Brockstone Grasmere Cottage has provided visitors with a warm welcome for more than 200 years. Sleeping four guests in two bedrooms, it is ideal for families who want to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Lake District, although romantic touches like the spa bath and four poster bed make it a particular favourite with couples.
The lane on which Brockstone sits turns into a footpath immediately after the cottage so there is no passing traffic. Despite the sense of solitude guests at Brockstone enjoy, the cottage is less than a mile from Grasmere Village where there are cafes, shops, pubs, a Coop grocery store, a post office with a cash point and a Farmers' Market on the first Friday of each month. Make sure you visit Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop - you will never look at gingerbread in the same way again! Grasmere and Rydal are both small and charming, with sensational views, excellent pubs and wonderful walks leading from and through them. For more amenities, including a superb deli and shops selling craft beers and local gins, the town of Ambleside is an easy four mile drive or cycle from the cottage. Windermere and Keswick also have a Booths (often referred to as 'the Waitrose of the North'!) selling local produce and a wide range of groceries.
The footpath that runs beside the house is part of the acclaimed Wordsworth Walk that stretches for a mile and a half between William Wordsworth’s two main homes in the Lake District: Dove Cottage, where he lived with his young family and wrote some of his most beloved poems, and Rydal Mount, where he lived from 1813 until his death in 1850. There is also a lovely longer circular walk starting and ending at the cottage, taking in Rydal (along with Rydal Water), Grasmere Lake and village, and Dove Cottage. Depending on the season, you can see great swathes of daffodils, cloudberry and even green orchids. Herons, buzzards, red squirrels and an abundance of other birds and wildlife flourish in the surrounding area.
There are numerous walks leading from White Moss House, which is only a few hundred metres down the hill. Conveniently, the owners of Brockstone live at White Moss House. Being keen walkers, they are happy to help with suggestions and advice for making the most of your holiday in the Lake District.
Brockstone enjoys wonderful views thanks to its elevated position. From the terrace you can see Rydal Water, the Grasmere fells, Coniston Fells, the magnificent Coniston Old Man, and Silver Howe. The bedrooms have fantastic views across the daffodil filled garden and over Rydal Water. Staying here means you can enjoy the beauty of the Lake District from the moment you wake up until sundown.
Windermere and Hawkshead are both within half an hour’s scenic drive from Brockstone Grasmere Cottage, while Kendal and Keswick are not much further. The latter two have monthly farmers markets and excellent shops where you can pick up local produce for delicious picnics and home-cooked meals.
The Lake District, and Brockstone in particular, will find a special place in your heart. It’s no wonder guests return year after year to enjoy the unspoiled beauty and landscape. Now that the National Park has also been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, it will be here not only for you to appreciate, but for future generations to discover as well.
Sue Dixon joined Independent Cottages in July 2017
Brockstone started as two cottages over 200 years ago. The current owners, who have had the property since 1976, have renovated the cottage to a high standard, incorporating mod cons like WiFi and central heating while retaining the property's original character. The result is a charming and extremely comfortable self-catering cottage in the Lake District.
Outside: A south facing terrace out the front of the cottage makes the most of the outstanding views of Rydal Water and gets lots of sunlight (when the weather is good!). There is a table and chairs for relaxed meals and evening drinks, and the owners store a barbeque in a garden room for guests enjoyment. At the rear of the property, there is a rambling hillside garden. It is full of daffodils in early spring, and divided by a stream. There is off street parking for two cars and a turning circle at the front of the property.
Additional Information: WiFi internet access and central heating throughout the property. One well behaved dog is welcome through prior agreement with the owner. Short breaks are possible between November and March depending on availability. All utilities and towels are included in the price. No smoking.
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22 November to 22 December 2017, and 2 January to 22 January 2018. Stay any 4 nights for the special rate of £330