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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

Monday, 25 September 2017

Autumn Mist Grasmere

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" John Keats wrote his poem "To Autumn" on 19 September 1819.

Today's weather in Grasmere certainly has the Autumn mist in evidence. This morning's walk from White Moss was my favourite one hour walk, round by Grasmere shore, Deer Bolt Woods, and back via Loughrigg Terrace. You can find a description of my walks from White Moss here- click on White Moss Walks.

The walk takes you to the shore of Grasmere , approached by a bridge across the River Rothay.

Autumn morning Grasmere Weir.

From the shore of Grasmere at 11am this morning, National Trust Allan Bank could be seen through the mist.
Allan Bank glimpsed through the mist over Grasmere

Twenty minutes later, this was the view from Loughrigg Terrace, a few metres above the shore of Grasmere .

Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace- Allan Bank no longer visible.

The mist had come down and it had started to drizzle. This had not put off the walkers, who were out in strength on this mild, misty, moisty Monday morning. ( how's that for alliteration?)

If you want to visit this beautiful area, our cottage, Brockstone Grasmere Cottage could be just the place for you. We still have the week from 28 October available at a special rate, and we have short breaks and excellent value weeks available in November, December and January. You can read more about our Grasmere Cottage winter breaks here. 

Here's a photo showing the exact same viewof Grasmere as in the photo above, taken on a clear autumn day.

Same view, different day!

And here's one taken in winter, with a hint of snow on the fells. This photo is of Rydal Water. You can see Rydal Water from the terrace of Brockstone Grasmere Cottage.

Rydal Water on a winter's day.
As I headed up through Deer Bolt Woods, three sheep came charging at me. There are never usually any sheep in Deer Bolts, so I wasn't surprised when the farmer and his sheep dog rushed by me , the farmer bellowing at his dogs and the sheep in an attempt to get them back.

A group of visitors were entranced. They had obviously watched Countryfile on the BBC last night, which featured the One Man and His Dog competition. Here was One (very angry) man and his dog in real life! "Oh, it's just like on TV" they said. I don't actually remember the farmers on Countryfile sounding quite so cross!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Autumn and Winter breaks in the Lake District.

October is one of my favourite months in the Lake District. The summer crowds have gone, and the shorter days are often crisp and bright. The leaves are turning all sorts of amazing colours. It's a perfect time for walking in the Lake District ( now a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

If you stay at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage, which is in the White Moss area of Grasmere, here are some of the wonderful circular walks that you can do from the door.

Why not take a look at our Brockstone Grasmere Cottage website by clicking here  to see more information and photos about the Lakes in October? You'll also see that we still have two weeks available in our Grasmere Cottage with amazing views. What's more, we have reduced the rates for those weeks. Maybe you can take advantage of our special  autumn offer?

Here are a few photographs taken in and around Brockstone Grasmere cottage in autumn. Tempted?

From 4 November 2017 until 16 March 2018 we are offering short winter breaks ( excludes Christmas and New Year) We can be flexible about changeover days, but a 3 day weekend break or a 4 night midweek break will be at the special rate of £330. If you can stay a full week that would be £495. Why not treat yourself?

Why not take a Christmas shopping break in the Lake District. We've got lots of lovely independent shops offering original high quality clothing, gifts, food, drink artwork- all sorts. What's more, you could visit a Christmas Market in the Lake District  and have lots of fun whilst doing your shopping.
Here's a photo from last year's Windermere Christmas market.

Christmas shopping Windermere

We are fully booked for Christmas, but we can offer a special 3 Night New Year Break. Saturday 30 December, Sunday 31 December and Monday 1 January 2018 at the rate of £540. If you would like to stay longer, up to a maximum of 4 extra nights from 2 January can be booked for the additional rate of only £70 per night.

These rates are for bookings made directly with us and are subject to availability.

It might snow-though it probably won't. However, if it does snow in the Lakes, the main A591 road is always kept clear. The snow goes fast on the lower ground, leaving beautiful snow capped mountains like those in these photos.

These photos of Grasmere and Rydal water were taken on a short walk, just minutes from Brockstone Grasmere Cottage.

Keep up to date with Brockstone Grasmere Cottage on our Facebook Page ( please Like the page), our Twitter account @GrasmereCottage or on our main Brockstone Grasmere website where lots more information can be found.

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 half term week 28 October- 4 November. The perfect Autumn break. Both of these weeks have been reduced by £100 for last minute bookings.

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.