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Historic Grasmere self catering cottage with fantastic lake and mountain views

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Lakes - Brockstone Cottage Grasmere

Overlooking Rydal Water, four poster, spa bath, sunny terrace on Wordsworth walk

Winter weekends now available from November to March. Cosy winter breaks- see our website http://www.brockstonegrasmere.co.uk/ and Facebook page for details.

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 cupboard 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.

The ground floor has been totally refurbished in 2016. The lounge has two new sofas, a log burning stove, TV, DVD/CD player, ipod dock. Pictures coming soon, but for more information see our website brockstonegrasmere.co.uk.

The new kitchen has a built in Bosch Oven, hob and washer dryer. There is also a built in dishwasher, microwave and extractor fan. We have a lovely retro Smeg fridge freezer.

There is an antique pine dining table.

The ground floor opens onto the terrace, and all the rooms have great 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, 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 £18.95 (book in advance).

Booth's Supermarket Windermere offer stop quality local food, and an award winning wine section.

There are specialist bakeries and delis in Ambleside.

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!

Please feel free to ring us and chat about your booking. You can see our website www.brockstonegrasmere.co.uk for more information, or read our blog http://whitemosshouse.blogspot.co.uk/. On twitter we are @whitemosshouse.

We have the facility to take payments by credit card, debit card, cheque or bank transfer.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sue Dixon
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016
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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 England

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

Thank you for a lovely stay in your wonderful cottage, and for making us feel really welcome on our arrival....

We had a magical stay in the Lakes and even though the cottage feels lovely and remote we could still easily get out and about to walk and we used the bus to explore.

We'll definitely be back
Aug 2016
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Historic Grasmere self catering cottage with fantastic lake and mountain views
average rating of 4.714286 based on 18 reviews

Amazing location, comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

Amazing location, wonderful views over the lake and hills. Everything was just perfect for our week stay. Would highly recommend for peace and quiet. Cottage very warm and comfortable with everything we needed.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to post this lovely review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the very special location of Brockstone Cottage with its amazing views. We're also very happy that you found the cottage so comfortable and cosy. We very much look forward to welcoming you back for a future visit.
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Beautiful cottage in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many cottages over the years, but have to say that this was the most special yet. The cottage itself, recently renovated, was perfect with all the facilities one could want: a very well equipped kitchen, lovely sitting room with wood burning stove; two very comfortable bedrooms; plenty of hot water and efficient heating (that we turned on for the one day when the not so warm English summer walk had left us feeling a bit chilly!).

Then there are the views: sitting on the terrace in front of the house looking over Loughrigg Fell and down to Rydal Water was truly inspiring. No wonder Wordsworth spent so much of his time here...

The location is great: turning right out of the cottage for a 15 minute walk into Grasmere; or left down to Rydal, and a quick few minutes straight down to White Moss. It did mean that we could leave the car behind on several occasions as we set out to explore, including lovely walks around Grasmere Lakeand Rydal Water, and up to Buckstones Jump for a (quick) dip.

The cottage's owners, Sue and Peter, couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful with suggestions and tips for making the week all the more enjoyable. All in all, a quite wonderful week in an incredibly special spot.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are thrilled to hear that you thought Brockstone Cottage was the most special that you have ever stayed in. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much, and we hope to welcome you all back in the future .
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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
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. The view is indeed wonderful, and we're also very happy that you found the cottage clean, warm and welcoming. Thank you too for all your kind comments about our customer service. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much, and we do hope that you ( and your lovely dogs) will be able to visit Brockstone Cottage again sometime. Sue and Peter
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  • 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.
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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.
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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
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The Wordsworth Trust
"Excellent "
Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
M6, junction 36 (from south) or 40 (from north)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
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


Prices & Availability

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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Half Term
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Oct 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
January -March
6 Jan 2017 - 10 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
11 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Holidays
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Winter weeks are from £490. Changeover days are flexible. We may be able to offer short breaks- please enquire.
Christmas and New Year- we can be flexible about dates. Please contact us to discuss your plans and we'll do our best to fit in.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Lakes, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • 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 ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Whirlpool
  • 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
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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