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A fabulous Lancashire cottage, and a perfect romantic retreat whatever the time of year.

Maltkiln Cottage At Crook Hall Farm is a luxuriously furnished detached, ground floor, former farm building that lies on a working farm on the edge of the village of Bispham Green. This luxury holiday cottage in Lancashire retains the character and charm of the original dwelling, but now houses modern furnishings. There is an open plan living area which has crook beams and exposed brickwork, plus a well equipped kitchen, dining area and sitting area with sofabed and electric stove. The cottage sleeps two and has one double bedroom with an ensuite.

The pretty garden has a patio and furniture, which is perfect to relax in after a busy day exploring the area. There is the added bonus of off road parking and fishing is available on the owners' private ponds.

Note: Fishing tuition with on-site fishing instructor available at additional cost (all necessary tackle and bait provided). Please contact the owner directly for more information. Note: Fishing ponds on-site, please ensure children are supervised at all times.

Nearby there are many interesting things to do and see including the Cedar Farm Galleries, Rufford Old Hall and Formby Point, which boasts a large area of beach, sand dunes and pine woods, which are still home to the red squirrel. There is so much to see and do in the area with many attractions nearby, plus the seaside resort of Southport is only ten miles away. Maltkiln Cottage At Crook Hall Farm is an ideal base for couples. This Lancashire cottage makes a great touring base, with the Lake District, the western Dales and the Trough of Bowland just an hour’s drive.


All ground floor. * One double bedroom with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC * Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with sofa bed and electric stove

Amenities * LPG central heating with electric stove * Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, TV, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books and DVDs * Fuel and power inc. in rent * Bed linen and towels inc. in rent * Cot and highchair on request * Ample off road parking * Garden with patio, furniture and BBQ * Bike storage available * Fishing on owner's private ponds * Fishing tuition with on-site fishing instructor available at additional cost (all necessary tackle and bait provided) * Please contact owner directly for more information * Sorry, no pets and no smoking * Shop and pub 5 mins walk * Note: Fishing ponds on-site, please ensure children are supervised at all times.


Steeped in history, in the lovely West Lancashire village of Bispham Green, once famous for its basket weaving, is home to a scattering of traditional brick-built cottages, old farmhouses and barn conversions, all surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, and offering a number of country pubs, renowned locally for excellent service and fine cuisine. This is a quiet and peaceful area, with many things to do and see, including the Martin Mere nature reserve, Mere Sands Wood, and the heritage market town of Ormskirk. The classic Victorian seaside town of Southport is just a short drive, and offers some of the finest golf courses in Britain, excellent shopping, a beautiful promenade, the annual Southport Flower Show and the not-to-be-missed annual Air Show. With excellent road and rail links to Manchester, Cumbria and the Lakes, Liverpool with its colourful heritage and the western Dales, this is a location that is worth discovering whatever the time of year. Southport 10 miles.

Superb cottage in great location by Howard c on September 9th 2016

Cliff and Claire have got this cottage absolutely right. Quality kitchen equipment and comfortable furnishings throughout. The hosts are so helpful and thoughtfull.Nothing was too much trouble. We had a problem with the tv on the first day and Claire promptly went out and bought another one. We would highly recommend this location to anyone wanting a peaceful rural location. An excellent train sevice to Liverpool,Southport or Preston is only 10 minutes away and there are great grub pubs only a short distance away. Would certainly consider booking again. Howard and Mary Crawford. Mansfield. Notts

by Mr Clare on June 28th 2016

The cottage was lovely, as were the owners. We thoroughly enjoyed our week, and plan to return at some future date.

Excellent Holiday Retreat in a peaceful setting by David R on June 19th 2016

This was our second stay at Maltkiln Cottage, we stayed here last November. Trying to find a two person holiday rental in West Lancashire / Merseyside is very difficult, so to find this little gem is a bonus. The accommodation is in a converted farm building on a working farm. In saying that, you do not feel as if you are on a farm once you are in the cottage. The cottage is very spacious with an extremely large well fitted Kitchen / Diner / Lounge. Adjacent is the well appointed comfortable bedroom with en-suite bathroom / Shower. There is a patio with table and chairs outside but the chickens might put some people off. The owners dogs are adorable and very friendly. The very pleasant owners live on-site and are available if required but they do not intrude on your holiday. Excellent location for visiting the local and wider area. Easy access to the M6 means The Lakes, Blackpool for the Lights, Liverpool, Southport and North Wales are all easily accessible. The only negatives from our point of view is that there is no washing machine and the TV is minute. Needs a decent sized wall mounted TV. There are some excellent pubs and restaurants locally within a ten minute drive.

by Mr McDermott on March 12th 2016

Very nice and comfortable cottage. The owners have gone to a lot of time and effort to convert what was once a piggery into a lovely little cottage.

by Mrs Bailey on November 27th 2015

Lovely cottage just as described. Owners very welcoming and helpful. Perfect location for our needs with good pub in walking distance, and close to bird reserve of Martin Mere.

by Mr Trigg on September 19th 2015

The Cottage was lovely, the location good and the owners were helpful and friendly. Would recommend to anyone.

