Oakdean Cottages are so cosy and relaxing, you might not want to get up and get out.
Luckily, self catering means you can enjoy whatever means holiday to you. Have a lie in and laze around enjoying the view, or set your alarm for an action-packed day.
Whenever you’re ready... adventure awaits!
There’s something for everyone in the surrounding area. From horse riding on heather-clad hillsides, to wild winding walks, and tempting trails for cyclists of all abilities - both on and off-road. Dean Clough reservoir and the beautiful nearby pine forests are practically on our doorstep.
Keen walkers will be spoilt for choice: Pendle Hill, Stonyhurst, Marles Wood to Dinckley Bridge, Longridge Fell, Three Rivers, Dunsop Bridge and The Tolkien Trail are just a few of the many routes nearby.
If you want to earn and enjoy a lovely lunch, you can work up an appetite with these walks (which all include great local pubs):
The county is an angler’s paradise. We’re right next to some of the finest fishing rivers in the UK, including the River Ribble which is currently considered one of the best for salmon and sea trout. Here are the details of more great fishing nearby:
For animal lovers, we’re surrounded by beautifully kept, family-run farms which offer a whole host of activities ranging from feeding the animals and tractor rides, to safari tours and zip wires!
For golfers, there are a number of well respected golf courses nearby. Mytton Fold Golf Club is the nearest (0.9 miles), followed by Whalley Golf Club (1.9 miles), Wilpshire Golf Club (2.5 miles) and one of the region's finest courses, Clitheroe Golf Club, is only a ten minute drive away (3.9 miles). As a former Regional Open Championship qualifying course, Clitheroe Golf Club cater for visitors and groups throughout the week as well as hosting corporate golf days and popular open competitions.
We are perfectly positioned for the best and biggest tourist attractions in the UK, fun for all the family.
Due to Covid-19 we strongly advise checking all venue websites for up to date information.
For thrill seekers of all ages, there's something for everyone at Alton Towers Resort. Home to over 40 rides and even the chance to meet your little ones' favourite CBeebies characters.
Billy Bobs combines an ice cream parlour with a 50s American diner and amazing play adventures. We recommend the Iowa Farm Boy breakfast before the kids tackle the play barn's rope swings and slides.
With the UK's tallest & fastest roller coaster, the biggest indoor waterpark, autumn illuminations and the iconic Blackpool Tower, there's something for everyone at this well-known seaside resort.
Covering 62 acres, Bowland Boar Park is packed with animal adventures for the whole family including walking trails, tractor rides, zip wires, a great playground and a popular café.
Sledging, skiing, snowboarding and climbing; Chill Factore is a £31M real snow centre located in the Trafford Park area, Greater Manchester, featuring the UK's longest indoor ski slope.
As featured in the 2023 'Greatest Days' film, Clitheroe Castle has dominated Clitheroe's skyline for over 800 years. With galleries taking you through 350 million years of history, this is a must visit for all ages.
The East Lancashire Railway takes you back through time in a celebration of steam. Plan a heritage day out, taste the Ale Trail or experience the famous Flying Scotsman.
For seaside lovers, The National Trust's Formby, Merseyside, is a glorious beach with dramatic sand dunes, sweeping coastal pinewoods and home to a nature reserve dedicated to red squirrels.
Give the little ones their first rollercoaster thrill; Gullivers Theme Parks are designed especially for families. Enjoy rides, shows and attractions that are perfect for children aged 2-13.
With over 1,000 livestock including cattle, sheep and pigs, Hesketh Farm at Bolton Abbey has a large undercover barn and loads to do. There's plenty of space for picnics with a cafe to make life that bit easier.
Hoghton Tower sits at the top of a mile-long drive surrounded by beautiful grounds, so it’s no surprise it is a favourite for filming locations. Did you spot it on Peaky Blinders?
Enjoy an unforgettable experience on two wheels in the beautiful Ribble Valley. No experience needed and training starts from 6 yrs so why not take the whole family? From 2 hrs to full days, you're guaranteed a great day out.
Grab your bucket and spade, or enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful promenade gardens at St Annes seafront and natural beach. You can even hire a beach hut to make the most of the seaside.
A ten minute drive away, this is a real gem. A busy working farm including a newly built indoor play area with events happening all year round, this is brilliant for families and children of all ages.
Enjoy a three-mile round trip on a heritage steam train, explore the museum and see steam engines being rebuilt. The journey crosses the dock swing bridge and travels along the bank of the Ribble.
Here are a few of our favourite local pubs and restaurants.
A newly opened and refurbished Italian restaurant in Whalley, this place is really something. Fantastic food, great atmosphere and lovely staff, highly recommend.
Delicious modern fine dining, this beautiful restaurant in Ribchester is definitely top of our list and a firm favourite with many of our guests. You will be well looked after here.
Right on the banks of the River Ribble and with welcoming open fires inside, The Aspinall Arms attracts just as many locals as it does visiting walkers, cyclists and anglers - truly the sign of a good pub.
Nestling quietly in the village of Old Langho, the Black Bull pub is a little gem – small, intimate, with considerable character and charm. It’s welcoming and child friendly, while also offering great food.
The Coach & Horses is a traditional coaching inn set in the idyllic village of Bolton by Bowland. The décor is as top notch as the menu and the welcome.
Down the road from Oakdean Cottages, this delicious brunch restaurant is also a lovely wine bar as well with menus to delight locals and tourists alike. Great coffee too! A real gem.
The Freemasons provides the ultimate gastronomic experience in a stylish pub setting as relaxed as your own front room. If you want to go ‘all out’, treat yourself to the full Tasting Menu.
As the only sushi takeaway in the Ribble Valley, this is best quality we've ever tasted. Using local suppliers, all sushi is made fresh to order on this number 07935 472 324 and is absolutely delicious.
This former textiles mill is the perfect place to indulge with a bistro bar and grill, cafe, beer hall, ice cream shop and the Bowland Food Hall offering the freshest ingredients in the North West.
If there’s one word to describe La Locanda, it’s ‘authentic’. If you love Italian food it would be a big mistake not to visit this restaurant which has been awarded 2020 Travellers’ Choice on Tripadvisor.
A 5 minute walk away, this cosy country pub is the nearest one to the cottages. Offering delicious home cooked and locally sourced food, this pub is one of our favourites. Also dog friendly.
A luxury Lancashire Michelin Star Restaurant, Northcote Manor mixes fine dining with professional and warm Northern hospitality. Menu and venue weave together traditional and modern touches perfectly.
Set in a charming, ivy-clad building, this country inn overlooks the Ribble Valley. It offers delicious food, outdoor summer dining and an easy walk to Ribchester's Roman Museum.
Located in the picturesque village of Hurst Green, The Shireburn Arms is a 17th Century hostelry offering stunning views, delicious meals and a warm welcome. Food is locally sourced and lovingly served.
Stylish gastropub with beautiful views over the Ribble Valley, this is Lancashire's best loved restaurant. Great service and delicious food, it is a pleasure to eat here.
The Cafe at Stydd Gardens in Ribchester is a beautiful restaurant, cafe-bar and tearoom set in a plant-filled glass house. Stydd Gardens is a unique spot - home to eateries, shops and salons.
Chef Nigel Haworth has reinvented The Three Fishes into what is is today. Described as 'English food at the top of its game' these seasonal set menus are a delight. Definitely top of our list.
Head Chef Tom Drinkall has returned to his Clitheroe roots after working in top kitchens around the world. Toms Table is a new award winning French-inspired bistro with delicious dishes. Highly recommend.
Awarded Pub of the Year 2020 from the Good Pub Guide, the Inn deservedly has a good reputation. Head Chef Jamie Cadman produces brilliant local food in this stunning setting.
With over 350 wines to choose from along with delicious sharing boards, this multi-award winning wine bar is a real gem. Located in the heart of Whalley, it is the perfect place to unwind.
Dubbed as ‘the best Chinese restaurant in the UK’ by Gordon Ramsay, this sleek Cantonese restaurant has won multiple awards. It combines fabulous cocktails with delicious meals.