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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Beautiful Rainbow over Rydal- what a great walk.

This great photo was taken by one of our lovely guests at White Moss House a few weeks ago.
I've written a detailed description of the walk round Rydal Water. You're very welcome to take a look and print it off.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Snow on the Lake District fells today.

Looking out of the window this morning, Loughrigg had a coating of snow. Wansfell looks pretty white too, and it's cold and windy!
Definitely the end of summer, and autumn too.
Time to snuggle up by the log fire with a good book.
I'm thinking about making the Christmas puddings, and maybe some home made chocolate truffles,- perhaps I can freeze some and use them at Christmas too..... if there are any left!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

The autumn colours really are looking great!

I know, we say this every year, but I've just been out to Grasmere to get the newspapers, and driving back around Penny Rock  Woods, the trees were just the most incredible shades of brown, red , orange, and everything in between.
Do try to come up for a night or two ( free bottle of wine by the log fire for stays of 2 or more nights).
Check our rates online, then email me to book- please!

A Walk Round Rydal Water in the next few days would be two hours well spent.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Lots of very happy guests at White Moss House

Half term is always very busy in the Lakes, but this year everyone was predicting doom and gloom, with all the spending cuts looming. With a couple of weeks to go, our booking chart looked very thin, but happily we filled up, and the guests who came have been so complimentary!
Some had stayed in B & Bs Ambleside or Grasmere before, and they just loved the special qualities of White Moss House- the Wordsworth history, the Wordworth lounge with its log fire- great for a game of scrabble at the end of the day. The car park was much apprecciated too- if you've stayed in the villages before you'll know the problem.
Walking from the door round Rydal , Grasmere and Loughrigg has also scored brilliantly with our guests.
We know what a great place White Moss House is- we've been here for 30 years!
If you can fit in a visit, we are open for 2 more weeks.
We are also taking bookings for 2011!
To check availabilty and prices, we now have our online booking system up and running
Just click on White Moss House online bookings .
We hope to see you soon!.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

How about a November break?

At the end of the week the half term hoards leave, and the Lakes settle down to a period of calm. Here at White Moss House, we stay open until 14 November, so why not consider a short break?
If you would like to see our best rates, and check availabilty, you can do so by clicking on this link, which will take you to our online booking system. You'll find that the best rates are for stays of 3 or more nights- why not take a look?

You'll see that we have some extra special rates and offers for November.

If you are planning to visit the Lake at Christmas, we won't be open ( sorry- we're full with family and friends!) , but I've written a web page, Christmas in the Lake District, which will give you lots of useful tips and information.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Amazing weather this autumn - the Lake District trees look fantastic.

What an odd year it's been for weather! Maybe we could say that every year- no years seem to be "normal" these days.
This year in the Lake District we had no rain to speak of from January to June. People not on mains water ran dry around April and on July 9 a hose pipe ban came into force.
That was the day it started to rain, and it didn't seem to stop until September. However, the last two weeks have been dry, sunny and warm, and even though colder weather is on its way, the storms seem to be keeping away.
I've just put a special offer on our website, so if you click on this link you'll see how you can save at least £60 on your visit to White Moss House. Stay in November and we'll throw in a bottle of wine for your to enjoy by the log fire in the Wordsworth Lounge.
Here's an autumn picture to whet your appetite.

Rydal Water from White Moss Viewpoint

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Save £40 this weekend, 15, 16, 17 October.

Book 2 nights B & B this weekend, and save £40 on your 2 night stay.

White Moss House in its Autumn colours
Standard room usually £220 for two guests for two night now £180.
Smaller rooms usually £180 now £140.
This is for 2 people sharing a room, and includes our award winning breakfast.

The Lakes are looking glorious right now- come and see for yourselves! Please email sue@whitemoss.com, or ring 015394 35295.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Poetry Readings at Dove Cottage- a great way to spend a Lake District Evening

If you are planning a stay at White Moss House ( once owned by William Wordsworth!) take a look at the Dove Cottage website to see what special events are on there that you can visit during your stay.

