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 tea, coffee and biscuits, hairdrier 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, 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. The perimeter of the grounds is secure, so dogas 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 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 borrow for expeditions on rail, bus foot or car.
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.
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). 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 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.
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 2 pm, but you are welcome to leave luggage while you go out. Check-out is 12 noon
For our first AirBNB experience we could not have asked for better, Mike and his wife were welcoming friendly and wonderfully helpful. We highly recommend them
Really so wonderful b&b! Evening meal is also fantastic. 主人是一对非常慈祥和蔼的老夫妇。他们不仅为我们提供了高质量的早餐甚至还免费邀请我们一起享用晚餐。为了迎合我们的口味还制作了米饭。自产自制的点心，早餐鸡蛋都非常棒！5星好评！！！！！
Mike and Joan are excellent hosts. My partner and I recently visited for a few short days and fell in love with the place. It’s just as the description reads, the house is beautiful and well maintain. Having the animals around was lovey. My partner really enjoyed the free dinners. All meals were prepared by Mike and Joan with produce from their farm, delicious! Our room was spacious and the shower was great. I would highly recommend this place if you want an authentic English country side experience, I hope to return someday soon :)
The only thing you need to be aware of is that there is limited internet in the Lake District which could cause you to get lost.
An absolutely fantastic place, with wonderful hosts and their gorgeous dogs and cats! We were made to feel very welcome with a fascinating tour of the smallholding and the delicious home-produced eggs, bacon, sausages, preserves and so on all available for breakfast. Our room and ensuite bathroom were lovely and very comfortable, and the gardens and village very pretty with easy access to the Lakes and the surrounding countryside. Very highly recommended and will definitely be returning in the future .
Staying with Mike and Joan was a wonderful experience. Their house and farm is beautiful, and the room was perfect for three people. We were lucky to have been taken on a tour of the veggie gardens and animals with Joan. We ate dinner with Mike and Joan both nights and would highly recommend this, as they are great cooks and use produce from their farm where possible. Highly recommend staying here.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Old Rectory :) our hosts, Mike and Joan, were really hospitable and welcoming and we felt right at home during our 3D2N stay here.
We had the privilege of joining the hosts and other guests for dinner (prepared by Mike and Joan) and it was a marvelous spread that tasted really fantastic. It was fun chatting with the other guests too and learning more about the different cultures.
True to the description of this b&b, we had full access to the grounds and got to meet a couple of pigs, sheep, ducks and chicken that are kept in the large area behind the house.
We visited Wast Water (Wasdale) and it was really lovely. It's a 30 minute drive from The Old Rectory. If you do visit the pub at Wasdale Head Inn, you've got to try the lamb stew! Especially in the chilly weather, this bowl of stew is really comforting and warm.
Overall, I will certainly recommend this b&b without any hesitation. If only we could spend more time at the beautiful part of England!
P.S. Joan was also most forgiving when my husband had a nose bleed and accidentally stained one of the white pillow cases! So sorry about it once again :)
We had a good time with Mike and Joan. The house is beautiful and full of character, our room and bathroom were clean, spacious and very comfortable. We were kindly invited for dinner with them which was great and we enjoyed fresh produce from the property, breakfast was also fresh and very generous. Thanks for a great stay. Iain & Sharon
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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.
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