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Cow Hill Laith Barn

(Ref. 970084)

Bolton-by-Bowland, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

Reviews & Ratings

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Spent three weeks staying here with my family."

    Home from home. We loved it! Can highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0Mar 2024

  • "Overall lovely property, very well furnished, good location only criticism is weak showers!"

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Feb 2024

  • "The property itself was much better in person than the photographs."

    Everything was immaculate and it truely felt like home. The kitchen was well stocked the seating area upstairs was my favourite as the views are stunning. You can even see Pendle hill it was very peaceful. The host was very friendly and attentive if I needed anything they went above and beyond. Even fulfilling my request of a Christmas tree which was really nice and providing fire wood. I highly recommend and personally couldn’t fault anything.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely barn with great facilities."

    Brilliant base for walkers and to taste the culinary delights everywhere you go. Host was attentive and keen to help. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Sep 2023

  • "A tastefully decorated barn conversion, with all home comforts."

    There are lovely views of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside from the house, and lots of good walks are within easy reach by car. The pub in the village is also recommended.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2023

  • "We loved the cottage, great location."

    Everything we needed for our stay was provided.

    Reviewed by Peta5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable stay in the beautiful Ribble Valley."

    Reviewed by June5.0Jun 2023

  • "A very comfortable cottage and well equipped kitchen."

    Good location for walks and pub.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely property in a great location."

    All facilities provided and exceptionally clean.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Apr 2023

  • "An excellent stay, the barn was immaculate and the beds incredibly comfortable."

    It is located in a beautiful spot overlooking the countryside and River Ribble and is perfectly located for visiting the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland. The property has been beautifully renovated and the feature window makes for a perfect spot to sit with a coffee and view the sunrise over the hills. There is some road noise but we didn't find it overly noisy to the extent that it ever bothered us and we were staying in the room on the road side. The property is well equipped and we had everything we needed during our stay. The Spread Eagle pub is a minute drive away and is well worth a visit for good ales and wholesome food. The owner was very welcoming and attentive during our visit and he couldn't do enough to ensure we had an enjoyable stay. We look forward to returning to the property in the future.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very comfortable and warm 'barn'."

    Owner very responsive to problems with the property and rectified quickly. Busy road outside the property, so not safe to walk into Sawley. Barn in good location with easy access to the Forest of Bowland.

    Reviewed by Kay4.7Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, super clean, warm and cosy with great views, we had a lovely break over Christmas."

    Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Dec 2022

  • "Brilliant faultless accomodation in a picturesque part of the country."

    Friendly owner who obviously cares about his guests.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Sep 2022

  • "The house is very comfortable, clean, warm and well equipped; the area is beautiful with lots of footpaths for walking and great views."

    However, access to the house is effectively by car only, as it's on a narrow road with no pavement and fast traffic.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely converted barn, very clean and spacious in a great location."

    We would certainly like to return.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2022

  • "Amazing place!"

    Reviewed by Ali5.0Aug 2022

  • "An excellent conversion with all modern facilities."

    Lovely views across the Ribble Valley to Pendle. This barn provides comfortable and spacious accommodation and we enjoyed our stay. Tony Quinn

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very good accommodation in well converted barn."

    Well maintained, well equipped and thoroughly cleaned. Beautiful area, lovely views, walks and lots to see and do. Yes, as others have said it is close to the road but that is the nature of barns. It did not bother us too much. Excellent garden centre - Holden Clough close by, well worth a visit. We also enjoyed a walk doing the Pendle Hill Sculpture Trail ending with a very good meal at the Pendle Inn. Steven is a very good host who took the time to visit to ensure we were settled in and again to check all had been well the evening before we left. He was very keen to know if there was anything he could improve on. We know from looking back at previous reviews he takes this very seriously and puts suggestions into action. Notably, there are now outdoor chairs and sun loungers to compliment the wooden outdoor table with seating. So, we did mention a non-slip mat in the shower and replacement of worn non-stick pans would be a good idea and are confident this will be done. Get Outlook for iOS From: Sykes Cottages <

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2022

  • "First impressions were good but on further investigation, we noticed that the oven and grill were very dirty, in fact so dirty that I was not prepared to use the grill pan and whilst I used the oven area I kept this to a minimum- the inside of the glass oven door was brown with burnt on food - not pleasant plus the wood burner has not been cleaned out from the previous user."

