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Woodpecker Cottage, Barnacre Cottages


Excellent 5/5 Score from 16 reviews

Huge open plan living/dining/kitchen area, french doors to rear balcony and steps down to orangery.

Cottage | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 15

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

A small, private, exclusive hamlet of five luxury stone cottages, in fields surrounded by woodland in the Forest of Bowland, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Woodpecker is a large, detached, spacious stone cottage which is inspected annually by the English Tourism Council and awarded the highest rating of 5* Gold. Mobility 1 assessed. Winners of many local and National awards.

With 6 bedrooms, 5 of which have ensuite bath/shower rooms. 2 bedrooms on the groundfloor, with wet room type shower areas..

Fabulous open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area. Mark Wilkinson 'Cooks' oak and hand painted kitchen. 4 oven Aga, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer with ice and water dispenser.

Decked balcony area to the rear accessed from the french doors in the living area, with tables and chairs for outdoor dining.

Utility room WC, washing machine and tumble dryer.

Two ground floor en suite bedrooms, one king size double room and the other a family bedroom with a double and a single bed. Both rooms have large en suites with wet room type shower areas, particularly suitable for the less mobile.

On the first floor is a huge family room with king bed and two full size single beds in an alcove, en suite bathroom with shower hose and fitted furniture. . One twin bedroom and one double bedroom with additional single bed with en suite shower rooms.

Small pretty single bedroom with fitted furniture.

All bedroom floors oak with rugs. Ground floor limestone with underfloor heating.

New from Easter 2012, was the addition of a large conservatory/garden room with stone fireplace and wood burning stove. The French doors lead out to an additional attractive stone flagged seating area with great views across the countryside to the coast and Lake District. An ideal place to catch the evening sunsets.

Situated down a quiet country lane, through a gate way, up a long driveway and in our own 14 acres of fields bordered by woodland.

Child friendly cottages and location. Childrens play area with climbing frame, wooden house, fort and swings. All weather tennis court.Our own pet lambs in spring where guests are welcome to help with bottle feeding. Free ranging pet chickens and egg collecting. Fluff the pony who loves attention.

Great location for country walks and activities, pony trekking, fishing, shooting and visiting lots of attractions. Each cottage and our website has lots of information about the facilities in our area.

We are resident owners with always a family member on had to offer assistance or information if required.

Just 1 hour from Manchester, Liverpool, the Lake District, a great base for visiting all parts of the north of England.

An ideal cottage for gatherings, groups of friends, families and 5 couples.

Size Sleeps up to 15, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach 32 km
Will consider 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, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites
Furniture Single beds (7), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 15, Lounge seats for 15
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Parking

Northern England 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.

Preston, Lancashire

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 16

31 Jul 2014


"Amazing family retreat"

We travelled here from Manchester for a ninetieth birthday get together. We also used Mole End cottage as we'll. The surroundings were excellent with pheasants, partridges and even dear feeding i… More

30 Apr 2014


""PERFECT" in every way!"

From the moment I first met owners (Sue and Terry) and were shown around this stunning cottage with my son, I knew this would be the perfect venue for my surprise 60th birthday gift for my wife - a family reunion never to be forgotten. With an ensuite bedroom each for five different sets of family members, four generations of our family descended upon the "Woodpecker" for a long weekend treat. Keeping the secret was an almost impossible task and Sue and Terry helped me enormously at various stages along the way. Their daughter, Kendall, was there to welcome us, and even helped family members unpack my catering arrangements - to allow me to get back to collect my wife for her mystery tour! We decided to self-cater for the whole weekend, enjoying the social side of dining rather than eat out, making full use of all facilities. The Woodpecker will not disappoint. The great conservatory, the comfortable open plan living accommodation, absolute attention to detail, the beautiful walks and rural scenery surrounding the cottage, a weekend getaway-from-it-all to remember. Stunning. Enjoy.

23 Oct 2013


"Absolutely Superb Woodpecker Cottage"

Simply perfect! Stayed here for a few days in October with our daughter (bride to be), bridesmaids and immediate family before setting off on the morning of the wedding day. So many precious memorie… More

3 Dec 2012


"Amazing Weekend"

With three generations of family gathering to celebrate a birthday we decided to stay at the "Woodpecker Cottage" which had rooms for 12 people. My wife arrived first at the cottage on the F… More

28 Nov 2012


"Absolutely fantastic"

Gorgeous views, lots of room, very modern but with lovely old touches like the Aga stove (I'm from the States so this was the first time I'd seen one of these!) We were met with the best, ho… More

20 Jun 2012


"Wonderful Location"

The Barnacre Cottages are in a beautiful spot, high above the Fylde coast, and near the town of Garstang, and as a family we enjoyed our recent stay. We did have a couple of niggles though - we booked… More

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent weekend stay in our Woodpecker cottage.

We were obviously pleased that you found both the cottage and our location to be beautiful, that you enjoyed your stay and that you considered us to be kind and attentive hosts.

In response to the rest of your review - we are a very small family business, started originally 11 years ago so that we could work from home, enabling us to take care of our youngest daughter, now 12, who has severe learning difficulties and has spent most of the past 2 years in a wheelchair.

We know from personal experience just how important it is to choose the right place for a much needed break.

Because of this, we have a 'disabled facilities' section on our website in which we have described each of our 5* Gold cottages. From this section, guests should be able to ascertain before booking if a property is suitable. Our website and all of our advertising clearly states that 5 of our cottages have been officially inspected and classified as being Mobility 1 - 'a person is able to walk up a staircase with assistance'.

Both our Mole End and Woodpecker cottages have two ground floor en suite bedrooms. The style of these cottages have made them popular with a wide variety of guests, it is true to say, that some have been in wheelchairs and with severe disabilities.

Our Mole End cottage is described as having a 'fancy grab rail and seat' in the shower area, plus a grab rail next to the toilet. I make no mention of these items for any of our other cottages.

We did provide the high back chair and the shower chair that was asked for, I am sorry that we did not have the more specialised raised toilets seats that you later requested.

We are genuinely upset that despite our best efforts in giving detailed descriptions of our cottages, that we did not meet your expectations. We do hope that your elderly relatives did not encounter too many difficulties and that they also enjoyed their stay.

Unlike a hotel, self catering properties are not required to provide toiletries. We choose to provide a variety of items including, cleaning materials, games, books, boxes of toys, cots, highchairs, eggs from our pet chickens and vegetables and fruit from our orchard and plot when available, even rides on our daughters pony - also, liquid soap in the kitchens and cloakrooms of all our cottages. I am sorry that you were niggled that soap was not provided in the five en suite bedrooms.
Hopefully, you enjoyed the platter of freshly baked biscuits and cake.

It was unfortunate that after many weeks of fine warm weather, the day you arrived was torrential rain. Thankfully, the weekend brightened up to glorious sunshine. Unfortunately, the weather is something we cannot control.

For the future, I would encourage everyone to speak to accommodation providers prior to booking. Most of us are more than happy to chat and discuss any concerns. We will also look if it is possible to improve on what we already provide.

12 Apr 2012


"Woodpecker Cottage (Barnacre)"

The property proved ideal for what was a family holiday for three generations (6 adults, 6 children, and one dog!). We travelled in three vehicles... plenty of good parking. All of us on arrival wer… More

30 Oct 2011


"Great location for a team event!"

As a group of 9 colleagues, we rented Woodpecker and Mole End for a few days in Oct 2011. The cottages are furnished to the highest standard and the impeccable en suite facilities made it a very comfo… More

28 Jun 2011


"Fantastic stay!"

We stayed in Woodpecker cottage as a party of seven, four of whom have special needs and can honestly say we had an amazing time. The accommodation was fantastic with a large open plan kitchen, dining… More

10 Jan 2011


"Winter Wonderland"

We arrived just 2 days before Christmas with the 3 kids, 2 Aunties and 2 sets of grandparents for our 6 night stay. What a location, just off the A6 near Garstang, the cottage is on a secluded hillsid… More

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