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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "Loved our stay at Baloo."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable & peaceful in a beautiful setting.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Mar 2024

  • "Our second stay at Balloo this year."

    Warm and cosy in a beautiful and peaceful setting we will certainly recommend to all our friends. Would benefit from a small freezer section in the fridge and a hoover otherwise 10/10 for everything else. Love the friendly hens on the door step in the mornings.

    Reviewed by Katherine4.7Dec 2023

  • "Our second stay in Baloo, as good as the first time"

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.7Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic spotlessly clean holiday cottage in a great setting."

    Will definitely visit again. It was great to get the family together around the kitchen table. An umbrella stand by the front door would be helpful and add character to the property.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2023

  • "A stunning place to stay, peaceful, welcoming and secure."

    Beautiful scenery and an amazing amount of wildlife in one of the loveliest areas of Lancashire. The cottage was warm and cosy with the added benefit of a washing machine and dryer. The only improvement that could be made is a freezer compartment in the fridge for ice cubes and a small hoover. All that said it's by far the best cottage we have ever stayed in over many years of travelling and we will certainly be booking again in the future.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation beautiful setting Spotlessly clean 2 nd visit would love to visit again many thanks"

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful location, lovely and quiet."

    Will definitely be returning in the near future

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Aug 2023

  • "Baloo cottage is in a lovely location, with easy access to walking in the countryside."

    The cottage had everything we needed for a very comfortable week and the staff were helpful and friendly

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jul 2023

  • "Property was absolutely stunning."

    Had everything you needed. Just one thing we would have liked and that is a pouffe as I do like to put my feet up at the end of the day

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2023

  • "I found the property to be exactly as advertised."

    Fantastic location ideal to explore many locations easily. Maintained very well thoroughly enjoyed the stay with the family including my 1 year old grandson. On arrival which was quite late in the dark and rain, we found the travel cot was faulty. Phoned the caretaker and she came to the property within 20 mins with a new cot excellent service. Only a couple of slight negative comments. The oil fired boiler was very smelly and had to have the window open to let the fumes out. Could have done with a freezer. Bathroom no where to put your toiletries not even a shelf. Radiator in bathroom could do with being further away from toilet very hot can easily hit your leg against it. Downstairs toilet grouting needs finishing in tiles around door frame. As I say excellent property negatives didn't affect our holiday.

    Reviewed by Terry4.7Jun 2023

  • "Great property but lacked a freezer and a shortage of good coathangers."

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2023

  • "Excellent location as a base for the walks in the surrounding countryside."

    Well equipped cottage,wanted for nothing.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7May 2023

  • "What a fantastic stay we had in balloo cottage , it was spotless and had ..."

    What a fantastic stay we had in balloo cottage , it was spotless and had everything we needed it was our first stay in a holiday cottage and wont be the last, the grounds were beautiful and loved the chicks can really recommend it wish we could have stayed longer

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by L5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was our 4th visit to Baloo."

    The grounds and surrounding countryside are wonderful to explore and there are plenty of walks on the doorstep. As usual the cottage was spotlessly clean, warm and inviting. Any staff we met around the site were always very friendly and helpful. The peace and tranquillity mean you can totally relax and enjoy your break. We will be back again without a doubt

    Reviewed by Sally5.0May 2022

  • "We had a short stay in April 20222 and were instantly impressed with the size, cleanliness and high quality finish of Balloo."

    The location was simply stunning ( even with the rain!) but as it was so spacious inside it didn’t ruin our stay. Everything we needed was provided and the owners had not missed anything. We would absolutely return and highly recommend this as a perfect location to explore the area more. Thank you Balloo for a fantastic stay

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Apr 2022

  • "Had a really lovely stay here."

    The parkland is a wonderful bonus when staying with a dog and the owners are generous enough to allow access through the entire park. The cottage was scrupulously clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Feb 2022

  • "Wonderful place to stay."

    Warm cosy front room/kitchen. Tv cooker dishwasher worked fine. The downstairs bedroom and loo was good for my mum. Will be back.

    Reviewed by Alex4.7Dec 2021

  • "Second time we have stayed it's lovely can't wait to go back again M boyle"

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Nov 2021

  • "Balloo was far better than we imagined from the photographs."

    It had lamps and soft furnishings and was spotlessly clean. The garden is fully enclosed and was great for our Labrador as well as the wonderful walks around the estate. The cottage had everything that we needed and we would love to return for another holiday, we didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Oct 2021

  • "Great place to stay with the run of the 20 acre estate."

    Fantastic setting with amazing views of the surrounding countryside. We took our dog with us and she loved the open space to run and roam round in. The cottage was very comfortable and spacious and perfectly placed for a relaxing break. Highly recommended and would definitely come back again.

    Reviewed by Glynne4.7Sep 2021

  • "We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Cottage it was very well equipped and comfortable in lovely surroundings I would definitely go back again."

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic location, fantastic property."

    Could benefit from a small freezer (as previous guest suggested) but on the whole excellent, and we loved it…

    Reviewed by David4.4Aug 2021

  • "Could do with some sun chairs in the garden four would nice."

    Reviewed by Paul3.8Jul 2021

  • "Spent an enjoyable 5 days at this property in such a spectacular setting."

    Loved the countryside walks and having the grounds of the hall to enjoy. No freezer in the property which having such a large kitchen and utility area couldn’t understand why. As it was such a hot week would have loved ice cubes in our drinks ! Also no hairdryer in the property.

    Reviewed by Sylvia4.1Jul 2021

  • "Fabulous from start to finish lovely setting to."

    Did not want to leave! We will definitely return back at some point.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Oct 2020

  • "Such a wonderful little break."

    The cottage is finished to a lovely standard and perfect for 6 people. There are plenty of places to walk close by but we also went to morecambe bay for the day (25 mins away) and abbey stead. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Sep 2020

  • "Outstanding property."

    Clean, modern, while still having a traditional look and feel to it. In a lovely location set in it's own private grounds. Would highly recommend and not hesitate to stay here again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Balloo Cottage, everything we needed was supplied, and the owners were lovely and only a phone call away if you needed any help."

    The cottage is finished to a high spec. The grounds are beautiful, both adults and kids enjoyed exploring. Just wish we had stayed longer. Will definately go back.

    Reviewed by Gina5.0Sep 2020

  • "Baloo and really any of these associates cottages provide a fantastic experience."

    The cottage itself is impeccable, well finished, with really luxurious additions. We had two adults and our 4 kids staying, plus our large Labrador. All I can say is we got with more than enough space and were incredibly comfortable. The drive up to the cottages and past the hotel is nothing but wondrous. It’s like being in a pride and prejudice style country manor where the lord of the manor may pop up at any time. However, he doesn’t because the home and 100 acre grounds are managed by a wonderful host, who makes the stay very welcoming. There is some work being done on the large property on the grounds. This limits the ability to walk around the grounds. But frankly this is a minor inconvenience that is hardly noticeable. On the grounds you get access to a spectacular river and truly wonderful views across the valley. Baloo is a very quiet cottage at night with nothing anywhere nearby. So you can sleep like a baby. The home is close to a great pub, that sells award winning cheeses. Additionally it is a good distance away from the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Peak District. As well as being a good base from which to launch to Lancaster or Morecambe etc. So if you are looking for adventure, this should be your go to Cottage. I really cannot fault it and we will, without a shadow of a doubt, be back next year. Thank you for having us. Becky and Nando

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Aug 2020

  • "Excellent except the weather"

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Jul 2020

  • "We decided to take a short break whilst visiting daughter at Lancaster University."

    Baloo is very well equipped and spotlessly clean. Based on the Wyreside country estate near Trough of Bowland. Open plan kitchen and living area make for great games and fun. Kitchen is appointed with top of the range Bosch and in utility room. Bathroo has excellent shower and rolled topped bath. All fixtures and fittings very high standard. Egyptian cotton towels too. Well organised and we were looked after well by Andy on joining. High recommended.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2020

  • "The house was lovely, well maintained and clean for our arrival."

    Helpful guide with lots of information prepared for us. Location and photos were exactly as described on the advert. Stunning views when you head out a walk. The only negative is that there is works going on to the main Hall. With workmen, tractors / railings etc. throughout the area. It didn't look particularly nice when we arrived or when out walking about. But, it didn't spoil our holiday and we only heard them a couple of times. I would have rather known in advance about the work rather than a feeling of dread when we got there. However, I would recommend this cottage to anyone - we will maybe book it again the future.

    Reviewed by Sharryn4.1Dec 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a very picturesque setting, highly recommended."

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Nov 2019

  • "The property was lovely and perfect for our party."

    Could have soap or liquid soap in the toilet and bathroom.

    Reviewed by Abigail4.4Nov 2019

  • "An excellent holiday cottage, and we had a very nice and relaxing break."

    The property is generally very well appointed, very well heated, excellent kitchen, very nice utility area with washer and dryer, plenty of kitchen and utility storage for longer breaks, very comfy beds, excellent WiFi (very limited mobile signal), excellent bathroom facilities, plenty of parking, lovely secure garden for the dog and acres of lovely walks in the estate. However a couple of minor tweaks would make it even better. No locks on internal doors, including bathroom, or downstairs loo - not ideal for privacy. Some bins in bedrooms and especially bathroom would be useful. Somewhere to place your toiletries around the sink and bath would be helpful. Some coat hooks in the hall or utility. Additional seating in the lounge area would be great, the sofa doesn’t sit 6. These are all really quick and low cost tasks that, considering the considerable investment made in the property, would make the cottage perfect. These are all minor issues, and we have had a great break, and will certainly be looking to book again. One of the best Sykes cottages we have stayed at - and we usually book 4 cottages per year.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Oct 2019

  • "Absolutely stunning property."

    Done tastefully to high spec. Very quiet. Beautiful views and grounds. Will definitely be coming back!

    Reviewed by Emma4.1Oct 2019

  • "Our daughter accidentally broke the blinds on her bedroom on the first evening."

    We alerted the owners so that they could make good before new party arrives for their holiday. Shcoked to have been blled £60 for this when the owner told us he had fixed them himself. No locks on the windows completely ruined our holiday because our daughter needed to be supervised through the night as she may have tried to get out of the windows. People with learning disabilities have recently died as sa result of getting out of a holiday home unsupervised. One of us had to remain awake all night every night. We were surprised there was no spare bedding. The access to the utility room has a low ceiling and I hit my head twice = suggest it needs a sign. The view was extremely disapponting - we expected countryside but got a half-finished hotel on an estate which was a building site. All in all the worst holiday we have ever had and we will not be using Sykes again.

    Reviewed by Sally3.1Sep 2019

  • "Ballo is lovely, the entire Wyreside Estate is lovely , the owners, manager , cleaner and even those working on the Hall are all super friendly and intent on making your stay positive and memorable ."

    In particular we are grateful to Andy, who kindly and generously forwarded something of ours which was left behind. Wyreside Hall deserve a rebooking and an opportunity to welcome new guests ! Thnak you.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2019

  • "Really well-equipped kitchen and everything was clean and neat."

    Great location and lots of space to wander about in. Super views, saw lots of wildlife including a hare in the garden. Comfortable beds so we slept well. Nice and warm after the rain and wind outdoors! A real bonus for us having the washing machine. It really is a lovely cottage and we'd certainly recommend it. It has been beautifully done and you can see it's cost some money and been done with love and care. Hope to return. Please don't publish this bit - The tiniest of niggles - hardly worth mentioning...but... no coat hooks in the hall or utility room (yet), no waste bin in the bedrooms, no recycling options for our paper and plastic. We had phone messages with the owner which was great but no-one stopped by to say hello and welcome us in person and we left on the last morning having not seen anyone. We'd have liked to say how much we appreciated the stay and the welcome pack. Also clearer directions about getting there would have helped - just follow the sat nav doesn't help if you haven't got one!

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was exceptional!"

    This was our 2nd visit to the Dolphinholm estate, and we enjoyed it even more! There is some building work getting done at the hall as mentioned in another feedback, but it certainly didn't affect our holiday. We hopefully will be back in the near future!

    Reviewed by Lynn4.7May 2019

  • "This was a return visit to a cottage in a lovely rural location at a reasonable price."

    The dog loved the great outdoor space and we enjoyed all the wonderful local walks. The cottage is renovated to a high standard and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and are very likely to return again in the future

    Reviewed by Sally3.8May 2019

  • "Beautifully restored property on this large country estate."

    On arrival the house was spotlessly clean and warm. Tea, coffe, milk and biscuits were left in the kitchen too to welcome us. The kitchen and bathrooms are luxuriously high spec and the rooms are large, particularly the kitchen space, with beautiful wooden floors and underfloor heated tiles. However the lounge area is tiny and the uncomfortable sofa would not seat 6 people, despite the property sleeping 6. Sadly the cutlery, crockery and bedding is all very cheap too, diminishing the luxurious feel of the property. Baloo is part of the original stable block adjacent to the large house which is being restored and transformed into a luxury hotel. Of course this means that there is work going on and some areas are effectively a building site, which may be off putting to some. However, noise is kept to a minimum and the friendly, helpful staff leave you alone to enjoy your stay. Overall, a lovely property which could, with some slight tweaking be an outstanding holiday property.

    Reviewed by Debbie3.8Mar 2019

  • "Beautiful setting for a very spacious property"

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2019

  • "Had a fabulous break at new year."

    The cottage was outstanding and would defo recommend. Gifts left on the doorstep before new years eve were a lovely surprise. The owners were very accomodating. Would love to return soon.

