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Small hamlet 5* Gold cottages ideal families & friends, beautiful countryside - Woodpecker cottage, Barnacre Cottages

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Updated: 22-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 15
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided


Woodpecker cottage, Barnacre Cottages

Large detached stone cottage. English Tourism Council 5*Gold awarded and inspected annually Mobility 1 Assessed. With 6 bedrooms, 5 of which have en suite bath/shower rooms.

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

French doors to decked balcony to the rear with tables and chairs.

New light and spacious conservatory with huge magnificent stone fireplace and woodburning stove .

Utility room WC, washing machine and tumble dryer. Separate cloakroom.

2 Ground floor en suite bedrooms, particularly suitable for the less mobile.

First floor,large family room with king bed and two singles in an alcove, en suite bath with hose. Double bedroom plus single bed, twin room with en suite showers.

Small pretty single bedroom.

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

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About the property

Award winning Barnacre Cottages

Barnacre Cottages is a small, exclusive,private hamlet of five luxury 5* Gold cottages in the Forest of Bowland. Rigorously inspected and graded anually, awarded the highest rating of 5* Gold. The first 5* cottages in Lancashire and winners of many local and national awards.

There are up to date reviews regarding each of our individual cottages on TripAdvisor.

In an elevated location with spectacular views across the countryside to the coast.

Our own 14 acres of fields surrounded by woodland in an area designated of being of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In the countryside, yet just a 30 minute walk to the nearby village of Scorton with a couple of eating places and the nearest pub. A walk in the other direction, through the footpaths and along the river is Garstang. A small, pretty market town with little shops,supermarkets and the weekly market held on the High Street every Thursday. Previous winners and regularly finalists of Britain in Bloom. A variety of pubs and eating places.

Situated midway between the cities of Preston and Lancaster. Busy Blackpool a 35 minute drive. We can even see Blackpool Tower and the Lake District in the distance from our elevated location.

The Old Stables, Piggeries and Partridge cottages were the original stone farm buildings of an 18th century farmhouse, converted into luxury cottages just a few years ago. Both of these had newly refurbished bath/shower rooms in 2015.

The Piggeries has undergone another major transformation during spring 2013 transforming it into a stunning, light filled cottage with 4 en suite bedrooms. Another cottage ideal for gatherings of friends, family and couples.

Woodpecker ( 6 bedrooms) and Mole End (3 bedrooms) were added in 2006 These two spacious detached cottages, built from new and designed with two en suite bedrooms each on the ground floor, have proved to be popular for those guests with mobility restrictions. The en suite facilities in Mole End, were refurbished December 2016 in order to provide wheelchair guests better facilities.

Woodpecker is undergoing the same improvements February 2017. New photos of these en suites will follow.

The interior design of each cottage is quality contemporary/cottage with Natuzzi leather or Tetrad sofas, and hand painted décor by a local artist. . Fantastic Mark Wilkinson Cooks kitchens, painted and oak with granite surfaces, fully equipped, four have Aga's, lots of crockery, crystal glasses, plastic ware for children.

All are fully equipped with Miele washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, Sky TV, WiFi, fridge and freezers. The welcoming open fires and wood burning stoves, logs and fuel included, provide everything to ensure a warm, comfortable stay.

We are resident owners and live next to the cottages. There is always a family member on hand to give assistance or information if required.

Our cottages and location are very child friendly. Down a quiet country lane, through a gateway and up a long private drive. Woodpecker, Piggeries, Old Stables and Mole End, each have at least one family bedroom containing a double and a single bed, making them suitable for parents and their child. Travel cots and highchairs are also provided free of charge for guests to use.

A big well equipped and maintained children’s play area and all weather doubles tennis court. Pet chickens, egg collecting and our own pet pony Fluff and sheep Timmy.

The cottages all have individual gardens and outdoor seating areas. We have BBQs available to borrow.

Open all year round for short breaks and longer stays. Suitable for family gatherings, special birthdays and celebrations.

Lots of tourist information in each of the cottages as well as on our own website.

Ideally placed for countryside activities, walks from our door, pony trekking, fishing, coarse and fly, clay shooting, quad biking, cycling, golf, even hedge laying courses!

Local events, country shows and festivals.

Sightseeing, historical cities and shopping: We have guests coming to stay with us from all over the world. Happy to drive a couple of hours to see famous places that they have read or heard about. One family from Australia went to 'see a wall some guy built' Hadrians Wall! They went off and came back the same day, distance no object. Here in the North of England, beautiful historical towns such as York and Chester can be reached in less than a couple of hours.

The famous football grounds of Manchester United, Old Trafford and Manchester City, the Etihad Stadium, plus Liverpool are just an hour away. The city centres of both these places are worth a visit. Manchester centre is a fantastic shopping place, with Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. The architecture of the Trafford Centre near Manchester. Loads of shops, Selfridges, plus the Orient eating area and cinemas. All under cover and free parking!

