About this listing
A single/twin room adjacent to the bathroom (shared with the family) in a 1839 rectory. Open fire in lounge, large Aga fuelled kitchen . Great access to the Western fells in a quiet smallholding raising pigs, sheep, hens and our own veg.
We live in a large 1839 built rectory in Bootle, a small rural village in the quiet western English Lake District. We have 5 listings : in the main house there are 2 double ensuite rooms ( 'West' and 'South') and a single/twin; in the adjacent self contained Coach House we have 2 ensuite double rooms ( numbers 1 and 2! ) All the rooms have tea, coffee and biscuits, hairdrier maps and local guides.This listing is the single (which can be converted into a twin bedded room) which has a shared bathroom with us. (no shower) The house has a lounge with an open fire and TV, the kitchen has a coal fired AGA cooker. There is free wi-fi, and we have about an acre and a half of grounds. We are a working smallholding, the produce from which provides our food, which we like to share with our guests at evening meals. We do not have, nor do we aim for, the ambience of a hotel, and our guests are welcome to take part in the farm activities, with all their rough edges!, There is lots of parking space off the road, and camping spots if wanted, and the perimeter of the grounds is secure, so dogs can roam free. There is a paddock over the river with polytunnels for fresh veg.We live with Oscar and Polly the cats, two lovely cocker spaniels Biggles and Algy ( readers of a certain age and W.E Johns fans will recognize the allusion). The smallholding has pigs, ducks, geese and hens, which together with the polytunnels provides all our food in the summer months.
Bootle has a village shop/ post office, and a cafe. The town of Millom, 10 miles away, has supermarkets. There are a small number of excellent small restaurants in the area, however we do offer our guests the opportunity to share our evening meal without charge. We can provide advice on the best local walks.
There are two horse riding stables locally, plus the historic Muncaster Castle and Owl Centre and extensive beaches for windsurfing. We have two mountain bikes to use if feeling energetic, and of course the fantastic fells to walk on, including Sca Fell ( highest mountain in England) next to Wastwater ( the deepest lake).
The western Lakes are the quiet bit of the National Park, and we enjoy introducing people to the delights of the stunning Eskale and Wasdale valleys which lead up to Scafell and Great Gable mountains inland, and down to the coast with the fine golf links at Seascale and Silecroft, and the miles of deserted sands in the Duddon estuary.
Ravenglass is the home of the narrow gauge Eskdale and Ravenglass railway with daily steam trains up the Eskdale valley. This is known locally as ' La'l Ratty' so by googling that you get further details of timetables etc.
Local OS maps and Wainwright guides available to borrow. Tea, coffee and biscuits in the room, shampoo and hand wash in the bath/shower rooms together wih hairdryer and multi socket adapter to borrow.
For expeditions on rail, foot or car. Your own transport is an advantage, but not essential. Trains stop at Bootle Station ( about 15 mins walk away), and there are 10 trains a day each way ( from Lancaster or Carlisle). No trains on Sundays . We can pick you up from Millom or Bootle Station by arrangement if it helps.
Lots of books scattered around the house in various bookcases which you're welcome to borrow, OS maps and Wainwright Guides to borrow.
We provide a full breakfast, cereals, fruit, cheese jams etc plus bacon, Cumberland sausage, mushrooms and eggs if you want to cook them. If you want to cook your own evening meal in the kitchen, that's fine, or you are welcome to take pot luck with whatever we are having without charge( best if you let us know the morning of arrival so I can adjust amounts). We generally eat about 19.30, but we'll save you some if you want to arrive/eat later.
You can find out whats going on at The Old Rectory by googling 'The Old Rectory Bootle facebook' which shows all the pig,duck,hen and goose action.
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To find us, come to Bootle ( Cumbria, not Liverpool!) on the GPS. From the south Barrow end, on the A595, go straight on through the village past the Post Office and the Church on your right. 50 yds after the church take the very first (very small) drive way off to the right and follow the arrow to the Old Rectory. From the north (Whitehaven) end on the A595, pass the flashing 30 mph sign at the entrance to the village, then take the small turn off to the left after 150 yds (before the church) and follow the arrow to the Old Rectory.
Wi-Fi, TV in living room with open fire, cooking facilities in our kitchen open for use if desired, tea coffee and biscuits in the rooms. Large outside area including paddock with the resident pigs, ducks and hens. We have guides to local walks and maps, and to local restaurants/pubs.
Interaction with Guests
We try to judge what our guests want, and behave accordingly, any involvement in family life is welcome.
Being on the western side of the Lake District,this a quiet part of the National Park away from the hurly-burly of Windermere etc. The western fells and valleys such as Wasdale and Eskdale rival those in the more popular areas. and are much more peaceful.
There is a train service along the Cumbrian coast line which gives access to the towns of Whitehaven, Barrow and Carlisle. There is a narrow guage railway that connects at Ravenglass up the Eskdale valley.
Other Things to Note
During the summer we grow most of what we eat and eat most of what we grow. Hence we have a heavily vegetable diet and enjoy exploring the vegetarian cook book, although we also eat the pigs we raise ( sorry). So vegetarian guests are more than welcome, especially if new recipes come with you. All food preferences or intolerences are catered for, let me know about gluten beforehand so I can get the appropriate bread and cereals. Wifi code 2be42c35df
Secure barn for bikes
No particular rules except no smoking, house is always open, usual breakfast foods with milk,yoghurt, cereals, juices, fruit , plus bacon eggs etc. which you are welcome to cook on the Aga. Your well-behaved pets are also welcome as the grounds are set off the road, within an automatic gate
There is no particular check-in time, but the rooms may not be available until 3 pm, but you are welcome to leave luggage while you go out. Check-out is 12 noon