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Wild Duck Lodge

(Ref. 916440)

Mawdesley near Southport, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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61 Customer Reviews

  • "This cottage is in a great location, if you like wildlife you’ll love it here."

    Rabbits, pheasants, partridge and lots of other birds in the garden. The thing that makes this place special are the owners. They are lovely people, very kind and will do anything to help. The cottage is spotless and has everything you’ll possibly need.

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Jan 2024

  • "We absolutely loved Wild Duck Lodge!"

    We were given a lovely welcome & tour by our hosts & really enjoyed our stay there. It is in an excellent, quiet countryside location, but is very near to lots of nice places to visit. The property itself is spacious, very comfortable & has everything you need to ensure that you have a great stay. We will definitely be returning again in the future & would recommend it to others. Many thanks to our super hosts!

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Jan 2024

  • "Lovely cottage and lovely Hosts, but it would have been better if it hadn’t been raining the whole time that we were there."

    Reviewed by Anne Maureen4.1Nov 2023

  • "Lovely and clear - happy welcome from the owners, who live opposite - they gave ..."

    Lovely and clear - happy welcome from the owners, who live opposite - they gave us a guided tour and were very pleasant and welcoming The weather was not kind to us so we did not have the best opportunity to explore the area as we would have liked, but nevertheless we enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Sep 2023

  • "Welcomed warmly on arrival and given an informative tour of the cottage."

    It's situation is out in the countryside but well situated for walking and site seeing. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2023

  • "A perfect home from home."

    Everything we needed was provided to make for a comfortable stay. The property owners were on hand to assist us with anything we needed. The cottage is in a fabulous country setting and was a perfect spot to unwind and relax. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Evelyn5.0Sep 2023

  • "A nice comfortable holiday cottage in a very quiet location."

    Greeted on arrival by the owners and they were available if needed during the stay. All necessary equipment is provided in the kitchen and central heating for colder nights if required. The cottage is located within easy driving distance for all towns and attractions in the North West of England. Would stay again if in the area.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2023

  • "Disappointed with the 17:00 check in time I understand that during the Covid pandemic extra time was required to thoroughly clean the accommodation but now Covid is over an earlier check in would be appreciated."

    This applies to all properties managed by Sykes not just this one. The property was excellent as were the owners.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful part of the world and a beautiful little cottage, will definitely be going back in the future."

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Mar 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation, spotlessly clean."

    Lovely cosy and comfortable lodge. Hosts were very friendly and welcoming. They were genuinely concerned that we were happy with the accommodation.

    Reviewed by Maree5.0Mar 2023

  • "A very clean and cosy and warm place to stay we enjoyed our week away although owners live opposite the place we found this not to be a problem as they were not intrusive we would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay."

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Feb 2023

  • "Whilst are stay was short (wish it had been longer) we had a wonderful stay."

    The hosts were very kind and helpful. The bungalow was fitted out beautifully and even had Christmas decorations. The only thing I would suggest you bring is your slippers so you feel completely at home.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay here."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2022

  • "I couldn’t fault the cottage or the owners."

    The cottage was comfortable and clean. The owners were discrete but so obliging and helpful. A real pleasure to meet. We had a wonderful time there.

    Reviewed by Beatrice5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had a lovely break at wild duck lodge."

    Everything we needed lovely quiet, cosy lodge. Owners lovely, there to greet us on arrival, showed us around the lodge and gave us all necessary information on the heating system etc. Came out when we were leaving to say goodbye. Would definately recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and in a good place for us to visit the places we wanted to go."

    Owners were nearby and very friendly, and helpful. There were lots of notes left around, about using things etc. some, we didn’t find until we were leaving. Would have been better to have them all in one folder.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had 2 wonderful weeks in Wild Duck Lodge."

    Everything we needed and Gill and Mike were so helpful and friendly, we would certainly stay again.

    Reviewed by Rena5.0May 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay at Wild Duck Lodge, very relaxing and chilled."

