Cosy and Quiet B&B
Challan Hall is conveniently situated in the heart of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – only a short distance from the Southern Lake District.
This cosy Bed and Breakfast enjoys a wonderful position in an unspoilt area, and overlooks the ‘original’ Lake Hawes Water.
The garden backs onto the Gait Barrows Nature Reserve (home to Lady Slipper Orchids and other rare flora) and just down the road is RSPB Leighton Moss, one of the popular venues for BBC TV’s Spring and Autumn Watch.
Sit on the patio and watch Marsh Harriers and a myriad other birds on a bright and sunny day with a pot of tea and hot scones.
Challan Hall Silverdale Lancashire01524 701054
Michelin-trained chef Dominique Ashford has tuned into the slower rhythms of nature after swapping the top end restaurants of London for wild food and foraging in the Forest of Bowland
For a really wild adventure in one of the most remote parts of the Forest of Bowland, Dale House Barn ticks a lot of boxes.
This pretty farmhouse B&B and camping barn is the ideal location for a peaceful rural retreat to recharge the batteries or an action-packed weekend of walking, cycling, foraging and cooking.
Nestling beneath the craggy outcrops of Bowland Knotts, high above the sparkling waters of Stocks Reservoir, Dale House Barn is the perfect base from which to explore Bowland on foot or by bike.
And there’s no need to rough it in this isolated location. Dominique is an experienced chef and her cookery and bread making courses are incredibly popular with guests. As you’d expect, the food is pretty awesome, too and most of Dominique’s guests book in for dinner and her legendary breakfast while staying at Dale House.
Dominique worked primarily as a pastry chef for over 25 years in some of the best kitchens in the UK – including the Roux brothers, Terence Conran’s Le Pont de la Tour, The Houses of Parliament and Aiden Byrne.
Dominique now uses her skills and imagination to devise dishes that include as much wild, seasonal, local and sustainable produce as possible with an aim to have zero waste.
Partner Andrew is a keen outdoorsman and a local game keeper who provides Dale House with a steady supply of venison, rabbit, wild duck and pigeon. And despite the accent on local game, vegetarians and vegans are well catered for too!
Complemented by foraged herbs, leaves and berries and locally grown vegetables, be it breakfast, afternoon tea or dinner, mealtimes are always a highlight at Dale House.
Dominique hosts a wide range of food and rural skills courses, which all take place in the farmhouse kitchen and a purpose-built professional kitchen.
Each course is limited to maximum of five people with most run as private workshops for family and friends. Guests will chat, cook and eat their way through the day with plenty of opportunity to get involved on a practical level too.
For the more actively inclined, the traffic-free mountain bike trails of Gisburn Forest are a short ride away and a hilly 10k trail run around Stocks Reservoir is easily accessible.
Quiet road cycling routes and miles of wilderness walks start right from the farmhouse gate and if you need a bit of help to negotiate the hilly terrain, Ribble Valley E-bikes can deliver electric bikes direct to the door.
During the autumn and winter months, the Forest of Bowland’s dark skies offer amazing views of the planets and constellations while the onset of spring heralds the arrival of a host of rare visitors, including ospreys, ring ouzel, curlew and sky dancing hen harriers.
Hearty breakfasts with homemade bread, granola and preserves, eggs from our hens and locally sourced bacon and sausages. Packed lunches, hampers and picnics are also available. A perfect location for exploring the Forest of Bowland.
Dale house barn and B&B, Dale head farm, Slaidburn, Lancashire, BB7 4TS01200 411 095
Not only with a reputation for serving the best steak in Lancashire, The Red Pump Inn also offers a choice of first-class accommodation. From their 8 luxury French-inspired boutique B&B en-suite rooms to glamping accommodation. Built in 1756 with character by the bucket load The Red Pump Inn stands out from the crowd. With stone floors, oak beams, richly-worn oak settles & tables and crackling open fires. It’s the perfect venue for a night out and/or night away. A warm welcome awaits from owners Jonathan and Fran in the restaurant and bar. Influenced by their love of provincial country cuisine their ethos is seriously good, uncomplicated food, prepared from fresh ingredients – cooked with passion to serve you incredibly tasty dishes. Serving cask ales, local beers and a great selection of wines.
Refurbished in 2016, the luxury B&B rooms have been designed with a nod to casual French elegance. Each room individually decorated, imaginatively furnished with thoughtful extras to ensure visitor stays are truly memorable. Visitors can also choose to enjoy a night under the stars in the cosy glamping Yurts and charming Shepherd Huts (new for 2021). ‘Camping with comfort’ to guarantee an unforgettable holiday for couples and families.’
The Red Pump Inn Clitheroe Road Bashall Eaves Clitheroe Lancashire BB7 3DA01254 826 227
Our family have farmed here for over 100 years. It is a traditional hill farm, with beef and sheep, set in the beauty and tranquility of this unspoilt area in rural Lancashire.
We believe in preserving the best of traditional farming practice and work hard to conserve traditional hedgerows, meadows and dry stone walls. We have a double en-suite room and a twin ensuite room that can be changed to king-size if required. We offer a breakfast of your choice made from the finest local ingredients; free wifi; flat screen TV; tea making facilities; stair lift; off road parking and a beautiful garden.
We can also offer you an ‘alpaca experience’, beauty treatments or fusion therapeutic coaching – please ask for more information when you book. We can accommodate horses with a yard, tack room and field turnout and if you are a keen cyclist, fisherman or walker we have lockable storage, drying facilities and a hose in the yard.