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Old Hollow Cottage

Banks, near Southport, Lancashire
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
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. 1 dog welcome (no dogs under 18 months old). 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 Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • 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

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/03/2019
    This was perfect for our quiet weekend away. Just a few minutes from Southport a place we had not visited since 1975. The host was welcoming and we arrived to sample the home comforts of the cottage with homemade apple pie and cream.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/01/2019
    Well equipped and nicely decorated and furnished cottage in period style. Well situated for birdwatching (on National Nature reserve and near several other birdwatching sites).

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/12/2018
    We have stayed there on numerals occasions and have never been disappointed. Janet & Alec are lovely hosts .

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 03/12/2018
    Smell of diesel whenever the heating was on ,nauseous ,spoilt the whole break.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments; we take all feedback on board. The central heating had been serviced and this could have caused the smell during your 2 night stay (1st December 2018), all has been addressed and resolved.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/10/2018
    Lovely cottage, great hosts, wish we could have stayed longer but we do intend to return. If you like bird watching, this is the place to go. Loved watching the domestic geese on the farm too. Hosts very interesting people as well as being very hospitable.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/10/2018
    Alec and Janet are delightful hosts, the chocolate muffins on arrival were delicious, the vegetables provided by Alec were really tasty. Having access to the summerhouse for an evening drink whilst watching the geese fly overhead was a real bonus. We felt so much at home I would recommend Old Hollow Cottage to anyone interested in a holiday near Southport. Thank you Janet and Alec for everything.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/09/2018
    Superb hospitality from the owners.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/09/2018
    Quiet and restful,wish we had spent more time there.Recommend it to anybody.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/08/2018
    Lovely place to stay. Owners of the property very welcoming. Enjoyed having a tour around the garden and part of the farm, very interesting.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/08/2018
    Wonderful couple who cant do enough for you. The gardens are beautiful and plenty of places to take the dog for a walk.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/07/2018
    Our hosts , Alec & Janet we’re wonderful as usual. We have stayed there on many occasions , whilst visiting friends & family in the arear. Loved their company the first afternoon , with coffee, deep filled apple pie & cream served in their lovely garden next to a large pond. You always feel totally relaxed when staying there.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/07/2018
    Our stay was fantastic, the owners are very welcoming and I would highly recommend this cottage to any’s very very nice

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9.3 out of 10 – based on 28 reviews collected by Reevoo
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