    We also found the road noise to be excessive especially at the weekends and in early mornings. In the freezer there were bags of food and also a carton of juice which had expended and burst -plus packets of crisps and cereals boxes all opened but just left clearly from previous occupiers but should have been removed before our arrival On the plus side the property is well laid out and the seating area on the landing is a nice touch and we spent many hours chilling out in this area. There is definitely room for improvement at this property. Not good value for money

    I had popped in to show you how the heating worked and was not made aware of any problem at the time. I'm so sorry that you found an issue following this during your stay which is highly unusual and a regrettable oversight and will of course be addressed immediately with the cleaning team and monitored moving forward. I do provide my two contact numbers pre arrival and Sykes Cottages also has a dedicated helpline for guests with any concerns during a stay. I would of course have rectified any issue straightaway and I'm sorry I was not given the opportunity to do so. Regarding the road, while the property is located in a rural location, the advert pictures are as transparent as possible to ensure that guests are fully informed before booking to make sure the property is suitable for them. The advert includes photographs showing that the property is near a country road and due to the nature of the countryside, farm machinery or agricultural vehicle may sometimes pass. We do hope though that the scenery makes up for any vehicle passing by. I'm glad you found the property well laid out and enjoyed the seating. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger3.1May 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at cow hill Laith barn, everything was perfect."

    The cottage is beautiful and couldn’t fault it it anyway.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful barn conversion in a great location."

    Reviewed by Glenn5.0Dec 2021

  • "Instructions regarding the central heating were not available."

    The house was warm but we did not know how to change the settings to suit us The key safe was broken

    Many thanks for your comments and on check in day I now show all guests how to use the heating. The key safe has also been replaced. Thank you also for your excellent scores for comfort, facilities, accuracy of listing and cleanliness. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2021

  • "Our second visit to Cow Hill Laith Barn and we will definitely return!"

    Reviewed by Rupert5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a great week at Cow Hill Laith Barn."

    Beautifully laid out, with a fantastic living room and 3 well thought out bedrooms. Most amazing is the location. Views of Pendle Hill, the Ribble and fields from every window. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Barn was beautiful, amazing views from every window and great amenities."

    We used the barn as a base for the week for my sister's wedding at the Out Barn, Waddington and it was perfect!

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Jul 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at the barn."

    It's clear it's a very newly refurbished cottage, everything felt shiny and new and very clean. The layout and facilities are excellent, even the washing machine is a combi dryer which was a bonus. Plenty of towels provided and the views of the countryside are lovely. Sawley village is a few mins walk with a lovely playpark, interesting free ruins and a nice pub. The only issue is the road past the cottage is very busy, didn't bother us but may be annoying for some. Overall I am extremely impressed with the cottage and the location is great for exploring lots of the area, with Blackpool, the Lakes and the Dales all within fairly easy reach.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2021

  • "What a little gem."

    We booked last minute and could not have been happier with the cottage. Very well equipped, super comfy beds, warm and cosy with gorgeous views and nice walks on your doorstep. My family and I loved it.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had an amazing time at Cow Hill Laith Barn, the property was amazing!"

    It was extremely clean and looked even better in person than in the pictures online. The house was well stocked, and it would have been helpful to list that there would be basic essentials like salt, pepper, flour, milk etc so we didn't have to bring our own. As well as this, the house had so much cooking equipment, so it would be great for prospective guests to know his beforehand. Lastly, we would've appreciated a guide to the heating and underfloor heating in the house! Thank you for an amazing stay, and we would strongly recommend the property.

    Reviewed by Sylvie5.0Sep 2020

  • "We have stayed at this cottage a few times previously as it’s convenient for our stay when visiting family and friends."

    It’s always a pleasure to stay there

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Jul 2020

  • "Fabulous cottage, photos don’t do it justice, lovely converted barn in a beautiful location."

    Immacutately presented with a well equipped kitchen, cozy living room and amazingly comfy beds - best sleep ever! Only downsides are limited to no mobile coverage and a narrow country lane to the village.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Dec 2019

  • "This property is absolutely beautiful."

