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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fantastic week at duck down cottage, the location is fantastic for walks and exploring the local areas, traffic can be quite noisy at times as the road is quite a busy road."

    The tolkin trail was a lovely walk, we also recommend Gisburn forest. Langdon Brook and the forest of bowland for some great walks. We visited the surrounding villages and bought some of the famous Cowmans sausages in Clitheroe absolutely delicious

    Reviewed by Andrea4.1Jan 2024

  • "Amazing little place, absolutely loved it."

    Reviewed by Dennis4.7Jan 2024

  • "This was just what l needed after a few hectic and stressful weeks ."

    A nice and relaxing cottage with a pub just a few feet away . Long walks ,nice pub food and drink . Back to a welcoming fire , feet up , bottle of red and a good book ,perfect . Can’t recommend Duckdown highly enough . Hope to be back again .

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jan 2024

  • "Duckdown is a lovely old cottage beautifully furnished with excellent ambient lighting."

    We found it well supplied with equipment and appliances. Thanks to the wet and muddy weather the washer drier was very well used ! The bed was large and comfortable and the bedroom lovely and warm. Although we walked him regularly it was good to have a fully enclosed and safe garden for our dog Chico. The cottage is perfectly situated with walks along the river Ribble or the Tolkien Trail straight from the door. Whalley and Clitheroe are nearby and both worth a visit. Restaurant wise we'd recommend the Aspinall Arms on the outskirts of Whalley for lovely food, great service and excellent ambience. A lovely break all round.

    Reviewed by Trudy4.1Dec 2023

  • "We loved the cottage and its quirkiness."

    The setting is lovely with wonderful walks. We would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had an absolutely amazing holiday in this beautiful cottage."

    So much attention to detail, cosy, quirky and perfect for snuggling in after a full day of exploring. Perfect in every way, a credit to the owners. We found it very hard to leave!!! The Forest and Trough of Bowland.....Absolutely stunning scenery. Thankyou for a lovely break.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2023

  • "Enjoyed our week at Duckdown The cottage is well equipped with everything we needed."

    Easy access to many local villages and walks.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous 'boutique' style decorations and furniture, full of character and interest where-ever you look."

    A lot of care has been taken in choosing the surroundings and even the mandolin on the wall was tuned correctly. Everything we needed in the kitchen and bathrooom and a very comfy bed. If we come to Lancashire again we will try to book Duckdown again. BTW I'm 6'4 and I only had to duck through the front door! Nick

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at Duckdown."

    The cottage was comfortable and well equipped with unique decor that has obviously been carefully chosen by someone with an artistic flair. Hurst Green and the surrounding area are lovely and quiet with plenty of footpaths on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, short of nothing, in an ideal location for short walks and exploring the Forest of Bowland and the Ribble Valley."

    I would love to visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage and dog friendly area."

    Definitely recommend whether you want to chill or go on some lovely walk.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely quirky cottage."

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    We had some great walks with our Border Collie. Comfortable and warm with everything we needed for a few days away at Christmas. Having a pub almost next door was a bonus!

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Dec 2022

  • "This is a beautiful quirky cottage which is obviously much loved and we would recommend it to anyone"

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Oct 2022

  • "Duckdown Cottage is wonderfully homely and inviting."

    Genuinely charming with everything you need for a restful stay. We found the 2 nearby pubs lovely, with the closer one being slightly higher quality if you want a meal in the village. There are some nice walking routes around the village with spectacular views. Nearby, by car, there are plenty of places to visit that are well worth short day trips out. All in all Duckdown was a lovely cottage with a cosy welcoming feel

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Sep 2022

  • "Lovely little quirky cottage had a lovely,peaceful stay"

    Reviewed by Glen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely, would recommend to others, may even rebook for next year."

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Aug 2022

  • "We booked duckdown in the spur of the moment And was certainly not disappointed ..."

    We booked duckdown in the spur of the moment And was certainly not disappointed weather was perfect t The best village we have seen in a long time Great for walking the dog Definitely worth a stay we will be back

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cosy, quirky cottage, loved every minute everything we needed and more, would love to return"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a very picturesque area."

    Just found the road a little noisy.

    Reviewed by Janette3.8Jun 2022

  • "Lovely quirky cottage in a great village location with plenty of walks from the cottage!"

    The cottage was well maintained and very clean. Loved the quirky bed and all the lovely furniture! We would definitely stay at Duckdown cottage again.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0May 2022

  • "Fantastic stay in this quaint cottage."

    A beautiful part of England well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was really beautiful."

    Good bus service through the village so never actually used our car. Lovely village and surrounding area

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Mar 2022

  • "What a beautiful eclectic cottage!"

    This little beauty fits in perfectly with the wonderful mystical landscape. Beautifully clean and cosy with some welcome treats for us and our dog! The bed was wonderfully comfortable and the log burner was perfect. We took some extra logs but there is ample supplied for one or maybe two nights. We enjoyed some amazing walks nearby and a well earned drink in the welcoming local pubs. No hairdryer at the cottage so if you need one remember to take your own otherwise everything you need is in the cottage. Parking could be tricky in high season but we didn’t have a problem and didn’t want to use our car anyway - too many local walks. An amazing cottage un a wonderful location. I would definitely recommend it to anyone

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Feb 2022

  • "A very quirky and unique cottage set in a lovely village, we had a fantastic time thanks"

    Reviewed by Michelle4.4Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely stunning cottage and location."

