room.
  • Relaxing spa bath with electric power shower over the top. Great to relax in after a days walking on the Lakeland mountains! Four poster room has its own ensuite shower and toilet. This is a really lovely place to relax after your days out walking in the beautiful countryside.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Four Poster Room - 1 Double Bed
    Twin Room - 2 Single Bed
  • 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 , and your comfy beds are made up ready for your arrival.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Whirlpool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This Grasmere cottage has a wild lakeland graden, and it is not suitable for unsupervised young children.The garden is on a hillside, and a stream runs through the garden . The cottage inside is not equipped with child safety features.We do not recommend the cottage for families with young children. 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. The track after Brockstone becomes a walking path, leading to Rydal Village and on to Ambleside.In extreme winter weather iit might not be possible to reach the cottage by car.

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