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Customer's Choice 2015

Old Hollow Cottage

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Banks, nr. Hesketh Bank
Grade 4 Star rating
Customer's Choice 2015
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Old Hollow Cottage is truly a bird lovers’ paradise with the Ribble Estuary Nature Reserve literally on the doorstep.

Situated in the grounds of the owner’s working farm, Old Hollow Cottage is a wing of a larger property and provides cosy and comfortable holiday accommodation. It borders Natural England’s Nature Reserve of 5,000 acres of salt marsh on the Ribble Estuary Nature Reserve. The reserve is one of the UK’s sites for wintering wildfowl, and is literally right on the doorstep with direct access to a designated footpath. With RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh within 2 miles and RSPB Marshside and Martin Mere both within 5 miles, this is the perfect base for nature lovers and bird watchers. The network of footpaths and dedicated cycle routes make this a great destination for those who love the outdoors. This is a great area for cycling and guided cycle tours can be arranged with the owner. There are some great walks from the doorstep and you can cycle into Southport which then connects to the Trans Pennine Trail. There are also 10 golf courses within 10 miles. Whilst the cottage has its own patio and seating area, guests also have access to the owner’s fantastic garden. With views towards the Pennines, this beautiful garden has a large pond which is home to a couple of resident swans as well as several pieces of sculpture made from driftwood, one of which has been romantically named ‘The Embrace’ by the owner. The Victorian seaside town of Southport which as well as offering lots of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, also has a fairground, cinema, bowling and indoor water park, providing lots of leisure activities for when the weather is not so great. The train station in Southport provides easy access into Liverpool, approximately 30 minutes, with all its museums, theatres, shopping, Liverpool One, Albert Dock, and other attractions too numerous to mention. Trains also operate to the historic city of Chester, approximately 60 minutes. Other places of interest nearby include National Trust’s Rufford Old Hall, 6 miles, Preston ,15 miles, and the coastal town of Formby, a conservation area whose protected pine woods and sand dunes are home to red squirrels and natterjack toads, 15 miles. If you fancy a longer drive, Ribble Valley and the city of Lancaster can both be reached in an hour. Just over an hour’s drive will take you into the southern Lake District or Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beach 3 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared lawned garden. Summerhouse. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Table tennis. Pets must be kept on a lead at certain times of year. No smoking. NB: 2 steps to patio. Large pond, 50 yards.

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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Bike StoreBike Store
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Customer’s ChoiceCustomer’s Choice
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Free PetsFree Pets
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • WifiWifi
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Working FarmWorking Farm
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/04/2016
    It was delightful

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/04/2016
    Our second holiday at Old Hollow Cottage, Janet & Alec make you most welcome, great accomodation the farm is attached to a nature reserve, ideal for walkers and bird watching, will be booking next year.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/03/2016
    Hosts Alec & Janet are a lovely couple. We always feel very much at home there. It's location enables easy access to places of interest across the north west. Great for people with dogs as there are many walks where the dog can be exercised off the lead. The cottage is of a good size and well equipped. It is kept spotlessly clean. The lounge has comfortable furnishings and a lovely wood burning stove. We will certainly stay there again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/03/2016
    Made very welcome by Alec and Janet. The cottage was very well equipped as well as being comfortable and cosy. A relaxing holiday venue with use of a summer house in a lovely garden.Great hospitality as well as fresh flowers and eggs made our stay special.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/02/2016
    This is more a home from home than a holiday cottage. Janet and Alec excellent hosts. The cottage is very well equipped. We usually stay in cottages twice a year and this scores 11/10 . We were in the area for birdwatching and weren't disappointed. Behind the cottage are vast salt marsh alive with thousands of birds (we were guided there by The owner). There are also good nature reserves close by.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/01/2016
    Good welcome. Clean ,comfortable cottage

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/12/2015
    This was my 4th visit to this cottage. Excellent stay again, although the weather was not good, the cottage was extremely cosy and we had a great time. The log burning fire is a must. The hosts very welcoming as usual & very attentive, & the cottage was very Christmassy!! 5*+ again. Will definitely be booking for 2016.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/07/2015
    Very pleasant holiday retreat and friendly hosts. It was a delight to receive fresh vegatables, eggs, and salad from the farm and samphire from the marshland. Lovely garden and quiet rural surroundings.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/10/2015
    Excellent accomodation

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/08/2015
    We had a great time, at a lovely comfortable cottage, the welcome, with Tea & Cake, with information and local knowledge, and storytelling, we spent some time in there beautiful garden with all the wildlife, we have enjoyed our week so much, we will be booking again, we would recommend this property, a real Home from Home.

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