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The Furrows

Garstang, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 914986)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Positives: Good location, good parking, good space inside , good facilities."

    Negatives 1) Could have been cleaner. Superficially OK, but under cushions, top of cupboards dusty, and bedding a little musty. 2) Beds very uncomfortable – spongy (memories of student days!) Overall, this could be a very good choice, but beds MUST be changed. We hope this helps

    Reviewed by TerenceAug 2021

  • "A few basics required, oven gloves and pot drainer."

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2021

  • "We stayed in Ploughshare a couple of months ago and enjoyed it so much we looked to book again for our next week off."

    It wasn’t available so we booked and stayed at The Furrows this time. We enjoyed it just as much as our stay at Ploughshare, both properties have all the things you need fo a relaxing staycation. We found both properties very comfortable. It’s a short walk to the canal and easily accessible for the countryside or coast. Anne and Robert are very welcoming hosts, waiting to greet you on arrival but not intrusive afterwards. However, when we had a query about the water, Anne was almost at the door before I had ended the call and was quick to sort it out. The pint of milk, teabags, coffee and traybake slices left for us,also keep you going until you get to the shops. Robert alerted us to seeing the arrival of a calf while we were there, something I had only seen on tv before. We are certainly looking to see when we can return.

    Reviewed by PaulaJun 2021

  • "A very nice quiet and peaceful location."

    The Furrows is a very comfortable and well equipped base for the Lancashire coast and it’s canals. The Trough of Bowland is just a short drive with spectacular countryside and excellent walks.

    Reviewed by MarkJun 2021

  • "The farm we stayed at made us very welcome and thinking going back for a longer stay"

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "Great location, it was easy to find too."

    The cottage itself was lovely, really comfortable and was made to feel welcome by Anne. Already looking to book again, can’t wait to come back!

    Reviewed by OliviaMay 2021

  • "Clean, comfortable, well equipped accommodation in a great location near the canal."

    Had four blissful days of walking and cycling. Goats very friendly.

    Reviewed by RogerApr 2021

  • "Very comfortable accommodation in peaceful location."

    Clean, warm, and well organised by friendly owners.

    Reviewed by IanApr 2021

  • "Minutes away from the canal ,giving ample walking options ."

    Had two lovely days out at Morcombe and beutiful Fleetwood the model boats are a must for kids big and small . Yard is a lovely suntrap if you don't mind the smell of cows (it is a working farm after all0

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "My husband and I had a lovely stay at The Furrows."

    The space was bigger than we expected from the pictures in the listing. The kitchen was well equipped and had everything we needed to self cater for the week, and the Super King bed was a real treat. The cottage is in a handy location, and we were able to easily visit Morecambe, Lancaster and Blackpool for day trips. We also went into the nearby town of Garstang and enjoyed the Castle & Canal walk that starts at the Booths. The cottage is on a working farm so there are the sounds and smells of a farm to be expected when outside, but it was never a problem inside the cottage itself. I particularly liked making friends with the goats who would to come to the fence line to say hello whenever we got in or out of our car! I would recommend The Furrows to anyone looking for a lovely cottage that they can explore Lancashire from.

    Reviewed by AmberOct 2020

  • "Great accommodation, just the job for a holiday in this area."

    Reviewed by TeresaOct 2020

  • "Great last minute break, farm smell added to the authenticity of the listing."

    Owner very accommodating and polite.. We had a great time.. Thanks

    Reviewed by SueSep 2020

  • "Although it said pub and fish and chip shop were around twenty five minutes walk, part of it was down a very narrow unpaved track , would certainly not like to walk that in the dark as there was a few cars used it ."

    Hadn't realised when I booked it that it was quite as isolated. We had to take the car everywhere.

    Reviewed by LSep 2020

  • "Anne was very welcoming."

    The cottage is well equipped. It was lovely and warm , lots of hot water , good shower. Lots of places to visit. Secluded and quiet so perfect for someone wanted a retreat.

    Reviewed by MaureenFeb 2020

  • "Totally authentic."

    It was everything we had hoped for and more. Much more spacious than we expected, extremely comfortable warm and welcoming. The peace and quiet was very therapeutic. The cottage was well equipped, nothing overdone or underdone. We had all the kitchen equipment we needed to cook our Christmas meals, and a lovely setting to eat them in. Our hosts were lovely and respected our space yet were at hand when we called. We hope to visit again Thank you

    Reviewed by DeborahDec 2019

  • "Good location, quiet and comfortable with very pleasant owners."

    Reviewed by NicolaOct 2019


    Reviewed by RichardSep 2019

  • "On arrival the accommodation was disappointing, the bedroom was smelling of sweaty socks, the bedding was musty, the landlady offered to change the bedding and the problem was rectified, however it was disappointing."

