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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Special Offer 11 - 18 April in our Grasmere Cottage

We have reduced the rate for this week to just £590 if two of you are staying, or £640 if there are 3 or 4 guests.

As a further offer, you can stay free of charge on Thursday, 10 April, or arrive early on Friday 11th ( usual check in time from 4pm)

We've started a new website for Brockstone, our Lakes cottage with amazing views. It's still being built, but if you'd like to take a look and maybe leave a comment , or share it ,that would be great.

I've put some pretty pics of rhododenrons on there that I took last year in May. They could well be early this year.

Here's one I took earlier.

This from our neighbour's garden at Heugh Folds, just along the road from Brockstone. It is an amazing garden in spring.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Easter has now been booked in our cottage, but we have 8 nights for the price of 7 from 10 April

If you can arrive on Thursday 10 April, you can stay 8 nights, leaving Friday 18 April, for just £590.

This rate is for 2 guests.

If there are 3 or 4 guests, the rate is £640.

This is a great Easter offer!

Snow on the Lake District hills today

With a change in the weather today, the temperature has dipped, and snow fell overnight. We had a light coating of white in the garden, but up on Fairfield and Helvellyn the snow is thick.

We are having sunshine and showers, and in the sunshine the hills look beautiful.

If you would like to stay at our Lake District cottage, Brockstone Cottage,, the earliest date we have is a 3 night stay from 4 April for £350.
Easter is also still available, with arrival day either Thursday, Friday or Saturday, 17th, 18th or 19th April.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

I love Pegging Out

I don't know what "pegging out" means to you, but in my native Lancashire it refers to the time honoured job of pegging the washing out on the line.

Why do I love pegging out?

I thing there are 3 main reasons.

  1. It takes me back to my childhood, to the days before tumble dryers, when the world seemed a very simple place ( as it does to most young children I think)
  2. I love the idea that I'm saving money by not using the tumble dryer. All those Kilowatt hours being saved from the clutches on British Gas.
  3. If I'm pegging out, it must be a dry day in the Lakes. It is probably even a sunny day in the Lakes. Every dry , sunny day is something to feel very happy about. Especially in the Lakes, as it does sometimes rain here (no rain, no Lakes as we say)
Here's today's washing on the line.

It's bath mats, towels and hi tech wicking garments on my line today- not exactly the strange flannels and woolies you see on Call the Midwife  (I love that programme- they are big fans of Pegging Out ).

It's another really lovely Lakes day today. If you want to visit, our cottage, Brockstone, is available for short breaks. You can read about our Lakes Holiday Cottage on Trip Advisor here.

Monday, 10 March 2014

It's a sunny spring day in the Lakes

Looking out of the window this morning, the sky is blue, the sun is coming up and the birds are singing. All thoughts of sitting at the desk catching up on paperwork have gone. It's a day to get outside.

We're promised several days of glorious sun. Usually we'd be getting ready to open White Moss House for our bed and breakfast guests, but we're having a break this year. We are still letting our wonderful Lakes holiday cottage, Brockstone, and it is available for short breaks in March and early April. We might spend today in the garden up at Brockstone cottage.

It's such a sunny spot it's an absolute joy to "work" up there. It's just a few hundred yards from White Moss House by footpath ( though it's over a mile by road). It's also a few hundred yards by road (well, track) from the next nearest cottage, but it feels quite remote when you are there as you can't see any other buildings and only walkers and their dogs go past. I'll take my camera, but meanwhile, here's a photo of Brockstone in the autumn. It could be you opening that gate to a wonderful Lake District break in the next few weeks!

Friday, 7 March 2014

WiFi comes to our Lakes Holiday Cottage

BT permitting, we should have free unlimited Broadband at our Lake District holiday cottage by 3rd April.

Guests have always been welcome to use the free WiFi at White Moss House, but for even greater convenience we have persuaded BT that they can put a phone line into our cottage. The engineers have not yet been out to check where the cottage is, but we are optimistic that the lovely people at BT will not be daunted by the (relative) isolation of beautiful Brockstone.

Those of you who follow this blog (and there must be quite a few, as we've had over 21,000 visits) might like to know that we've started a new blog for Brockstone, our Lake District Cottage with amazing views .
Much more to come here. You could bookmark the page and come back from time to time.

This is the photo , taken by me in January 2012, that I've edited to make the banner heading. Not bad eh? It is, of course, Helm Crag and Grasmere taken from the shore of Grasmere, just 10 minutes walk from our holiday cottage and White Moss.

For more circular walks from White Moss click here.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Remember the weather in March last year?

I've just been looking through photos from last March. Here's one I took at Brockstone Cottage on 24 March 2013. Those of you familiar with the walk from Grasmere to Rydal will recognise the gate with the unusual fastening. It's just below our Lakes holiday cottage. One day I'm planning to write a blog post with photos about gates and their fastenings- there so many different types - I find it fascinating. Maybe I'm a bit of a sad case.

Rydal Water from our Lakes Holiday Cottage March 2013
Snow, grey skies, grey lake in March last year....quite a contrast to the one I took and posted on our blog yesterday.

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

A welcome cup of tea overlooking Rydal Water on our Lakes cottage terrace

Our Lakes Holiday Cottage, Brockstone, doesn't have any guests staying this week, so we've taken the chance to do some gardening there- mostly pruning and cutting back. Everything seems to be growing there right now, (including the snowdrops which are lovely, and the daffodils that are just coming out.)

We took a very well earned cup of tea on the terrace. You can see Rydal Water down below in the background. You could have this view next week! The cottage is available at just £290 for a 4 night midweek stay, or £290 for a 3 night weekend stay. If you can stay a week, it's £450.

Not great photos technically, but you get the picture!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Easter in the Lake District 2014- our cottage is still available

Easter is late this year so we're hoping that it will be warm and sunny. Our Lakes Holiday Cottage, Brockstone, would be a great place to stay for your Easter break.

The days will certainly be long. My research tell me that there will be 14 hours 13 minutes of daylight on Easter Sunday. In the Lakes, the sun will rise around 6 am and the sun will set around 8.15 pm.

This means that with a little luck,  you will be able to sit out on the terrace in the morning having breakfast watching the sun come up over Rydal Water, and then you'll be chilling after a day's walking having supper and a drink watching the sun set over Wetherlam, the Coniston Fells and Silver Howe.

Here's a photo of the view from our Lakes Holiday cottage terrace in winter. You can sit for hours watching the shifting light and clouds. The views are amazing . You can read some of our reviews here.

A week at Easter either 12- 19 April or 19-26 April is just £790, all bills included.

Why not contact us and make a booking?