    Such a lovely location and garden. Thank you to Gillian and Michael who were the perfect hosts.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a very quiet and relaxing two weeks."

    The cottage had everything we needed. There are lots of nice walks nearby, and places to visit.

    Reviewed by Carol & Graham5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful views from the cottage in a beautiful part of the UK."

    We were warm and cosy here and had a nice time exploring the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Mar 2022

  • "Wonderful accommodation."

    Quiet, convenient for travelling to many interesting places; e.g. Liverpool, Chester and East Coast resorts. A variety of good eating place earby. Friendly, helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Oct 2021

  • "A beautiful quiet location, so relaxing."

    The hosts were very welcoming and helpful, could not have asked for more, wonderful experience thank you.

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Oct 2021

  • "Excellent location."

    Well thought out accommodation with all essentials covered. One of the cleanest holiday cottages we’ve ever stayed in. Hosts were very welcoming. Ideal cottage in beautiful grounds. Would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2021

  • "As a family of four we really enjoyed our stay."

    Lovely cottage in fabulous grounds. Peaceful, just the way we like it. Gillian and Michael were very helpful hosts. Perfect base for us to explore the local area with young children. We'd love to return again.

    Reviewed by Shameem5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely clean cottage Peaceful location Helpful owners but not intrusive"

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2021

  • "Felt the directions you gave to the cottage were not very good."

    Perhaps you should listen to the owners as their directions were very easy to follow.

    Reviewed by carole5.0Jun 2021

  • "The location is ideal for a relaxing holiday and break"

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2021

  • "Gillian and michael were really welcoming would go back again"

    Reviewed by Jo5.0May 2021

  • "The main thing with this holiday cottage was Gillian and Mike ,although they live next door they were not in our faces all the time ."

    They are both extremely welcoming and knowlegable about the area we were in ,they were good about where to eat and what the places to visit were like

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely peaceful surroundings, just right for recharging the batteries."

    The owners are on hand should you have any questions. The bungalow is spacious and parking is ample. Within easy reach of the west coast. Will definitely consider returning.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Jul 2020

  • "A nicely appointed cottage, and immaculately cleaned for our visit."

    Hosts very kind and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was very warm and comfortabe in January when the weather was inclement."

    Mr and Mrs Henessey were very welcoming .

    Reviewed by Val5.0Jan 2020

  • "A nice place to stay, very clean and lovely owners who go above and beyond."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Leanne5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage is comfortable, well equipped and in a great location for visiting a range of nearby attractions."

    The owners are delightful and happy to make sure you have a good stay.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2019

  • "Fantastic clean, well equipped place to stay."

    Owners were very nice and helpfull and gave us a warm welcome. Everything was on hand in the cottage. Would have given it at least a 9 but of the very poor Wifi I just go for a 8. It's stated that there's Wifi and that isn't a lie but it is of a poor standard. Slow and some times nothing.

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Aug 2019

  • "Gill and Mike were lovely people and did all they could to make holiday a perfect experience."

    Cottage was great a lovely getaway to peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jun 2019

  • "The owners were really lovely,nothing was a problem!"

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Jun 2019

  • "Gillian & Mike are the most lovely people you could ever wish to meet."

    They can't do enough for you to make your stay perfect. They take great pride and joy in their home. My stay there was so peacefull quiet and tranquil. Wild duck lodge is set in the most beautiful countryside. My paradise retreat! Joyce from Wigan

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Apr 2019

  • "We had the most wonderful two weeks at the Wild Duck Lodge."

    The property is well equipped and immaculately clean. We were made to feel exceptionally welcome by the owners Mr and Mrs Hennessey who really are such a delightful couple. We really appreciated the generous welcome tray and our two children were spoilt with treats! The Lodge is situated in the heart of the west Lancashire countryside and there is so much to see and do in the area! 10 out of 10, we won't hesitate to return!

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Dec 2018

  • "A lovely cottage, well equipped and very helpful owners, who live across the courtyard but keep a discrete distance unless needed."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2018

  • "There is nothing to do, so made for a relaxing week."

    Restaurant of note was the Rufford Arms Hotel. National Trust property Rufford Old Hall.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Sep 2018

  • "We arrived at our accommodation to a warm welcome from the owners and we were shown around."

    The property was spotless and lovely. There was a small welcoming tray with tea and biscuits that was very nice. The property was very well situated for everything we wanted to do and the local shops and pubs were within a 10 minutes drive. Overall, we were extremely happy with the property and would definitely stay there again if we visited this area again.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely quiet location with friendly & helpful owners next door."

    Reviewed by Marlene4.7Jul 2018

  • "A beautiful cottage set in peaceful countryside with very welcoming hosts."

    We will try and visit again.

    Reviewed by Marjorie5.0Jun 2018

  • "Great welcome from the Hennessy's."

    Marvellous peaceful location. Very hot weather left car very dusty and windscreen full of bug bodies - so Mr. H cleaned it for us before we left for home!

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2018

  • "It was lovely cottage will be going back"

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2018

  • "We arrived after a 6hr trip on the M6 to a spotless bungalow in a lovely spot,welcomed by Gillian and Michael,we found everything we needed,very comfy beds,large bath and shower room,huge kitchen/diner."

    We had a great week visiting around this beautiful part of the country,close to Southport-Blackpool-Liverpool which is great,especially the Albert Dock area.Lake District is not far away.View from the bungalow across fields,we saw rabbits-pheasant-hedgehogs-numerous birds including owls-bats at night,harmless but fascinating-Gillian and Mike are great hosts and willing to help in any way.Best I can say is that I would certainly go back for another visit.Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2018

  • "Unobtrusive hosts and an idyllic location, the 2 bed bungalow was so relaxing and well placed for visits to various attractions and also the coast."

    Preston not recommended due to bus lane confusion (council money maker). also the local wildlife/birds are fantastic and very friendly as well.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2018

  • "Excellent"

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2018

  • "We LOVED staying at Wild Duck Lodge."

    Our hosts Gill and Mike are the friendliest people ever and gave us a lovely welcome pack. We arrived in December and was so happy that the cottage was so cosy and warm. The cottage is a lot bigger than the photos suggest. It was immaculately clean and nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be back and recommend VERY highly. Thank you so much - our family holiday was the best Christmas we have ever had!!! The Poole family

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Dec 2017

  • "Just one thing was missing a bathmat !"

    other than that 110%

    Reviewed by Stephen4.6Jun 2017

  • "Lovely hosts, exceptional cottage with everything you need with beautiful surroundings."

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Jun 2017

  • "Wonderful location, ideal base for places of interest."

    Lots of wildlife to be seen in the garden & fields. Mr.& Mrs Hennessey couldn't do enough for you - they were wonderful hosts, can't wait to return. Ray & Gwyneth Keating

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0May 2017

  • "A great place for a quiet break."

    Very clean and comfortable, with fine views. Owners very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Apr 2017

  • "Really clean bungalow in central location for visiting local attractions."

    Friendly and helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Janet4.4Mar 2017

  • "Will had an excellent relaxed weekend."


    Reviewed by Simon5.0Feb 2017

  • "Everything was perfect."

    Mr and Mrs Hennessey were so kind and helpful. The location and Lodge exceeded expectations. Would love to return. Our granddaughter said she wished she lived in a house like that all the time!!!! Can't recommend this Lodge enough.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Oct 2016

  • "Everything about this holiday property exceeded expectations."

    The location is stunning. The accommodation top rate and the host and hostess were extremely kind, welcoming and helpful. We would certainly go there again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2016

  • "Firstly, the reminder of the key collection email with contact number, directions etc."

