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The Old Post Office

Calder Vale near Garstang, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 936378)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "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 AnneMay 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 EApr 2022

  • "Overall amazing stay."

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

    Reviewed by TonyMar 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 CatherineJan 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 JonNov 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 SusanSep 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 NicolaAug 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 LauraAug 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 SpencerMay 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 JayneMay 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 PaulApr 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 KeithAug 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 PhillipAug 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 LesleyMar 2020

  • "Lovely area and friendly people."

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

    Reviewed by GillianSep 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 TrevorAug 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 PamelaJun 2019

  • "Lovely accommodation for 2."

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

    Reviewed by RogerJun 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 PaulJun 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 SueApr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very relaxing holiday x"

    Reviewed by GemmaApr 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 JamesMar 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 JuliaFeb 2019

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage,"

    Reviewed by AndreaNov 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 SarahOct 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 DavidJun 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 LynneMay 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 JohannaMay 2018

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

    Reviewed by Kishori MarinaApr 2018

  • "Superb cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Reviewed by SylviaMar 2018

  • "A contemporary conversion offering great facilities."

    Reviewed by LisaDec 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 MaryNov 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 MichelleOct 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 GrahamSep 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 £100

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 £100.

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About the location


Lancaster 11 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.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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