    Reviewed by Donna4.7Dec 2018

  • "Newly refurbished and high quality accommodation."

    Could do with a bit more equipment (e.g. cutlery and mugs) though overall a very enjoyable stay and would be happy to return in future.

    Reviewed by Sally4.1Dec 2018

  • "You did not inform the owner of my arrival."

    So when I telephoned to say I was on my way. The owner had been told I was not booking so was unitially thrown off guard when I said I was about 45 minutes away. That was an arrival around 6pm. The property is available from 3pm. This is Skyes fault not ofcourse the Owners of Balloo. However the property was made ready but I imagine they had a rush due to being incorrectly informed by yourselves. Out of 3 staff at Skyes two where very helpful but a third member of staff repeatidly telephoned myself after an initial enquiry and was quite pushy which almost caused myself to not book. I however wished to stay at Balloo so did book. But with a different member of staff who was helpful friendly and not pushy! It makes a big difference.. Sincerely Jane Deborah Burke.

    Reviewed by Peter John Burke4.4Nov 2018

  • "Cottage was a new listing but was immaculate."

    The grounds were very picturesque and a great setting. Still a bit of work going on at the main hall / house and some of the ground but would definitely book again to go there if we go back to that area.

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Oct 2018

  • "This is a lovely cottage."

    It could benefit from some personal touches (pictures on the walls and bedside tables) but otherwise we really enjoyed our five day break. We will be back..definitely. The owners went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed our stay including posting items we left in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Sir Keith4.4Sep 2018

  • "It was a little hard to make our way around on foot but the grounds and whole cottage were both lovely, tidy, well kept and pleasant to stay in."

    Reviewed by Hamzah5.0Jul 2018

  • "The accommodation is so high spec definitely 5 stars."

    It was luxurious. Owners incredibly helpful . Stunning grounds surrounded by great walks.. we will definitely be going back soon

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0May 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 2 x double
  • Bathroom with a freestanding bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • 200 acres of grounds with ponds and river, patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Children and pets to be supervised due to pond and river in grounds
  • Note: Stables for two horses is available on request please contact the owner for further information.Note: Electrical cars can not be charged at the property

The property

One of five homely cottages making up a stunning coach house conversion on the grounds of Wyreside Hall near Lancaster.

Its high-quality furnishings, wonderful grounds and close proximity to Lancaster, the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay, this is an ideal base for couples, family or friends wishing to explore this perfect location.

Note: Property can be booked with Refs. 981684, 981685, 981686 and 981672, together they can sleep 24.

Wyreside Hall

These welcoming holiday homes sit on the beautiful 200-acre grounds of Wyreside Hall, just outside of the stunning city of Lancaster. Having been thoughtfully converted from a number of coach houses to provide homely and tasteful accommodation, they are perfect for groups of couples and friends seeking a break exploring the wondrous coastline, countryside and fascinating towns that lie close by. The sleeping arrangements have been designed with couples in mind as every bedroom hosts a double bed, with some rooms benefiting from luxurious en-suites. The main living areas are open and refreshing, providing comfortable sitting areas, social dining spaces and well-equipped kitchens hosting a range of high-quality amenities to set you up perfectly for your break in the wonderful North West of England. All of the bathroom facilities across these five excellent hideaway cottages are finished to the most exquisite standards with contemporary touches bringing a real touch of class. Take some time to stroll leisurely through the 200 acres of serene grounds surrounding these cottages, you can explore the extensive lawns, ponds and even fish on the river. For shopping, drinking and eating, head to the nearby city of Lancaster which displays some wonderful architecture along with a number of attractions to enjoy. The Forest of Bowland is close by for outdoor enthusiasts, while the seaside town of Morecambe is also close by for a memorable day at the beach. Five quality cottages designed to bring you and your loved ones together.

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About the location


Morecambe 3 miles; Windermere 30 miles; Blackpool 37 miles.

The historic city of Lancaster sits on edge of Morecambe Bay, with the River Lune flowing through its centre. Lancaster retains many excellent examples of handsome Georgian architecture, and with its captivating medieval castle, Ashton Memorial, and four museums, it’s an interesting place for those in search of history and tales of the past. Among the many amenities, there are two venues for live performances, the Lancaster Grand Theatre and the Dukes, as well as open-air concerts held frequently in the pretty Williamson Park during the summer season. The Forest of Bowland and The Arnside & Silverdale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty provide visitors with lots of opportunities to take in the flora and fauna of the area, with wonderful walking and cycling ways to enjoy. There are also good road and rail links into Cumbria and beyond, meaning Lancaster is a wonderful base for also exploring the Lake District.

Note: Electrical cars can not be charged at the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas