A single/twin room adjacent to the bathroom (shared with the family) in a 1847 rectory. Open fire in lounge, large Aga fuelled kitchen . Great access to the Western fells in a quiet smallholding raising pigs, hens and our own veg.
We live in a large 1837 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. The house has a lounge with an open fire and Sky sports 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, so there is lots of parking space off the road, and camping spots if wanted. There is 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). 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 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.
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 Wainwrights available to Tea, coffee and buiscuits in the room, shampoo and hand wash in the bath/shower rooms together wih hairdryer and multi socket adapter on the dresser.borrow for expeditions on 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.(the X33, (email hidden)/passengertransport) which stops in the village. 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, 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 18.30, 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 (website hidden)' 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, 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, 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 vegetarian 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 2 pm, but you are welcome to leave luggage while you go out. Check-out is 12 noon
Joan and Mike Stevenson are a delight. They were very welcoming upon my arrival, and continued to be gracious hosts throughout my month-long stay. The food was delicious, it varied daily, and the conversations around the kitchen table were lively and certainly a highlight of my stay!
If you are looking for the quintessential Lake District Bed & Breakfast experience, stay at The Old Rectory in Bootle!
Thanks Mike and Joan for all the fun! I look forward to returning~
We want to say you again thank you for everything. We felt really welcome and well accomodated.
Bye for now!
My girlfriend and i have stayed with many Airbnb hosts now and Michael and Joan are simply the best you could possibly wish for. They are happy to assist/inform you with whatever you wish, they have a great knowledge of the area and show enthusiasm towards every guest at all times. Their home grown and home cooked food is divine. You can really taste the difference and with the added bonus of being able to walk out the back of their home and be given a mini tour of their growing area. We even collected our own eggs for breakfast one day and fed the piglets some grapes from their vines. They invite all guests to join them for dinner if they wish and the place can take on a great pub-like atmosphere over dinner and in their front room around the wonderful open fire. (Often with their friendly dogs and cat snuggling up). The house is huge and very cosy and the rooms are superb and very clean & looked after. They are both well travelled and educated and relate to their guests no matter what the topic may be. We hope to return in the future.... Thank you guys, Dan & Sereina.
With Mike and his wife lived together, I am very happy. They are very friendly and warm flooded my heart. I have been rein. I will return to this beautiful place with them.
it's very great ！i like the place very much！Micheal and his wife are very nice people and helpful.i will come here again next time.
Michael and Joan are amazing hosts. They interact with all their guests including a fantastic communal dinner where travellers from all over the world enjoy not only the wonderful food but interesting conversation.
The house and gardens are stunning and it is wonderful at breakfast to watch the birds feeding outside.
Having been on the road for 8 months I can honestly say this is one of the best places we have stayed and we look forward to staying again if we get back to the Lake District
This place is a real gem for a week-end away in the country. The house itself is classic with a lovely open fire in the living room and comfortable airy bedrooms.
Outside there is a wonderful garden full of delights including a number of poly tunnels with grapes, figs, cherries and hops. The baby saddle back pigs running around their pen were just adorable and there was every kind of bird imaginable - chickens, ducks, geese and turkey.
All the food from their garden is organic, and Joan and Michael make all sort of delicious goodies including their own hand-reared sausages, jams, fresh bread and other tasty treats. This they share with their guests with great generosity of spirit - they were the perfect hosts.
Then of course there is the surrounding countryside, which is second to none. Gosh, could it get any better than this? Loved every minute, thank you!
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I'm a retired GP who, with Joan my wife, is currently engaged in running our smallholding to provide the majority of our food. and sharing the experience of the Lake District with our Airbnb guests. We run a working smallholding with sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks and geese and veg from the polytunnelsYou can see how it works on The Old Rectory Millom Cumbria (website hidden) page. We have open evening meals, which anyone around can join in without extra charge, and for me cooking our own produce every day is a delight. Breakfast (no set times) is a 'help yourself, cook it yourself' affair with our own bacon, sausages eggs honey and preserves.. We have ground source heating and solar panels to help the environment, and have established a new deciduous woodland on our 200 acres on the nearby fellside. The open fire in the lounge is fuelled by wood from a Scots pine/beech Forestry Commission plantation we have bought with a view to clearing the rhododendrons and reseeding native temperate rain flora for the wildlife. We help our guests with maps and guides to local walks, and make the farm free to any invovement that is wanted ( wellies needed in winter). Essentially we want to feel that we live in harmony with the land and its plants and animals, taking fom it what we need with care, and giving what we can.