    Didn't want to come home!

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was very clean, comfortable, quiet and warm."

    We really enjoyed time in this pretty shabby chic cottage. No expense seemed to have been spared in decorating the rooms with interesting, cross -cultural decorations. No bare walls here! We particularly liked the wood fire and comfy bed.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Oct 2021

  • "Really cosy cottage in wonderful location."

    Lovely big comfortable super king bed meant we slept like logs! Lots of nice decorative touches throughout. We really enjoyed the location, there are lots of walks in the area and we visited both the Forest of Bowland and Pendle Hill. It rained a lot, but we were expecting that in October. A couple of points for improvement (not intended criticism as we know the property is quite new as a holiday cottage) - it would have been nice to have had a better welcome pack. Most places we have stayed provide fresh milk, butter, bread, jam and wine. These are the things that get you through the first night! Also the plug in air freshener brought on my asthma, so turned it off and did seem to be masking dog smell (downstairs) and cigarettes (upstairs). These are just minor points, the cottage is lovely and we enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.1Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful with its fairy lights and lovely log burner."

    The bed was comfortable and the cottage was equipped with everything we needed. There were great walks from the cottage with stunning views and it was very peaceful. The owners were so friendly when l contacted them for key pick up instructions and made recommendations for places to eat and visit. Definitely one to go back to.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Oct 2021

  • "As soon as we pulled up outside this quaint cottage we knew we had made the right decision, lovely location, cosy and comfortable inside and immaculately clean."

    We has a lovely short break walking in the Ribble Valley. We would definitely book again!

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Sep 2021

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  • One double bedroom with TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with Cast iron multi-fuel woodburning stove and electric fire.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking on a first come, first serve basis
  • Courtyard with seating
  • Front and rear garden
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Complimentary Welcome Pack on arrival
  • Shop 3.8 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am

The property

This quirky, mid-terrace cottage sits in the heart of the picturesque Ribble Valley village of Hurst Green, with a pretty and quaint interior- it's a perfect base for an individual or a couple looking for that special retreat. Just as the name suggests: 'Duck down!' through the old characterful doorway to enter the cottage.

Kick off your walking boots and you are straight into the cosy sitting room with its woodburning stove and characterful nooks and crannies-it'll soon have you curling up on the velvet sofas-feeling at home.

A step down from the sitting room takes you into a charming kitchen/diner -it's.

appointed with all the essentials for a short break, including a freestanding cooker with four ring hob, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and there's plenty of space for you to enjoy rustling up a hearty meal.

There's even a slow cooker if you want to return from one of your walks with a meal ready for you!

Light and airy for a cottage this room overlooks the garden- fragrant and colourful with plenty of flowering bedding plants, it's a bit like a small piece of an English country garden reflecting the changing seasons and it's lovely to sit or dine in weather permitting.

The back door into the garden is one of the cottages many quirky features being so narrow you might need to 'breathe in' or ''walk through it sideways!!!' especially after that homemade cooking!

Upstairs is approached from behind a door in the sitting room.

The bedroom is beautiful with its shabby chic french funiture and hand painted king size bed.

From the landing there is a bathroom with a three piece suite, including a bath and shower over.

Overlooking the war memorial, ‘Duckdown Cottage’ is truly in the hub of Hurst Green – it’s next door but one to Millie’s Tearoom and next door but two to the Shireburn Arms (serving food and real ales) and the Bailey’s Arms is but a further stones throw away.

Staying at this cottage is likely to bring quiet times with beautiful bird song and other days like Sundays when it bustles- becoming a magnet for cyclists, walkers, and ramblers, who take advantage of doing the Tolkien Trail.

A picture post card village-Hurst Green is rich in its stories from across the generations: of highwayman, ghosts and folklore and the quaint lanes, pubs and eateries only add to its charm.

Located between Clitheroe and Longridge in the Ribble Valley one of its strongest connections in history is to the famous Jesuit day and boarding school: Stonyhurst- indeed we understand this cottage was previously owned by them.

Stay here and you're well placed for visiting many other beauty spots and some of the finest eateries in the north such as the Inn at Whitewell.

The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales are an easy drive away for days out.

Closer at hand, the villages and towns of Clitheroe and Whalley are steeped in their own special histories to discover more about.

Duckdown is a charming base for uncovering the North West of England and the Ribble Valley, somewhere you might be returning to again and again.

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

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About the location


Stonyhurst 1.3 miles; Ribchester 3.6 miles; Clitheroe 5.3 miles.

Hurst Green is a small village in the Ribble Valley district of Lancashire, England, connected in its history to the Jesuit school, Stonyhurst College. The village is 5 miles (8 km) from Longridge and 4 miles (6 km) from Clitheroe, and is close to the River Ribble, near its junction with the River Hodder. Many areas in the UK claim to have inspired J.R.R Tolkien's creation of middle earth but the author certainly spent a lot of his time at Stonyhurst College working on The Lord of the Rings during the Second World War. Many have found connections with this landscape around the college and the 5.5 mile Tolkien Trail explores the Ribble Valley that may have inspired him. Walk in the footsteps of author J.R.R. Tolkien who regularly stayed at Stonyhurst College in the Ribble Valley. J.R.R. Tolkien was renowned for his love of nature and wooded landscapes and the countryside around Stonyhurst is richly beautiful. A number of names which occur in 'The Lord of The Rings' are similar to those found locally including Shire Lane (in Hurst Green) and River Shirebourn.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas