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The Old Stables, Barnacre Cottages

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 13 reviews

Superb fully equipped Mark Wilkinson oak kitchen with Aga stove, door to 2nd private enclosed garden

Cottage | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 13

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

In the middle of beautiful countryside, a small, private, exclusive hamlet of five luxury stone cottages, surrounded by fields and woodland in the Forest of Bowland, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Our cottages are inspected annually by the Quality in Tourism Board and have all been awarded the highest possible grading of 5* Gold and Mobility 1 assessed. Winners of many local and National awards.

The Old Stables is a superb, spacious, cottage ideal for gatherings of friends and family with a huge living/dining/kitchen area and enormous established gardens.

Magnificent, fully equipped Mark Wilkinson American Oak kitchen, complete with Aga cooker and Amana fridge/freezer dispensing chilled spring water and ice. Miele gas hob with wok burner, dishwasher and microwave. A beautiful conservatory overlooking the garden leads off the kitchen. Large comfortable living area with wood burning stove.

With 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room, family room with double and single beds, 2 twin bedrooms,, bathroom plus additional two ground floor double bedrooms and a shower room, wash basin and toilet, this cottage is ideal for family gatherings and groups of friends, plus suitable for guests who have difficulty with stairs.

Outside is a fully enclosed rear garden suitable for small children and a huge walled garden leading from the conservatory with outdoor seating..

On site facilities include tennis court, childrens play area. Pet chickens, ponies and lambs at spring time - plus resident owners.

Great walks from our door, visiting wildlife.

Just an hours drive from Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake District, with historic cities Lancaster, Chester and York within travelling distance.

Ideal spacious cottage for families, friends and gatherings.

Size Sleeps up to 13, 6 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, Internet access, 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 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 13, Lounge seats for 13
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The two double bedrooms on the ground floor, plus shower room is ideal for guests with difficulty climbing stairs. Cottage officially mobility 1 assessed.

The Stables is a fully equipped, luxury cottage with quality furnishings including crystal glassware, fine crockery including plastic ware for children.

Further details outdoors

Conservatory leads to a large private garden for the exclusive use of guests staying in the Old Stables with out door seating and dining furniture. To the rear, leading from the kitchen is also an enclosed paved area safe and secure suitable for young children.

Child friendly cottages and location. Large childrens play area with swings, playhouse, fort and climbing frame. All weather tennis court. Pet lambs in spring when guests are welcome to help with bottle feeding. Free ranging chickens. Egg collecting. Fluff the pony who loves attention. Large 7 acre field for games and picnics.

Just over 5 minutes drive away is a new private health club with spa, gym and swimming pool. Concessionary rates have been agreed for our guests.

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

18 Apr 2014


"Perfect place to spend time together, indoor and outdoor space brilliant."

The Old Stables were cosy, comfortable and spotlessly clean, with enough space for all the family to spread out. A great place if you want to relax and come and go as you please.
The tennis court was a bonus, everyone joined in. The bottle of champagne was a lovely gift for my husband and Sue's home baked Victoria sponge, was enjoyed by all. We would all love to go back again.

9 Sep 2013


"Found a bit of heaven on earth!"

Grateful for the stay at the Barnacre Cottages. The Sharples really know how to take care of their guests, especially ones from the U.S. like my family! They made us feel right at home (and what a bea… More

2 Dec 2012


"Beautiful cottage-glorious scenery!"

We spent a wonderful 3 night weekend break -a sort of reunion-with us all coming from scattered areas of the country- in The Old Stables. The owners, Sue & Terry, were the perfect hosts-very discreet … More

11 Jul 2012


"A delightful surprise"

When we knew we were coming to a family wedding in Scorton over the jubilee weekend, I decided to look for a self catering cottage locally so that we could all stay for a week, catch up with family an… More

7 May 2012


"Just perfect"

Barncre Cottages really are everything the "tin" says. We recently booked and stayed in the The Old Stables, using the cottage as a meeting point and break for our famiy of 8 adults, 1 todd… More

2 Nov 2011


"Luxurious and family friendly, a home away from home."

I booked this cottage to stay with extended family and friends for my daughter's 1st birthday weekend. The size of the living areas is amazing and the functionality of the cottage were fantastic… More

13 Oct 2011


"Old Stables Cottage"

We stayed in The Old Stables cottage at Barnacre Cottages for a week at the end of September and had a great time. Sue and Terry were helpful from our first email communication and throughout our sta… More

19 Aug 2011


"Family heaven"

I cannot believe someone has written a bad review for this place. We stayed here with a large family group including my kids. My 6 year old son loved the place so much he's been on at me to buy h… More

16 Aug 2011


"Great 5 Star Property"

We have now stayed four times at Barnacre Cottages, twice in Mole End and twice in the Old Stables. Both properties provide excellent accommodation and facilities and are maintained to a very high sta… More

20 Jul 2011


"What a fantastic place to stay"

Our party consisted of 4 generations of our family some of whom stayed locally and just stayed for a couple of nights but there were 5 of us for the full week and the general opinion was that The Stab… More

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