    I did also find the kitchen was underequipped and both kitchen and bathroom could have had more cleaning products overall it was not a good start to my holiday for myself and my elderly mother.

    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're sorry to hear that the property didn't live up to your expectations. Please note that all bed linen is freshly laundered and the property is aired thoroughly prior to arrival. Upon being made aware of your complaint the property owner provided fresh bed linen and towels straight away. The owner also made you aware that you could approach them at any time but were not made aware of your concerns until the 4th day of your stay. Please also note that cooking and dining equipment is provided for 6 people. Kind Regards, The Customer Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanAug 2019

  • "Friendly welcome with introduction to property and facilities."

    Convenient parking and plenty of information leaflets available to plan excursions.

    Reviewed by JeanAug 2019

  • "Lovely quiet location near the canal and handy for visiting family in Lancaster."

    Unfortunately no mobile signal at the cottage and internet was down for the whole week due to weather conditions he previous week but it didn't detract from our holiday. The cottage was very homely and clean.

    Reviewed by LmJul 2019

  • "Great walks along canal and view ..."

    Great walks along canal and view Very quiet site not a place for children and for high heels The goats at the farm where great Good pubs and restaurants within walking distance More information about the area in the cottage would be helpful

    Reviewed by EileenJul 2019

  • "We enjoyed the peace and quiet , it was blissful."

    The cottage was really close to a pretty stretch of canal , which was good for walks. Garstang , nearby is a lovely town with both a river and a canal and a good choice of shops, pubs and places to eat.We found The Patten Arms especially good and Wallings ice cream parlour.

    Reviewed by SandraMay 2019

  • "Lovely level walking along canal, 300metres away."

    Close to Lancaster, which was very interesting to visit, especially Williamson Park,{great woodland walk, and wonderful views over Morecambe Bay}. Cottage was comfortable and well equipped with private courtyard and seating area. Mr and Mrs Jolley were welcoming and helpful. Weather was great and we had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by MarionMay 2019

  • "I can not fault the lady on the phone who contacted me straight away and arranged the booking of the holiday, however for the price I was disappointed in the cottage, it wasn’t very clean, there was no mirror to do hair or make up the owner said one was being ordered due to it being damaged."

    The bed was awful, did not sleep great at all, woke up with headache and backache each morning. The cottage itself is in a lovely location and the little shortbread and milk was a lovely touch. I think it would be useful to have maybe a welcome leaflet though as we didn’t know where to put rubbish or anything like that.

    Reviewed by ToniApr 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at The Furrows, we were so pleased with this cottage, it was clean and comfortable, well equipped and in a great location."

    Best of all was the warm welcome from the owners who met and showed us around when we arrived, called later to make sure we were happy and halfway through the week brought us clean towels, which was much appreciated AND they came to wave us off on the day we left, so thoughtful.

    Reviewed by NicolaOct 2018

  • "The directions need to be more specific, i."

    E. state that the property is off the A6. It was very warm and windows did not open very wide at all, so a fan would have been useful. We had to buy a bath mat, toilet rolls, kitchen towel, scourer and dish cloth. A coat stand in the hall would be useful as there is nowhere to hang coats if wet. There is only one small useful mirror in the bathroom. There is only one bedside lamp. A chest of drawers would be better than the chair in the bedroom. The bed was large, but we could feel the springs in the mattress. The bedroom door continually kept opening. The toilet brush was disgustingly filthy. The mid week towel change was good. The shower was excellent. The welcome tray and milk was appreciated.

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2018

  • "Anne was a first class host who was friendly able and willing to provide local information and advice."

    This working fa location was idyllic, the farm animals didn’t encroach on our enjoyment and Anne’s goats antics were charming. Great central location , Lancashire resorts and the Lake District all within an hours drive . Highly recommended, facilities in our cottage were perfect. We will return again for sure and recommend to friends and family . Glen

    Reviewed by GlenAug 2018

  • "It was a beautiful stay and the only problem we had was the directions nothing ..."

    It was a beautiful stay and the only problem we had was the directions nothing is signposted so we got lost and had no phone signal all weekend lucky for the WiFi

    Reviewed by LeeannJul 2018

  • "The Furrows, just outside Garstang is a lovely spot to stay."

    It is within an easy commute to Lancaster and not to far from Blackpool. However, there is more to do in Lancaster and the surrounding area. Not far from the cottage is the popular Walling ice- cream parlour. The cottage was well equipped, cutlery, crockery etc, but did lack a freezer in the fridge. So if you stay for a week don't buy or bring food that you need to put in a freezer. I would still recommend this cottage. ********Owner Response****** Thank you for your feedback, we have now added a freezer to the property.

