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Pet Friendly Peaceful/Spacious Holiday Home 10 Min Walk From Historic Grasmere

Bedrooms 6
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Lakeland Cottage- 6 Bedrooms sleeps 8 to12 - 10 mins walk to Grasmere, with Log Stove, Internet - Centrally Located With Amazing Walks Straight From The Back Door! 3 Night weekend break

Rockwood is a picturesque and cosy 6 bedroom holiday retreat. It is a traditionally built Lakeland Residence, built into the hillside and is situated along a very quiet country lane between the pretty village of Grasmere and at the foot of Helm Crag. It is within easy walking distance of the village, only about half a mile away. The cottage is spacious and cosy, retaining traditional features particularly the mellow pine and oak beams. The house is in two linked parts: the main house and an annexe. The main house offers a kitchen with open plan dining area with an old stone fireplace and wood burning stove. The main lounge offers comfortable furniture to relax in after a long walk, (TV, DVD, CD) with childrens den off, Upstairs offer 4 bedrooms (3 doubles, 1 twin) and a family bathroom. The annexe offers 2 downstairs bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) useful for older guests, as well as large lounge (TV DVD), kitchen and shower room/wc. There is parking for 3 medium sized cars in the drive.

About Us

Christine Thornton
Christine Thornton
Violet Bank, Skinner How Lane
LA220PL Hawkshead
CRT Property Mgmt
VAT Reg No896885083326

Christine Thornton
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018

About Christine Thornton

Christine and Mike Thornton are semi-retired; we rent out holiday cottages in the most beautiful parts of the UK - Scotland, The Lake District and Cornwall. We always try to do our very best to make sure that our guests have a memorable, wonderful holiday and always hope that they will visit again! We have been renting holiday cottages for many years and from feedback from our guests, we have the experience to make sure that your holiday is trouble free. and relaxing. So much so that over 30% of our bookings are from previous guests.

Christine Thornton purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Christine Thornton chose Ambleside

Christine and Mike Thornton spent many years living in the South East but now live in Hawkshead after falling in love with the Lake District and its more relaxed pace of life over 10 years ago. Rockwood is in a beautiful position, being built into the hillside. It is on a quiet country lane, yet is within easy walking distance of Grasmere so has the best of both worlds. There are many beautiful walks from the door. In the Summer the friendly dairy cows often come from the farm down the lane. We often have deer visiting and have seen badgers from the house. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area and red squirrels have recently moved into the area.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ambleside in Lakes

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Main family bathroom in main house upstairs, with bath, wc. Downstairs shower room and wc in annexe.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , In ground floor annexe
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , In ground floor annexe
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main house. Bedroom 1: Superking double with wonderful views and personal sink. Bedroom 2: King double, with personal sink. Bedroom 3: King double. Bedroom 4: 2 singles. Annexe w 2 downstairs rooms: Bedroom 1: King double. Bedroom 2: 2 singles.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation at Rockwood is perfect for a family holiday, for those wanting a spacious home from home; or for friends sharing a holiday. It is in an extremely beautiful part of the Lake District in total peace and quiet, yet very close to the village. It sits along a quiet country lane, where deer are often spotted, and cows are herded every morning for milking. The layout of the house is also perfect to afford some privacy or for those who share differing tastes in TV or evening games, as it has 2 lounges. But the large dining area means everyone can still socialise together in front of a warm log fire. The 2 downstairs bedrooms are ideal for those who may not be able to manage the stairs so easily. The accessibility of the village, only 10 minutes walk away, means you can stroll to one of the traditional local pubs, or enjoy a meal in a lovely restaurant. We accept pets. We are a non-smoking establishment. Rockwood has free wireless internet. Outside: Rockwood is at the foot of Helm Crag, about 1000 feet high, which is a 1.5 hour return walk, and offers the most amazing views over the valley of Grasmere. Walking in the other directions brings you to Easdale Tarn and its waterfalls, whilst walking across the valley takes you up a very strenuous hill via the Travellers Rest pub! There is no garden, although there is a sitting area at the front of the house. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: High quality linen is provided for all our guests, as is one bath towel and one hand towel The house is professionally cleaned before and after your stay


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Pet Friendly Peaceful/Spacious Holiday Home 10 Min Walk From Historic Grasmere
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

Good for a family get together.

  • 4 of 5

Warm and comfortable in a great location.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good location. Cosy, comfortable. warm & plenty of room. Walks from the door.

  • 4 of 5

We all had an excellent time. Property as described & v.g. value for money.