From April to October, leading poets read their own works in Grasmere church, alternate Tuesdays.This week we are delighted that Annie Freud,who is reading her poetry in Grasmere tonight, has chosen to stay with us at White Moss House for her visit to the  Lake Distirct.

Other poets have also stayed here!

Dove Cottage wants to keep poetry alive, rather than just be known for William Wordsworth and the Romantic poets. A brilliant and very successful concept. Take the chance to stay in the only house Wordsworth ever owned ( White Moss of course) on your visit to Wordsworth's Lake District.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Autumn in the Lakes

The leaves are beginning to turn, the log fire is being lit in the lounge, and autumn is on its way. The creeper on the front of White Moss House looks glorious.
If you are planning to visit us for an autumn break, do try to visit during the week, rather than at weekends if you possibly can. We are offering 10% off our usual rates for stays of 3 or more nights midweek.
Please email me, sue@whitemoss to com, to make your reservation.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Brockstone self catering cottage- fully booked (nearly) till the end of October

Thanks to the power of the web we have filled our last minute week from Saturday 18 September at Brockstone Grasmere self catering cottage.
However, it is free for Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 September. Usually we ask for 3night minimum stay, so this is a rare chance for a two night special break.
Two nights self catering for two guests , 25 and 26 September, just a very special rate of £220.
Please email me if you would like to book- sue@whitemoss.com.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Self catering cottage with amazing views over Rydal- special September offer.

Do you have a few days spare towards the end of September? We have a 9 night gap at our lovely cottage Brockstone, from 18 to 26 September inclusive.

Here's our offer!

Usual rate for a 7 night stay £690, now £550. This is for two guests, self catering all bills included.

We can also offer shorter breaks, at the following very special rates.

3 nights, £300
4 nights £370
Extra nights £60 per night. This is for 2 guests, self catering.

Pictures and information, please click on the link above, or email me-  sue@whitemoss.com

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

What are your favourite Lake District guide books?

I've just written an article on the books that I think are some of the best to buy if you are visiting the Lakes.
Do you have any other suggestions? Please take a look at The Best Lake District books and tell me what you think. You can leave a message at the end of the article.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Blackerry time ! A great White Moss blackberry recipe for you.

The hedges are bursting with blackberries around Rydal Water and Grasmere right now.
Our Grasmere Apple and Blackberry crumble recipe is a perfect way to use the blackberries.
What is the Grasmere part of this recipe? Well, you've heard of Grasmere Gingerbread, and this recipe has a hint of ginger in it, which just adds a little extra something to the usual recipe.

This is an up market crumble!
You are welcome to use this White Moss recipe- please leave a comment on the bottom of the page if you enjoyed it.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Beautiful weather in the Lakes today- come and enjoy 10% off next week!

Autumn creeper at White Moss House September 2009
What a beautiful morning today in the Lake District! It's cool though- there was a hint of a frost, certainly a heavy dew this morning.
It actually looks as if the weather will be good for the Bank Holiday. We're fully booked, and have also filled Brockstone Cottage, but why not visit after the Bank Holiday? Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are quiet.
We'd be happy to give you a 10% discount for B & B on 30,31 August and 1 September if you stay 2 or 3 nights.
Please email sue@whitemoss.com if you would like to take up this offer.

Thursday Friday and Saturday are special dinner dates- we do still have a smaller room left at the rate of £85 per person per night for dinner, room and breakfast on 2, 3 and 4 September. The only other chance for dinner at White Moss this year is 11, 12 and 13 November, when Brockstone Cottage is free. Otherwise we are fully booked.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Brockstone Grasmere cottage- special Bank Holiday offer. Save £100

Brockstone Cottage has last minute availability for 1 week, arriving Saturday 28 August.

The usual rate is £790 for the week, now only £690 for a week self catering.This is for 2 guests, but please ask if you are a party of 3 or 4 for more special rates. For more information , look at either  Brockstone  ,my own web page with YouTube videos of the view ( thanks to Graham Whyte ), or our Brockstone on Holiday-rentals website.

