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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Daffodils at Brockstone Cottage Grasmere

The daffodils at Brockstone Cottage have been beautiful this year. Grasmere is famous for daffodils, thanks to William Wordsworth who often walked past our cottage back in the days when it was two cottages owned by the Le Fleming family of Rydal Hall, who used the cottages for their estate workers.

Bench in Brockstone Garden
 Here is a pretty bench set in the corner of Brockstone garden. From the bench you can look down on the footpath below. You can see the gate on the "coffin route" through which many people walk every day on their hike between Grasmere and Rydal. The view from the bench is in the picture below.

Looking down from Brockstone garden to the path below, with views over Rydal Water

Turn the other way, and look up the hill. More daffodils. Brockstone garden extends as far as the fence you can see, and beyond that there is fellside, leading on to the side of Nab Scar fell.

Brockstone garden looking uphill from the bench- full of daffodils
 Brockstone Grasmere Cottage has a wild woodland garden. In March , this is absolutely full of daffodils. Guests are very welcome to pick them and take a big bunch home at the end of their week in the cottage.

Brockstone garden from the side window in the four poster master bedroom
The picture above is taken through the side window of the master bedroon at Brockstone Cottage. The bedroom has a fourposter bed.From the front window of both bedrooms you see Rydal Water and the hills over towards Grasmere. On a clear day you can see the Coniston Fells.

View from Brockstone bedroom of Rydal Water

If you want to see daffodils at Brockstone Grasmere cottage you'll have to wait until 2018. However, we can offer you bluebells . The week of 22-29 April is still available, and in past years this week has been a great week for bluebells. The woods around Brockstone of full of these beautiful flowers. You can see pictures if you scroll back through this blog. 
Even better news is that we've reduced that week from £790 to £650 for last minute bookings. Can you come? Can you take advantage of this special offer?  Do you know someone who might like a week in this lovely spot? We'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Things to do in Grasmere.

I wrote an article called "10 things to do in Grasmere" some years ago. You might like to take a look by clicking through this link.

What do you think? Should I leave somethings out, put other things in, or is it OK? I wrote it for an online site called Squidoo ( long gone but fun whilst it lasted) It's been taken over by Hubpages, a site with a mix of lots of great articles and lots of rubbish. My page obviously falls into the first category.

Our Grasmere holiday Cottage, Brockstone is still available from next Saturday, 25 March, for 1 week, and we've reduced the rate from £690 to £590. The guests who left this morning said "Just a quick note to say many thanks for letting us share your lovely cottage.  Everything was just perfect and the situation was super too.  "

The weather forecast from next Saturday is looking good, and as the clocks will have gone forward you'll be able to enjoy longer evenings on the terrace of Brockstone enjoying the view, and maybe even see a sunset like this one taken by a guest in January

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Daffodils, bluebells, primroses and £100 off our Lakes holiday cottage

We are offering a reduction of £100 for the weeks 25 March- 1 April and 22 April -29 April.

I've written a post with prices details and information which you can find by clicking through here to our Brockstone Grasmere Cottage website

Rather than repeat myself boringly (I do this a lot) I'll just ask you to look over there.

Here. I'll just post some photos which I hope might entice you to visit our lovely Grasmere Holiday cottage. More information and reviews can be found here on the Home Away website. Please be sure to book directly with us for the best prices.

Spring photos all taken on a short walk from Brockstone Grasmere holiday cottage below. Clocks go forward on 26 March- can't wait!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Burns Night Cranachan Recipe

Anyone out there celebrating Burns' Night? Wednesday 25 January? Just one month after Christmas, 3 weeks after Hogmanay, Burns' Night is a great excuse for a wee dram or two and a bit of a hooley in the dull days of January. If you need an excuse, this is it.

Just in case haggis doesn't fill you with joy, it's always good to have a tasty traditional dessert, so here's a link to my Cranachan Recipe page.

You're welcome!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Brockstone Grasmere Holiday Cottage getting booked up for 2017

Hello and Happy New Year.

It's been a while since I posted here. I'm just leaving a quick link to our blog on our Brockstone Cottage website. Click here to read my latest post there

I've just in the last two days filled 6 weeks at our Grasmere cottage. Those of you thinking about staying at our Grasmere cottage in 2017 need to book asap! If you want to read reviews you can find them here.

We have the last week in April and the first in May still available, so here are some May photos from around Brockstone Grasmere Holiday cottage to tempt you.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Rydal reflections- as described by Wordsworth

These are lines from William Wordsworth about Rydal Water

"Like a fair sister of the sky
Unruffled doth the blue lake lie
The mountains looking on..."

Here's a photo I took on my phone on this glorious morning-

Rydal Water- perfect reflections on a November morning

I think you can see what Wordsworth meant. The sky and the lake were a perfect blue. What a day! The snowy tops of the Grasmere Fells can be seen in the background.

Here are a few more pictures from my short walk around Rydal Water. More about this walk can be found on this webpage which I wrote some time ago.

Rydal Water reflectios with the Fairfield Ridge in the background on a crisp November morning

The contrast between the sunny side of Rydal Water and the frosty side this morning- the sheep are on the cold side!

White Moss woods- the sun peeps through at the start of this morning's walk.

All these photos were taken on my simple mobile. You can see why photographers so love this area. If you start with such great raw material, add a really good camera and some professional skill, you can produce really wonderful photos.

The guests who are staying at our Grasmere holiday cottage, Brockstone at the moment are from the USA. They asked in advance what the weather might be like. I suggested it might, perhaps, be a little rainy in November.....oh ye of little faith! It's sun, sun ,sun all the way in the Lakes...long may it last!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Goodbye October 2016- you were a wonderful month

Hasn't this been the most beautiful October?

Keen readers of this blog will see that I haven't written any blogs since early September, and one of the reasons is that it has just been such beautiful weather. I haven't felt the urge to sit indoors typing on a  computer. That's my excuse anyway. Beats "the dog ate my homework"

On the morning of All Saints Day I'm just taking a minute to post a few October photos. The guests who have stayed at our cottage, Brockstone, have just loved their holidays, and the fantastic weather certainly helped. We have had some wonderful reviews which you can read here.

Here then are a few photos taken yesterday on a short stroll- from White Moss along the River Rothay to Grasmere weir, turn right through Penny Rock Woods, walk a short stretch along the road to Bannerigg, go up through Banneringg Wood and back along the old road to White Moss. 45 minutes of beauty.