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The Old Post Office

(Ref. 936378)

Calder Vale near Garstang, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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59 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage in secluded village."

    Wonderful for walking . 10 drive to local town -Garstang. Have stayed here 3 times and will come back again

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jan 2024

  • "This is such a lovely, clean and comfortable cottage plus we had our current trainee guide dog with us - he loved it."

    However, we found it totally let down by the state of the back patio area. You enter the property via this entrance and it was treacherous. I actually slipped during our stay. Fortunately no injury, but it needs maintaining. Did contact the owners, hope they sort it long term or they could have issues. We would definitely visit again and recommend to others (provided the yard is sorted)

    Reviewed by Janette4.4Dec 2023

  • "Delightful cottage enjoyed our stay mostly clean and tidy, just 3 little things could have been better ."

    The gutter was overflowing above the front door ( only when it rained ) very slippery round the back to the key safe ,found a pan with bunt contents still in .All in all a good stay

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Nov 2023

  • "We had a few issues with mould in a cupboard, broken blinds and general cleaning."

    The owners came out and dealt with the blinds and mould on pans and in cupboard. Took away uncleared baking trays. Outside is very damp and the path from the car to back if property is slippy with moss and algae. The back yard is wet and very dirty, in need of a jet wash. On getting home we unpacked and everything felt damp. There appears to be a damp problem developing in the property. I imagine this is a lovely property in the summer but at this time of year the whole valley is wet.

    Thank you for your feedback We pride ourselves on providing all of our guests with a great stay. On occasion things can be missed and we are sorry a couple of areas were but as you know we were pleased to pop over to the property and resolve these for you. With the very wet weather outdoor areas have been difficult to maintain to usual standards. Sorry to hear that you feel when you got home that you felt everything was damp. We can confirm that there are no damp issues in the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joyce3.1Oct 2023

  • "Kitchen/lounge downstairs inadequately provided."

    Cooking utensils and cups insufficiently available. Small table with only 2 chairs for eating any meals. Our plan was to cook a meal and invite 2 of our family who live in the village to dine with us on the evening we arrived. This was impossible due to the aforesaid deficiencies. It is no wonder that dishwasher, washing machine and cooker appear hardly ever to have been used. We would never book this again unless these complaints are rectified

    Thank you for you feedback. The property sleeps 2 and as such is insured for 2 guests and is advertised for a maximum of 2 people. We provide everything to cater for 2, hence a dining table for 2 and 2 chairs. In terms of utensils there is a minimum of 4 of everything which means that whilst 1 set is being used the other previous utensils and crockery used can be washed using the dishwasher. Thank you for your feedback on the cleanliness of the dishwasher, washing machine and cooker. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James2.8Sep 2023

  • "Overall the house was lovely to stay in, There were enough facilities in the kitchen, the sofa was comfy and the bed also."

    The bathroom was well sized with a good shower too. Only downside we come across was it was not as clean as we would have hoped for. There were some dog biscuits under the sofa, something our dog quickly managed to find, as well as a few spider webs around the place * near the tv and on the lights in the bathroom) There was also some hair and bits under the bed, something else the dog managed to find. This just took the shine off the stay a little bit but overall we were happy

    Reviewed by Adam3.4Aug 2023

  • "Overall a lovely property but a user guide on the wall would have been good to show how to use the electric hob."

    ( we had gas) Also a mention about the mobile phone coverage in the village.

    Reviewed by J4.1Jul 2023

  • "Our stay was lovely the property was clean and well equipped previous reviews ..."

    Our stay was lovely the property was clean and well equipped previous reviews said no kettle however brand new kettle and toaster set has everything needed even complimentary cookies :) the area was so peaceful and plenty to do close by and the bed was the comfiest it was perfect would highly recommend staying

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, we’re glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bethany5.0Jul 2023

  • "Outstanding."

    A very comfortable, clean and delightful place to stay in quiet and beautiful surroundings. We really enjoyed our stay at The Old Post Office and would highly recommend. Would definitely stay again.

    We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jun 2023

  • "Ideal place for a couple."

    Quiet and peaceful location with the opportunity to walk directly from the property. Great access to Trough of Bowland, yet only 4 miles from Garstang where there is a good range of supermarkets.

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Jun 2023

  • "Super property, finished to a really high standard, idyllic location in the heart of beautiful countryside."

