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“Ridge top country cottage stay”
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Light filled conservatory, with bench doors opening to huge private walled garden with new fire pit
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Light filled conservatory, with bench doors opening to huge private walled garden with new fire pit
Very large fully equipped oak Mark Wilkinson kitchen with Aga, open plan to conservatory & lounge. Superb fully equipped Mark Wilkinson oak kitchen with Aga stove, door to 2nd private enclosed garden
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Light filled conservatory, with bench doors opening to huge private walled garden with new fire pit
Very large fully equipped oak Mark Wilkinson kitchen with Aga, open plan to conservatory & lounge.
Superb fully equipped Mark Wilkinson oak kitchen with Aga stove, door to 2nd private enclosed garden
Comfy, cosy, living area with large sofas, stone fireplace and woodburning stove.
Huge oak kitchen opening into a light filled conservatory, leading to huge private walled garden
Newly refurbished, pretty double bedroom, fitted wardrobes, plenty of storage.
Lovely, family room with a double and a single bed, fitted wardrobes and storage.
Pretty, refurbished twin bedroom, fitted wardrobes and storage.
Another, refurbished, pretty twin bedroom.
Ground floor comfortable, double bedroom, also ideal for the less mobile guests.
Ground floor bedroom with french doors to enclosed garden.
Modern, refurbished bath & shower rooms.
Rambling roses adorn the cottages in spring and summer.
5* Gold, lovely rambling rose covered 6 bedroomed cottage sleeps 13, huge private garden
Old Stables, huge, private walled garden with outdoor dining, ideal place for bbq and relaxing
New fire pit and seating in Old Stables huge private walled garden. This pic is Woodpecker fire pit.
The private driveway to our small, exclusive, private 5* Gold luxury countryside hamlet
Free ranging pet chickens and egg collecting in the warmer months
Walks with Callie, Maggie the puggle and Fluff our pony along the river bank footpath to Nicky Nook
Sunset views from the cottages with Blackpool tower and the coast 20 miles in the distance
Helping to feed the pet lambs at Easter time
Walking with Callie and Fluff the pony in beautiful countryside just a 10 minute walk from our door
Enjoy great walks in the surrounding bluebell woods at springtime.
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6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13
Preston, Lancashire, England

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Paul R
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6 reviews
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“Ridge top country cottage stay”
Reviewed 15 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

The setting of the property is ideal for those looking to get away into the area of forest of bowland / Preston. Safe for children to play outside - tennis court and gardens a lovely feature - comfortable accommodation for 12 of us.
The directions need to be rewritten as without Sat Nav it's not precise . We stayed in the Old Stables and it was Tadis like from outside to in ! Very comfortable but found the beds to be both too small and mattresses meant two people couldn't sleep well together due to rolling into middle. Fabulous AGA but the cooking pans were not suitable for using on / in an AGA (we only cook on AGA at home) so needs investment here (also no lids) . Bathrooms were the only real let down but a pleasant setting and a fine stay for 3 days

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Management Response
20 May 2017
Thank you for choosing us for your family gathering. We are pleased the you found the cottage comfortable and that you had a fine stay. That our location and facilities to be pleasant, safe for children and ideal for those people looking to get away to explore the Forest of Bowland.

I actually on our travel directions, tell people to ignore their sat nav's when coming to us as some systems have expected guests to drive through the River Wyre, which is a River not a Ford! But also to drive past our gateway with the huge Barnacre Cottages sign ( and another sign in the wall with an arrow pointing the correct way through the gate ) but sends guests up another driveway marked PRIVATE into a neighbours courtyard! I am not sure as to why you found our directions not to be precise, but thankfully your Sat Nav did fetch you safely to us.

The exterior of the Old Stables is very misleading and it is very much like a tardis inside, being so much bigger than guests expect - which is a good thing and better than disappointing guests.

The cottage does have the standard 4ft 6 double beds as described on both the TripAdvisor and our own website. Two of our cottages, Woodpecker and Mole End, do have the 5ft king size beds and these are also listed on each of the individual cottages descriptions. In 2015 all the double and king size beds had their mattresses replaced with quality Hypnos mattresses which should enable guests to have a comfortable sleep.

Four of our five luxury 5* Gold cottages have Aga stoves. They are the essence of country living along with woodburning stoves. There are 7 quality pans in the cottage of various sizes, including some very large ones. The milk pan does not have a lid and yes, one of the other lids is missing as it was accidentally broken by some guests.

At our annual inspection by the Quality in Tourism Inspector, in order to retain our 5* Gold status, they rigorously inspect all aspects of the cottages including the kitchen equipment. Cheap pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware does not get you the 5* Gold standard, this applies to everything in the cottage, beds, bed linen, towels, curtains, carpets, sofas etc.

The bathrooms in the Old Stables and Partridge cottages were totally refurbished 2 years ago. Mole End was refurbished December 2016 and the 2 ground floor en suites in Woodpecker, May 2017. Each year we carry out maintenance, updates and undertake any improvements which we feel will enhance the cottages for our guests. Plus, bath and shower rooms are another item which rates highly in importance with the Quality Inspectors.

