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Bluebell Cottage

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Calder Vale, near Garstang, Lancashire
Grade 3 Star rating
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For those seeking a restful retreat in a peaceful location look no further than Bluebell Cottage.

This beautiful cottage, dating back to the early 1800s, is packed full of character and old-world charm, along with some wonderful original features.
Located in the pretty village of Calder Vale on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and with the River Calder running right through it, this pretty cottage is set in a beautiful location. With the river right in front and a lovely lake and bluebell wood to the side, it is ideal for those looking to enjoy its surrounding nature and tranquil environment. Throughout May, the ladies in the village provide teas for thirsty travellers who come from far and wide to see the famous bluebells, and here you can also expect to observe plenty of wildlife including ducks and a variety of birds from robins to swifts as you meander along the path through the wood.
Finished to a lovely, cosy standard, this original property is accessed via a private road and has off-road parking spaces for cars to the side of the property.
Once inside, you immediately enter a welcoming and cosy living room, which transports you back in time, yet offers a contemporary modern feel. It lends an authentic cottage feel and experience to the cottage, from the warming wood burner to the original exposed stone work and feature airer hanging from the ceiling - ready to warm your clothes after a day out exploring the area. There is also a small dining table, which is a great place for a doing a jigsaw or playing cards in the evening, as well as a generous sofa which can be turned into a double bed for extra guests if required. There is a Freeview TV and DVD player, making this a great place to relax in and put your feet up after a full day out. The kitchen is well equipped and fitted with a modern touch, and has everything you need to cook the perfect meal together.
The original staircase leads you to the upstairs to the spacious, yet cosy, bedroom fitted with lovely oak furniture, bringing a contemporary and modern feel to the pretty room, which offers a lovely view of the river. The bathroom is quite spacious with a modern white suite comprising bath, with shower overhead, toilet and wash basin.
Outside, to the rear of the property, there are a few steps which lead onto a small patio area. There is a larger area to the front of the property also which is an ideal suntrap during the summer months. Garden furniture is provided so you can decide for yourself which is your preferred spot! The cottage also benefits from outside storage where you can house a bicycle or two.
Nearby is the historic market town of Garstang, 4½ miles, known for its tasty home-grown produce and individual shops, as well for being the first fairtrade village in the world. Here you can buy some traditional Lancashire home made treats! There are plenty of shops and pubs nearby. You can explore the town and watch the passing canal boats cruise along the peaceful Lancaster Canal, or if you fancy just a short walk (2 miles), you can walk from the village across the fields to Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens where there is a lovely café, gardens and a real working farm to see.
Why not visit the historic city of Lancaster, which has much to see and do? You can explore Lancaster Castle, one of the most captivating landmarks in the city along with its Georgian architecture. The seaside resorts of Morecambe and Blackpool are equally reachable, whilst the Forest of Bowland and, further afield, the wonderful Lake District National Park are within an hour’s drive and are also well worth a visit!
With so much to offer, Bluebell Cottage, with its calm and relaxing situation is the perfect base for a romantic and relaxing getaway!
Shop, pub and restaurant 4½ miles.

Ground Floor:

Living/dining room: With multi-fuel burner, 20" Freeview TV/DVD player, double bed and beams.

Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.

First Floor:

Bedroom: With double bed.

Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for multi-fuel burner included. External utility room with freezer. Enclosed front paved garden with garden furniture. Rear patio. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 4 steps to the rear patio.

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  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 08/03/2018
    Everything was perfect. Just the one thing wasn't good and that is bedroom mattress. Me and my husband we both got back pain. Whole night we was uncomfortable. Otherwise everything was lovely. We would definitely like to come again. Thanks

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We are really pleased that you had a lovely time at Bluebell Cottage and have taken your comments on board. We have replaced the mattress now so if you come again, you should have a better night’s sleep.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2018
    The cottage is charming & in a lovely location but I found it too cold to be comfortable. In spring & summer it would make a good base

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 20/10/2017
    Best ever location. We'll definitely go here again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2017
    Lovely to stay in a cottage that still retains the original feeling. Clothes airer a reminder of holidays with grandparents.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    What a wonderful place to stay! This was our second holiday here and it was a blissful retreat 😊😊 I hate to give this place such a glowing review as I don't want to make it so popular that I can't book again for next year! On a serious note, it is everything you could ever wish for a country retreat. So peaceful and idyllic. Ideal For dog walking--our dogs loved it!! Easy access to Lancaster, Morecambe, Lake District and more. Cottage was spotless and has everything you need. Excellent log burner 😊 Thank you again for a wonderful stay. We will return next year---as long as there is room! 😊😊😊😊😊😊

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner- Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and would love to see you next year.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2017
    Loved area nice cottage but perhaps now in need of maintenance repair or care taking management Not particularly suitable for young children stairs v dangerous and need constant supervision in countryside due to drops ditches etc Need to ensure take all commodities provisions as no local shopping bad roads for travel if not used to area No telephone signal and tv and web varies on signal strength Loved the seclusion as an adult and energy in cottage was peaceful Being end cottage get lots of traffic u turning there early morning and tea time and passing public dog walking entry to wood Feel once returned and advertised speciality wise then a lovely break can be had

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Many thanks for your feedback. We are pleased that you found the cottage peaceful but disappointed with some of the comments as we feel that the description given on the website accurately reflects the cottage. Bluebell Cottage was refurbished just over a year ago and redecorated throughout in May this year. The cottage is nearly 200 years old and has been furnished in a way that reflects this, it is not modern and we feel the pictures reflect this accurately. As the cottage is very old, some features, such as the stairs, may be a little steeper than usual but in our opinion they are not dangerous and we have not had any complaints previously. As the cottage is in the countryside, there are hills and river banks, as per the description. It is close to a river and therefore there needs to be a riverbank otherwise it would flood. This is a feature of the countryside and there is nothing we can do to change this. The roads in the area are typical of country roads and in our experience are not any worse or better than anywhere else in the country. There is a mobile phone signal in the village but it is patchy, hence the broadband in the property which is, to our knowledge, fully functional. Finally, the property is situated on the end of a private row of 19 homes. Although cars do come up and down the lane, by comparison to a normal street in a normal village, we would not describe it as having ‘lots of traffic’ and have not been notified previously that this was an issue. We are sorry that the cottage didn’t match your expectations and hope you still enjoyed your stay.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2017
    Lovely holiday, but we did have great weather. If it had rained every day would struggle to find things to do. Bed was not the most comfortable and no coat hangers provided. Fault at local pumping station meant we had no water for several hours, but we were able to manage.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- We are sorry that there were no coat hangers for you at the cottage and are not sure where they went as there are usually plenty. We have replenished them now, so thank you for making us aware that they had disappeared. It is unfortunate that the North West Water were having issues when you were there, but we hope it didn't affect your stay too much. Many thanks for the feedback.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 10/07/2017
    Very comfortable, ideal for dogs. It was very convenient for visiting our son in Preston. Lovely walks.

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8.3 out of 10 – based on 23 reviews collected by Reevoo
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