    Reviewed by Andy5.0May 2023

  • "A delightful cottage in a beautiful area with several lovely walks from the front door and within easy reach of Garstang."

    The cottage was generally well-equipped though lacked a teapot and a corkscrew, and we felt one hand towel in the bathroom to be somewhat frugal for two people. The owner responded quickly to our queries.

    Reviewed by Viv5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage is in wonderful location with attractive walks from the door."

    Shopping and pubs are easily accessible in Garstang. (The pub within 2 miles is currently closed for refurbishment). The cottage itself is spacious and has an attractive interior design. Steps leading to the front door give open views from its elevated position. The inventory, although covering basic requirements, is fairly minimal making it difficult to use the dishwasher effectively.

    Reviewed by Clive3.8Apr 2023

  • "Great place , would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Feb 2023

  • "The property is absolutely lovely."

    Very well laid out, with plenty of space and wonderfully presented. Great little location and had all of the amenities you need for a little break. The bed was like a cloud and the bath was amazing.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Feb 2023

  • "All in all we had a good stay."

    However, the property whilst looking nice on the surface, was in need of some TLC. There was mould on the tiles in the shower and also mould on the walls round the rear door and in corner of bedroom. The cleaners wiped it off it off with a bleach based solvent which really wasn't enough. The stairs and banisters are very worn and need repainting. Whilst there I had to repair the toilet flush which was so loose it was disappearing into the cistern. I reported this as soon as we arrived but nothing was done about it in he two weeks I was there. Also it was impossible to set the timer on the heating thermostat and I had to switch the heating on manually every 3 hours (maximum time allowed) which was very inconvenient. It was snowing whilst we were there and very cold. This is not a place for anybody unsteady on their feet. The steps back and front are very steep and dangerous in the dark as there is no outside light. Bath looks great but it is extremely narrow even for my wife who is quite small! When you are in the lounge with the blinds open it can be a bit of a goldfish bowl as the footpath goes right past the window. In it's current state this cottage is not really suitable for a winter stay

    Reviewed by Alan3.4Jan 2023

  • "Lovely peacefully stay excellent acomadsion very clean"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2023

  • "Perfect place if you like quiet time in a rural setting."

    Reviewed by Georgia4.7Nov 2022

  • "We used the property to take our dog away from fireworks - that worked 100%."

    The property is clean very quiet, however there is noise and light from the factory across the bridge. If you stay you need to take all provisions as there is no shop in the close vicinity - yes it is remote. Nice walk up a steep climb to the church through the woods close by and you can feed the ducks in the lake .

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Nov 2022

  • "Only used as a base but it is of a high standard very comfortable"

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2022

  • "The owners have been creative in giving a modern Scandinavian vibe to this old cottage."

    Unfortunately they have not maintained the property as there are holes in the bathroom walls where items have been removed and we watched a blue tinged TV. Little things like making sure batteries are not dead in controls is also important. We appreciate that having a radiator leak can happen any time but it should not be expected that we hunt for keys so that this can be dealt with. Better maintenance and organization would make this a good property.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline3.4Sep 2022

  • "This was a great place to stay."

    Excellent location, thoughtfully planned accommodation with some lovely design touches. We were very comfortable and managed some really interesting walks - no hesitation in recommending The Old Post Office to others. There were a few maintenance issues: some blown lightbulbs, the heated towel rail only heated up in a very small part and there was still rubbish in the pedal in when we arrived. We would have appreciated some easier to find instructions about bedding, rubbish etc. They are there but we had to search the drawers and a brief folder with everything together would really help. But these are minor issues and we had a great stay.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Sep 2022

  • "Very comfortable, just a few little things like dirty windows and no salt and pepper ( no nearby shop to purchase any)."

    Location ideal with some lovely walks.

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely, clean and well equipped."

    Calder Vale would benefit from a little shop and the listing on the booking site suggested there was one in the village. The cottage itself was nicely decorated and offered us a very peaceful retreat. We loved the deep luxurious bath in the bedroom! For anyone looking for a complete break away we would happily recommend this particular cottage.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Jun 2022

  • "We had an amazing time a real get away just what we needed."

    Enjoying the beautiful countryside

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2022

  • "Nice cottage with good facilities."