The Old Stables has 3 washing facilities, 2 shower rooms and a family bathroom to be shared between the 6 bedrooms. Our Piggeries cottage (sleeps 9 guests) has 4 en suite bedrooms, and Woodpecker (sleeps up to 15) has 6 bedrooms, 5 en suites, however there is a difference in price to reflect the different facilities offered. Many guests of the Old Stables when staying for a short break, are happy with the washing facilities offered and the cottage comes within their budget.

It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. Hopefully you will come again sometime in the future and possibly you might try one of our other 5* Gold cottages.
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Marcus H
1 review
“Perfect place for a family get together”
Reviewed 4 January 2017 for a stay in July 2016

The location was perfect for our family get together - this was an all age group
80th birthday and catered for us all perfectly. The hosts where fantastic very helpful and genuinely nice people.

We'll definately be going again!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sambajamm...
Sao Luis, MA
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“Great place to settle into and take hikes/walks in phenomenal countryside”
Reviewed 10 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

This is a fabulous place for a large family or a group of friends. Several places to sit and relax, great kitcken facilities and everything you will need for your stay at hand. It is rural. Only slight negative is at the front of the house with windows open you can hear the motorway in the distance, however this does make it very convenient for getting around.

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Liked least: Sound of highway bit this was minor
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
18 Oct 2015
I am pleased that you found our large 5* Gold Old Stables cottage to be fabulous and suitable for your group. Also that you were here to enjoy the warm, sunny weather we have been having the past few weeks.

The 'slight negative' comment regarding noise from the motorway when the cottage windows are open was a surprise to read. We are located in an area designated as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, down a quiet country lane and up a long private driveway. On a hillside surrounded by fields and bordered by woodland. There are amazing views for miles across the countryside to the coast. The motorway is some distance and quite a few fields below us and away from our location. However, this morning I have asked the guests staying in the cottage at the moment if they have any concerns and also checked the visitors book for any similar comments and found none.

The surrounding countryside is not silent, but it is pleasant to be woken by the dawn chorus of the variety of birds that we have here. We also have a resident owl which perches on the roof and regularly 'hoots' quite loudly. The numerous pheasants that live in the nearby woods are also surprisingly noisy some mornings. On bonfire night, 5th November and at midnight New Years Eve, standing at the top of our 7 acre field, we can hear and see the firework celebrations across the countryside for miles around and to the coast at Blackpool.

Our website and Facebook pages have lots of photos and information regarding our location and the occupying wildlife. This is to help assist guests to ascertain if we are the type of property they require. We are also happy to discuss and clarify any details prior to a booking being made.
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Carluke, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Rindlisba...
Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
“Found a bit of heaven on earth!”
Reviewed 9 September 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Grateful for the stay at the Barnacre Cottages. The Sharples really know how to take care of their guests, especially ones from the U.S. like my family! They made us feel right at home (and what a beautiful home it was). This was a highlight in our trip - memories of family dinners around the big kitchen table, late night family talks and laughs, family walks around the property (with the hens following along), and family adventures in nearby Lancaster, Lake District, and Heysham's Head. I'll definitely stay here again & invite others to do the same.

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KAY S
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful cottage-glorious scenery!”
Reviewed 2 December 2012 for a stay in November 2012
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We spent a wonderful 3 night weekend break -a sort of reunion-with us all coming from scattered areas of the country- in The Old Stables. The owners, Sue & Terry, were the perfect hosts-very discreet but friendly & welcoming.Sue had baked a gorgeous, huge, Victoria sponge for our late evening arrival & Terry was there on my arrival to show me round.
Long walks were taken in the glorious, but very muddy, countryside surrounding the cottages with the warmth of an Aga to welcome us back!
The cottage was superbly equipped - highlights being the Aga, the huge American style fridge complete with ice-maker, and the sheer comfort & warmth.
Would love to go back in the Spring/Summer-we would all thoroughly recommend Barnacre.
PS Forgot to mention the very friendly hens who were keen to enter the cottage in the mornings!

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Friends
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Maureen T
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“A delightful surprise”
Reviewed 11 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012

When we knew we were coming to a family wedding in Scorton over the jubilee weekend, I decided to look for a self catering cottage locally so that we could all stay for a week, catch up with family and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. We booked The Old Stables, which sleeps eight, thinking it was simply an alternative to a hotel.

Well, what a delightful surprise we had when we arrived at the loveliest cottage with flowers round the door, homemade cakes on the table and a fabulous kitchen complete with aga! The open plan living area was great for preparing food in the well laid out and well equipped kitchen, whilst still being involved with the rest of the group.

And if you are thinking that maybe the aga is a bit daunting as I did, don’t! Terry came to welcome us and explained how it worked and within 10 minutes I was smitten (with the aga, not Terry although he is a very good host),

The conservatory area is light and airy with automatic windows to act as climate control and the really homely huge sofa’s were a delight at the end of the day to chill and maybe watch tv.

I could go on about feeding the chickens, the beautiful garden, the hospitality of our hosts, including a gift of a delicious box of jubilee chocolates. The fab fridge and freezer delivering a constant supply of ice and chilled water, oh and did I mention the aga! But I think you should go and find out for yourselves!

We would definitely recommend this property.

Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Family
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