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 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 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
This place is a gem. It is as beautiful, warm and welcoming as the profile and pictures and reviews describe - and more so. My daughter found it as a base for our all too brief trip to the Lake District, and it was in a perfect location, quiet and serene, away from the more touristy parts, yet easy to reach spectacular walks and sights. Mike and Joan are incredible hosts - they run a small holding which provides much of the food they offer to guests. Joan made a delicious dinner each night, very welcome after a day's fell walking, and the breakfast is do it yourself, with fresh and varied ingredients. We enjoyed meeting the animals too! The house is spacious, welcoming and extremely comfortable - our room was large and filled with information, cool books, and a kettle with teas and coffee. The living room offers another place to relax, with a cosy fire when the weather is chilly. The conversation with our hosts and other guests was delightfully engaging - Mike and Joan are both interested and interesting. I walked in and wanted to stay for a month, and hope I will eventually be able to do so!
Absolutely stunning home, village, and wonderful hosts. We ate the best food sourced from their very own back-garden farm both for breakfast and dinner.
It really was a place where you felt at home!
Mike suggested we visit Lake Wastwater and we could not have been more delighted by the place, only a 30minute drive away. This really was the type of place that reminds you how beautiful England can be. We took a dip in the pools of water formed by waterfalls, scrambled up the streams and finished it all off the most gorgeous riverside pub!
Would go back to the Old Rectory any day for Joan's homemade cumberland sausage alone.
Would highly recommend to anyone!
A wonderful home away from home. Mike and Joan were fantastic hosts and we felt very comfortable and relaxed during our Easter break at The Rectory. Nothing was too much trouble and all the local knowledge made for a really fantastic adventure in the Lakes. We would strongly recommend this gem of Cumbria both for it's hospitable charm and beautiful setting. We are planning on a return trip ASAP!
We had a lovely and relaxing time at The Old Rectory - the room and bathroom were spacious and clean and the food was excellent . Joan and Mike were very friendly, generous hosts and we enjoyed their company and hiking tips a lot! We hope to be back some time... Overall a perfect airbnb experience.
Mike and Joan were absolutely lovely. Its a great house, friendly pets, nice location and a great bed. Everything was perfect, we had dinner with them both nights, and they gave us some great ideas how to spend our day in the rain and gave us a map to use while there.
Fantastic all the way!!
We stayed for two days with Mike and Joan and can't speak highly enough of our experience. They were such warm hosts and made us feel so comfortable. The meals they cooked for us were delicious, as was the wonderful dinner time conversation. We appreciate so much their willingness to give us lifts to and from the train station. We felt so much at home staying with them. We are so thankful that they made our time in the Lake District so special.
Staying with Mike and Joan is a really present experience for us. This is the very first time we choose b&b. And we received the warmest welcome in a rainy evening. We stayed there for three nights and every night Mike would cook us delicious food! Joan and the other guest Kirby from the USA would give us good advise and even help us plan our trip. There we could truly experience English style family. Many thanks for their help and hopefully we will see them again. I definitely recommend their place! :)
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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 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.