    Reviewed by CarolJun 2018

  • "Ideal location for covering the area."

    Very nice of the owners to leave coffee/tea and biscuits when we arrived. Really special to have towels changed mid week. Find the ice cream place close by for the most fabulous homemade ice creams. Garstang a lovely place to visit. Can recommend the pubs for good food. Lovely canal walks. Would visit again.

    Reviewed by ShirleyJun 2018

  • "Lovely location."

    Warm welcome from owners, during our stay they were not intrusive but am sure they would have helped had we had a problem. Private sitting out area was appreciated. Cottage very clean and was generally well equipped. Whilst we did not use the laundry facilities it was good to know that they were available. Fresh towels after a few days was a lovely touch as was the welcome pack of milk, tea coffee and cake! Some minor suggestions below to enhance the experience further; Replace armchair in bedroom with a chest/table on which to place mirror. Mirror is currently on a low windowsill which makes hair-drying challenging! Provision of an brief information pack to include things such as local walks, check-out procedure, disposal of rubbish/recycling. Thank-you for a lovely week and for arranging such fantastic weather!

    Reviewed by SJun 2018

  • "Great relaxing place, owner very pleasant would definitely stay again, we where there for a month and would of stayed longer but it was booked up."

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2018

  • "What a wonderful retreat in the beautiful Lancashire countryside."

    This charming two storey home has everything you could possible want as a break from the 'rat race'. It is on a working farm (I loved the goats!) but only a few minutes drive from the town of Garstang with it's supermarkets, picturesque walks and plenty of places to eat. Nothing is too much trouble for the owners and the tea, coffee and biscuits were most welcome! It was a lovely touch too that we were given fresh towels half way through our stay. The home was spotless and well equipped. The upside down style was perfect, allowing plenty of light and heat into the lounge and kitchen. The Wifi was fantastic and the smart TV was great for cosy nights in. I stay in several holiday cottages throughout the year and I have to say 'The Furrows' ticked all the boxes. 10/10

    Reviewed by DelythApr 2018

  • "The Furrows is one of the most comfortable holiday homes we have stayed in."

    Great location only short drive to Lancaster and Garstang close to M6. Lots to see and do in area. Lounge very comfortable for watching super smart HD TV. Kitchen very well equipped, bedding and towels superb, whole property spotlessly clean! Another nice touch was the fresh towels brought to us half way through the week by owner. Very good Wifi.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2017

  • "This property is an excellent choice for anyone with an interest in northern Lancashire, and the Forest of Bowland."

    Very picturesque. A lot of thought has gone into the planning of this conversion; each flatlet has a separate outdoor sitting-out area, and there is ample parking for at least 3 cars in the specially constructed car park. This is a working dairy farm, complete with the all the rural smells and sounds of the countryside (plus rabbits and pheasants), but certainly nothing intrusive. It is well equipped for a self catered stay, with a generous fridge (without freezer compartment), and full kitchen. The whole property is immaculately clean, and a credit to the owners; since this is no mean feat on a working farm. BT broadband provides a full range of TV and radio services through a large flatscreen TV. Cell phone coverage is poor, and non-existent inside the thick stone walls of the building, but there is a separate internet router for each property, with boosters providing full wi-fi coverage throughout the two floors of The Furrows. Being rural UK the bandwidth isn’t great, but it works well for browsing and voice traffic. This is a property that the owners take a justifiable pride in, and they are friendly and helpful hosts, and a good source of useful local knowledge.

    Reviewed by IanSep 2017

  • "The cottage was spotlessly clean and very comfortable and warm at all times."

    The owners were always very friendly and helpful, very pleasant holiday.

    Reviewed by KeithMar 2017

  • "We really enjoyed staying here and the Owners are really lovely and are happy to help."

    Reviewed by EmmaJun 2016

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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.

The property

This spacious barn conversion provides an ideal base for couples exploring the area and looking for a romantic break.

Set over two floors, the property has an unusual upside down layout; the ground floor provides a luxurious super king-size zip and link bedroom and bathroom.

The living space is upstairs with a well-equipped kitchen for preparing a meal for two or a packed lunch for the day ahead, dining space and comfortable sitting area.

To the front the private yard is perfect for sitting out and enjoying a morning cup of tea.

Note: This property is next to Refs 914976 and 937841, together they sleep 6.


  • One ground floor super king-size double bedroom (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility.
  • Biomass central heating with underfloor heating throughout
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and shared use of washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, Smart HD TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Front enclosed patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 1 mile.

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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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