Great views, spa bath, smeg kitchen, flat screen digital TV with dvd player, stereo cd system- plus amazing views and wlks from the door.

Email me, sue@whitemoss.com if you can visit.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Congratulations from White Moss House some very special walkers

Four of our guests last weekend completed all 214 of the "Wainwright walks". One of the ladies had decided on her 50th birthday that she wanted to make a point of walking every fell in every book, and on Sunday they did walk 214, Crinkle Crags in the Langdales.

The weather was good, and a bottle of champagne in the sun in White Moss garden marked the end of a great campaign!

A fine example to all ! Congratulations!

Friday, 13 August 2010

August Bank Holiday weekend at White Moss House Grasmere

We've been very busy all through August, but we do still have rooms for the August Bank Holiday weekend, for a 2 night minimum stay.
Please book as soon as you can for the best choice of rooms and dates.
email sue@whitemoss.com.
Dove Cottage- there's an excellent new exhibition there right now.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Brockstone self catering cottage for one weekend only!

Would you like a 2 night break at Brockstone Cottage? This Grasmere self catering cottage has one of the best views in the Lake District- maybe even in the world?!

Usually we let Brockstone for 1 week stays during the school holidays, and 3 nights minimum at other times, but we have a 2 night gap available on Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 August. The rate is £300 for the two night self catering break.


See the view on YouTube via this link

Please email sue@whitemoss.com .

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Dinner, bed and breakfast at White Moss House, Grasmere

We have very limited availablity now for our dinner, room and breakfast weekends in 2010. If you would like to catch the famous White Moss Dinner this year, this is what we have;

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2, 3 and 4 September- 3 nights dinner room and breakfast in a smaller room at £290 per person. We could offer a 2 night stay, at £210 per person.

Thursday and Friday, 2 and 3 September, dinner room and breakfast , staying at Brockstone Cottage. If there are two of you staying there, the 2 night package would be £240 per person, for dinner room and breakfast. Brockstone is booked on Saturday 4 September, but you could add days earlier in the week for B & B or self catering. If you are a party of 3 or 4, please email me for our best rates.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11, 12 and 13 November- dinner room and breakfast with accomodation at Brockstone Cottage, £330 per person for the 3 night package.( this is for two guests using the cottage- please email me for a quote for 3 or 4 guests )

That's all folks- all other dates are fully booked.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Lake District Information from White Moss House, Grasmere

I've written an article pulling together lots of Lake District Information. I've collected lots of useful links, and up to date events.
If you have a blog or an event which you'd like to add, please leave a link in the guestbook, or email or tweet me.
If you are planning to visit the Lakes Lake District Information might help.

Friday, 30 July 2010

Brockstone self catering cottage Grasmere- now on YouTube

Thanks to Graham Whyte, a guest at White Moss House guest house, Grasmere and also at Brockstone Cottage, Grasmere for taking these videos and posting them on YouTube.
Take look at  them here.

See the drive from Dove Cottage to Brockstone Cottage in all its bumpy glory!

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Back at White Moss House, Grasmere after the wedding.

Some of you who know us or read my blog will know that our eldest son was getting married this summer.
Well, the big day was Saturday, 24 July. The wedding was held in St Edmunds Church East Mersea, on Meresa Island near Colchester, and the reception at East Mersea Hall next door.
It's a really lovely place, and the whole of Mersea Island is like a little place that time has passed by.
Or new daughter in law knew the island from her childhood, and her mother lives close by.
It's now back to reality- a busy summer of B & B at White Moss House Grasmere.
We do still have some rooms in August, and are offering 10% off stays of 3 or more nights midweek in August.( subject to availabilty)
For more details please look at our website.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

What eats wasps? Badgers eat wasps! Latest from Grasmere.

Following yesterday's burning question, do badgers eat wasps? The answer is yes!
Our gardener tells us that badger do eat wasps- so there we have it!