    Stunning surroundings, excellently equipped, cosy, spacious, stylish and a perfect retreat for a family or a small group of friends. The hosts were great and the cleaning staff left no stone unturned - spotless. The photos don't do this home justice! Will definitely return to this gorgeous house

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Nov 2019

  • "The barn is really nice with beautiful big windows and views of the river and Pendle Hill."

    We saw 3 herons from the first floor landing window. It's a short walk (5 mins) on a quiet road to a pub, and 5 mins more to a nice playpark. The fields round about are quite boggy so I'd recommend wellies. The barn itself is fully equipped for cooking etc.

    Reviewed by Henry5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely location."

    Everything needed had been provided and spotlessly clean. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2019

  • "Absolutely loved our stay, the property was fantastic, had the feel of an old authentic cottage yet had all the modern touches like a fully equipped kitchen and ensuite bathroom."

    Really nice touches like milk on arrival in fridge, washing machine and dishwasher tablets provided. These little touches make all the difference. Would stay again 100%.

    Reviewed by Damon5.0Jul 2019

  • "Wonderful location, even in the rain!"

    Very well appointed and well designed living spaces. Comfortable beds. Left notes on cooker about few small snagging issues but very pleased with everything else. Wonderfully quiet but near to several excellent pubs and walks. Thanks

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Jun 2019

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at cow hill laith barn."

    Beautiful conversion in a lovely setting. Very well equipped kitchen and lovely bedrooms. Spacious living room with comfy sofa and chairs. Ideal place for touring the area as it's only a mile or so from the A59. The weather was beautiful the week we stayed so we took advantage of sitting on the patio. Just a couple of suggestions for the future. Some foldaway chairs so you can sit on the grass as the sun disappears early afternoon from the patio and a video player in the lounge in case of bad weather and unable to get out and about. However, we would definitely stay here again and I certainly would recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7May 2019

  • "The location and the barn were excellent."

    We had booked the barn as a mini moon after we got married and wanted to spend some time getting away from it all with our two young children. The photographs of the barn don't do it justice, it really is beautiful. We enjoyed walking to the local pub which overlooks the river and the children enjoyed playing in the local playground. It really feels like you are escaping from it all. We enjoyed exploring the local villages and found some lovely tea rooms and cosy pubs nearby. We hope to return again perhaps in the winter to enjoy the log burner and beautiful views.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2019

  • "Absolutely brilliant."

    Lovely, peaceful accommodation with every thing we could have needed for a great weekend. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Mar 2019

  • "Another comfortable stay at Cow Hill Laith Barn"

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was decorated and equipped to a high standard."

    It was clean,comfortable, and in a great location! Would highly recommend and wish we could have stayed longer!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Dec 2018

  • "What a wonderful stay."

    We have stayed cow hill laith barn for three nights wish we could stay for longer. Lovely surroundings and tastefully decorations. Very helpful and lovely landlord. Will definitely come back again. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Jing5.0Dec 2018

  • "A lovely barn conversion."

    Really clean, very well equipped and very helpful owners when we had a query.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Dec 2018

  • "Beautiful barn in lovely setting."

    Would definitely use again. Just be aware getting a signal for your mobile is hit and miss but Wi-fi is fine

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Dec 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, everything we could want and more, really cosy, excellant heating system and a wood burner, twice as many dishes and cookery items as you could use."

    This is s fabulous area to explore and so many great places to eat out within a very short distance. We had a lovely time and would definitely recommend this property, thank you.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2018

  • "Absolutely loved our time in Sawley ~ the Barn is in the ideal place for touring the area ~ and was the perfect, cosy, clean accommodation for our stay."

    In a picturesque spot on the outskirts of Sawley the views were lovely, and everything you could wish for in accommodation was catered for, spotlessly; and of a very high standard. The owners were particularly helpful as I have an annoying allergy to fur and feathers and it is so reassuring to find somewhere which caters to my hypo-allergenic needs. I climbed Pendle with my daughter for the first time in 40 years and thoroughly enjoyed visiting my old family haunt. I will definitely go back to Cow Hill Laith Barn again.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Nov 2018

  • "Delightful newly converted barn, Very warm and welcoming, home away from home."

    very well equipped even down to the little things like milk in the fridge/tea/Coffee on arrival, and basics like a couple of dishwasher tablets. lovely views across open fields, hardly noticed the road. Ideal location for visiting family in Preston and day trip to Malham. very Happy.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Oct 2018

  • "We stayed for 3 nights at this wonderful barn conversion with our 3 children - the property is immaculate and well located for cycle and walking (we did both)."

    The property was spacious and very warm, and the wood burning stove a lovely touch. The provision of tea/coffee/sugar and a bottle of milk was really nice after a long journey. The busy road was the only downside of an otherwise amazing stay.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2018

  • "A fabulous characterful and cosy cottage in a great location."

    Beautifully presented with a very well equipped kitchen, well appointed bathrooms, comfy beds, spacious living room and plenty of parking. Lovely views from the cottage of a very grand house sitting on the hill, the pub across the river and the neighbouring sheep & cows. Ideally located for exploring the Yorkshire and Lancashire areas. Would definitely recommend this place to others and would probably stay here again as it was pretty much perfect!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with beautiful veiws very spacious rooms with comfortable seating ."

    Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2018

  • "This property was as described and we found it very pleasant to stay in."

    Two observations (rather than criticisms):- 1) No information on local amenities (eateries, doctors, dentists etc) which we have usually found in other properties we have rented. 2) Little information on using the facilities of the property ( how to raise the temperature of the heating system and instructions on how to deal with waste correctly both general and recyclable).

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Helpful and friendly owners

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2018

  • "We had to ring up the owner to work out how to get to the cottage (due to an inability on our part to read town names correctly) and he was very friendly."

    Also provided with a small bottle of milk, which was very thoughtful. Cottage was immaculate throughout and so spacious! Even though this cottage is right next to a road you do not hear the traffic from this whilst indoors, seating area outside and lovely view! Will definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Jun 2018

  • "Loved everything about this place."

    Great location, not too far away from civilization, but just enough for peace and relaxation. Beautifully furnished, and clean. A great place for a nice relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely clean cottage in a private position."

    Pub/Restaurant nearby. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by David4.4Mar 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/ link, can be beds double on request), 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area (seats 5)
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • WiFi
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • 1 Well Behaved Dog welcome and no smoking
  • Pub 7 mins walk, shop 2 miles
  • Please Note - This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.00.

The property

Cow Hill Laith Barn is a recently renovated barn conversion, nestled in the hills of the Ribble Valley and offering superb views across the beautiful Lancashire countryside.

The property is located in the small village of Sawley, just outside of Bolton-by-Bowland, and the local pub is just a short distance from the property.

As you enter the property, to the left is the newly refurbished kitchen containing a dining table and chairs for up to five people, a fridge/freezer, dishwasher, oven and washing machine.

The lounge has comfortable seating and a cosy woodburning stove to relax in front of in the evening.

There is also a downstairs WC with basin.

Heading upstairs, you will find a beautiful feature window and seating to enjoy the countryside view on offer, the ceiling also features some beautiful original beams, which add character to the property.

There are three bedrooms; one is a king-sized double with an en-suite shower room, the second is a single room with a Velux window and beamed ceiling and the final bedroom contains two single zip & link beds which can be used as a twin or double.

The good-sized family bathroom has a shower over bath, WC and basin.

To the exterior of the property, there is a lovely patio are with seating and picturesque countryside views from every direction.

There is ample off-road parking and the property is set in a peaceful location.

Cow Hill Laith Barn is a great base from which to explore the Ribble Valley and the town of Clitheroe is around 7 miles away.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Clitheroe 7 miles; Skipton 14.5 miles.

Bolton-by-Bowland is a pretty working village nestling in the hills and dales of the Ribble Valley, north-east of Clitheroe and west of Skipton. With two village greens, a village hall, cricket club, a shop and a tea room, Bolton-by-Bowland is an excellent village base for a holiday in this area. The surrounding Ribble Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a peaceful and picturesque haven. For amenities, nearby Clitheroe is famed for its specialist shops of all types, including, amongst others, a sausage shop that sells over seventy-five different varieties! The area is a food lover's paradise, with award-winning restaurants and country hotels situated throughout the valley, and annual events including a number of agricultural shows and day festivals of all types. From Bolton-by-Bowland it is easy to explore both the Lakes and the Dales, ensuring this fantastic location has plenty to offer at any time of year!

Please Note - This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.00.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas