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Old Hollow Cottage

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Banks, near Hesketh Bank, Lancashire
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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
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • 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
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/04/2017
    One of the best cottages that we have stayed in. Very comfortable and the owners helpful and friendly.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2017
    The host's are wonderful, The cottage is very good and our relaxation was just what we wanted.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/03/2017
    we absolutely loved this cottage, cosy, warm and welcome, we will definetely book again, the owners were lovely and friendly, the surroundings are wonderful. looking forward to staying again soon.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/03/2017
    We love staying at Hollow Cottage very comfortable, clean and friendly

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/03/2017
    We had a fantastic stay, the hosts were really friendly and welcoming and went the extra mile. The cottage was so comfortable we didn't want to come home. Totally recommend it for a comfortable peaceful stay. A home from home. It is pet friendly with an enclosed courtyard ideal for your dog and sitting out in the summer.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 03/03/2017
    A warm, friendly greeting from the owners. the owner enjoyed informing us about the local area for bird watching, which is why we chose the location. plenty of heating, which is a requirement in the winter months, always warm when we returned from a day out.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/02/2017
    Excellent cottage with everything you need!...well equipped with very nice ornaments and finishing touches!..extremely comfortable and cosy!...the hosts Alec and Janet extremely helpful and friendly.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 27/01/2017
    We booked and paid for 21 nights. Stayed 7 . Lots of positives. Janet and Alec were friendly and welcoming log fire waiting for us. A few fresh veg left for us. All well equipped with every thing you would need. Just two main negatives for us but this would not be a problem for many staying a few days or a week. Would recommend ...We were waiting for our house to complete. Main reasons why it wasn't suitable were1. Washing machine in owners house. Felt uncomfortable knocking to use it and it was suggested there was a launderette a few miles away. 2 . Had a dog and very stressful when returning from a muddy walk straight into kitchen and then all carpets. Should have washable floors when dog friendly. No Hoover and mop and bucket in the cottage. We left it very clean and tidy considering.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/12/2016
    Lovely cottage, well equipped, just like home, really clean and well maintained. Lots of walks right from the cottage and the owner is very informative about where to go. It's a 10 minute drive into Southport which is a lovely town with lots of things to do there. Would without a doubt stay here again..... 10 out of 10. Credit to the owners.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/12/2016
    This was my 6th visit to this wonderful cottage, it is a real home from home. The hosts are amazing & make you feel very welcome. The wildlife is great, & walks excellent. The log fire is really warming & cosy. 5* plus every time.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/11/2016
    We would highly recommend staying at Old Hollow Cottage. The owners went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. The cottage is a combination of old and new, very cosy. Anyone looking for a place to stay offering charm, nature outside your front door and a feeling of home away from home then this is the place to stay. We will stay again!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/10/2016
    Excellent accomodation we love staying here.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2016
    Very cosy, comfortable, and well equipped, and very friendly and generous owners.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2016
    Lovely and clean cottage lots to do in and around the area. Hosts delightful.If you're a bird enthusiast this is the place for you

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