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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Bluebell blog 2019

Bluebells- they're everywhere this year. 

Bluebells -in the garden, on the roadside, behind the house, in the car park. Lake District bluebells are running riot.





The guests who have just stayed in our cottage, Brockstone Grasmere Cottage, were delighted to be surrounded by bluebells. The had a great stay in our "beautiful comfortable house"

It's many degrees colder 

this weekend than at last week's Easter weekend. Our 3 and 5 year old grandchildren paddled in the lake, got wet, stripped off, and lay down in the water. It was freezing. They loved it. Wild water swimming is a big thing in the Lake District right now- they could be well on the way to joining this great activity in the future.


If you like the idea of wild swimming in the Lakes the lovely people at Swim The Lakes in Ambleside can give you help and advice.

If you'd like to stay at our Grasmere Cottage with stunning views a try wild swimming, we have a few weeks left available this year. More information here on our other blog. 

Monday, 27 August 2018

Last minute offer for October break in the Lake District.

Great reductions for an October week in the Lake District

Since our last post, the heatwave has ended, the rain has returned, and the Lake District is looking green and beautiful. All but one of the weeks that we had on offer have now been booked.

WE'VE NOW REDUCED OUR LAST AVAILABLE OCTOBER WEEK FROM £850 TO £690

 As we head into autumn we are looking forward to crisp clear October days, perfect for walking.
The summer crowds will have gone. The children are back at school. October is many peoples' favourite time to visit the Lake District.



Our Grasmere Cottage , Brockstone Grasmere Cottage , has been fully booked since the start of the 2018 season. No empty weeks! However, we do have one October weeks available, and we have reduced this weeks for last minute bookings.

 27 OCTOBER TO 3 NOVEMBER HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM £850 to only £690 FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS.

This is for up to four guests, and you can bring your dog too at no extra cost.

 For more information see our booking page.






If you think you or someone you know might be interested, please contact us asap. This week will be booked before long!
From 10 November to 22 December 2018 we offer short breaks and flexible changeover days.

Just to remind you- the English Lake District is now a World Heritage Site. Read more here .

If you want to find our more about just how glorious Grasmere and the Lake District are in Autumn, please click through this link

Monday, 16 July 2018

Autumn in the Lake District

Autumn in the Lake District. A beautiful time to visit a beautiful place.


We've finished Wimbledon, and we've packed away the World Cup. There are now just 7 weeks to go until September.

Are you thinking about an autumn visit to the Lake District? When the heat is over and the leaves start to turn there is no better place to go.

Brockstone Grasmere Cottage, our 2 bedroomed cottage with stunning views,  has been fully booked from March, right through the spring and summer. However, we do have some weeks available in September and October. Take a look at our website and our Facebook page  and see if this might just be the perfect spot for your autumn break in the Lakes



Here's the view on a winter's day.


and here are some photos taken on walks around Brockstone Grasmere Cottage in autumn last year.







For information about available dates and rates, please take a look at this page on or website.

The Lake District is now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Come a see what the Lake Dsitrict has to offer. Brockstone Grasmere Cottage could be your perfect base. Please get in touch if you have any questions. We'd love to hear from you.



Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Save £100 on a July week in Grasmere

Save £100 if you can stay the week commencing Saturday 7 July 2018 in our Grasmere Cottage with amazing views.

This week was £845, but we've reduced it to £745 for last minute bookers. This is for up to four guests, and you can bring a dog too.


A huge feature of a stay at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage is the ability to walk from the door in all directions. There are short walks, long walks, tough walks, easy walks. The guest who just left walked twelve mile round trips , doing the Langdale Pikes on foot there and back. This might be a bit too much for most of us, but here are some of the easier walks you can do from Brockstone, which is in the White Moss area of Grasmere. We call these "White Moss Walks"

Read our reviews here, look at our website, ask if you have any questions. We have a few weeks still available in 2018. We already have several bookings for 2019. Come and stay at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage! Join our list of fans. We're on Facebook here , and you can find us on twitter @GrasmereCottage and also @whitemosshouse.






Wednesday, 9 May 2018

White Moss House has it's own Bluebell Wood

I've lived at White Moss House for nearly 40 years, and I've taken our bluebell wood for granted. We've always have bluebells growing up in the woodland garden at the back of the house.

White Moss House bluebells.

When a friend came round and saw that I had lots of bluebells in jugs everywhere she was slightly shocked .
Friend-
"Have you been picking wild bluebells? I didn't think you were supposed to do this"
Me
"No, they're not really wild bluebells. They're from our own bluebell wood"
Friend
"You have your own bluebell wood?!"
Me
"Of course- doesn't everyone?"

OK, I didn't actually say that but it reminded me how much we take for granted. White Moss House was bought by William Wordsworth (yes, that one) for his son. We have the famous man's signature on the document. It's just how our house is.

Occasionally I moan that the house is "a bit old" and say I'd like "a nice newly built modern place" but really- it's very special.

We have a hut or shed , not sure what to call it, up among the bluebells in the back garden. I like to think that past owners were inspired to write great things in the garden hut. It may have been put up by the Wordsworth family, who lived here until the 1930s.

"The Writers'Shed" among the bluebells White Moss House



Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Culture in the Lake District

Culture in the Lake District. 

Culture in the Lake District?  I'm guessing that if you asked most people about "Culture in the Lake District" they'd mention Wordsworth and "Daffodils" and then maybe look a bit blank.

Wordsworth's Daffodils at Rydal where he lived at Rydal Mount 


There is a terrific website called "Lakes Culture" which showcases a huge variety of music, arts, history, happenings, theatre and lots more going on in the Lakes throughout the year.

On the Lakes Culture website is a list of "Must See" on your Lake District visit.  Many of these are close to our holiday cottage , Brockstone Grasmere Cottage , some of them within walking distance.




I've started another blog article about Music in the Lake District. which I'll try to update during the year. Come to the Lakes and as well as the superb scenery and outdoor activities, immerse yourself in Culture!

Things to do and see in the Lakes right now- the first week of May 2018.

It's blossom time in the Lakes. Look and marvel! Here's an article I wrote about Blossom Time in the Lakes.  One of my favourite places to visit at this time of year is NT Sizergh Castle just outside Kendal. Here is a photo from earlier years of the wonderful blossom at Sizergh in spring.

Blossom in May at Sizergh
There are festivals throughout the year in the Lakes. This weekend sees PrintFest 2018 in Ulverston. Well worth a visit. Ulverston is on the edge of the Lakes, not usually as busy as Central Lakes. It's a lovely town with lots of interesting privately run shops , cafes and pubs. I'm always amazed by the number of pubs in Ulverston! 


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Monday, 26 February 2018

Winter views at Brockstone Cottage

Winter views taken today at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage


Today's views from Brockstone Grasmere Cottage 

The weather is crisp and cold. The press have dubbed this cold spell "The Beast from the East" . We're on the west, so we've missed the snow and strong winds so far.

You can see that people walk past Brockstone Grasmere Cottage on the famous "Coffin Route " from Grasmere to Rydal, recently voted 27th best walk anywhere in the UK. Going right past our cottage door. No cars- just walkers. Lovely!
The ridge in the foreground of the photos runs between Loughrigg and Silver How. The snowy height in the background is Wetherlam and the Coniston Fells, some miles away.

Special Offer


You could stay here for a week from Saturday 10 March for only £490 ( reduced from £590) , of from Saturday 24 March for £590 ( reduced from £690). After that, the first available week is 7-14 July, at the rate of £845.

You may bring your dog at no extra charge.

View from Brockstone Grasmere Cottage  Terrace. Couple on Coffin Route looking at map



By Brockstone Grasmere Cottage gate, on the famous Coffin Route