For discount shopping, the outlet areas of Cheshire Oaks, a smaller one at Freeport in Fleetwood, or even Boundary Mill at Colne are great for bargain hunters.

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About the Owner

Terry & Sue Sharples
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a superb place! we just wanted somewhere not too far from home, where children and grandchildren could spend time helping to fill in the LONG school holidays.

BARNACRE has turned out to be the perfect place. Ideal for the little ones. (they loved the playarea, tennis courts and feeding the hens).

Super cottage, you have worked very hard to create the perfect holiday venue. Truly a little part of heaven in this lovely part of England.

Thank you so much for your help and advice (especially regarding our ignorance of AGA's)

Will recommend to our friends and hope to return.
Aug 2011
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Guestbook comments from the manager

What a superb place! we just wanted somewhere not too far from home, where children and grandchildren could spend time helping to fill in the LONG school holidays.

BARNACRE has turned out to be the perfect place. Ideal for the little ones. (they loved the playarea, tennis courts and feeding the hens).

Super cottage, you have worked very hard to create the perfect holiday venue. Truly a little part of heaven in this lovely part of England.

Thank you so much for your help and advice (especially regarding our ignorance of AGA's)

Will recommend to our friends and hope to return.
Aug 2011
  • 1 of 27

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All bed linen, towels, heating, fuel for the wood burning stove included. Tea towels, dishwasher tabs, cleaning materials.
Free WiFi
Full weeks and short breaks available all year round. Contact us direct for stays of 2 nights prices.
Flexible arrival days by arrangement.
Real decorated Christmas Tree provided for the festive season.

3 Reviews

5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

Manchester UK

Great place to wind down

  • 5 of 5

We had a weekend family birthday gathering here, 11 adults and a 4 year old. We had a fantastic time. Our grandson loved playing on the outdoor area and adored the chickens. The house was beautifully clean and comfortable and well maintained and the views are amazing. We did an on line shop and it was delivered a short time after our arrival which was really convienent and gave us plenty of room in our cars. There is lots of storage space and the beds are warm and very comfortable. We deliberately did not take any electronic games, we played cards, board games and dominoes and had lots of fun. A great place to relax. There are plenty of things to do in the area but to be honest we were very happy in the house. Sue and Terry are so welcoming we will definitely be visiting again. Janet D and family Manchester

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have this family come and stay with us again, especially for a birthday celebration and we look forward to their next visit.
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Wonderful Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Woodpecker Cottage was all it said in the brochure and more. It is very modern, clean, spacious and in lovely surroundings. 11 of us of varying ages went there for New Year and we had a wonderful time. The cottage is spotlessly clean and is supplied with all you need. Garstang is a lovely market town 2 miles away reached by country roads. Lancaster, Morecambe and Blackpool are in easy reach and we walked Morecambe's beautiful promenade on a day out. The children enjoyed the play area, the hens and the wildlife at Woodpecker. Beautiful walking country.Thanks to Terry and Sue for a wonderful holiday

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We arrived with 5 cars (all could be parked close by) were met by perfect hosts and an incredibly warm & comfortable cottage. The next morning we saw 3 deer in the garden and as the week passed every day presented a new delight.

The standard of the furnishing was high, with excellent cooking/kichen/laundry facilities that allowed us to have an excellent family break with all the comforts of home.

We are a family that includes two disabled great uncles,two grandparents, two toddlers - this was a great destination for us all. We had access to two Trampers - off road electric wheelchairs - one courtesy of Barnacre cottages and local businesses and the other from Wyre Borough Council. These enabled the whole family to explore the fells and the surrounding Forest of Bowland together. We feel as if we have discovered a secret treasure and whilst we would like to keep it to ourselves we know that the businesses in the area will not survive without more visitors. So I would recommend this holiday destination to all, but please treat it well!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2008
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Manchester &Liverpool International airports at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : Lots of local bars & restaurants at 2 Miles Nearest Ferry : Heysham/Fleetwood at 20 Miles Nearest Golf : Garstang, Royal Lytham & Birkdale 20 miles at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Lancaster or Preston at 9 Miles Nearest Motorway : Junction 32/33 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Lots of local restaurants within few minutes drive at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Lytham/St Annes/Blackpool/Morecambe at 20 Miles Car: necessary

Barnacre Cottages is a small, exclusive, private hamlet of five luxury 5* Gold cottages in our 14 acres of fields surrounded by woodland in a location designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The cottages are inspected annually by the Quality in Tourism and have all been awarded the highest rating of 5* Gold and Mobility 1 assessed. We are also resident owners who are on hand to assist if required.

As well as our own domestic animals, there are also pet chickens, ponies and spring lambs around Easter time., We have a variety of visiting wildlife including deer, hares, rabbits, squirrels and a variety of birds including buzzards, woodpeckers and pheasants.