How a badger came in the night to Whitemoss garden, and dug up a wasp nest just below our bedroom window without us hearing anything is another question!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Do badgers eat wasps part 2

White Moss House Bed and Breakfast Grasmere, the scene of an overnight garden mystery- do badgers eat wasps?



Here are two incriminating photos. The walls of the nest have been broken up . They actually have honycomb patterns like a bees nest- makes sense I suppose- I've never seen inside a wasps nest before.There is no sign of any of the tasty grubs ( I believe fishermen sometimes use them as bait), just a few shell shocked, dopey looking wasps ( which is why I could get so close)

I've often wondered what function wasps served in God's Great Plan. If they give a badger ( or whatever) a good dinner, then that's a fair use for them in my book.

If you have any info on this, please eamil me- sue@whitemoss.com, or tweet me, @whitemosshouse.

Do badgers eat wasps?

Today's burning question from White Moss House, Grasmere is.... what eats wasps?

In the garden we have a wasps nest, which was actually built in a hole dug by a mouse. We've been trying to get rid of it for days, in a gentle sort of way, but the odd wasp keeps appearing.

This morning, we find that an area about 18 inches in diameter and about 18 inches deep has been excavated, and we can now see the bottom of the waps nest with about 10 wasps left. It has what looks like paper round the egdes- quite clever really.

It looks like a badger hole, but there are no droppings- who knows?

Hopefully the puffer will finish them off this time.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Walks from White Moss House, Grasmere

One of the great things about staying at White Moss House bed and breakfast, Grasmere, is that you can do amazing walks from the front door. You don't need to take your car to go around Rydal, round Grasmere, oever Loughrigg, to Alcock tarn, up Nab Scar to Fairfield.........and many more!

Here are some of the walks you can do Cricular walks from White Moss, Grasmere..

If you want to walk round Rydal, taking in the caves, Rydal Tea room, Rydal Mount, Rydal Hall Gardens and the Badger Bar , then The Rydal Water Walk describes this in more details for you.

Thanks to Cumbria Tourism and David Willis for the photo, taken from the shore of Rydal Water looking back towards Whitemoss , with Silver Howe in the background.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Great things to see from White Moss House Grasmere

One thing that lots of visitors to the Lake District overlook is Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Perched up on a plateau just before you get to Keswick, about 20 minutes drive from White Moss House and Grasmere, this neolithic stone circle dates back around 5,000 years.

It is a truly amazing location, surrounded by the lakeland fells- Blencathra, Skiddaw, Helvellyn.
There is no visitors centre, no tea room, no entrance charge.
You may even find yourself on your own there- apart from the local sheep.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Hosepipe Ban for the Lake District

It's hard to believe after we had more rainfall on 19 November 2009 than on any day on record EVER, but from Friday we are not allowed to use hosepipes to water our gardens or wash our cars.
It has been such a dry spring here in Grasmere and the rest of the Lake District.

The phone has not stopped ringing in the last 24 hours with people looking for rooms for the weekend.

We are fully booked, but if you want rooms next weekend, ring now! or email me sue@whitemoss.com.

Check out our website, White Moss House for more details.

The terrace at White Moss House, Grasmere, looking lovely in the sunshine.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Still some last minute dates free at Brockstone Grasmere self catering cottage

We've now let this weekend, but the cottage is still free from Monday, 12 July, to the morning of Wednesday, 21 July.
If you have time to visit for 3 or more nights please contact me for our best rates- sue@whitemoss.com.

For more info on Brockstone Cottage,, or on one of the Brockstone links in the right hand column.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Great reviews for Brockstone Cottage, Grasmere self catering cottage

Thank you very much to all who have taken the trouble to write lovely reviews. We were really delighted to get the latest review for Brockstone Cottage- take a look at Brockstone Cottage review !