    Bed comfortable, especially for my husband who is tall and suffers with back problems. Large rainwater shower very good. We are tea drinkers, so missed having a teapot! Although we liked the cottage, and would return, we felt as if the décor and some of the soft furnishings were looking tired and worn; the windows could also do with a good clean on the outside to remove the insect webs and cocoons! It took us a while to locate the instruction booklets for for the kitchen appliances - it would be helpful to put these in a readily available information folder perhaps. The area is excellent for walkers who want to avoid the busy hiking routes - the surrounding countryside is lovely; we enjoyed the bluebell woods, and saw lots of hares, lapwings and curlews. We were able to do several walks direct from the cottage including walking into Garstang and to Bleasdale. The views were good, although I would imagine they would be superb on a clear day, when you would be able to see the Lakeland fells across Morecambe bay

    Reviewed by Anne3.8May 2022

  • "The Old Post Office was just beautiful."

    It’s in the village of Calder Vale near Garstang. The house is spacious, clean, modern but boasts lots of Post Office touches. The little garden is not grassed out the back but lovely to sit out in and admire next doors sheep. It’s enclosed if you have a dog. The house downstairs is open plan, and has everything you need. Upstairs is the bathroom with a large shower, the bed is huge and so comfortable, the bath in the bedroom was so relaxing. Just loved every thing about this house and it’s setting. You will not be disappointed if you have a holiday here. Lots of lovely walks in the village, which was full of beautiful pink blossom at this time of year. Garstang is a lovely town with lots of shops the best supermarket had to be Booths lots of different items we don’t find in the south. We did venture out and about and visited Windermere in the Lake District, Sizergh Castle National Trust in Kendal. Bowlam.

    Reviewed by E5.0Apr 2022

  • "Overall amazing stay."

    Only thing to point out is oven is really noisy when its on.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful place, had such a relaxing time."

    The bed is the best bed I’ve ever slept in!!! Perfect setting for a quiet getaway. Fabulous bathroom with amazing shower and the bath was divine in the bedroom. Lovely & warm. Can’t wait to come back. We will be booking again. 5 star place.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fab cottage."

    Lovely area. Very nicely decorated and designed. Only faults , no light in the back yard and not enough plates/ cups/ cutlery. Other than that a superb stay in a lovely house

    Reviewed by Jon4.7Nov 2021

  • "The Old Post Office is a delight."

    The bed is huge and sumptuous. The fridge is big which is often a moan I have about other cottages. Lots of lovely hot water. Love the history of the village. The Calder brook, mill pond, blubell walk (and other walks from the door) are gorgeous. From the top of the walk you can see Blackpool Tower to the left, Isle of man and The lake district to your right. Everyday we walked in the forrest of Bowland, fells, resevoirs, canal.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and very comfortable."

    Well equipped. There were a few bits, like blind being broken in bedroom and gate latch being broken, but didn't deter from a lovely relaxing break. The bath in the bedroom was amazing.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful setting by a little stream, walks just on your doorstep."

    Well appointed home, really comfy bed and stylish decor. We very much enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Aug 2021

  • "I would highly recommend this property, it is located in a beautiful setting and the place has been finished to a very high standard and was very clean."

    The bed is a king size and is very comfortable and the bedroom itself is spacious. Everything you need was in the kitchen, we were even greeted with tea, coffee, biscuits and milk on arrival. For those who like walking, there are numerous walks that start right outside the property with some beautiful scenery to take in. So all in all, a perfect property for us with fantastic hosting to boot. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Spencer5.0May 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage in a lovely , friendly village."

    Gorgeous blue bell woods close by for refreshing dog walks. The sound if the stream close by is very relaxing. Would definitely stay again. Unfortunately it rained non stop while we were there but didn't affect us too much. If the weather had been glorious, I would of missed not having a bigger/ nicer private garden area. Also, take a corkscrew with you as there wasn't one there.

    Reviewed by Jayne4.7May 2021

  • "Good property in a great location."

    A couple of minor things let the overall feel of the place down - nowhere to put anything in the shower, no handle on the inside of the shower door, very dismal back yard for example. I'd recommend the owners actually stay in the place for a couple of days to spot these. But overall a great place and very handy for walking in the beautiful areas around there.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Apr 2021

  • "Lovely place and bed was so comfortable."

    I would say the shower is very slow to drain away but no massive deal. Broadband could be better but again not vital but all in all its lovely and we would stay again.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Aug 2020

  • "Living room TV -only has two channels working."

    Bedroom TV didn't work at all. Shower tray fills quickly with water because of poor drainage Bathroom air vent covered in debris No local information provided at all, nor any user guide instructions to oven & other appliances This is a comfortable property, situated in a lovely area. We enjoyed our stay, however, the points above do need to be addressed. Thank you

    Reviewed by Phillip4.1Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, tastefully decorated in a beautiful area with plentiful walks and places to visit!"

    We had our dog with us who could enjoy walks from the front door. The cottage only has a yard which might not be convenient for some dog owners but green space just across the road. There is no mobile phone signal in the valley which is fine as long as you know. We are thankful for Google helping us with operating the heating and cooker. Instructions to hand would have been helpful. Would recommend and visit again. Thanks for 3 good nights away!,

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Mar 2020

  • "Lovely area and friendly people."

    Cottage had everything we needed. Be prepared for driving on country roads!

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2019

  • "Enjoyed our holiday, very nice cottage , 5 star property."

    Just a few little things that can be improved ie no tea towel or dish cloth which you would expect in any property nowhere to hang coats, back yard needs attention ie rusty garden furniture needs replacing . Wi fi could do with a booster due to location. Apart from that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Trevor4.1Aug 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable holiday home with delightful interior design."

    Really good ensuite shower room and a perfect freestanding bath in the bedroom. Excellent and imaginative lighting possibilities. No real exterior space with the property but a nice bench out front with views across the village to woodland and relaxing sound of the river. Enjoyed all the possible walks but being in a valley all involve steep inclines at some point if this is a problem for you. Note that there is no mobile phone signal (O2 and Vodaphone) in the house and only an occasional one outside. Also the internet access is very slow at around 1.5MBs. If you want somewhere really quiet, note that there is a busy working cotton mill in the village. A good base for exploring the Forest of Bowland and the Lancashire coast. Garstang is a great town with lots of pubs and restaurants.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Jun 2019

  • "Lovely accommodation for 2."

    Great location for walks Simba the dog loved it as well Will definitely return

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2019

  • "We enjoyed our experience."

    Unfortunately it would of been welcome too be told there was no mobile connection or land line in the write up was not told until a few days before we had to go. Also it would be helpful if there were instructions for cooker hob as we could not get it to work.

    Reviewed by Pamela4.1Jun 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very relaxing holiday x"

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Apr 2019

  • "This cottage is like home from home and more."

    Very tasteful and romantic. Very comfortable with a fully fitted kitchen and open plan sitting room. Tv and WiFi. Private parking next to the cottage. Lovely comfortable bed with tv and lovely freestanding bath and separate shower room. Lovely fluffy white towels. Furnishings are beautiful and very tastefully decorated. Ideal location for exploring the area. The cottage is in a small village and very quiet with a lovely outlook. The only negative although very minor would be only enough coat hangers for a couple of days. We would definitely like to return and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Apr 2019

  • "Great Cottage, Bike Storage was very useful."

    The simplest thing I can say is that we will be back. There is much more to do in the area

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2019

  • "Stylish, comfortable holiday home in a beautiful and interesting location, close to many places of interest."

    Nathalie responded immediately to a glitch we encountered with the heating which had been turned off by a previous tenant. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Feb 2019

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage,"

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Nov 2018

  • "Cleanliness & Facilities in the cottage where average, kettle was full of lime scale."

    But the big let down was the upkeep of the outside of the property dirty windows & cobwebs. The back yard was an unsightly slab of concrete & very slippery & so was the drive way. Yard full of weeds, Back gate needs new locks as it was nearly impossible to lock so on a windy day it was just banging.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Oct 2018

  • "The Post Office was beautiful and furnished to a high standard."

    I could happily have made it my permanent home. The bathroom was stunning and the huge bed was like sleeping on a Marshmallow. I sent photos home to my family the day we arrived and they were of the same option. Calder Vale where it is situated is small very friendly place with amazing scenery. I would be very happy to stay there again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2018

  • "Well it said 5star which the inside of the house was but there was no outside space with the house just a walk through yard so no where to sit in the evening and to let the dog out too just a very small yard hardly the 5 star standard we normally get with your cottages a very old table and two chairs next to next doors open drain lovely !"


    Reviewed by Lynne3.8May 2018

  • "Beautiful place as I’ve ever been, friendliest people ever would go back at the drop of a hat we just felt part of the hole thing."

