A review of our stay at the Rossendale Holiday Cottages…
It’s not often that Liv and I get a break away on our own, along with our dog, but we ended the Easter holidays in style with a night’s stay at the Rossendale Holiday Cottages, situated in the gorgeous village of Water before normal life resumed.
Just ten miles from where we live in North Manchester and situated in the rather picturesque Rossendale Valley, the Rossendale Holiday cottages, rooms and glamping pods offer visitors a home away from home in the heart of the countryside.
Travel Guide Blog was very fortunate to stay there for the night… so what did we think?
On the morning of our stay, we received a text message with instructions on how to enter the property and set off filled with excitement. Despite the fact it was misty upon arrival, our breath was still taken away as the iron gate opened to let us in, not only were the cottages gorgeous, but the position and scenery exquisite.
Self catering cottages, en suite rooms and glamping pods are all available to stay in at the holiday cottages and we were fortunate to stay in Alder Cottage for the purpose of this review. The cottages and rooms have been converted from old stables and are still very much in-keeping with the area, with a modern twist.
Each self catering cottage has its own patio at the front and is gated, which is handy if you take your dog along to the pet friendly holiday cottages.
The cottages are really impressive inside… spacious, light, modern and everything works so well in the space available.
The bedroom is situated on a mezzanine upstairs which was light and airy thanks to the two Velux windows in the property. It was the perfect sleeping space and thanks to the peace and quiet, both Liv and myself had a fantastic night’s sleep.
The Alder Cottage had a King size bed alongside a single, with a sofa bed downstairs. Different arrangements can be catered for dependent on the size of your party.
The kitchen featured everything you need during your stay, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, all with the exception of food and drink! Though there are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the local vicinity and further beyond if you wanted a treat. Local takeaways do deliver to the holiday cottages and the staff are more than happy to help you order in the Reception.
The bathroom, situated downstairs was clean and towels were available – the shower was fantastic!
After settling in, we decided to explore the area around the holiday cottages. There is a games room on site which is well kitted out for children and adults to kick back and relax in and also features a well stocked DVD and book collection. I should add Wi-Fi is available on site!
It’s outside where we had the most fun though, walking down to the fire pit and BBQ seated area known as ‘The Island’ was breath taking and when the sun is shining, I expect it is a real sun-trap! It’s a great opportunity to meet other visitors to the holiday cottages and relax in the peaceful surroundings.
It really is a great place to explore – with the uncertain weather recently, it is advisable to pack wellies, especially if you also want to trek further afield! A short walk up from the seated area are 4 glamping pods, offering a more rustic stay for those who want to get away from the mod cons!
The glamping pods are beautifully presented inside and out, each with their own front patio and with the use of a purpose built shower block next to the games room which is a short walk away.
The three self catering cottages were originally converted in 2014 and since then, the holiday cottage complex has grown from strength to strength with more stables being converted into rooms and the inclusion of the pods. Currently an extra two self catering cottages are being built on the site which will be completed by May 2018, offering even more choice for guests. I am quite excited to see how the complex develops over the time, it is set in such a stunning part of Rossendale Valley and it appeals to all.
Whether you like to walk, hike, cycle or simply want to get away from it all, Rossendale Holiday Cottages offers you the perfect getaway base and more.
Would we stay there again? In a heartbeat, I appreciated the downtime in such a tranquil setting and it was perfect mum and daughter bonding time. Liv absolutely loved it, it was a fantastic adventure and she is already asking to return! It could possibly be because she wants to see ‘Jimmy’ again who you may get to meet near Reception – he isn’t a resident unfortunately but if you do get the chance to meet him, he loves a fuss!
Rossendale Holiday Cottages offer retreats for those who are looking for a holiday with a difference. Recently guests got the opportunity to be part of a Yoga Retreat which was held in one of the larger rooms. It is such a great space for this type of activity, with guests travelling from across the globe to take part and take in the ambience of the surrounding area.
If you are feeling slightly more energetic then Biking Retreats are also held, which allow you to get out and explore the surrounding areas and the many cycling trails available. The best thing is knowing you can relax in one of the cottages after a day of cycling! More retreats are in the pipeline, so make sure you sign up to the newsletter to be the first to hear of future events.
For those who wish to explore the valley by foot, landmarks such as the Singing Ring Tree – a wind powered sound sculpture which resembles a tree, set on the Peninne hills and overlooks Burnley – are a must visit.
Burnley is a mere 15 minute journey away from the Rossendale Holiday Cottages and Manchester City Centre a 45 minute journey. If you are unsure about the area, then the staff in reception are a fount of knowledge on the area and can advise you. A huge thanks to Michaela for greeting us and her advice and to Rachel for allowing us to review the gorgeous holiday cottages – everyone there is lovely and want you to enjoy your stay with them. Nothing is too much trouble, just pop in the Reception and say hello!
For further details and how to book a stay alongside pricing, check out the Rossendale Holiday Cottages site rossendaleholidaycottages.co.uk
If you want to research the area once you have booked a stay, check out the Visit Rossendale site: www.visitrossendale.com for further details on Rossendale and the surrounding area.