The Old Rectory, Bootle double rm

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · The Old Rectory, Millom, Cumbria LA19 5TH, United Kingdom

A largish house and smallholding in the quietness of the Western Lakes, great walking on the fells or in the valleys or pottering amongst the idustrial archeology of Copeland. We aim to make people as comfortable as possible in a family atmosphere.

Your host, Michael
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A largish house and smallholding in the quietness of the Western Lakes, great walking on the fells or in the valleys or pottering amongst the idustrial archeology of Copeland. We aim to make people as comfortable as possible in a family atmosphere.

The Space

We live in a large 1837 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 double room and there is another for the single/twin.The double room is ensuite with a large shower room, and there is a separate bathroom for the single/twin. You are welcome to use the kitchen and the Aga coalfired cooker,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 pups Biggles and Algy ( readers of a certain age and W.E Johns fans will recognize the allusion) and now a saddleback sow Dina and her 7 teenage piglets.
Bootle has a village shop/ post office, and a cafe. The town of Millom, 10 miles away, has supermarkets, and there are a small number of excellent small restaurants in the area.
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.
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 ( 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.

Guest Access

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.

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.

The Neighborhood

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. However there are fells and valleys such as Wasdale and Eskdale we think rival those in the more popular areas.

Getting around

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

Wifi code 2be42c35df

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Extra people: $21 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $370 /week
Monthly Price: $1410 /month
Cleaning Fee: $5
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We had a wonderful stay with Michael and Joan, they were very hospitable! The accommodation was very comfortable and their gardens were so beautifully maintained. It was such a pleasant and relaxing stay and we would happily recommend it to anyone.

    July 2014
  • Our recent stay at the Old Rectory has been a lovely, much needed break the house, grounds and smallholding are beautiful, it's so peaceful and relaxing. A real "good life" experience. The room we stayed in was well decorated and furnished overlooking the front garden and rectory beyond. Our hosts Michael and Joan were wonderful, very kind, friendly and generous with their hospitality and the evening meals were a real treat with their delicious home produced fare. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can hardly wait to return.

    June 2014
    Response from Michael:

    Hi both
    Thanks for your stay and the review, and all the best for the future

    June 2014
  • Michael and Joan were very generous in the way the shared their home and produce. The accommodation was comfortable and the bountiful garden a great bonus. Thoroughly recommend staying here. Excellent value.

    Sandy and Paul

    June 2014
  • What a superb place. Worth every penny!! Super friendly and very accommodating!!

    June 2014
  • This place is quite unique and we loved staying here. Amidst an area which can get crowded, the Lake District, this is a place of peace and quiet. We loved our spacious room and private bathroom, as well as the help-yourself breakfasts with almost everything produced on the rectory's grounds. We were surprised to learn we could even join for dinner, even if we were late! The food was wonderful. Michael took the time to guide us around the garden and fields and show us their 'pets'. Straight from the house you can go for a lovely walk and in the area around there are options aplenty.

    June 2014
  • Merci de tout coeur à Michael et Joan. Grâce à eux, Denis, Katell et moi avons passé un excellent séjour au calme dans le Lake District. L'accueil est exceptionnel. Nos hôtes sont chaleureux, attentifs, tout en laissant à chacun la liberté de cuisiner soi-même au petit déjeuner, de se promener dans le grand jardin fleuri, de cueillir des fruits et légumes... Nous avons apprécié nos balades dans cette région superbe et peu fréquentée, loin du tohu-bohu de Windemere. Et surtout la gentillesse et la disponibilité de nos hôtes : dîner tout prêt quand nous revenions de nos marches (même quand nous avions oublié de prévenir !) , produits frais, légumes du jardin, discussions tranquilles... Nous nous sentions en famille. Merci Michael et Joan. Nous vous recommanderons à nos amis.

    June 2014
  • This has got to be one of the most wonderful surprises of all our travels...Michael and Joan were just brilliant hosts and generous beyond all expectations. The food was talked about in our house for days afterwards and my parents are going home with special memories after seeing all the lovely workings of farm. Thank you so much for your warmth and hospitality. You guys (animals included) are great!

    June 2014
  • Michael and his wife and their home was simply wonderful! Everything was beautiful and so peaceful! They welcomed us for a fabulous home-cooked dinner, filled with fresh food from their farm and garden, and we were able to make a lovely full english breakfast for ourselves the next morning, again made up of all their fresh, delicious food! One of our absolute favorite spots in England! Would love to return again :)

    June 2014
  • Michael and his wife were amazing hosts! We had a wonderful time at the Old Rectory and it was a treat to be able to stay in such a well preserved historical house. The grounds and the farm are so quaint and lovely. Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson were incredibly welcoming and their food was delicious :)

    June 2014
  • What a lovely experience, everything was just as described (if not better) by both the host and by the reviews given from other guests. The house is lovely and charming and the hosts, well they are just fab! We had a lovely meal and great chat…. We only stayed for 1 night, but I could have easily stayed a week… next time I am staying in the Lake District I will be booking here again!

    June 2014
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Long Eaton Grammar, Royal Free Hospital, University of Birmingham
I'(email hidden) who likes biking ( pedal and motor), skydiving and gliding, and sharing the experience of the Lake District.Joan is a retired dentist, and since retiring have discovered the joys of sharing the house both with Airbnb guests, and hosting up to 4 HelpXers at a time. you can see how it works on The Old Rectory (website hidden) page). We have open evening meals which anyone around can join in ( I am also widening my cookery experience, so you are warned) and breakfast is left for people to prepare as much or as little they want themselves. I am in the middlle of a Open University Modern Langusages degree, so French and Spanish speakers are catered for ( v. slowly)
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