5 Star accommodation in beautiful West Lancashire by Steve C on July 9th 2015

Brilliantly run by owner Claire Martland and husband Cliff, one could easily run out of superlatives when describing this delightful accommodation. Located in the delightful village of Bispham Green in West Lancashire, Maltkiln cottage is a one bedroom converted Piggery located on a working farm (Crook Hall Farm). The cottage is tastefullyy furnished in contemporary style,and has central heating, an excellent kitchen with full cooking facilities, and a dishwasher. The separate double bedroom boasts a superbly fitted ensuite with shower and bath. I stayed in this cottage for three weeks in June 2015 and loved every minute. The area boasts a wonderful Farm Shop just 200 yards walk and the welcoming Eagle and Child Pub just alongside. This area of West Lancahire is renowned for its many walking tracks through hedgerow and wood. I highly recommend Maltkiln Cottage, it is easily the best self contained accommodation I have ever stayed in.

by Mr Cummins on July 2nd 2015

Simply brilliant in every respect.

by Mrs Pollard on May 24th 2015

This cottage was extremely comfortable and set in a quiet location. The kitchen was well equipped with everything that you could possibly need, including a dishwasher. The owners were friendly and helpful should you need to know anything. I would definitely recommend this cottage to friends & family.

by Mrs Lawson on April 18th 2015

A lovely conversion, very well looked after, with attentive owners who were very helpful. A quiet location with lovely views and lots of eating places with good food just a short drive away.

Fabulous by LadyGrady on March 13th 2015

We stayed here for 13 nights at the end of January and early February and had a wonderful time. The cottage is immaculate. It is contemporary, clean and very comfortable. It really was a treat to stay there. Perfectly laid out, the cottage has a very well equipped kitchen so if you do want to be able to cook properly you can do so. The lounge, bedroom and bathroom are also first rate with welcoming comfortable furniture. The bathroom is just right - spotlessly clean with an excellent powerful shower and lashings of hot water. The cottage is on a working farm but also walking distance to the local pub and farm shop. It just so happens that the local pub, The Eagle & Child, serves fantastic food and guests at the cottage enjoy a discount there too. The farm shop next to the pub is very well stocked with everything fresh local produce and interesting deli items to a rather tempting selection of wines. We certainly didn't go hungry during our stay. Only minutes from the wealth of independent shops and cafes at Cedar Farm Galleries and nearby Burscough and Southport, Maltkiln offers comfortable contemporary accommodation in a great location. There are plenty of nice walks and bike rides nearby too, and there is a storage shed for the bikes so it's all very convenient. The owners are helpful and friendly but completely unobtrusive. We enjoyed the fresh eggs from the farm chickens that the owners left with their compliments for us to try. Highly recommended indeed. If you're looking for a slightly bigger cottage there is a 2 bedroomed cottage called Barn Owl on the same farm but for just two of us, Maltkiln was absolutely perfect.

by Mrs Evans on December 23rd 2014

The cottage was beautifully presented and had everything we needed. It was perfect for the break we needed and we wouldn't change a thing about it!

by Mrs Ashton on January 27th 2014

Very cosy environment with the right balance of privacy and being quite close to a range of activities as well as good pubs and eating places. Warm, friendly welcome from the owners and eggs from the chickens and biscuits were such a nice touch. The cottage was most pleasant so when the weather was dire it was so nice to curl up with a good book or watch tv/dvds.

by Ms Daly on January 10th 2014

Maltkiln Cottage was great! The owners were friendly and helpful, and there are great shops and pubs only minutes away. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Lancashire!

cottage lovely despite the wet weather by A FlipKey verified reviewer on December 12th 2013

Good enough to book for 2014 summer and hoping for much better weather. Managed 2 dry days fishing which were most enjoyable. Caught 3 fine chub.

by Mr Richardson on October 11th 2013

The cottage was even better 'in person' than the pictures on the website. It was beautifully decorated, and had everything that was required. The owners were very helpful and had very good local knowledge which helped us to find some extra nature reserves that we were unaware of. Altogether a delightful week. We will definitely be returning.

A lovely stay in a great location by A FlipKey verified reviewer on January 16th 2013

The cottage was well-equipped and very comfortable. The short walk to the pub and the farm shop worked up enough of an appetite to appreciate the lovely food available within close proximity to the cottage. I would definitely recommend it as a top spot!!

lovely peaceful cottage by A FlipKey verified reviewer on January 3rd 2013

we had a week in this cottage in september 2012 it is in a lovely location with lots to do around the area, the cottage was clean comfortable with everything we needed for our stay i would recomend this cottage

by Miss Luxton on November 25th 2012

Th location and close proximity to the farm shop and the pub. The cottage was very warm and comfortable.

by Mrs Turner on November 12th 2012

Lovely family, warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere. We even discussed how we would like to live in such a wee house - perfect!

by Mrs Clark on September 23rd 2012

This cottage was lovely, very comfortable and in a good location with plenty to see and do in the area. The owners were very welcoming and friendly people would recommend this cottage to anybody.

by Mr Stead on August 9th 2012

Our second visit to this cottage - there is plenty to do in the surrounding areas. The owners were very friendly and we were fortunate enough to have a really hot sunny week!

by Mr Baxendale on July 26th 2012

Very nice people, a very good location and a very good cottage. We will be going again next year hopefully.

by Mr Wilcockson on July 25th 2012

Very relaxing and central for places to visit.

Great cottage and proprietors. by A FlipKey verified reviewer on April 13th 2012

Cottage very clean and comfortable. Very handy for coast and countryside. Proprietors and everyone else we met on the farm were very friendly and obliging.

Charming, cosy holiday cottage - a lovely weekend break. by Katy L on December 10th 2011

Having arrived at the cottage I was given a lovely welcome by the owners who were very helpful in answering questions about the local area and amenities. The cottage itself was really lovely; extremely well presented and clean with everything you could need for a break away and the bed was particularly comfortable! Being december it was a bit chilly but the cottage remained snug and warm. Ir was nice to wake up in the morning and look out of the window to see horses grazing. Although it was a bit too cold to sit outside given the time of year I can imagine that the little patio area outside the cottage would be a lovely place to sit in warmer weather. My other half was keen to see the fishing ponds near the property, and although he didn't get the chance, next time I think I might lose him to a few hours fishing there! I think the cottage itself is in a good location with easy access from the M6 (about ten minutes by car) and close enough to a train station if you fancy a jaunt to Manchester. We also took a trip to Formby on the coast and were lucky enough to see a red squirrel at the reserve. The cottage is within walking distance of The Eagle and Child, which is a lovely pub serving delicious food and drink. A short walk also takes you to Cedar Farm, which has some really lovely and unusual shops, cafe and a really nice coffee shop. The Red Lion pub is also nearby and the food there was delicious! All in all it the cottage provided delightful accommodation in an ideal location for a fab weekend away.

by Mr Walmsley on September 25th 2011

The cottage was decorated beautifully and to a high standard. We enjoyed waking up to the gorgeous views and loved all of the wildlife surrounding the cottage including the great fishing and horses. Owners were very friendly and helpful. Great location for days out and good pub food!

Lovely cottage, nice area by Couple from Nottinghamshire on September 22nd 2011

This is a lovely cottage in a very nice area,the cottage itself was very cute, very comfortable with everything you could possibly need, a nice outside area for alfresco dining, however on a personal note we would have liked it to have been more private with no disurbances what-so-ever. it was quite close to the main house with plenty of coming & going. Having said that it was a lovely cottage & I would recommend it if you wanted a short break.

by Mr Scobie on August 27th 2011

A quiet retreat with an easy going pace of life.

by Dr Williams on May 9th 2011

We absolutely loved this holiday. A really nice cottage in a fabulous location with a nice modern finish inside. We felt really relaxed and comfortable.

by Mrs Bayford on October 29th 2010

We were warmly welcomed at the cottage and our hosts were really helpful, especially with regard to the golf courses. A lovely place to have a holiday.

by Miss Mead on October 12th 2010

Maltkiln Cottage At Crook Hall Farm is just the perfect hoilday cottage for anyone really. A home from home. Excellent..

by Mrs Hodgins on September 27th 2010

Maltkiln Cottage has been recently renovated, therefore, bathroom, kitchen and furnishings are lovely and immaculate. The cottage is small (one bedroom) - but perfectly formed! The owners were kind and helpful throughout the week and placed lovely white roses, milk and biscuits on our arrival - plus 2 fresh eggs from their chickens - a great treat! The Farm Shop a few hundred yards up the lane is tremendous.

by Mrs Butt on September 20th 2010

The cottage was excellent. The friendliness of the owners who were extremely helpful. The fishing was just across the road and although not large, was very relaxing and we spent many an enjoyable hour catching plenty of fish.

by Mr Kaster on September 1st 2010

We had a wonderful time. Very nice owners. The cottage was perfect, bed and shower good, the interior very tasteful and it was extremely clean!

by Mrs Kirton on July 19th 2010

Peace and quiet; even though there were animals about we never really noticed unless we wanted to. We had a really good time.

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Cottage added 5th March 2018

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