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The best places for a short break in and around Lancashire

Wellsprings Peregrine Lodge <i>(Image: Wellsprings Peregrine Lodge)</i>
Wellsprings Peregrine Lodge (Image: Wellsprings Peregrine Lodge)

Whether you want a luxury hotel, gorgeous glamping or something a bit different, Lancashire has no shortage of fantastic accommodation for holidays, short breaks and weekends away so you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay in our guide to some of the best.

WELLSPRINGS LODGES

Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of a vast panoramic view across the Ribble Valley in these new luxury lodges based right on the side of Pendle Hill.

You won’t regret a stay at any time of year, but if you’re lucky enough to visit in the snow you’ll enjoy a unique almost Alpine experience. And if you find yourself here on bonfire night? Snuggle up in this cosy vantage point and see firework displays from across Lancashire.

If you’re feeling active you can enjoy beautiful walks, or book a lesson on the adjacent dry ski slope. Or if you’re looking for pure relaxation, pour yourself a glass of wine in the roll-top bath and soak in the view.

If you head to The Wellsprings next door to sample their cheery Mexican-inspired menu, make sure to browse the designer clothing and bags in the onsite shop. Labels for CARES is an outlet store that sells Karen Millan, Coast and more – with all profits going toward funding crucial cancer equipment.

Thewellsprings.co.uk

HOLGATES RIBBLE VALLEY

Holgates Holiday Park in the Ribble Valley is a quiet and peaceful base to explore some of Lancashire’s rural gems and beautiful walks, with a stunning view of Pendle Hill.

Close to Rimington and Gisburn, you can enjoy breakfast at the local Deli, see all the comings and goings at the auction and spend an afternoon exploring the Pendle Sculpture Trail before booking in for a delicious authentic Italian meal at La Locanda.

Or you might not want to leave the comfort of your lodge.

The spacious self-catering lodges offer the ideal spot to stay if you’re visiting family for Christmas in the area and you’d rather have your own space to relax and unwind with a huge TV, comfy beds and more. There’s an onsite bar for a quiet drink and a small play area, but you certainly won’t be kept awake by much noise in this tranquil Ribble Valley haven.

Holgates.co.uk

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EVERYTHING RETREAT

Hot tubs, sensational views and luxe interiors are the order of the day at this high-end hideaway in the Ribble Valley. The brainchild of Louise Monk, she transformed land next door to where she’d grown up on her family farm into a rural retreat just for grown-ups.

Cosy up in one of 12 luxury lodges, with globally influenced interiors, each with their own hot tub overlook stunning Lancashire vistas, log burner - perfect for a post dip warm up and private terrace as well as sink into beds and opulent bathrooms and kitchens.

Welcoming flutes of champagne – or whatever tipple you desire – are waiting for you as well as goodies from local artisans including Inglewhite’s Wild Fox Distillery, Ormskirk’s Fiddler’s Crisps and sweet treats from cake queen and merengue masters Lou Lous in Billington, near Whalley. Breakfast boxes, that come groaning with fruit, waffles, pancakes and much more are left at a special drop off outside your room, so your morning slumber is not disturbed.

There is a gorgeous little bar on site and lovely grounds to wander around – take a visit to the hen hut. Their Everything Concierge service will take care of any whim from sweet treats, sushi boxes and afternoon tea. Even better? You’ve a smorgasbord of fabulous local restaurants – think Michelin star Northcote and multi award-winning Freemasons at Wiswell. For a no-fuss feast, Everything Retreat has a chauffeur service to take you there.

everything-retreat.com

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LANGDALE CHASE

Recently renovated for laid back luxury and style, Langdale Chase is a Grade II listed building with 30 immaculately designed bedrooms, a cocktail bar, stunning lake views, flowing gardens and a rooftop terrace. There’s even a private cinema and wine tasting room. Langdalechase.co.uk

LYTHAM HALL GATE HOUSE

A quirky property set at the entrance to the Grade I listed Lytham Hall. This unique space is set across two buildings separated by the park gate; living area at one side and bedroom at the other. After 5pm, take a wander around the 80 acre park and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of having it all to yourself. Lythamhall.org.uk

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RIBBY HALL

Relax and indulge yourself in 100 acres of beautiful countryside at Ribby Hall Spa Hotel, winner of the Good Spa Guide’s Best UK Day Spa for the last two years. Pick a comfortable contemporary room or luxury suite and switch off from stress. Ribbyhall.co.uk

CROW WOOD

This luxury hotel is set in 40 acres of private parkland with spectacular views of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside, a beautiful ornamental lake and fabulous gardens. Be sure to book into the multi-award-winning spa and popular restaurant. Crowwoodhotel.com

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JAMES’ PLACES

It’s difficult to single out just one of James’ Places, but we do love Holmes Mill and the Spinning Block Hotel in Clitheroe. With a bowling alley, brewery, bistro, food hall, gelateria and Everyman cinema all in one place you might not even step off site. Jamesplaces.com

STANLEY HOUSE

Stanley House is a glamorous boutique hotel in Mellor with an award-winning spa. 12 bedrooms are in the historic and atmospheric Grade II listed manor house with countryside views, and there are also 18 spacious contemporary woodland rooms and suites to choose from. Stanleyhouse.co.uk

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MOOR HALL

The award-winning restaurant at Moor Hall holds two Michelin Stars, a Michelin Green Star, and five AA Rosettes. The coveted venue also has seven luxurious guest bedrooms all of which look out on the lake or gardens. Moorhall.com

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GILPIN

Set in 21 acres, Gilpin Hotel has 30 bedrooms, two restaurants (including the Michelin Starred SOURCE at Gilpin), a champagne bar, lounge, terraces, and spa treatment area. 22 rooms have their own hot tubs, and some even have a private ensuite spa. Thegilpin.co.uk

ENGLISH LAKES HOTELS

Choose from two distinctive Lake District hotels, on the shores of Windermere or in the heart of the Gilpin Valley nestled in 72 acres of woodland. Or explore historic Lancaster and the surrounding coast and countryside from Lancaster House. Englishlakes.co.uk

BOULEVARD HOTEL

Perfect for theme park loving thrill seekers or golfers visiting the Fylde Coast’s courses, Boulevard is a brand new luxury seafront hotel at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. You can arrange VIP park tickets and theatre packages, and with panoramic views of the beach from your bedroom window, you can enjoy stunning sunsets in absolute comfort. Boulevardhotel.co.uk

FORMBY HALL

Play on a Championship golf course all day long - or soak up sublime spa treatments. Formby Hall offers afternoon tea with fizz; cool cocktails, crackling fires and delicious meals. Find this hotel just a few miles from vibrant Liverpool, between sweeping beaches, bracing seas and sheltered woodland walks. Formbyhallgolfresort.co.uk

ROTHAY MANOR

This Grade II listed country house offers the perfect escape from the stresses of modern living any time of year. Cosy up by the fire when it’s cold, or kick back in the summer sun on the terrace, this boutique hotel brings laid back luxury to the Lakes. Rothaymanor.co.uk

FENCE GATE

Fence Gate has long been known for its good food and friendly welcome, now Fence Gate Lodge offers an award-winning place to stay with 24 luxury bedrooms, suites and an apartment in the beautiful Pendle countryside. Fencegate.co.uk



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