White Moss, Wood Close is a charming cottage nestled high above Lake Grasmere on the banks of Rydal Fell.
A mere 15 minute walk from the centre of Grasmere village, this cottage is ideally situated for visitors wanting easy access to Grasmere itself or a central location for walking or commuting to other parts of the Lake District.
We arrived late on Friday night- if you are able, I would suggest travelling to the cottage in the day time as the narrow driveway and roads leading to the cottage can be tricky to negotiate in the dark. If you have to travel here late- I would urge you to be careful on your approach.
It is very neutrally decorated in creamy hues with a few bursts of colour and filled with solid wood furniture encapsulating both the quintessential cottage and modern feel.
The cottage itself is in pristine condition and with its high ceilings and generous rooms you instantly notice how light and airy it is as you enter its welcoming atmosphere.
Its large rooms are ideal if you are coming with other people but still want space to yourself. You can sit outside, spend time in the living room or at the large dining table- there is plenty of room even at full capacity.
Although there were only two of us staying, there is space to sleep five. The cottage boasts a double, a twin and a single room. Ideal for parents with children or even a group of friends looking to sleep under one roof to cut down on costs. Or possibly two couples if one of them doesn't mind sleeping separately.
Sadly it rained the whole weekend so we were unable to enjoy the views from outside, however from the windows, the cottage has stunning views of Lake Grasmere. The benches outside are the perfect spot to enjoy a drink in the sunshine while taking in the beauty of your surroundings.
When it is raining, however this is the perfect spot to throw on the electric fire and snuggle up under some blankets and read or watch TV. We did just this- it was lovely to have some time away from our digital devices to talk or sit in silence and watch the fire.
Each room has a wall heater- all with an individual setting, so you can warm up the rooms you know you are going to spending the most time in and leave the others at a lesser temperature. We found this function really helpful to warm up our bedroom for when we returned after a meal out.
All non-perishables were available- all your cleaning equipment, toilet rolls and towels were provided however if you haven't booked anywhere to eat out- stock up on your essentials. If you are looking to splash out a little, you can always have breakfast, lunch or dinner down in the village.
Though this is one of nine properties in this location, the cottage was very quiet, so anyone looking to get away and enjoy some peace and quiet will have their wish fulfilled.
The property is not short of visiting wildlife either as we caught sight of a baby deer as it ambled through the woods on Saturday night. We also encountered a very laid back sheep who thought the ideal place to rest was on the side of the road. I would advise drivers to be careful when approaching the cottage, as there are many animals who share the grounds and their road sense is something to be desired!
Ambleside is a 10 minute drive down the road, so you are not short of shops or places to eat nearby if you have seen everything Grasmere has to offer. We drove to Kendal on Saturday which was only a 40 minute drive if you are looking to go further afield.
Come rain or shine the Lake District is still the best place to be in any weather condition. It is no secret that the Lakes has been affected by the flooding, however there is little sign of this other than a few remaining sand bags at shop fronts and signs that say 'we're still open for business'. The Lake District is back on its feet and it's more than ready to welcome visitors.
Yes it may be wet and cool at this time of year however if you pack a waterproof, a hat some gloves and your walking boots you will be well prepared. Despite the greying skies, it still manages to be the most beautiful place in Britain in my opinion.
White Moss is a modern cottage with everything you could need for a long or short stay. It provides a romantic getaway for couples to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities and towns from which they come and spend some quality time together.
One last thing- if you are coming this way- you can't leave without buying some gingerbread from the Gingerbread shop in Grasmere- it's obligatory!
My trip was arranged by Sykes Cottages- the finest handpicked cottage holidays- www.sykescottages.co.uk