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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









Monday, 22 January 2018

Looking forward to daffodils

I'm looking forward to daffodils. Here I'm posting just a few of my many daffodil photos taken over the years.

Daffodils in the garden of Brockstone Grasmere Cottage.


The Lake District is famous for its daffodils. William Wordsworth's most famous poem, Daffodils is known the world over. Wordsworth owned my house, and he wrote his poetry half a mile along the lane at Dove Cottage.

Daffodils from the garden of Brockstone Grasmere holiday cottage

We're just over a month from the Winter Solstice, and the days are getting just a little longer. Buds are pushing up through the soil at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage. Our Lake District cottage might just be your perfect holiday cottage. In March, the garden is absolutely bursting with daffodils.

Brockstone Grasmere Cottage Garden bench
2018 looks like being a great year for daffodils. We still have weeks available at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage in March. If you contact us to enquire about this, we might offer you a discount on our current rates!

Dora's Field March Daffodils- 20 minutes beautiful walk from Brockstone Cottage.
We have a 4 night special available at just £330 from Tuesday 6 March. Stay a week, with a Saturday arrival, and we will give you a great special offer. You can read more on our website here. and contact us via the details on the contact page. Remember- #BookDirect to avoid paying huge fees to online travel agents such as Trip Advisor, Booking.com and Air B & B.

Dora's Field, Rydal- loved by Wordsworth- just a short walk from Brockstone Grasmere Cottage.





Tuesday, 21 November 2017

December weekend offer in the Lake District

Treat yourselves to a December weekend in the Lake District. 

 Have you ever considered taking a weekend break in the Lake District in December? If not, just take a moment to read our blogs and posts about why this is a great idea.

You can read all about it here.



If you follow this blogger blog of ours, you might also like to bookmark the blog on our Brockstone Grasmere Cottage website. There is lots of information and loads of beautiful photos.

Our offer is for the weekends of 2 December and 9 December. Four nights for the price of four. Just £330 for a four night stay. There is so much to do and see in the Lakes in December. The locals make a huge effort putting on Christmas Markets, shows, Christmas Lights, Craft Fairs....really, it's just the best place for Christmas shopping.

Windermere Christmas Market


Add to that all the usual wonderful outdoor events and walks that the Lake District has to offer and you can see why Winter Breaks in the Lake District have become so very popular.

Rydal Water in winter
Come and visit. Stay at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage. We look forward to hearing from you.




Monday, 2 October 2017

Monarch Airline collapse

Very sad to hear of the collapse of Monarch. We've had many happy holidays in Lanzarote and other places over the last 40 years that have begun and ended with a Monarch flight from Manchester. I know they've been on the edge for a few years now, but we'll miss them. They provided lots of flights from Manchester and the service was pretty good.

If you were planning to go away for the late half term week ( from Saturday 28 October) and were booked on Monarch flights- maybe you'll want to stay in the UK now? Maybe you've nothing planned but would like an autumn break in the beautiful Lake District? This is a cheeky reminder that we still have the second half term week available at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage , at a reduced rate for last minute booking. (was £890, now £690)

Here's our website Brockstone Grasmere Cottage

Some photos





and here's the link to our Facebook page. On Twitter we're @GrasmereCottage and @whitemosshouse