We live in a large 1847 built rectory in Bootle, a small rural village in the quiet western English Lake District. Two bedrooms are available, one double and the other single/twin; so we have 2 listings. This is the one for the single/twin room and there is another for the double.The double is ensuite with a large shower room, and there is a separate bathroom for the single/twin. We provide free wifi, and there is ample parking.( or camping areas if wanted!). The aga-fuelled kitchen is large and serves as the dining room and heart of the house,and , there is a separate TV/sitting room with an open fire. The garden is about half a hectare, and we also have a paddock over the river with polytunnels for fresh veg.We live with Oscar the cat, two lovely cocker spaniels Biggles and Algy ( readers of a certain age and W.E Johns fans will recognize the allusion) and now a saddleback pig the sow Dina who has produced 7 teenagers who have ploughed their bit of the field into something resembling the Somme.
Bootle has a village shop/ post office, a butcher who makes the best genuine Cumberland sausage in the world ,and a cafe. The town of Millom, 10 miles away, has supermarkets, and there are a number of excellent small restaurants in the area.I can let you have a list of them with my ( personal) description of menu pricing etc.
There are two horse riding stables locally, plus the historic Muncaster Castle and World Owl Trust, 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.There is a great little walk ( about 3 hrs return) up Black Coonbe, behind the house. Its a fairly easy walk, but on a clear day you can see Scotland, Ireland and Wales
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' ,you can find further details of timetables etc by googling that.
OS maps and |Wainwrights available to borrow to plan trips by rail, bus 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). There is now a twice daily bus service between Ambleside/Windermere and Ravenglass which stops in the village.(the X33, (email hidden)/passengertransport). 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/exchange, OS maps and Wainwrights to borrow.
We provide a full breakfast ( cereals, fruit etc, plus bacon, Cumberland sausage, mushrooms and eggs to cook yourself.. 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 ( best if you let us know the morning of arrival so I can adjust amounts). We generally eat about 18.30, but we'll save you some if you want to arrive/eat late
You can find out whats going on at The Old Rectory by googling 'The Old Rectory Bootle (website hidden)' which shows all the HelpXing thats going on at the moment. We have several HelpXers staying with us at the moment who you will see there and meet during your stay.
To find us, come to Bootle ( Cumbria, not Liverpool!) on the GPS. From the south, on the A595, go straight on through the village past the Post Office and the Church on your right, then take the first small turn off to the right after 100 yds past the church and folllow the arrow to the Old Rectory. From the north 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, Sky 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.Guides to local walks and maps, and to local restaurants/pubs.
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 is a quiet part of the National Park away from the hurly-burly of Windermere etc. We think that we have fells and valleys such as Wasdale and Eskdale that more than rival those in the more popular areas without the crowds.
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.
We had a fantastic stay with Mike and Joan, their house is absolutely beautiful and perfectly located. They were the perfect hosts offering us breakfast and dinner each day, with home made delicious treats and we just loved their two puppies who made great friends with our Westie Hamish. We would love to stay again in the future and recommend them to anyone who would like to stay in this area.
A brilliant and homely BnB. Hosts were fantastic and made my family feel at home. I cannot wait to stay there again and I will be recommending it to anyone who is interested in a weekend away.
Another lovely stay with Michael and Joan at the Old Rectory. Home from home, as welcoming as ever. We really appreciated being able to relax and enjoy the whole house, rather than sitting cooped up in our rooms as in a more traditional B&B.
My initial impression of a disorderly B&B quickly changed to one of merely being invited to someone's home! We had a wonderful stay and truly loved cooking in their kitchen on an old coal fired stove. I would visit again!
Staying at the Old Rectory is certainly a great experience if you want to immerse yourself in the English country side. Mike's place is in a great setting and being able to see deer and feed the pigs is a real highlight as you feel like your really experiencing what the Lakeside district is all about. We stayed at Mike & Jane's place for two nights and were hosted to dinner & great banter on both nights which was fantastic. All products from the farm and as you can imagine dinner was superb. We also found the place really convenient to get to Lake Windemere and all the amazing trek paths around. The place itself is clean and you have all the amenities you require. If your planning on exploring the English country side I would recommend staying here!
A second stay at the Old Rectory - this time travelling for work not for pleasure. Once again I felt very at home with Michael and Joan, enjoyed meeting their other guests, and had a great night's sleep. Headed off for the next day of meetings feeling refreshed. Will definitely be back!
Thank you Mike and Joan for this short but unforgettable stay at your beautiful home. Being picked up after a long day of travelling and welcomed with a delicious meal, having an interesting and enriching conversation over freshly picked fruits and ice cream - Mike, hopefully you will forgive us that we did not know that green hero of yours - what was his name again? ;) - feeding Dina and her piglets after a wonderful breakfast in the morning and discovering your beautiful gardens - we loved diving into your life on the country side amidst the hills of the marvelous Lake District for a few hours.
I had a great 3 nights stay at The Old Rectory. Mke and his family were very welcoming and always willing to help out.
I highly recommend anyone to stay here.
What a wonderful place to stay! I have just spent four nights at The Old Rectory (my first Airbnb experience) & it was fantastic...a home from home! Mike & Joan were such welcoming hosts & offered great hospitality, delicious food, and a very comfortable bed! It was amazing to see & taste all their homegrown produce, and lovely to share their dinner table with them & the other guests. In addition they offered tips & suggestions of places to see & things to do, as well as providing leaflets & kindly lending local maps. I would not hesitate to recommend The Old Rectory as a delightful place to stay, and certainly hope to return one day. Many thanks!
I have spent the entire summer at the Old Rectory Bootle and, for me, it was a paradise. I had a taste of real English village life, including making lots of friends; soaking in the beauty of the farm country, the Lake District, and the Irish Sea; and getting lots of exercise, fresh air and time to contemplate.
The hosts, Joan and Mike, are the most gracious, thoughtful, relaxed, and accommodating people you can imagine. The food is outstanding - from the complete but casual breakfasts eaten as you look out onto the most delightful English garden - to Mike's expertly crafted dinners and Joan's desserts - all prepared from a cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the property.
The Old Rectory is a beautiful, late Georgian building (164 years old!) with rooms and hallways from cellar to attic so quintessentially English I felt like I was living in an Agatha Christie novel. The grounds include a number of lovely, quiet gardens, a stream, and other original outbuildings.
I took leisurely walks through rolling hills, past farmhouses, grazing sheep, stone hedges, and waterfalls. I walked or rode a bicycle to the Irish Sea, which is just 3 miles away. I challenged myself by climbing one of the local hills and was rewarded by a stunning view of sea and countryside. I enjoyed chatting at the local store and the Tuesday coffee mornings.
I went by train and car to the heart of Lake District, where I took a steamboat around Lake Conistan and visited the stately home of Holker Hall and its immense and gorgeous gardens. I even took trains to London and Edinburgh.
And all the time I knew I would have a warm welcome, great conversation with visitors from all over the world, and good night's sleep.
Thank you, Joan and Mike!