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Garstang, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 937841)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Brilliant break."

    Walks from the door. Peaceful, lovely.

    Reviewed by JohnFeb 2022

  • "The pictures you show are not the true representation of the property the location was fine however the cleanliness of the cottage was not as good as it could have been the cleaners are seriously letting the owners down a detailed walk round by the owners would pick up on that also certain items are looking tired and need replacing the paint work needs refreshing and the toilet seat needs replacing on the upside these are all quick wins and are easily fixed ."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "Lovely area, enjoyed the canal walks almost from the doorstep."

    Enjoyed having a bath and gazing into the countryside. Plenty of coastline places to visit all within 30 mins drive

    Reviewed by JayneJul 2021

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at the ploughshare in Forton nr Garstang and loved it even more second time round."

    Anne and Robert are very welcoming. The apartment was spotless and had everything you could need for a vacation. Its location is great only 10 minute drive into Garstang itself where you will find lovely little independent shops. The ploughshare is perfect for a quiet break from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life and is surrounded by gorgeous countryside.

    Reviewed by TracyJun 2021

  • "Smelt of cigarette smoke."

    The sheets on the bed were creased and smelt of sweat and smoke. Hence we did not sleep in the bed. The photos on the site looked liked the canal went by your garden, this was not the case, you had to negotiate two gates when they wasn't locked, and walk through a diary farm! There was lack of worktop space in the kitchen to prepare meals. The underfloor heating was on constant even on hot days. We could not switch it off. The water was scolding hot, an accident waiting to happen. The shower screen had remnants of the last used and the floors smelt of urine. Mirrors were dirty and there were cobwebs everywhere. The sofa was very uncomfortable. On the plus side it was very quiet, but not so private, with the bath tub in front of patio doors, you had to close the curtains or be in full view of everyone. Couldn't see the point in having a bath there! The bulbs in the lights were very bright and this showed all the dust and cobwebs on the shades. The electric hob and splash back were dirty too. The glasses were dirty. The owner did meet us on arrival and gave us the key and pointed to us where to go. That was the last we saw of her. She never asked if everything was alright with us! After all she had already had the money! There was lack of cleaning stuff, only 2 toilet rolls, and two set of towels. We never saw the washing machine because it was behind a locked door so we couldn't even wash the towels. She did leave two cheap coffee sachets and two cheap teabag and two cakes. For the money paid I would have expected more. I certainly did not expect to have to clean the property on arrival

    Reviewed by JillJun 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay in Ploughshare, which is situated in a tranquil environment on a Dairy Farm, close to the Lancaster Canal."

    It was very clean, with a really large comfortable bed. The only criticism that we have is that the settee is exceedingly low and although we are quite agile, it is not easy to get up from. I notice that other guests have commented on this in the past. The owners were very welcoming, and tea, milk and biscuits on arrival was a nice touch. We really liked the area and found it an excellent base, and Garstang is a nice town, with good all round facilities. All in all we were very satisfied.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "Fabulous location, very close to canal for some fab walks, cottage was great very cosy and warm, if I can make one criticism it would be in the hall, to add some hooks on the wall for hanging coats etc and possibly a bench would be helpful, as it would taking dirty walking boots off a little easier before going into to main accommodation."

    Great holiday and so relaxed after our week. A great place for cyclists too very flat and accessible.

    Reviewed by GillianSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, had a great relaxing time!"

    Reviewed by VickyAug 2020

  • "Had a great time."

    Cottage was excellent

    Reviewed by NeilAug 2020

  • "Location perfect and well equipped for self catering We will be returning, thanks"

    Reviewed by LorraineAug 2020

  • "Great hosts, beautiful cottage."

    Beautiful area. Will definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2019

  • "We have just spent 10 glorious days at Ploughshare celebrating my husbands birthday and our wedding anniversary."

    We have both had the best time here relaxing and couldn't have asked for more. Both Robert and Anne are lovely to chat to and extremely accommodating. The home comforts of the accommodation have been perfect. We have had the best nights sleep and the woodturner makes it so cosy and romantic. The scenery is idyllic and the goats in the paddock are a delight to watch and pet. Wether you are staying in the area to sightsee or as a retreat to relax this is the perfect place to stay. We cannot wait to come back again next year - hopefully next time for two weeks!

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2019

  • "Excellent hosts, very welcoming, the cottage wants for nothing, in fact such a lovely relaxing holiday in lovely countryside, we will be re-booking for the springtime!"

    Reviewed by JeffOct 2019

  • "Owners were very friendly and quite happy to show us the workings of the farm"

    Reviewed by JalalSep 2019

  • "Enjoyed the Ploughshare so much we rebooked as soon as we returned home after a really enjoyable week the property is 5 star on every level!"

    Reviewed by JeffAug 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    The best place I have ever stayed in. Decor very tasteful. Best nights sleep in years.

    Reviewed by GailAug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a rural location on a working farm, nearest pub is the pattern arms about a 2 mile drive from the cottage."

    Nearest town is garstang which is 3 miles away, although it's possible to walk along the canal it would probably take you about a hour and a half depending on how fast you walk. Would recommend this property for a quiet romantic getaway as the cottage has a freestanding bath for 2 and also a separate bathroom.

    Reviewed by GaryJun 2019

  • "This is a lovely place to get away for a couple looking to relax and unwind its on a farm and off the beaten track but not to far."

    .the cottage itself was beautiful and very comfortable little touches like teabags and milk being there on our arrival everything explained to us by the owners who also run the farm..we woke up to the lovely sound of the goats outside and farm noises which we didnt mind at all..bed was comfortable water was nice and hot and wifi worked fine Lovely walks about 2 minutes from the canals where there was boats and cows bathing about a mile down the road there was a nice pub which sold beautiful homemade food which we enjoyed morecambe bay not far and blackpool about 30mins away..all in all we really enjoyed our stay and will be back

    Reviewed by Michael RaymondJun 2019

  • "Another excellent holiday cottage with great facilities including own patio overlooking a field of goats."

    Ideally located to visit Lancashire and Lake District and not to far to go for everyday essentials.Will return in future and recommend to friends.Thanks to Sykes for another great cottage break.

    Reviewed by KennethJun 2019

  • "The property could have done with a little extra wardrobe space and a more comfortable sofa otherwise o."


    Reviewed by PeterMay 2019

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Lots of walks from door. Nearest pub 30 -40 mins walk.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "We were looking for somewhere to completely relax and get away from the hustle and bustle but at the same time had places of interest to visit as well as good walking opportunities."

    This location and cottage ticked all the boxes. We were completely relaxed from arrival and fully enjoyed the experience. The bed was huge and comfortable although more robust pillows would have been preferred but that is a personal preference.. A portable mirror for use with the hairdryer would be advisable for female guests. Neither of these minor issues in anyway affected our stay. The location is very handy for visiting Lancaster, Morecambe and Garstang with the latter in walking distance directly from the farm using the canal towpath (approx 8 miles roundtrip) The Forest of Bowland is very near and has many beautiful walks. Free maps can be downloaded via the Forest of Bowland website or via the Viewranger App. We would certainly recommend a visit and hope to return in the not too distant future. A big thank you to the owners who are hard working farmers who somehow find the time to check all is well!

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2019

  • "Very warm welcome , logs regularly supplied for the log fire ."

    Towels and bedding regularly supplied Great area so quite. Real relaxing feel to it all. Fantastic walks within 30 minute drive . Would definitely go again . Just a small thing to mention its near the farm so you do get the good old farm smell at times which I dont mind but other might.

    Reviewed by SeanJan 2019

  • "My husband and I stayed in the Ploughshare for 5 nights over the Christmas season."

    . We were met by Anne who was lovely.. The place was warm and welcoming. Coffee, tea, sugar, milk, mince pies, chocolates and Bucks Fizz were waiting aswel as a basket full of dry logs for the log burning stove. It was quiet yet not far from the shops and pubs. We had a wander along the canal which is a few minutes walk away. We were able to sit out on the patio and watch the goats grazing, pheasants strutting and squirrels darting about.. If you want quiet, romantic, comfortable this is the place to be, Anne and Robert were very welcoming and friendly. We are planning to visit as often as we can and certainly again next Christmas.

    Reviewed by HayleyDec 2018

  • "Walks from door down canal."

    5 - 10 minutes drive to motorway and to supermarkets. Lovely and peaceful with friendly hosts. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2018

  • "Lovely relaxing holiday in excellent accommodation"

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2018

  • "Lovely place on farm, waking up to see the cows in field."

    Not to far to travel from motorway so peaceful. Enjoy looking at the calves. Minor thing pillows to flat.

    Reviewed by AllisonSep 2018

  • "Very private ,lovely owners , would definitely stay at this cottage again"

    Reviewed by BrettSep 2018

  • "The seating in the lounge area was too low and soft, and when you sat down, it was very difficult to get back up again."

    We had to build up the seating with cushions and as we have back problems, we were not comfortable sitting at all, which was disappointing as both the football and tennis were on during our stay. The only other seating was at the dining table. The duvets were bulky and winter weight, and as there was a heatwave, made it extremely uncomfortable for sleeping. There were no instructions for any of the appliances, which in particular for both the cooker and microwave made it very difficult. Thankfully the TV's were fairly easy to work.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJul 2018

  • "Ploughshare is a wonderful holiday cottage - attractively and sensitively furnished and equipped and with great character."

    Clean, and very well presented. Anne and Robert are extremely helpful and friendly. Their farm is a beautifully quiet and peaceful place to stay - the perfect place for a refreshing countryside break. And enjoy the goats!!

    Reviewed by WendyFeb 2018

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at ploughshare, the cottage is equipped with all mod cons with fixtures, fittings and furnishings of excellent quality."

    There is also a log burner, which we didn't use as the central heating system kept us lovely and cosy for the duration of our stay. Ann is a lovely host and can't do enough for her guests. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend ploughshare, or indeed any of the other properties on this working dairy farm. They are of the same quality. It's a beautiful area with the lovely Lancaster canal winding through the farm. All in all a great place for a peaceful break. 10 out of 10!

    Reviewed by MichaelJan 2018

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The accommodation was perfect and the owners were very welcoming and attentive.

    Reviewed by EdwardNov 2017

  • "Great value for money and excellent location."

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2017

  • "Excellent cottage in very convenient area."

    The only problem was the settee was quite low but as soon asI mentioned this to the owner she offered another chair

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2017

  • "The best thing about ploughshare is the total privacy that you can have which is ideal for a romantic retreat."

    Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by SajidAug 2017

  • "Although have scored very satisfied, there are some facilities that we would have expected to make 'living' easier."

    More worktop SPACE needed for meal preparation. The layout of the conversion was inconvenient in some respects but one could put up with it for a week. As it was located on a farm and near a canal, we had more of an issue with flies perhaps than in another location?

    Reviewed by GillAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Open plan studio accommodation with super king-size double bed (zip/link, can be twin on request), freestanding bath, kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Utility.
  • Biomass central heating with underfloor heating throughout and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, shared use of washing machine and tumble dryer, Smart HD TV, 2nd Freeview TV with DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Front enclosed patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 1 mile

The property

This spacious ground floor barn conversion offers couples a fantastic romantic retreat while they make the most of the activities available in the area.

The large open plan studio has a super king-size zip and link bed and the added luxury of a freestanding bath.

The well-equipped kitchen and dining area give the opportunity to have a home-cooked meal before relaxing on the comfy sofa in front of the woodburning stove.

Outside, the private patio area is a great spot to relax and enjoy the sun with a glass of wine.

Note: This property is next to Refs 914976 and 914986, together they sleep 6.

Th'owd Ploughman's Retreat

Garstang 3.7 miles. This group of light and airy barn conversions is situated on a working dairy farm near the village of Forton, just a few miles from the Forest of Bowland, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each cottage sleeps two and would make an ideal romantic retreat or they can be booked together for a group of friends. Two provide open plan studio accommodation while the third is an upside down cottage with the living accommodation on the first floor and the bedroom on the ground floor. With a private patio area each, these cottages make a fantastic base for relaxing after exploring the surrounding area. Enjoy walks down the canal from the doorstep to Forton with its playing field with bowling green and traditional cricket club. Nearby amenities include a fantastic fish and chip shop, The Pudding House farm shop and café, The Middle Holly Tea Room which makes all its bread, cakes and sweets on-site and serves a selection of teas, also The Holly pub The Pattern Arms are within a twenty minute walk. Around half an hour’s drive away you will find the famous seaside resort of Blackpool, home to the Blackpool Tower, The Opera House and the world-famous Pleasure Beach and illuminations. Other nearby attractions include the more tranquil town of Lytham St Annes and the Royal Lytham golf course and Freeport Fleetwood, the outlet shopping village which makes for a fantastic day out shopping. Within an hour’s drive of the Lake District and the delights of the coast there is something for everyone.

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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