Luxury cottages Lancashire

luxury cottages lancashiireLuxury Lancashire cottages are perfectly placed for discovering this county of contrasts and surprises.
From the wide-open expanses of its low-lying western coastline to the hilly, post-industrial landscape of the east, Lancashire has a huge range of scenery to explore.

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Between east and west lies the lovely Forest of Bowland, once a royal hunting park and one of England’s first designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
From here, and the uplands beyond, the Lune, Ribble and Wyre rivers have carved attractive courses down to the shifting sands of vast Morecambe Bay; the fertile soils of these valleys support a rich agriculture and fine-food tradition, of which the county is proud.
To the south, Lancashire becomes increasingly less rural in character as the conurbations of Greater Manchester and Merseyside are approached. Although these giants were lost to boundary changes in the 1970s, the county’s past industrial glory is still reflected in the architecture of the Victorian mill towns of south and east Lancashire, which once dominated the global cotton trade.
Perhaps it was the harsh life associated with these former times that accounts for the large number of comedians and comediennes Lancashire has produced. Their names are now commemorated in the resort which has made itself the county’s – if not the country’s – premier seaside playground, Blackpool. The town’s recently installed ‘Comedy Carpet’ documents them all and, on a tour of the county, there are reminders at every turn if you know where to look.
Visitors seeking history and heritage should head for the county’s gritty eastern uplands, which rise dramatically to England’s Pennine spine. Here, water and, later, steam drove the machines of the Industrial Revolution, fuelled by locally mined coal and connected to the world via canals and the ports of Liverpool and Manchester.
Lovers of wilderness and solitude travel north, to the river valleys which traverse the ancient ‘forests’ of Bowland and Pendle, whose heather-clad moors are a walker’s paradise. In the heart of this landscape, the village of Dunsop Bridge is said to be located at Britain’s precise geographic centre.
The low-lying Lancashire coastline has an atmosphere all its own; from sedate, Victorian Southport, to busy Blackpool, Morecambe and beyond, there is entertainment here for everyone – from world-class golf courses to amusement arcades. Outside the resorts, the vast skies and distant horizons offer an escape from everyday life and space for reflection.
From luxury cottages Lancashire and its hidden gems await discovery.

Whilst enjoying a holiday or short break in luxury Lancashire cottages the following activities are well worth considering.

1. Connect with the past
Explore Lancashire’s rich cultural and industrial heritage by visiting one, or more, of Lancashire County Council’s museums. From the exquisite Silverdale Viking Hoard, discovered under a north Lancashire field four years ago, to comedienne Hylda Baker’s hat, the county museums service has a host of fascinating artefacts in its collections. These can be viewed in Lancaster (Judges’ Lodgings, Lancaster Castle, Maritime, Cottage and City museums), Preston (Museum of Lancashire), Clitheroe (Castle Museum), Fleetwood (old Custom House), Padiham (Gawthorpe Hall), Helmshore (Textile Museum) and Burnley (Queen Street Mill).

2. Ride the Golden Mile
Any visit to Lancashire would be incomplete without a trip to Blackpool, which claims to be Britain’s premier seaside resort. Within just a few square miles there are probably more visitor attractions here than anywhere else in the UK. These include Blackpool Tower, the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo, Sandcastle Water Park, Madame Tussaud’s and the Sea Life centre. Then, of course, there is always the Golden Mile itself – the promenade overlooking Blackpool’s sandy beach, where donkey rides have been a tradition since Victorian times.

3. Check out the chicks
Martin Mere, near Southport, is an important national wildlife reserve not only for native species of bird, but also the resident flamingos which have lived and bred at the site for the last 40 years. Run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, which was founded by pioneering environmentalist the late Sir Peter Scott (son of the famous explorer), Martin Mere plays an important part in the organisation’s global conservation and education programme.

4. Brave the Bay
Morecambe Bay, with its shifting sands, estuaries and distant horizons, is an enigmatic environment which can only be safely explored under the leadership of Queen’s Guide Cedric Robinson. There are around 30 guided walks scheduled each year to raise money for various charities. It is essential to pre-book a place with the organising charity and you must be reasonably fit to complete the walk, which takes 3-4 hours. Well-behaved dogs and children are welcome.

5. Discover Pendle and its witches
Brooding, whale-backed Pendle Hill watches over this distinctive part of north-eastern Lancashire, steeped in legend and lore. Taking its name from the ancient word ‘Pen’, meaning hill, the countryside round here once formed part of the royal forest of Pendle which, along with the neighbouring Forest of Bowland, was hunted for game. The Pendle Heritage Centre, housed in Grade II listed buildings at Barrowford, explores the rich history of the district including the story of the famous Pendle Witches and the Bannister family – ancestors of the famous British athlete Sir Roger, who broke the four-minute mile record in 1954.

6. Track down Tolkien
Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit author, J R R Tolkien, loved Lancashire’s Ribble Valley and often stayed in the grounds of Stonyhurst College, at Hurst Green, while visiting his son at the nearby prep school during the Second World War. On these visits he continued with the task of writing his famous Ring trilogy and was so inspired by the area that, it is believed, he based many of the book’s locations on places in the locality. Historic Stonyhurst and its gardens can be visited during the summer holiday period and the five-mile Tolkien Trail explored.

7. Go to market
Lancashire is well-known for its indoor (and outdoor) markets, bursting with fresh food, lively conversation and – most importantly of all – bargains. Many of the market halls date back to Victorian times and are now listed buildings. Recent, renewed interest in buying local, fresh, seasonal produce from small independent traders has boosted the fortunes of markets up and down the country; many market halls have benefited from recent investment to bring them up to 21st century standards. Several of these, along with farmers’ markets and farm shops, are listed at visitlancashire.com.

8. Head for the pits
Brockholes, on the banks of the River Ribble near Preston, describes itself as ‘a new kind of nature reserve’ where old gravel pits have been transformed into a haven for wildlife and ancient woodland is managed for posterity. Owned and run by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, the site has been developed over the last 25 years and features a ground-breaking floating ‘visitor village’ housing displays, shops and a restaurant. Regular events suited to family members of all ages are held at Brockholes, with the emphasis on getting up-close to nature. The reserve is open year-round; admission is charged per car, rather than per person, and is based on the amount of time spent there up to a maximum of £6.

9. Get off-road
Visit Gisburn Forest in the Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for some off-road mountain bike action. The trails vary in their degree of difficulty, with routes clearly marked at this Forestry Commission site, which is also the perfect place for a stroll or picnic. The trails are created and maintained by volunteers, the Gisburn Forest Trail Builders.

10. Go golfing
Whether or not you’ve played before, Lancashire offers great opportunities for golfers. Taster sessions and lessons are run by Lytham Golf Academy and Southport Golf Academy and, for experienced golfers, Lancashire’s ‘Golf Coast’ offers world-class Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham and St Annes, Formby and Hillside with a host of other top-class venues nearby.


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Check availability The Ducklings, Pilling, Lancashire
Sleeps 8 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £356928 per week * Ref: GCG4967
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

The Ducklings is a spacious detached holiday home set down a country lane 13 miles from the famous seaside resort Blackpool with its renowned Tower. Blackpool is Britain’s most popular holiday destination, which comes as no surprise when you think that it is home to some of the UK’s best-loved a...
Check availability Lower Barns Fold, Longridge, Lancashire
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £342742 per week * Ref: GCG4966
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Lower Barns Fold is a detached holiday barn conversion which lies on the edge of the beautiful Forest of Bowland, within the grounds of the owner’s 18th century farmhouse. Just as the New Forest in Hampshire is not very new, dating back over a thousand years, so the Forest of Bowland on the border...
Check availability Root Farm Cottage, Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £397793 per week * Ref: GCG5050
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Set in the heart of the Forest of Bowland this detached cottage has been lovingly converted with great attention to quality of fabrics and internal finishes. The work on Root Farm Cottage was co-ordinated by an interior designer to create a wonderfully ambient atmosphere. The cottage lies within wal...
Check availability Wakearley, Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire
Sleeps 7 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £4421109 per week * Ref: GCG4968
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Wakearley is a spacious detached holiday home with outdoor hot tub, in the popular seaside town of Thornton Cleveleys, Blackpool five miles. Cleveleys also has a traditional promenade which offers all the fun you would expect from the seaside including arcades, rides and entertainment. Nature lovers...
Check availability Maltkiln Cottage, Bispham Green, Lancashire
Sleeps 2 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £276467 per week * Ref: GCG5137
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: Not rated

Maltkiln Cottage At Crook Hall Farm is a detached, ground floor, former farm building that lies on a working farm on the edge of the village of Bispham Green. This luxury cottage retains the character and charm of the original dwelling, but now houses modern furnishings....
Check availability Oaklands Cottage, Wycoller, Lancashire
Sleeps 3 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £256441 per week * Ref: GCG5136
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: Not rated

Oaklands Cottage is a ground floor cottage in the Lancashire village of Wycoller near to Haworth. The cottage sleeps two people and contains a double bedroom with an ensuite and an open plan living area with a fitted kitchen and a sitting room with a woodburner....
Check availability Chapel House, Foulridge, Lancashire
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £5931644 per week * Ref: GCG5049
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Chapel House is a former detached chapel in the heart of the Pendle countryside has been totally transformed into a stunning holiday home. Situated in the village of Foulridge, this comfortable and spacious home has been thoughtfully refurbished to include every imaginable comfort....