Are you free from Friday 9 July anytime until Tuesday 20 July? If so, we can offer Brockstone Grasmere self catering cottage ( 5 Star reviews!) at a special  last minute rate. Please email me for offers- sue@whitemoss.com.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Lavender looking good at White Moss House, Grasmere



Here at White Moss, Grasmere, in the Lake District we're in the middle of a very, very dry spell. After the floods of November 2009, it is hard to imagine, but we are having a drought, and there is talk of a hosepipe ban soon!
The lavender , however, is just loving this dry, sunny weather- and so are the bees.
At White Moss House we have at least 6 different lavenders- heavenly!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

White Moss House and the Wordsworth Rose

At White Moss House guest house, Grasmere, we have an ancient rose, which we call the Wordsworth Rose. The house was bought by poet William Wordsworth for his son, Willie, and the poet often called in and sat in the porch where the rose gr0ws.
We are told it is very old, so we think it dates back to the time of William Wordsworth.
It flowers once a year, just a few very scented blooms, and its out now! If you would like to stay, enjoying the glorious June weather, we have rooms free from Sunday 20 June for up to 4 nights, and again from 26 June (only 1 room left on 28 June).
Please email me if you want to make a last minute booking- I can offer you a June discount if you can stay 2 or more nights.
( we are fully booked on 17, 18 and 19 June, and also on 24 and 25 June)

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Tuesday's walk from White Moss House, Grasmere

The View from Jenkin's Crag, Waterhead, Ambleside, overlooking Windermere.



The walk actually begins and ends in Ambleside, but we hopped on the bus at Whitemoss- no point trying to find a day's parking space in Ambleside ( especially if you have a bus pass!).
We walked up Stock Ghyll, over Wansfell, had lunch at the Mortal Man, then back round Jenkins crag.
It's a walk we've done many times before, sometimes the other way round.

As it was a hazy day, the photos are poor. This is the gentle path back from Robin's Lane, with Windermere on the left and the Langdales in the background.

Some people only manage the short walk from Waterhead to Jenkin's crag. Even on a hazy day the view from Jenkin's Crag is superb.

Outstanding on this walk were the wild flowers- bluebells, wood sorrel, wild garlic , buttercups, violets, little yellow orchids. The hawthorn trees are also finally bursting into life. Popularly known as "May" trees", they are just managing to blossom before the end of the month in this late spring.

May Tree looking gorgeoous, above Waterhead, Ambleside.
We thought we had just missed the bus back from Waterhead, where the walk ends, but happily for us, the bus was 10 minutes late- dropped off at the bottom of White Moss House drive.
Note to all visitors to White Moss House- if you have a bus pass, bring it !

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Sweet cicely at White Moss House, Grasmere

Sweet cicely is a great herb , and it's looking extra good this year. Here is a photo taken this morning from our kitchen door looking into the Whitemoss herb garden.

It's a very pretty herb, with its masses of white flowers.Its main use for us it as a sweetener in rhubarb, gooseberry and other fruit desserts. If you chop up sweet cicely leaves and add them to the fruit, you can halve the amount of sugar you use. Nature's own low calorie sweetener!

For more information on sweet cicely , plus an amazing recipe for sweet cicely schnapps, you can take a look here.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Windermere Marathon Weekend

Congratulations to all those, including our intrepid guests, who ran this marathon.
Great weather, great organisation, perfect conditions- so I'm told!

I'm especially in awe of the 10 in 10 people- 10 marathons in 10 days!

Friday, 7 May 2010

Cumbria Festival of fishing- stay at Brockstone Cottage at special rates.

Cumbria Fishing Festival runs from the 15th to the 23rd May.
We have 2 fishing permits for our guests at White Moss House Grasmere B and B, or Brockstone self catering Grasmere cottage to use on all local waters free of charge.

We are pretty full in White Moss House itself, but our Cottage up on the famous"coffin route" from Grasmere to Rydal is free, and we are offering 20% disconts on the normal self catering rates. This is from 16 May to 28 May. Minimum 3 night stay, flexible changeover dates.