Many Thanks

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Shevington, Wigan

Xmas Holiday

  • 4 of 5

We arrived for our Xmas break in some awful storm weather but it was lovely to be able to use the log burner and create a cosy atmosphere. A lovely Xmas tree had been decorated to make our Xmas home from home and cooking our Xmas dinner was easy with the extra facilities in the annexe kitchen. We love the large kitchen table for us all to gather round and chat whilst preparing meals etc.

We struggled a little with the TV not being in the main lounge but luckily my son brought a firestick so we were able to view the channels in the main lounge through the wifi. Think the property would benefit from a proper fixed shower in the family bathroom if that is ever a consideration.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and Christine was extremely helpful both before and during our holiday and nothing was too much trouble. Would recommend for large family groups as there is plenty of room to be together or rooms to be quiet in.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It is very much appreciated. On the two points that you raised, we are currently looking in to putting a big television on the wall in main lounge and so hopefully this will be resolved before long. We would like to put a separate fixed shower in the family bathroom but we don't have the height to do this but we will continue to see if we can find a solution. There is, however, a shower downstairs but I agree that it would be nice to have one upstairs as well. Thank you once again for your kind comments and for being such wonderful guests. The house was left in an immaculate condition. You were exemplary guests and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Christine
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North Yorkshire

Perfect location

  • 4 of 5

Rockwood proved to be a brilliant choice of location for our large family get-together which included five children from aged 2 to 11. Cars could be forgotten much of the time and our marathon-running son used Silver Howe for his early morning training. Even the shopping was done on foot as the walk into Grasmere is delightful. Allan Bank - National Trust - is an easy walk and the children loved all the Easter activities they put on.

The annexe arrangement was good for the youngest child and her parents. It provided a quiet refuge at bedtime.

The house is well equipped though a good shower in the main bathroom would make a welcome addition. It is set amidst such glorious surroundings that a garden is not missed though another outdoor bench to the right of the front door would help when everyone wants to bask in the sun. We were lucky enough to have fantastic weather.

We can thoroughly recommend Rockwood especially for large family gatherings. For us it was the perfect setting and many happy memories were made.

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Half term break

  • 5 of 5

Great location for exploring the Lakes, and a fantastic home to stay in - just the 5 of us, but would be briliant for two families.

Lots of kit in the home and very relaxing - wood burner was a real treat.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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United Kingdom

Great Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were a mixed party aged from mid seventies down to 14 months

All the adults were most impressed with the standard ,and location of the property . It has every thing you require for a holiday ,first class walks almost from the door ,a regular bus service to other areas ,the bus stop is only 10 minutes walk down the lane ,but best of all is the peace and quiet,no passing traffic .

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Loads of traditional English Pubs!
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
In the village centre, 10 mins walk
Car: recommended

Rockwood is on a quiet, sleepy country lane. There are plenty of walks for all levels from the door including Easedale Tarn, Helm Crag, Greenburn Bottom, Alcock Tarn etc. It is an easy walk into honeypot village of Grasmere 0.5 miles, with its restaurants, pubs and famous gingerbread shop. Here you will also find the grave of William Wordsworth and his home - Dove cottage. Take a walk around Grasmere Lake and Rydal water or just stroll along the pretty stream that passes through the village. Ambleside is about 4 miles away. Windermere about 8 miles - take a boat tour of the lake!

Pretty Hawkshead (where William Wordsworth atttended school) is about 25 minutes drive and leads on to Grizedale Forest with plenty of outdoor activities for kids and adults. Just outside Hawkshead is Hilltop (the home of Beatrix Potter). Heading north towards Keswick (about 20 minutes) past Hellvelyn and Derwent Water is a lovely route, up into the high mountains, past Buttermere. So much to do, so little time!

Food shopping is easy. You can walk to the local CoOp in the village, with a reasonable range of basic food and wine, There is an ATM in the Coop. Booths (by the train station) in Windermere offers wonderful quality and a great variety of food and wine. In Ambleside there are some food shops too, although not much bigger than in Grasmere - there is a small Tesco Express. Ambleside has ATMs, countless outdoor clothing shops. You are spoiled for choice in the area for restaurants - the Jumble Rooms is very popular in Grasmere and there are Indian, Chinese and Thai restaurants in Ambleside. There are 3 great traditional pubs within walking distance from the house(pub walk guides are provided in the house).


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Damage Deposit £75

Changeover Day:
Our normal change over day is a Friday, except at Christmas and New Year. Other than during school holidays, we accept 3 night weekend breaks and 4 night midweek bookings.

Notes on prices:
Minimum weekend break is 3 nights. We also offer a 4 night midweek break.Prices include VAT, cleaning, linen, heating, all electricity and wireless internet connection (please bring your own computer). We accept payment by credit or debit card, cheque or Paypal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.