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Wild Duck Lodge

Mawdesley near Southport, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 916440)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "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 RenaMay 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 JanetApr 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 & GrahamMar 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 LesleyMar 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 CharlesOct 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 AnitaOct 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 RachelAug 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 ShameemJul 2021

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

    Reviewed by KarenJun 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 caroleJun 2021

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

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

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

    Reviewed by JoMay 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

    Sep 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 KarenJul 2020

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

    Hosts very kind and welcoming.

    Reviewed by StevenJul 2020

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

    Mr and Mrs Henessey were very welcoming .

    Reviewed by ValJan 2020

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

    Thank you

    Reviewed by LeanneNov 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 RichardOct 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 SimonAug 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 SusanJun 2019

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

    Reviewed by WayneJun 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 JoyceApr 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 SusieDec 2018

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

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 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 MichaelSep 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 ChristopherAug 2018

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

    Reviewed by MarleneJul 2018

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

    We will try and visit again.

    Reviewed by MarjorieJun 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 ColinJun 2018

  • "It was lovely cottage will be going back"

    Reviewed by DavidJun 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 BrianMay 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 JohnApr 2018

  • "Excellent"

    Reviewed by JohnFeb 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 JennyDec 2017

  • "Just one thing was missing a bathmat !"

    other than that 110%

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2017

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

    Reviewed by GordonJun 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 RaymondMay 2017

  • "A great place for a quiet break."

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

    Reviewed by KeithApr 2017

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

    Friendly and helpful owners.

    Reviewed by JanetMar 2017

  • "Will had an excellent relaxed weekend."


    Reviewed by SimonFeb 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 LesleyOct 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 DavidSep 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 AlexAug 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 JackieAug 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 WalterAug 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas
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