About this listing
A sunny double ensuite room with large shower room in a 1839 rectory. The house is surrounded by our smallholding raising veg, pigs and hens. Set in a peaceful part of the Lake district with easy access to the stunning western fells and valleys.
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 a hair dryer, maps and local guides.This listing is the West double room, ensuite with a shower room. The house has a lounge with an open fire and TV, the kitchen has a coal fired AGA cooker. There is free wi-fi. 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. 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 for expeditions on rail, bus foot or car.
Tea, coffee and biscuits in the room, shampoo and hand wash in the bath/shower rooms together with hairdryer on the dresser. A international adaptor is available.
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)but 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 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 at 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 (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.
The door is open, and you are free to roam the garden, visit the paddock to visit the animals, and to potter in the polytunnels
Interaction with Guests
We try to judge what our guests want, and behave accordingly. If desired a full participation in our 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 good rail service onto the Cumbrian coast line with the station 1 mile from the house. We pick up people if wanted.
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.
Secure barn for bike
No particular rules except no smoking. House is always open. usual breakfast foods with milk,yoghurt, cereals, juices, fruit , plus bacon, eggs etc. Your pets are also welcome as the grounds are set off the road, within 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
We had a wonderful stay at Mike's place. Mike and Joan treated guests warmly and also welcomed us and other guests to join them for dinner. They are truly generous and wonderful hosts and we appreciated their hospitality and thoughtfulness very much. Thank you Mike and Joan!
Great home and hosts.breakfast and dinner we're excellent ! Beautiful grounds and surrounding area.couldn't get much better...thanks !
Wonderfull self sufficient property in a stunning setting. Mike and Joan are superb hosts . Exceptional setting and environment fabulous fresh food comfortable private and clean. An uplifting experience.
OMG! Don't miss the chance to stay with Mike, Joan and the whole gang. This farm stay was well beyond our expectations. The setting, in Cumbria, was idyllic. Every need was cared for. Food was simple but always fabulous. Company was inspiring. Felt so comfortable. No better way to spend a few days.
The Old Rectory was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the many sights of the Lakes District. Mike gave us great advice relative to the local sights and walks. This information was contained in a folder in our room. Joan gave us an interesting and informative tour of the property. The breakfasts were help yourself, made up of selected cereals and the produce from the property and were simply scrumptious. We enjoyed some evening meals with Joan, Mike and guests. All the dinners were prepared with produce from the property and we must say Joan and Mike are great cooks. The Old Rectory is a great place to stay with well appointed rooms and magnificent grounds. We highly recommend a stay with Joan and Mike who are friendly generous hosts.
The most generous and nicest hosts you could hope to meet. Fantastic house and smallholding, the food was delicious :)
I stayed three nights at the Old Rectory. Mike and Joan were really friendly and made me feel very welcome. They have lots of information and advice on local places to visit. The house is gorgeous - huge and rambling, not 'spic and span' but homely and lived in. There are dogs and cats, a wood burner to sit beside in the evening, and a large kitchen where everyone eats together at the big wooden table. Guests are invited to join the family for an evening meal (very much appreciated if one is holidaying or travelling alone) and you make your own breakfast. The food was all fantastic. There is abundant meat, eggs, veg and fruit - all grown and produced on Mike and Joan's smallholding. One of the sows had given birth to 11 piglets the day before I arrived! My ensuite bedroom was very clean, comfortable and spacious, and tea making facilities were provided. I would definitely recommend this place to stay!
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About the Host, Mike
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 facebook 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.