We are in a fantastic countryside location down a quiet country lane, away from busy roads and up a long driveway.

Situated between Preston and Lancaster. The cottages are within travelling distance of many attractions. With the market town of Garstang just over 5 minutes by car, Both Manchester and Liverpool international airports are just an hour away, including their famous football grounds (Manchester City and United), making our luxury cottages an ideal base for sightseeing guests. Including to the Lake District, Chester, York, Harrogate and Yorkshire Dales as well as those visiting family and friends in the area.

There are great country walks from our doorstep, including to the nearby village of Scorton via the many footpaths. You could walk a different route every day. Given the time, we walk out most morning with our dogs and sometimes the pony, through the fields and woods, stopping en route for a coffee and maybe a bacon sandwich at the Applestore Cafe or the Barn - guests are welcome to join us on these walks. The area hosts a number of local events each year, country fairs,walking, garden and flower festivals.

For seaside lovers,the famous town of Blackpool with the promenade and illuminations is just 35 minutes drive. These are switched on at the end of August and last until the end of October.

There is a large beach at Blackpool which comes complete with the traditional donkeys. However, as children we always went further around the coast to play on the sand dunes at St. Annes. This is the upmarket part of the coastline. Just a few miles further on is Lytham, which is another nice area to take a walk along the promenade and the 'green' with the windmill. The main street here is full of little shops and nice places to have a coffee and something to eat.

Other Activities: Pony trekking, Shooting days, both clay and pheasant. Quad biking, country craft courses. Hedge Laying.

Golf: Garstang town just over 5 minutes drive by car has a pay and play golf course. There are other local courses at Lancaster, Longridge and the famous Royal Lytham and Royal Birkdale are within easy travelling distance.

If you like visiting country manor houses, both Holker Hall and Leighton Hall have lovely gardens worth a visit as well as hosting country garden and craft festivals each year. Both less than an hours drive from here.

We have some guests coming to stay who also like to shop. The Trafford Centre Shopping Mall near Manchester has a large Selfridges and lots of other stores. It would be easy to spend a day here as there is a whole area of restaurants and a multiplex cinema, Legoland and Sea life centre.

Manchester City Centre also has quality shopping at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Kendalls and other smaller higher end shops.

There is discount Outlet shopping at Cheshire Oaks, Boundary Mill and Freeport.

Liverpool, again just an hours drive away, with a new shopping and cultural area at Liverpool1. Plus, the famous city of the Beatles and the famous Cavern club!

All five cottages and our website, have an abundance of tourist information with suggestions of places to visit and lots of ideas of places for children. Including visiting local attractions like the Wild Boar Park just 30 minutes away, Sea Life Centre, Legoland, Madame Tussauds, Blackpool Tower Circus even indoor skiing.

You might just wish to relax and enjoy our location. The cottages all have private gardens with outdoor seating areas. There is an all weather doubles tennis court and a large childrens play area with swings,slide, climbing frame, playhouse and fort. Guests are also welcome to use the 7 acre field for ball games or picnics.


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury


  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys

Onsite Services

  • Car Available


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, wet room
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, wet room
  • Bathroom 6 - wet room
  • Two of the bedrooms with the en suite bath/showers are on the ground floor of the cottage, making them particularly suitable for the less mobile. They are level access wet room type shower areas with ample room for wheelchairs.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Single Bed
  • Large family bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, sofa, space for cots, en suite bathroom
  • Family bedroom - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, ensuite shower room
  • Ground floor double bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, En suite bath and wet room type shower
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed, Option to convert to superking bed, ensuite shower room
  • Ground floor family room - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Large wet room type shower en suite
  • The bedrooms are bright and spacious with crisp white bed linen. Ground floor room 1. King size bed, en suite bath/walk in shower. Ground floor family room with a double and single bed, large wet/shower room. Upstairs, large family room, king size bed, two single beds in alcove, space for additional single bed and cot if required, seating area with comfy chairs, large bathroom with shower hose and fitted furniture. Pretty single bedroom, fitted wardrobe, particularly suitable for a child. . Twin bedroom with en suite shower room. Option to convert twins to a superking size bed. Additional family bedroom with double bed and single bed, en suite shower room. The en suite bedrooms are light and spacious with plenty of space to add travel cots if required. The bedrooms offer the flexibility to make the cottage ideal for either 5 couples, groups of friends and families.


  • Balcony
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Conservatory
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 15 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Although we are in the middle of the countryside and the cottages all have thick stone walls,. we do have an internet system installed via antennae which enables most of our guests to access the internet via a broadband connection and password. Occasionally, guests arriving from abroad, have had to adjust their laptop settings to get connected. Although, surprisingly, the children have had no trouble connecting via their iphones and other gadgets.

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