    .. was helpful as I had stored all the information on my computer and could not access it. When we pulled up to the cottage, we were greeted with a warm smile and a handshake. We were then shown around the property and given all the relevant information. Being a little OCD I usually spend the first hour of my holiday cleaning but not this time. The cottage had a lovely subtle smell of bleach, every surface, floor and door was spotless. There wasn't any restrictions on what we could and couldn't do during our stay, as we have had on previous holidays with different companies. My 5 year old son loved it, as soon as he saw the Hennessey's he wanted to tell them about all the different things he had seen in their garden. They were a lovely kindly couple, who acknowledged my son and listened to him babble on. They informed us on what was going on in the area over the coming week and checked to see if we needed anymore towels etc... half way through the week. On our last day my son waited all morning looking out of the window, so as not to miss them to say goodbye and to tell them that he'd had a wonderful holiday. And so had we. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Aug 2016

  • "Warm and friendly greeting from a delightful couple."

    Nothing was too much trouble for them. Cottage was equipped to a high standard including washing machine and wifi that worked. Access to heating if we needed it- which we didn't because the weather was kind to us. Close to transport links so didn't need the car, to get to nearby towns. Highly recommended for a peaceful break- we walked miles!!!

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Aug 2016

  • "Lovely accommodation, as described."

    It was ideal for my elderly parents they were thrilled with their accommodation and the owners who were on hand to assist them. Many thanks they definitely want to return!

    Reviewed by Walter5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two double bedrooms
  • Bathroom with corner bath, walk-in shower, bidet, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Patio with furniture
  • Shared use of owners’ grounds
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pub 1 mile.

The property

Mawdesley 1 mile.

A first class detached, brick-built bungalow situated on the owners' spacious grounds, one mile from the pretty village of Mawdesley, and thirteen miles from the seaside resort of Southport.

This superb Lancashire cottage provides contemporary accommodation, perfect for couples or families wishing to explore this largely undiscovered area.

This spacious cottage near Mawdesley boasts a farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area, and a cosy sitting room, featuring a set of French doors from where lovely views across the open fields can be seen.

There are two double bedrooms at your cottage near Southport, and the stylish bathroom has a luxurious corner bath.

This Mawdesley cottage is a great place to relax and unwind, enjoy the open views of the local countryside and the abundance of wildlife that visit the spacious grounds.

Outside this Lancashire cottage is a pleasant patio area, where you may wish to enjoy a morning coffee or pre-dinner drink.

A short walk from this Lancashire cottage brings you to Mawdesley village, where there is an excellent country inn, fishing (available with a valid permit) at Sefton Lakes and a craft centre, and a little further afield jet skiing can be enjoyed at Holmeswood.

For golf enthusiasts, some of the finest courses lie in the vicinity, including Ormskirk and along the coast, and there are wonderful beaches and sand dunes at Formby Point.

There are many nearby attractions, including the Martin Mere nature reserve and Rufford Old Hall, and the Lake District and Western Dales are within driving distance.

This excellent Mawdesley cottage is an ideal base for exploring not only Lancashire, but the wider area.

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About the location


Southport 14 miles.

The pretty rural village of Mawdesley is located on the West Lancashire plain between the villages of Eccleston, Rufford and Parbold, just less than 15 miles from the seaside town of Southport. Mawdesley is a regular entrant in Lancashire’s Best Kept Village competition and came first in the “Medium-sized Village” category in 2001 and 2007. The village offers a scattering of traditional brick-built cottages, old farmhouses, barn conversions and a local pub all surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside. This is a quiet and peaceful area, with many things to see and do, including the Martin Mere nature reserve, Mere Sands Wood, and the market town of Ormskirk. The classic Victorian seaside town of Southport is just a short drive, and offers some of the finest golf courses in Britain, excellent shopping, a beautiful promenade, the annual Southport Flower Show and the not-to-be-missed annual Air Show. With excellent road and rail links to Manchester, Cumbria and the Lakes, Liverpool with its colourful heritage and the western Dales, this is a location that is worth discovering whatever the time of year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas