3 (all year)
Duddle Cottage has everything families and friends need for a wonderfully memorable holiday in the Ribble Valley. The eco-friendly stone cottage has a timeless style with modern touches that include underfloor heating and an outdoor hot tub. There is plenty of space for up to ten people to sleep in five lovely bedrooms, while the location only half a mile from Ribchester means that a park, village shops, cafes and friendly pubs like the Ribchester Arms are conveniently within walking distance.
Ribchester is a charming village with a thriving community that can trace its roots back to the Bronze Age. The remains of the Roman fort of Bremetennacum are still beneath the village church, and there is a volunteer-run Roman Museum with more information about life when the fort was constructed almost two thousand years ago. Ribchester has shops, pubs and a monthly farmers' market. A short drive from the cottage, Longridge has three supermarkets and a choice of other places to eat, drink and shop.
The beauty of the Ribble Valley will have you eagerly greeting every day with the promise of a new and spectacular view. Walking is the fastest way to immerse yourself in your surroundings and footpaths lead from the village to local beauty spots that include Saddle Fell, Fair Snape Fell, Beacon Fell and along the rivers Ribble and Brock. Cyclists will also love the scope of road routes and mountain bike trails, including the excellent network of off-road trails in the nearby Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Golfers are spoiled with a good choice of golf clubs within only a few miles of Duddle Cottage, and the stretch of the River Ribble between Ribchester and Redbank is an angler's dream with dace, grayling, chub and trout all regular trophies.
Places to visit during your stay include Stonyhurst College, the Brockholes Nature Reserve, Bowland Wild Boar Park, and Mrs Dawson's Open Farm. Clitheroe is about a 20-minute drive from the cottage, with a thrice-weekly market (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) as well as a castle and a train station with a regular service to Manchester. You may also want to visit Whalley's abbey and its church, the oldest part of which dates back to 628CE. 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.
Duddle Cottage is one of an exclusive portfolio of self-catering holiday cottages in the Ribble Valley managed by Ribble Valley Holiday Homes. It can be booked on its own or together with other cottages to accommodate bigger groups of friends and extended families. Please see the owner's website for information.
As with all of the properties managed by Ribble Valley Holiday Homes, Duddle Cottage is finished to a high standard with underfloor heating and WiFi throughout. The owners are keen to protect and preserve the beauty of the Ribble Valley and have earned a coveted Gold standard Green Tourism Award from Visit Britain.
Outside: There is as much space to relax and socialise outdoors as there is inside. An area of flat lawn is perfect for playing and ball games, while the covered hot tub is always a hit, and a table and chairs make it possible to eat alfresco in good weather. There is lots of off-street parking at the front of the cottage.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, fuel for the wood burner, bed linen and bath towels are provided. Short breaks are possible, depending on availability. Smoking and pets are not permitted.
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