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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Looking forward to Autumn

I'm looking forward to Autumn. This may sound perverse, as schools have just broken up , and many of us are still looking forward to a sunny summer holiday. I love summer too- of course. We've got a family holiday to look forward to and hopefully some lovely sunny Lake District August days warm enough to eat out in the garden.

However, when summer comes to an end it's uplifting to have an Autumn break to look forward to. Last October the weather was superb. Here's a post I wrote on my blog at the end of that wonderful month. Please click here Here's a photo from that post.

Penny Rock Wood Grasmere, October

If you're thinking of taking a week's walking holiday in the Lake District this October, you might like to try making Brockstone Grasmere Cottage your base . We have the week 7-14 October available, and also the two half term weeks, 21-28 October, and 28 October- 4 November. The perfect Autumn break.

From 4 November you can stay for short breaks, with a minimum stay for 3 nights. Rates start at £330 for a 3 night midweek break. The best value is for stays of a week. We can be flexible about changeover days.

To check rates and availability please use the booking checker at the bottom of this page

I have a lovely Pinterest board with more gorgeous Lake District Autumn photos. You find it here. Take an Autumn break in the UK's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get out in the fresh air. Walk yourself happy. If you stay at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage you can bring your dog.

One more photo of leaves in Penny Rock Wood, Grasmere, just a few minutes beautiful walk from Brockstone Grasmere Cottage.Find us on Facebook here

Penny Rock Wood, on a beautiful short walk from Brockstone Grasmere Cottage
Beautiful Autumn colours in the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Lake District has just been awarded World Heritage site status. We knew we lived in a very special area, and we're very proud that UNESCO has recognised this.

The press in the UK have been writing about this. Here's an article from the Telegraph.

Praise for the Lake District World Heritage Site from the Telegraph.

The Lake District is now ranked along side the "must see" places in the world, such as he Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu. The Lake District is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year. You can read some of my tips on year round visiting here.

Yesterday, there were TWO articles in the Sunday Times. The first article was about living in the Lake District- where to buy, why it is so good to live here, with tips about great walks, sdrives, restaurants and so on.  Where did they pick as the Best Village? Grasmere! Here's the page, and the post about Grasmere enlarged.

The Lake District- why the Sunday Times loves the Lakes

Grasmere- the Best Village!

You can stay in our historic Grasmere cottage with stunning views and experience this beautiful area for yourselves. Our next availability is for the week 26 August-2 September, which is available at the last minute due to a cancellation. It's the week of Grasmere Sports, and you can also take in the Grasmere Guzzler Beer Festival 

Find out lots more about our beautiful cottage Brockstone Grasmere Cottage, on our website. 

Here's a tempting photo! The cottage is on a famous walking route- no passing traffic. At the end of the day, take off the boots, soak in a spa bath, then take a glass of something cold and sparkling onto the south facing terrace and drink in the view.

We're also on Twitter @GrasmereCottage  andfwe also tweet as @whitemosshouse.
To check rates and availability of our Grasmere Cottage look at our "How to make a booking" page

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

July- Rushbearing time

July is Rushbearing time in Ambleside and Grasmere. Dating back centuries, this ancient custom is still very much part of the annual village calendar.

Ambleside Rushbearing is Saturday 1 July. For more information click through this link.

Our sons went to junior school in Ambleside, and we took part , walking around the village with our bearings, every year.

This year I'll be joining in with Grasmere Rushbearing on Saturday 8 July.There are differences between the two villages and their traditions, but at heart they both date back to the days when church floors were made of mud and soil. The fresh rushes ( reeds) were picked in  July and laid on the flors of the church to generate a sweet smell and softer floor.

Grasmere has the "Rushbearing Maidens". As you can see from these photos, thing haven't changed all that much over the years.

You can see the Rushbearing Maidens in both photos, wearing the same dresses.

Fingers crossed for good weather this year for our Rushbearing processions.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Guests at our Lake District Cottage love the view

Guests who left our Lake District cottage this weekend loved the view so much they are booking to come again in the autumn. In fact they loved the whole cottage, and their dog loved it too.We're dog friendly.

Here are a few photos taken recently so you can see what we mean

Back from a day's hike- boots off! Rydal Water below

Relax- we deserve this after our busy day

The View. That's Wetherlam over at Coniston on the far horizon
These photos were taken at 7pm on a bright and sunny April evening. If there's sun in the Lakes, Brockstone Cottage gets it. The South facing terrace, up on the hillside, gets sun all day. Wonderful!

The next dates we have available are in June. Check our website, Brockstone Grasmere for availability. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Grasmere Cottage Special Offer

View from the bedroom window
Our Grasmere Cottage with amazing views has been reduced to £590 (from £790) for a last minute booking week Saturday 22 April to Saturday 29 April. What a bargain! 2 bedrooms, sleeps four, but a lovely peaceful romantic getaway for two guests .

Welcome to Brockstone Cottage

We would be happy to let a short break this week, 3 nights minimum stay, from £350.

There are primroses.......................

and bluebells........................................

See our website for more details of this special Grasmere Cottage, including our 5 Star reviews by clicking here

Visit us on Facebook here  ( and please give us a "like" whilst you're there)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

April Flowers

This morning was glorious, so out I went with the camera to record some of my favourites in the garden right now.


Magnolia White Moss


Fritillary and euphorbia


Bleeding Heart

That's enough for now! The bluebells are appearing in the wild part of the garden.  Just a reminder that we still have an April week available at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage at a special offer rate of £640. This is the week of 22-29 April, when the bluebells should be at their best.
Just one more picture of bluebells near Brockstone Cottage taken last could be here two weeks from now. You might like to follow our Grasmere Cottage on Facebook by clicking here.

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.