For prices and details , see Brockstone Grasmere self catering cottage

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

White Moss goes to Sizergh Castle- gardens looking fantastic!

If you can get to Sizergh Castle,near Kendal, this week, then do- the blossom is amazing and the gardens are looking great.
Here are some of my photos from yesterday. They don't do it justice, but you get the idea! This is a wonderful tulip border.
Part of the famous rock garden

The cherry blossom avenue- just spectacular- worth the annual National Trust membership on its own!
And of course, there's the castle- a remarkable building to look around- and the tea room is pretty nice too!
Sometimes we overlook the wonderful things to see close to home- if you are near Kendal- go to Sizergh now!

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Herdwick lambs invade White Moss House Grasmere!

Herdwick lambs- so tiny, so cute! Their mums thought the grass and bluebells at White Moss House were so much better than in their own field.
Most herdwick lambs are black, turning grey later.
This one is quite bold

Time to gently send them back over the wall to their field



No doubt they'll soon be back!

Friday, 30 April 2010

Primroses at White Moss House, Grasmere

This blog is turning into a nature blog! Bluebells, blossom, and now primroses.
These little beauties are beside the path that goes from White Moss House  to our Grasmere self catering cottage, Brockstone, which is on the "coffin route" from Rydal to Grasmere church.
This path was washed away by the floods of November 2009, but the LDNPA have done a beautiful restoration job on it.


Please, please, always leave wild flowers for others to enjoy- don't pick the primroses ( and certainly, if you see anyone trying to dig them up -stop them!)

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Wordsworths at White Moss House , Grasmere

It was good to welcome back members of the Wordsworth family to White Moss House this weekend, in Grasmere to celebrate the senior Mr Wordsworth's 70th birthday.
When we first lived at White Moss House , about 30 years ago, the generation of Wordsworths who had lived at White Moss as children used to drop in on us an roam around as if they still lived here.( We used to call them a "host of  golden Wordsworths" when they descended on us!)

It was always lovely to see them, and hear their anecdotes. For example, Dorothy told us she was actually christened Dorothy Wordsworth, so that as an unmarried girl her name was Dorothy Wordsworth Wordsworth- so that she would still have the Wordsworth name after her marriage.This would have been in the days when married women gave up their maiden name.

Wordsworths are always welcome at White Moss House, the only house that the poet William Wordsworth ever owned.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

The first Bluebells of 2010 at White Moss House, Grasmere

I'm sure they weren't there yesterday, but here they are- bluebells in White Moss House garden, pushing their way through amongst the fading daffodils.
We are so lucky with the weather just now- day after day of blue skies and sunshine- and now the bluebells- another reason to visit White Moss House, Grasmere 4 Star guest house, in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

White Moss House and the ash cloud

As the flights re start today, lets hope that all those who find themselves in the wrong part of the world get back as soon as possible.
I have to say that we have benefitted this week from the ash, with guests who have been unable to go abroad coming to stay at White Moss House instead.
They've been rewarded with the best , sunniest weather they could wish for. It's still chilly, but it just fabulous.
The quince is out, the cherries are out, the magnolia is coming out, the azaleas are coming out- there's no better time to visit White Moss House,our Grasmere 4 Star guest house.

The AA lady came yesterday- very impressed to see that we had beautiful  new fire doors, new carpet ( room 2) new decoration (room 3). Apparently lots of people of not spending in the recession, and some of the places she visits are getting a bit run down.
White Moss House- 4 Stars again!
Post script to the Ash Cloud Story- a Japanese guest coming in May has just emailed me to ask what it's like driving around on ash covered roads!
No ash on roads or anywhere else! The lakes never looked better.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Herdwick sheep at White Moss House Grasmere part 2

So, there are about 6 of the blighters (Herdwicks) that is, in the garden, nibbling the daffodils.

Husband opens the gate, and we both chase them towards the gate, when a group of tourists walk by, stand in the gateway with their cameras, blocking the sheep who turn and run off to an inaccessible part of the garden.

Chap with camera says " I say, are those a local breed? What ? Herdwicks? Marvellous !How interesting!"

Don't you just love tourists? Well ,we do of course- no question about that!

You have to laugh.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Herdwick sheep at White Moss House, Grasmere B & B

Sheep in the garden again this morning. Both local farmers claim they're not theirs, then if the marking proves they are, they blame the Rydal Estate for not mending the walls! Hey Ho!
We'll just live with them as usual. Once they've got the taste of fresh grass there's no stopping them.
I've just written an article about the herdwick Herdwick Sheep- please take a look and leave me any messages or links you would like to see.
Our local Herdwicks haven't lambed yet- they are the last to lamb in the area ( maybe in the while country)- the farmer aims for April 23rd- St Georges Day.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Cherry Blossom at White Moss House Grasmere

Cherry blossom is bursting out all over at White Moss House, Grasmere
What glorious spring weather!

We still have lots of daffs, eher comes the cherry blossom, magnolias nearly out...... we're fully booked this weekend, but you could visit next week at out sepcial rates...
Check our White Moss House website.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Osprey watch on the White Moss House Grasmere blog!

Thanks to the wonders of widgets, I can offer you a link to the Bassenthwaite Ospreys!
Just 25 minutes drive away from Rydal Water, Grasmere and White Moss House- another great natural event on our doorstep!

Its seem that along with Daffodils, and lambing, we can now add the Ospreys to the Lake District Spring Events. Fingers crossed for a successful 2010 Osprey birth!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

It's great time for walking in the Lakes

The Easter rush is over, and the summer rush is some time away, so now is a great time to visit the lakes.
Now the clocks have gone forward it stays light until after 8pm, so long walks are no problem. High pressure is forecast, and beautiful clear skies and superb views are everywhere.
If you can visit in April, scroll back down for news of our special rates, or check our website for White Moss House.
For a really helpful guide to local, easy walks from White Moss, look at Walks from White Moss- 6 circular walks from White Moss, Rydal, Grasmere.
Follow the footsteps of William Wordsworth, who owned White Moss House. Have a great visit to the Lake District in April.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Easter from White Moss House, Grasmere

Wishing all our guests past , present and future a very Happy Easter.
It's sunny, dry and cold, the Daffodils are beautiful and it's not as busy as Easter often is. Lots of B & Bs and hotels in Grasmere actually have vacancy signs out today- something I've never seen before.
We're fully booked, but we do have some days left for our special April offers before the end of April- see White Moss special offer page on our website.
Why not come and enjoy the beautiful Lake District this April?

Thursday, 1 April 2010

White Moss House Wordsworth Daffodils

1st April 2010. The daffodils are looking great at White Moss House, Rydal Water, Grasmere.These small, wild daffodils on the banking overlooking Rydal Water are the variety that Wordsworth wrote about in his famous poem, Daffodils.
Here are the Wordsworth Daffodils in close up-

and here they are on the banking at the White Moss House, Grasmere guest house. In the background you can see Rydal Water.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Save at least £40 on Spring Breaks at Wordsworth's White Moss House Grasmere

Those of you in the UK will know that the weather has gone backwards to winter again.
The good news is that this cold weather will keep the daffofils on hold, so that they will be looking glorious for the whole of April.
Come and stay at White Moss House, Grasmere, for 2 nights or more , any time in April ( excluding Saturday nights) and we will reduce the price of your room by £20. This includes breakfast, and is for 2 people sharing a double room.
Smaller doubles down from £90 per night to £70.
Standard doubles down from £110 per night to £90.

This offer is subject to availability.
Currently we are fully booked on 3, 4, 5 April15, 16, 17 April, and 25, 26 April.The offer is still available all other nights except Saturday nights.
These are the Wordsworth daffodils in Dora's Field, Rydal, just minutes away from White Moss house.
Please email sue@whitemoss.com to make your reservation.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Spring has sprung in Grasmere

There are two woodpeckers attacking the trees in the back garden with great vigour. The other birds are skittering all over in a very flighty ( is that where the word came from?) manner, and the Daffodils are out at last.
Stay for 2 nights or more, midweek before the end of April at White Moss House and take a 10% discount on the usual rates.
Don't wait- come now and see the daffodils!( picture to follow- I'm off out with my camera now)

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Friday, 12 March 2010

Brockstone self catering cottage

If you are thinking of a longer stay, you might like to see if there is a gap at Brockstone Grasmere self catering cottage.
For more information click on this link, or just email me- sue@whitemoss.com

taken from across Rydal Water.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Another great walk from White Moss House Grasmere.

Walking in short sleeves in the sun! The air is still very cold- my drink stayed iced!
 From White Moss, go up to the coffin road, then left to the duck pond near Dove Cottage, taking the Alcock tarn path above the duck pond.
Lovely view of Helm Crag on this walk.
After about 1/4 mile, the main path goes right, but fork left, and eventually you come out at Ben Place Grasmere, by our Lady of the Wayside on the A591.
Didn't see a single person !
Crossed the main road, took the path into Grasmere, popped into Coop to buy an apple, back through Broadgate meadow, on the Grasmere Riverside walk, coming out near Dove Cottage, then back to White Moss on the old road ( the one Wordsworth used )
View of Grasmere from Lady Wood on the old road.

There can't be many other places in the world with such great walks from the door. Fantastic!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Sun and Special Offers at White Moss House , Grasmere

We're having a great spell of weather here- sun, sun sun every day! ( I know, not everywhere in the UK is getting this great weather- we're lucky for once!)
These are the daffodils in Dora's Field, Rydal, as they will look in a week or two. Why not take up our offer- 10% off for midweek stays of 2 or more nights, to come and see for yourselves.
This offer runs from our opening date of 26 March, to 30 April.

Why not email me (sue@whitemoss.com) and make that booking!
Why not take advantage of our special offer to see Wordsworth's Daffodils.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Daffodils very nearly out at White Moss, Grasmere

A couple of more days, and the little yellow beauties will be out- spring must be here!
If you want to take a look at Wordsworth's Daffodils , my latest web page over on Squidoo, you'll see lots of glorious photos.
BTW, just got in from a walk, on which we saw a group of youngsters swimming in Grasmere. They swam out to the ice which still covers lots of the lake,   about 20 yards from the shore!
They were on some sort of challenge, maybe Duke of Edinburgh. Anyway, good luck to them!!!!!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Sunshine and snowdrops at White Moss, Grasmere

Snowdrops in White Moss House, Grasmere garden

















"Why worry?
There should be sunshine after rain,
These things have always been the same,
So why worry now? "                         
 (Dire Straits- sadly overlooked by philosophers I feel)

On Thursday 19 November 2009 the heavens opened on Cumbria and a 48 hour torrent flooded the area turning roads into rivers, gardens into lakes.

Now, less than 4 months later,  the snowdrops and sunshine bring a promise of spring, and hopefully, a great summer.

Business that were flood affected are reopening, visitors are flocking back to enjoy the amazing scenery that early spring offers- clear blue skies, with a dash of snow on the tops.
Come back to Cumbria! ( and White Moss House of course!)

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

White Moss Grasmere- loved by herons!

White Moss Tarn, just above White Moss House, is the haunt of this chap ( I think it's a he!). I see him often, and so get a bit blase about him.
Then, when a visitor sees him for the first time and gets all excited I have to think- should I do a Michael Winner, "Calm down dear , it's only a heron", or should I seem very excited too?
I take the excited route. Well, he's not bad looking, and he loves to pose for photos.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Alcock Tarn walk from White Moss House

The Langdales and Grasmere on the descent from Alcock Tarn

It was an absolutely brilliant day in the Lake District today.
We walked up to Alcock Tarm from White Moss House- here are some of my snaps .
Wansfell from above White Moss


Loughrigg and Rydal from above White Moss
Alcock Tarn, you little beauty!