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.
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, a butcher who makes the best genuine Cumberland sausage in the world ,and a cafe. The town of Millom, 10 miles away, has supermarkets, and there are a 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 HelpXing thats going on at the moment - we have a number of HelpXers with us who you will meet during your stay.
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To find us, come to Bootle ( Cumbria, not Liverpool!) on the GPS. From the south, 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 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 50 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.Guides to local walks and maps, and to local restaurants/pubs.
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. However there are fells and valleys such as Wasdale and Eskdale we think rival those in the more popular areas.
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.
Staying with Mike and Joan at the Old Rectory was truly a highlight of our trip. We got to feed to their pigs and chickens, and played with their lovely dogs Algy and Biggles. Mike and Joan were exceptional in their hospitality and provided everything we needed; we couldn't ask for more! We even got to share a very delicious homecooked evening meal with them, with great conversation and laughter. We would highly recommend staying at the Old Rectory to anyone who is looking for a memorable getaway from the city in the Lake District. This definitely goes into our list of most enjoyable holidays!
michelle and i had a great weekend trip to the old rectory. easily our favorite place in england so far. Michael and Joan were very nice and hospitable and the atmosphere was very relaxed. excellent breakfasts with local ingredients and great views of the garden. the kitchen / dining room is a real gem and great for a relaxed morning breakfast or a late night snack with good food and good company. definitely recommend.
A very friendly and homely place to stay. I would highly recommend it to everyone!
we stayed with Mike and Joan for 3 nights and had a perfect stay ! Relax, comfortable,beautiful,lovely hosts and cute dogs, we really love here.Thanks for the wonderful dinner when we stayed . If we have holidays in the future must be visit here again : )
Absolutely wonderful place to stay. We got a tour of the grounds which include a farm, solar panels, pigs, stream, and so much charm. More importantly, Michael and his wife were so welcoming and made us feel very at home. We enjoyed a delicious dinner with everyone in the house and had a very restful night. Be sure to make time to explore the spout nearby as well as the beach. HIGHLY RECOMMEND for the gorgeous location, comfortable stay, and extremely welcoming hosts!
Lovely stay with Michael. Great dinner and conversation when we arrived, a very comfortable room and then everything for a full English breakfast the next morning. Lots of lovely walks close by and some nice pubs to.
It was lovely to stay at the old rectory. We visited Bootle without a car but this was not a problem because Mike gave us a lift to the train station and we were allowed to borrow there bikes for a trip to Ravenglass. It was such a nice time.
Amazing home with very welcoming hosts. Personally don't want to talk the place up to much else it will be to hard for me to book it again in the future!
So good we extended our stay!
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