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Barnacre Cottages

Excellent 5/5 Score from 13 reviews

Cottage | 19 bedrooms | sleeps 46

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Barnacre Cottages are winners of many local and national awards.

The first 5* Gold cottages in Lancashire, North West England.

Our small, private hamlet of five luxury stone cottages, are in a superb rural setting, fields surrounded by woodland in the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with fantastic views across to the coast and Lake District. Between the cities of Lancaster and Preston, just 2 miles from the small market town of Garstang.

Inspected annually by Quality in Tourism and awarded the highest rating of 5* Gold and Mobility 1 assessed.

Only 1 hour from Manchester and Liverpool international airports, yet an accessible distance of many local heritage and other attractions. Including the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, York, Chester and the busy seaside resort of Blackpool.

For guests coming from abroad, the football stadiums in Manchester have been a popular attraction, or even concerts at the Arenas and Theatres. For shopping, Liverpool 1 and the Trafford Centre shopping mall, or outlet shopping at Cheshire Oaks and Boundary Mill.

On site facilities include our own 14 acres of fields surrounded by woodland. All weather doubles tennis court, childrens play area, pet free ranging chickens, ponies and lambs at Easter time which guests are welcome to help with bottle feeding..

Lots of countryside walks from our door as well as activities, pony trekking, fishing, golf, quad biking, clay shooting,steam train rides.

Local villages/towns and other attractions to visit as well as great eating places.

Ranging in size from the smallest Partridge which can sleep 6 persons in 3 bedrooms, to the largest Woodpecker which can sleep 15. Three cottages have ground floor bedrooms for the less mobile.

The interior design is contemporary/cottage with comfy Natuzzi and Tetrad sofas, terracotta, slate, limestone and wooden floors, hand painted décor by a local artist. Fully equipped with Mark Wilkinson kitchens, four have Aga cookers, fridge freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers,Sky tv,, free WiFi . The welcoming wood burning stoves provide everything to ensure a warm, comfortable stay throughout the year.

Ideal for gatherings of family and friends, weekends away or longer stays. For larger groups a combination of cottages can be booked.

A family business with friendly and helpful resident owners.

Weekends and short breaks accepted all year round.

Size Sleeps up to 46, 19 bedrooms
Nearest beach 32 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester 64 km, Nearest railway: Lancaster 14 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 19 bedrooms
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Secure parking
Further details outdoors

Accessed down a quiet country lane and up a long driveway, the cottages are set in our own 14 acres of fields surrounded by woodland with magnificent views across the countryside to the coast and Lake District.


Family friendly with large children's play area with swings, slide, climbing frame, fort and playbus.

Free ranging pet chickens, baby lambs around Easter time - guests welcome to help with bottle feeding, our own pet ponies Fluff and Ebbie.

Full size all weather doubles tennis court.

A 7 acre meadow in front of the cottages which childrens and guests are welcome to use for ball games and picnics.

Each cottage has their own private garden area with seating.

Great walks from our door.


Concessionary rates for guests at nearby private health club with swimming pool, spa and gym.

The Lancashire region

Barnacre is in the countryside, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Forest of Bowland. Situated between the historic City of Lancaster and the bigger new City of Preston. The cottages are on a hillside with great views across to the coast at Blackpool, the Lake District and even the Isle of Man. The small, attractive market town of Garstang, with the weekly market on the High St every Thursday, is just a couple of miles away. You can walk there from our door, through the fields and public footpaths.

We have great places to see and visit for all ages. Including local countryside festivals and events. Our cottages each contain information books and lots of helpful tourist information . Plus, we are resident owners and are on hand to assist if required.


Whilst our surrounding countryside is beautiful, there are many places that our guests wish to visit. A traditional place is the Lake District, usually Windermere and Ambleside, which can be reached in less than an hour from here. Lots of pretty villages and towns, amazing views, but also very busy.

Blackpool is a very famous seaside town just a 35 minute drive from here. The Pleasure Beach now has a Nickleodeon theme for younger children. The Pepsi Max roller coaster and other thrilling rides. An ice rink and shows. The Tower is worth a visit, with the ballroom that held the finals of the 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2010, plus an amazing circus. Sandcastles is a tropical indoor pool on the promenade. The Illuminations in autumn on the promenade with tram and horse carriage rides.

The football grounds of Manchester City and United, plus Liverpool just an hour away, have been destinations to visit for a surprising number of guests. Whilst the city centre of Manchester for great shopping, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Jack Wiils has been popular. On a rainy day the huge indoor Trafford Centre with cinemas, the amazing Orient eating area and again great shopping and free car parking is worth a visit.

For shopping enthusiasts, the discount outlet centres of Cheshire Oaks, the smaller Fleetwood Freeport and Boundary Mill at Colne are good places to spend the day.

Further afield, maybe travel back in time to beautiful York and Chester, with ancient buildings and in York the famous Yorvic museum.

This part of England, both the countryside and the towns, has an abundance of beautiful places to spend time.

Leisure activities available in the area include:

Golf courses, pay and play , plus Royal Lytham and Birkdale

* freshwater fishing

* caving

* jet skiing

* outlet shopping

* bay fishing

* ice skating

* live theatre

* pier fishing

* beachcombing

* hiking

* sight seeing

* bird watching

* fly fishing

Shooting days, both clay and pheasant. Quad biking, country craft courses, Hedge Laying can all be arranged.

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Review 1-10 of 13

8 Aug 2014


"Birthday Celebrations"

As an extended family of 32 spanning four generations from 90 down to 2 years, looking to celebrate the 90th birthdays of both members of Generation 1, we had some pretty specific needs. We rented all… More

1 Jul 2014


"What a wondeful week!"

A group of 18 of us, from all over the world, met for our biennial reunion, taking three of the cottages - The Piggeries, Partridge, and The Old Stables. Americans and Canadians are well known for th… More

15 Jun 2014


"Fantastic family break"

We stayed at the spring bank holidays and from the moment we arrived the kids were completely entertained. They made friends with some other children staying in the other cottages and played non stop … More

7 Jun 2014


"The Old Stables was a wonderful, comfortable, spacious place to stay."

We all enjoyed our holiday in this lovely place. It was a celebratory week and this superb place gave all of us the space and comfort to enjoy ourselves.The children loved the play area and the tennis… More

26 Feb 2014


"Simly Wonderful"

Stayed in Mole End with my wife, younger son, grandad and great aunt. We had a ball.The cottage was immaculate, and so warm, we live out the UK in a very hot country so the under floor heating, Aga an… More

23 Feb 2014


"Another great holiday at barnacre"

This is our fourth trip to barnacre. The accommodation is superb, very cosy cottage and well equipped. We love the tennis courts, walking and cycling. There are plenty of local attractions for our 9 y… More

9 Jan 2014


"The Quintessential England Country Holiday Cottage"

Our large family group of 10 from Salt Lake City, UT visited England together for an extended trip in August. We looked for a location to stay in the Preston area within reach of all the interesting s… More

6 Jan 2014


"A very special place"

We stayed in Mole End Cottage for Christmas. The cottage is wonderful, tastefully decorated and a real home from home. The location is fantastic with views out to the sea and surrounded by woodlands a… More

11 Apr 2012


"Luxury Child Friendly Cottages in Glorious Farmland"

We booked the 'Piggeries' cottage for the Easter Weekend as we were looking for somewhere for a short term let and that was set in the countryside. The Barnacre cottages website was very in… More

30 Aug 2011


"Barnacre lived up to all expectations and more."

The whole family had a very enjoyable week in Woodpecker cottage. Sue and Terry were delightful hosts, the surrounding area is spectacluar and the cottage and grounds fullfilled the needs of all age … More

Review 1-10 of 13

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