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Magnificent conservatory with huge stone fireplace and wood burning stove, doors to garden areas
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Magnificent conservatory with huge stone fireplace and wood burning stove, doors to garden areas
Large detached cottage,with woodland to rear, magnificent views across the countryside to the coast A real and decorated Christmas Tree and logs for the woodburning stove make a lovely Christmas stay
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Magnificent conservatory with huge stone fireplace and wood burning stove, doors to garden areas
Large detached cottage,with woodland to rear, magnificent views across the countryside to the coast
A real and decorated Christmas Tree and logs for the woodburning stove make a lovely Christmas stay
Huge open plan living/dining/kitchen area, french doors to rear balcony and steps down to orangery.
Superb Mark Wilkinson oak and hand painted fully equipped kitchen
Fine crockery & crystal glasses. Large dining table for guests to eat together
Living area with comfy Natuzzi sofas, doors to large decked balcony overlooking woodland
Large dining area with amazing views across our 7 acre field over the countryside to the coast
King size bed in large spacious en suite family room, crisp white bedlinen, oak floors and rugs
Woodpecker Cottage at night
Huge family room, king size bed, two single beds, en suite bathroom,seating area with sofa & chair
Ground floor family bedroom, double and single beds with large wet room type en suite
Spacious, light and bright twin room/option to convert to superking bed, en suite shower room
Outside Picnic Area, ideal bbqs next to the Cottage, great views across the countryside to the coast
Our all weather well maintained doubles tennis court with play area beyond
Sunset view from the cottages with Blackpool Tower and the coast 20 miles in the distance
Walks from our door in our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, spectacular autumn colours.
Walks with Callie, Maggie the puggle and Fluff our pony just minutes from our door along the river
Enjoy great walks in our surrounding bluebell woods at springtime.
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6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 15
Preston, Lancashire, England

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English first
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014

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Liked best: The stunning conservatory and open plan living spaces
Liked least: The 6th (bottom left) oven on the Aga, which turned out to be a warming oven!!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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MarilynT...
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
1 review
“Absolutely Superb Woodpecker Cottage”
Reviewed 23 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

Simply perfect! Stayed here for a few days in October with our daughter (bride to be), bridesmaids and immediate family before setting off on the morning of the wedding day. So many precious memories of spending special moments and time together that will remain in our hearts forever. Accommodation was first class with all amenities, we wanted for nothing, everything was there for us, not forgetting our wonderful pre wedding photographs taken in and around the cottage. Terry and Sue were so welcoming, could not do enough to make our stay an unforgettable one, least of all not forgetting their hospitality with a home made cake on arrival and a bottle of champagne to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of our beautiful daughter... we couldn't have asked for more. Would highly recommend Barnacre Cottages in Lancashire along with their owners and especially our very special Woodpecker Cottage!!

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Couples
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Trevor P
Wigan
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Amazing Weekend”
Reviewed 3 December 2012 for a stay in December 2012

With three generations of family gathering to celebrate a birthday we decided to stay at the "Woodpecker Cottage" which had rooms for 12 people. My wife arrived first at the cottage on the Friday to set the suprise banners etc at the cottage and was met by the owner Terry. He was extremly friendly and helpful giving all the informationa required for our stay at the cottage. For our arrival there was a big Victoria sponge cake waiting along with a tub of sweetst. On everyone arriving the choice of bedrooms was easy as all of them are very large in size and have en suite facilities apart from the single bedroom. The open plan design of the cottage was excellent as it meant all the group were in contact with each other. The weather was bright but very cold outside but inside although open plan the rooms were nice and warm. The chickens came round for feeding and are the healthiest looking and friendliest chickens I have come across. A highlight of the weekend was when Terry and Sue the owners came up with their daughter and her pony and allowed the children of our party to have a ride on the pony. There are plenty of walks around the cottage and the information booklets gave more than enough suggestions of walks and activities. We took a walk up Nicky's Nook about a 2 hr round walk which set us up for a Family Sunday roast. All in All our stay was amazing and we would highly recommend the "Woodpecker Cottage". I am sure we will come and stay again and our family group are already looking at dates to stay again.

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Travelling group: Family
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Cyd C
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely fantastic”
Reviewed 28 November 2012 for a stay in November 2012
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Gorgeous views, lots of room, very modern but with lovely old touches like the Aga stove (I'm from the States so this was the first time I'd seen one of these!) We were met with the best, homemade Victoria sponge cake I've ever tasted. Would highly recommend this place.

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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PGA1980
Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Wonderful Location”
Reviewed 20 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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The Barnacre Cottages are in a beautiful spot, high above the Fylde coast, and near the town of Garstang, and as a family we enjoyed our recent stay. We did have a couple of niggles though - we booked Woodpecker Cottage because it was advertised as suitable for people of limited mobility - we were therefore surprised to find that the ground floor wet room was not adapted for disabled people, there were no grab bars in the shower, the taps were more fashionable than functional, and a plastic garden chair in the shower was not sturdy enough for purpose. Our hosts were very attentive and kind, the house is beautiful, but we would advise that future visitors be aware that the modifications for disabled people are limited. One other small thing - 5* luxury - but no soap in the bathrooms, or kitchen roll, small things that make a difference when the nearest shop is the other side of an unseasonable monsoon.

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Management Response
30 Jun 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent weekend stay in our Woodpecker cottage.

