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Old Hollow Cottage

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Banks, near Hesketh Bank, Lancashire
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 1
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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 enclosed patio and seating area, guests also have access to the owner’s fantastic garden and summerhouse. 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 and electricity included (£15per week, £10 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Lawned garden with summer house and barbecue (shared with owner). 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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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 14/01/2018
    Lovely cottage very cosy with log burner & comfortable bed. Owners on hand to answer any questions & very friendly.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2018
    Fabulous cottage . Lovely owners who are very helpful. Will be going back in the summer .

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/10/2017
    Wonderful place to stay. The hosts are so helpful and friendly. The cottage is quite lovely, so cosy and well equipped. Perfect location for nature walks with the estuary literally on the doorstep. Handy for lots of other attractions. We had a most relaxing weekend.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    lovely owners, nothing was to much trouble and the cottage was really nice. The holiday was just what we needed. Thank you Alex and Janet.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    A lovely comfortable cottage and most hospitable hosts Alex and Janet made us really welcome We would certainly go back

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    A beautiful cottage and setting. Alex and Janet were incredibly hospitable and generous. They made us feel welcome and at home. It's the best place we have stayed with our dog as she was made to feel welcome too which doesn't always happen even in allegedly dog friendly places. Highly recommended.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2017
    We had a lovely stay at Old Hollow Cottage. Alec and Janet were exceptionally helpful and friendly. The cottage is very welcoming and comfortable with everything we needed.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2017
    Excellent cottage and most friendly welcome.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/07/2017
    Just brilliant. The cottage was beautiful and so very clean. The owners were fantastic so helpful and so friendly. Just loved everything about our stay.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 14/07/2017
    A perfectly relaxing holiday, with a beautifully furnished and equipped cottage. The most friendly and helpful hosts ever. Plenty of wild life and in a picturesque setting. Probably the best cottage we have stayed in. The only downside for some people is using the car to go anywhere. that didn't bother us though. What lovelier way to relax.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2017
    Beautiful cottage, stunning gardens, lovely, peaceful and isolated location with the most welcoming hosts you could imagine. Janet and Alex are friendly and fun. Alex delights in involving guests in his activities including bike riding and table tennis. We had a fantastic time and can't wait to go back.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2017
    A warm welcome from the owners and a guided tour on the first day, which included seeing day old chicks! This was a lovely cottage, very comfortable and and well equipped and within easy reach of all we wanted to visit. The owners share their beautiful garden and we could sit and watch the wildlife visit. A walk on The Bank was well worth it, wonderful views.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/06/2017
    My 7th stay at this lovely cottage. Very relaxing, excellent cottage, wonderful garden & facilities. The hosts are amazing, very welcoming & friendly.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/06/2017
    Great hosts, lovely anecdotes about Alec's cycling antics. Very helpful with where to go and what to do.

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9.6 out of 10 – based on 30 reviews collected by Reevoo
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