3 (all year)
Bailey Cottage is a wonderful choice for families as it can sleep up to seven people in four lovely bedrooms, with open plan living spaces and a lovely garden. The eco-friendly holiday home is half a mile from Ribchester village and within a 15-minute stroll of an adventure playground as well as shops, cafes and excellent pubs that include The Wine Shed. It is one of a select group of self-catering Ribble Valley Holiday Homes and can be booked on its own or together with one or more of the other cottages on site for big groups of extended families and friends.
If you're the sort of family who loves spending time together outside in beautiful surroundings, then you will love your time at Bailey Cottage as it is close to lovely walks leading to spectacular views. Some better-routes include the Tolkein Trail, named after the author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, who frequently stayed at nearby Stonyhurst College and who drew inspiration from the landscape. The Ribble Way is a long-distance route following the course of the River Ribble for 72-miles from North Yorkshire to nearby Preston. An excellent path to help orientate new visitors to the area is the circular seven-mile walk around Ribchester. Other local trails include those to beauty spots like Saddle Fell, Fair Snape Fell and Beacon Fell.
Walking isn't the only way to explore this magnificent landscape. Cycling and mountain biking are both extremely popular all year round, with active local clubs and fantastic trails through Gisburn Forest, Longridge Fell and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Guests who need to, can hire a bike in Preston, Blackburn or Burnley, all of which are within half an hour's drive from the cottage. Golf is another favourite way to spend time outdoors, while a choice of local riding stables can arrange guided hacks through the countryside to give guests a different perspective and reach places they may not otherwise see.
For those happy to travel further afield, the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks are within easy reach by car for a day trip, opening up an even larger choice of attractions and opportunities for outdoor adventure.
The best place to stock up with provisions for your self-catering stay is in Longridge, which is only 3 miles from Ribchester and which has two supermarkets and a variety of takeaways. It's always nice to browse Whalley's independent shops, taking time to admire the ancient church and the ruins of the Cistercian abbey, or spend a relaxing hour or two shopping at the market in Clitheroe and wandering around Clitheroe Castle and grounds. Those who crave a little more excitement can take the train from Clitheroe to Manchester in about an hour.
Bailey Cottage is available to book all year round with short breaks possible at certain times of the year. Please see their website for information.
Bailey Cottage is a traditionally styled cottage made from local stone and using eco-friendly measures, with a fresh, modern interior and accommodation over two levels.
Outside: There is off-street parking at the front of the cottage, while at the rear is a large garden with a patio, seating area, barbecue and covered hot tub.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath sheets are provided. Short breaks are available outside of peak season, depending on availability. Pets are not allowed. Smoking is not permitted.
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| Fri, 28 Jan 2022 for 3 nights, £687
Save £72. 7 nights also available. Late availability discount applied when booking.
| Fri, 11 Feb 2022 for 7 nights, £1800
Save £195. Half term week away, late availability discount!