We were obviously pleased that you found both the cottage and our location to be beautiful, that you enjoyed your stay and that you considered us to be kind and attentive hosts.

In response to the rest of your review - we are a very small family business, started originally 11 years ago so that we could work from home, enabling us to take care of our youngest daughter, now 12, who has severe learning difficulties and has spent most of the past 2 years in a wheelchair.

We know from personal experience just how important it is to choose the right place for a much needed break.

Because of this, we have a 'disabled facilities' section on our website in which we have described each of our 5* Gold cottages. From this section, guests should be able to ascertain before booking if a property is suitable. Our website and all of our advertising clearly states that 5 of our cottages have been officially inspected and classified as being Mobility 1 - 'a person is able to walk up a staircase with assistance'.

Both our Mole End and Woodpecker cottages have two ground floor en suite bedrooms. The style of these cottages have made them popular with a wide variety of guests, it is true to say, that some have been in wheelchairs and with severe disabilities.

Our Mole End cottage is described as having a 'fancy grab rail and seat' in the shower area, plus a grab rail next to the toilet. I make no mention of these items for any of our other cottages.

We did provide the high back chair and the shower chair that was asked for, I am sorry that we did not have the more specialised raised toilets seats that you later requested.

We are genuinely upset that despite our best efforts in giving detailed descriptions of our cottages, that we did not meet your expectations. We do hope that your elderly relatives did not encounter too many difficulties and that they also enjoyed their stay.

Unlike a hotel, self catering properties are not required to provide toiletries. We choose to provide a variety of items including, cleaning materials, games, books, boxes of toys, cots, highchairs, eggs from our pet chickens and vegetables and fruit from our orchard and plot when available, even rides on our daughters pony - also, liquid soap in the kitchens and cloakrooms of all our cottages. I am sorry that you were niggled that soap was not provided in the five en suite bedrooms.
Hopefully, you enjoyed the platter of freshly baked biscuits and cake.

It was unfortunate that after many weeks of fine warm weather, the day you arrived was torrential rain. Thankfully, the weekend brightened up to glorious sunshine. Unfortunately, the weather is something we cannot control.

For the future, I would encourage everyone to speak to accommodation providers prior to booking. Most of us are more than happy to chat and discuss any concerns. We will also look if it is possible to improve on what we already provide.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
JamesBNot...
2 reviews
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“Woodpecker Cottage (Barnacre)”
Reviewed 12 April 2012 for a stay in April 2012
3
people found this review helpful

The property proved ideal for what was a family holiday for three generations (6 adults, 6 children, and one dog!). We travelled in three vehicles... plenty of good parking. All of us on arrival were pleasantly surprised. The cottage is fitted out to a high standard, was very clean (unlike many self-catering cottages) and provides lovely open plan living with views to the coast one way and into the woods the other.

The accommodation has been well thought through with ‘easy access’ rooms on the ground floor (double and twin) and a selection of rooms upstairs. I would agree with a previous review that the final (13th) bed single room is a small ‘box room’ really only suitable for a child, but our 14 year old son thought it was great.

This is not a working farm, but somewhere sufficiently rural to go for walks, for the children to play in the field (with play area for the younger ones, and tennis court for the older ones), but those little touches like a few hens and (given we went at April) lambs in the stable for the children to bottle feed of an evening.

The location provides something for all. You are only a few miles walking distance from the very picturesque market town of Garstang (which is also well equipped with pubs, takeaways and a Sainsburys’ supermarket) and in the other direction the beautiful Trough of Bowland; ideal for walking (or horse riding from the nearby stables as we did).

A little farther afield but still within a 30 minute drive was historic Lancaster (for the older ones) and Blackpool (for the younger ones). I would recommend the indoor water park on a ‘wet’ day. Book online the day before to save money and queuing time on arrival.

A previous review sited the noise inside and out. Yes, you can hear the M6 when sat out on the front porch, but it is not obtrusive. Inside is open plan and hard stone floors so unfortunately noise does carry but that is the fact of having the lovely open plan space. It has also been improved from previous reviews to add a large conservatory (with stone fireplace) providing more than enough seating for a large group without being on top of each other. This has been well thought out overall.

I also noticed in a previous reviews 'nit picking' review no lock on the communal bathroom. This has been fixed, and now having met Sue and Terry assume it was fixed about 5 minutes after the review was published… and probably would have been fixed whilst they were there if they had been told. They were great hosts from the moment we booked (ensuring the property was what we expected) to the moment we left.

We would definitely recommend this property to others.

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BeckyFluf...
Christchurch, UK
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Great location for a team event!”
Reviewed 30 October 2011 for a stay in October 2011
1
person found this review helpful

As a group of 9 colleagues, we rented Woodpecker and Mole End for a few days in Oct 2011. The cottages are furnished to the highest standard and the impeccable en suite facilities made it a very comfortable stay for a work event. We made full use of the very sociable open plan layout and the under floor heating/Aga meant it was so cosy. There are some lovely walks locally which were helpful for clearing the head. The friendly welcome from Terry and Sue made it all the more pleasant - Terry even helped us tow two cars out of some pretty stubborn mud - over and above service, thanks! Proximity to the unspoilt countryside, with lovely views all the way out to the coast, coupled with the array of animals Terry & Sue keep made it a very relaxing and inspirational place to be for our team event. 100% recommend.

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Visit was for: Business
Travelling group: Business
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