    Im home now but feel I’m still there. Sad part there were 3 houses involved with a fire 2 distroid one water damaged.

    Reviewed by Johanna5.0May 2018

  • "The cottage was beautiful as was the location highly recommend to anyone"

    Reviewed by Kishori Marina5.0Apr 2018

  • "Superb cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0Mar 2018

  • "A contemporary conversion offering great facilities."

    Reviewed by Lisa4.8Dec 2017

  • "Excellent cottage very well fitted out warm and very comfortable ."

    Lovely location , especially in the summer months . We enjoyed our week there even though it was November. Our cocker spaniel Winnie enjoyed her walks too. Would book again.

    Reviewed by Mary4.4Nov 2017

  • "Fantastic accommodation, furnished and decorated to a very high standard."

    It was truly beautiful and very comfortable, would definately recommend. Easy distance to the coast or Lake District.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.8Oct 2017

  • "Loved the old post office and Calder Vale."

    Two small points, cheap toilet paper and if there was a small piece of artificial grass in the small yard outside would make it look better and better if you took a dog.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2017

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  • One super-king size double bedroom open to stairs with free-standing bath
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, double basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Enclosed patio area with furniture
  • Lockable bike storage is available in the cellar, accessed by an external door
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Please Note - This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £150

The property

Garstang 4.5 miles.

Bursting with character, this stone-built old post office conversion is charming in many ways.

Located on the edge of the Forest of Bowland in the small, English village of Calder Vale, with the River Calder running right through it, this cottage is set in a tranquil location, ideal for those looking to enjoy its earthy surroundings and peaceful environment.

Finished to a luxurious standard with a unique set-up, this bespoke property is accessed off a quiet village street and has an off road parking space for one car to the side of the property.

On entry into the property you arrive into the open plan living space with a fitted kitchen, a dining area and a sitting area where it is furnished to a cosy yet contemporary feel.

The living room is bright and airy with ample comfy seating in front of a 49” Smart TV, making it a great place to relax and put your feet up after a full day out and about exploring the area.

The kitchen is well-equipped and fitted with a modern touch and has everything you need to cook the perfect meal for your loved one.

The winding wooden stairs leads you straight into the only bedroom in this exclusive property which also has a spacious open-plan structure with an impressive free-standing bath in the bedroom and a shower room with a walk-in shower.

Just out the back of the property there is a small patio area with furniture which is an ideal sun spot during the summer months.

On the doorstep there is the famous Bluebell Wood walk where you can expect to observe a variety of birds from robins to swifts as you take a wander through nature.

Nearby is the town of Garstang which is known for its tasty home-grown produce and individual shops, where you can buy some treats particular to Lancashire!

Here you will find some shops and pubs and why not explore the town and watch the passing canal boats cruise along the peaceful Lancaster Canal.

Within reach is the historic city of Lancaster with much to see, including the Medieval castle and Georgian architecture, and the seaside resort of Morecambe, the Forest of Bowland and further afield the wonderful Lake District National Park are well worth a visit.

With so much to offer within reach of its relaxed, calm atmosphere, The Old Post Office is the perfect base for a romantic getaway!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Preston 10 miles; Lancaster 11 miles; Blackpool 15 miles; Morecambe 15 miles.

Garstang is a small town within the Wyre Borough of Lancashire, famous for declaring itself the world's first Fairtrade town. Known locally for its tasty home-grown produce, this small town offers a warm welcome and a wealth of specialist and individual shops where you can pick up a number of treats; don't miss the local cheesemongers for a wedge of fine Lancashire cheese! The street market is held every Thursday, another exciting shopping treat. Running right through the centre of the town is the peaceful Lancaster Canal, where you can watch the passing canal boats cruise by and enjoy the abundance of wildlife it supports. The nearby Millennium Green, an area situated on the western bank of the River Wyre, has actually been designated for wildlife conservation and events in the community. Admire the views over the Bowland Hills before enjoying a visit to the High Street, where you will find plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in which you can enjoy the local hospitality, or visit Old Holly Farm and the Braedens Pony Trekking Centre, which make for great family days out. The surrounding countryside provides great walking opportunities, whilst the RSPB nature reserves at Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay are well worth a visit. The Trough of Bowland is nearby, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while the many varied delights of Blackpool and Morecambe, as well as the towns of Lancaster, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal and Windermere and the stunning Lake District National Park are all within easy reach, making this a great destination for all the family.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas