Preston holiday cottage rental with beach/lake nearby, walking and log fire and TV

Barnacre Cottages

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Huge, bright, light and spacious open plan kitchen/living/dining area in Woodpecker, door to balcony

Cottage / 19 bedrooms / sleeps 46 Home 139975

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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
Rooms 19 bedrooms
Nearest beach 32 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
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
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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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1 Aug 2011


"High quality accommodation offering home away from home - you definitely get what you pay for"

I recently stayed at Barnacre Cottages on a trip over from New Zealand to visit family in nearby Garstang. My internet searching had thrown up very little in the area that would provide for the needs of my young family (two boys aged 3 and 6). Barnacre cottages appeared to offer the escape we were looking for but with all the mod cons and amenities. I am pleased to say that we were not disappointed and that in this case you really do get what you pay for. During our two week trip we stayed for one week in the Piggeries and one week in Mole End where we were joined by my sister, also with two young children. Both cottages were tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean, had all the mod cons and had fixtures and fittings to a high standard. Everything we needed for our trip was there from dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers to Sky TV, board games, books and travel cots. The Piggeries was nicely converted from the original, well, Piggery, and had amazing views out to Blackpool and the Fylde Coast. There were two good sized bedrooms and although the bathroom was a little snug it was perfectly adequate for our needs. Mole End on the other hand was huge, a real treat - three really large bedrooms and a massive open plan living area which was ample for the four adults and four boisterous children in our group. We were also able to host family and friends for dinner as there was plenty of crockery and cutlery etc to do so. The added bonus of Barnacre Cottages for us was the children's playground and tennis court. The playground and the cottages were fenced off so you could keep the young ones contained if you wanted to whilst all of our additional needs were met by Terry and Sue who were extremely friendly and made you feel valued guests whilst giving you space to enjoy it. The only down sides are that it is relatively expensive (although, as I said, good value), the wireless internet was patchy and also that there are lots of free range chickens roaming around including a rooster so if you have any kind of bird phobia then it might not be the place for you! I grew up in Garstang so thought I knew the area well but was pleasantly surprised by the stunning views and countryside at Barnacre Cottages. You do have to travel down a few country lanes to get there but it is really accessible for all areas in the North West and is close to the M6. Its been great to find this location as it is certainly somewhere that i would use again on my next trip over. I would definitely recommend it to families and people who are looking for a countryside retreat but who still want the comforts of home.

28 Jul 2011


"Excellent location. Perfect for large groups"

The cottages were the perfect location for our group. We were 16 people, and there was plenty of room for us all to socialise together. We were welcomed with freshly baked cakes, and a well furnished kitchen. We had brought washing up liquid etc with us, and it was all there already. Every room was en-suite so there was no hold up with us all getting ready to go out. The whole cottage felt very well designed with large groups in mind. Stunning location too.

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