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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Bluebells everywhere

Has there ever been a better year for bluebells?

Yesterday was warm and sunny, so we set off round Rydal Water. For once I remembered my camera. Here are a few of the photos from this wonderful walk round Rydal Water from White Moss or Brockstone Cottage.

Bluebells, White Moss Woods.

Along Rydal Water- looking over to Brockstone Lakes Holiday Cottage (that blob on the hillside)

Bluebells in Rydal Woods ( I know they look similar, but you can see Rydal Water in the background)

Dora's field at Rydal, is famous for its daffodils, but right now it's full of ...................

Yes- you've guessed correctly.

We headed back along the coffin route, and at one point Peter climbed on a log to look over the wall to the left. We often nose about looking for squirrels, fallen trees, anything interesting, and here, hidden from view, was an amazing small field absolutely full of bluebells.

Mossy wall in front, field of perfect bluebells hidden from the path by the wall.

Should you have a spare week from Saturday, we've reduced the rate for our cottage ( just a few minutes walks from these bluebells) to £550. The week from 19 May is also just £550 now. These last minute offers are excellent value. For more information you can see our other website  or more articles that I've written via this link to our Grasmere holiday cottage with amazing views.

Friday, 25 April 2014

We now have unlimited broadband for our guests at Brockstone Cottage

At last! We finally have access to the internet from our Grasmere holiday cottage, Brockstone. I won’t bore you with the whole story as to why it took so long. Suffice to say that it has been a struggle. BT seem to have a whole new dictionary to explain their actions. How a communications company can fail to communicate is very puzzling.
I've wasted hours hanging around waiting following messages in which they told me I MUST be on site between 1 and 6 pm only to be told (after I’d made several furious phone calls) that this could never had happened due to “an engineering plan needing approval”.
I love the conversation I had with my “Special personal BT manager”  yesterday who advised me that they were “fast tracking” my connection and that it would definitely be connected sometime before midnight, 24 April, not 30 April as feared, completely ignoring the fact that I had been promised it for 3 April. Oh well, the main thing is that it’s now working, the signal is good, and our guests are very happy.
Bluebells in Rydal Woods, a short walk from Brockstone Cottage
Bluebells in Rydal Woods, a short walk from Brockstone Cottage
I like to add a picture to every blog post, but a photo of a router doesn’t really look that great, so instead I’m showing you a picture of bluebells in Rydal woods.
We have two weeks available in May, and we've reduced the rates. If you come early in May, the bluebells will be looking and smelling wonderful. Did you know that bluebells have a lovely scent? I fell calmer just thinking about them.  Away with all this BT anger- all is well…..

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Stay in the Lakes for a week in May in our lovely cottage

Brockstone Cottage is available for the week beginning Saturday 3 May, and also for the week beginning Saturday 17 May.

We have just reduced the weekly rate in our Lakes holiday cottage to £590, or you could stay for a shorter break, minimum of 3 nights, for £120 per night.

For more information, you can look at our new website ( which is still a work in progress), or see another page that I've written which has lots of useful links giving you information about the area, walks and things to do. 

You'll probably catch a glimpse of our local heron on White Moss Tarn, or maybe you'll see a red squirrel- no photo yet- they never wait for me to get my camera ready.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

"Everything perfect"- guests' comment about Brockstone Cottage!

Guest who have just left Brockstone really loved it, and can't wait to visit again.

They said "You know, when you go to a holiday cottage there is usually something that is a bit disappointing, that could perhaps have been a little bit better.  Well, there was nothing at all about your holiday cottage that disappointed. It was perfect"

Lovely comment!

If you would like to visit, our next available week is from Saturday 1 May. If you would like to see some glorious photos taken last May on a very short walk from Brockstone Cottage, you can click through this link now which will take you to a new Brockstone website. It's a work in progress.

Here's a taster of the gardens around a half mile of Brockstone in May- one of the loveliest times to visit the Lakes.