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Gardeners Cottage at Growing With Nature


Bradshaw Lane Nursery, Pilling, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 6AX
4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Self Catering

Tel: 01253 790046

From £300.00

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The Gardeners Cottage, Pilling

For those looking for something that little bit different. A unique, craftsmen built quiet rural retreat set within a woodland wildlife garden based just outside the village of Pilling, Lancashire situated 10 miles or so from Lancaster ,Preston, Blackpool and the Fylde coast.

The Gardener’s Cottage is on the organic market garden of Growing with Nature run by Alan and Debra Schofield. A box of our organically grown seasonal produce is available complimentary to guests on arrival. A tour around the market garden is available by arrangement.

The Cottage accommodates four people with ease in one double and one twin bedroom. A new luxury bathroom has a rain shower and whirlpool bath in which to pamper yourselves during your stay with us. The Cottage stands in just under ½ acre of woodland garden complete with a gazebo which gives shade from the mid day sun and a bonfire area and barbeque for those long hazy summer nights. The garden area is rich in wildlife especially birds. After dark the bats come out to play. A barn owl and tawny owl are frequently seen just before or after dark as they hunt along the dykes and ditches of the local farmland. Gardeners Cottage is also a clear sky location with no nearby streetlights for the astronomically minded. The uninterrupted views across the fields east to the Trough of Bowland are extensive due to the low lying surrounding area and we get some spectacular sunrises and sunsets under the large sky. So if you are looking to get away from it all and stay somewhere different with access to a private garden within walking distance of the village shop and pub then the Gardeners Cottage is a must. It is in a very private location.

*Availability and bookings can be made through their website on the above link.*

There is a lot to see and do in the local area.
A trip north takes you past Cockerham and Glasson Dock to the city of Lancaster(10 miles) and its ancient castle soon to be reopened to visitors. Lancaster University is only 8 miles away.

Heading south the main A6 leads to Preston(12 Miles) and the University of Central Lancashire, UCLAN and the old docks and Fishergate shopping centre
Heading west through Poulton le Fylde, Blackpool and the Fylde coast are also only a 10 mile drive away with sandy beaches and all the fun of the fair available at the Pleasure Beach.

To our east lies the UK’s first fairtrade town of Garstang with riverside walks to Greenhalgh castle and the Forest of Bowland and Ingleton waterfalls are just 45 minutes away by car.

Fishing - both sea and course is available locally and for bird watchers this area of Morecambe Bay between the Rivers Wyre and Lune is of significant national interest. RSPB Leighton Moss is just 40 minutes away by car. Cockersands Abbey a short drive up the coast has a lovely coastal walk at the mouth of the River Lune. The Lancaster Canal is also nearby and boats are available for daily hire at the nearby market town of Garstang. Local golf courses include Garstang ,Knott End (with its ferry crossing to Fleetwood) Forrest Hills (with a beautiful newly opened eco building and café) and Lancaster. There is even a parachute centre (The Black Knight Parachute centre) just 8 miles away towards Lancaster. Cinemas and theatres are available locally in Thornton Cleveleys Lancaster Preston and Blackpool.

The area is very popular with cyclists and we have facilities to securely lock your bicycle and equipment away whilst you stay with us. The locality is very flat and there are many country lanes, windmills and tea / coffee shops making it an ideal location for getting out on two wheels.

For those wishing to venture further The Lake District is 45 minutes away and Kendal, Manchester Liverpool and Southport are all within an hour or so by car.

A host of locally produced fine foods are available and Alan and Debra will be happy to point you in the right direction to fulfil your needs. From Salt Marsh Lamb, Grass fed beef, the infamous Goosnargh chicken and duck, local cheeses and ice cream made on the farm to local seafoods and of course our home grown vegetables and salads. For those who prefer to eat out there are many fine eateries available throughout the locality. This area is a foodies delight.


Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Cottagefrom £300.00 to £400.00 per unit pw

*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments and per week for self-catering accommodation.

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Gardeners Cottage at Growing with Nature (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)


  • 4 Visit England Stars Self Catering
4 Visit England Stars Self Catering


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • National AwardsCycle Lancashire Cycle Lancashire 2014


Road Directions

Pilling is located half way between Lancaster and Preston. The M6 motorway comes to North Preston ( junction 32 ) and South Lancaster (junction 33)
From the South leave the M6 at Junction 32 and travel 8 miles north up the A6 to the Garstang area. Turn left immediately after the Bellflower Pub signed to Pilling. After ½ mile take the first right signed Pilling and continue to the end of that road. At the T junction turn left and after 200 yards turn left onto Bradshaw Lane. After ¼ mile continue straight on down Bradshaw Lane and we are the first dwelling on the left.
From the North exit M6 at Junction 33 and travel 8 miles south on the A6. Turn right at the Belflower Pub and then as above.

Public Transport Directions

Trains are available to both Lancaster and Blackpool from all over the UK. Buses from Lancaster and the Blackpool area are available although they only run once every two hours. Our local bus stop at the local pub the Elletsons Arms is just under a mile away from Gardener’s Cottage down Bradshaw Lane. If you are travelling by public transport we can arrange to pick you up from Pilling if necessary. Taxi’s operate from our next village of Preesall. If you are travelling by public transport please ring us to discuss arrangements. If you wish to bring bikes on the train we are a 45 minute bicycle ride from Lancaster down the quiet coast road.


Children & Infants

  • Accept Children 12+
  • Accept Children 7+
  • Accept Children All Ages
  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Cater For Individuals
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Linen available free of charge
  • Linen provided
  • Real Log Fires

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted
  • Weekend breaks

Provider Preferences

  • Country House
  • Farm
  • In countryside

Room / Unit Features

  • Barbecue
  • Electric Shaver Points
  • Freeview Digital television in rooms
  • Fridge
  • Ironing facilities in all units
  • Microwave in all units
  • Units available with real log/coal fires
  • Wi-fi in All Rooms

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as Gay Friendly
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly
  • Marketed to any other specialist market
  • Special provisions for cyclists
  • Special provisions for walkers

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available


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