Ribchester holiday cottages are perfect for visitors who want to experience life in one of Lancashire’s oldest communities, a stone’s throw from some of the county’s most spectacular scenery. Ribchester is an ancient village in the rugged Ribble Valley district. It lies at the foot of Longridge Fell, on the banks of the River Ribble, 12 miles east of Preston and six miles west Of Blackburn. Ribchester was built on the site of the Roman fort of Bremetennacum, which covered six acres and was the base for a cavalry of 500. It is undoubtedly one of the Ribble Valley’s prettiest villages with a variety of family-run businesses and art galleries, and a pair of gentle brooks which meander past stone cottages and terraces.
Standing within its own grounds in a secluded rural location near the Forest of Bowland, Somerwood is a large, beautifully furnished House in Ribchester. Facilities such as a cinema room, billiard room, tennis court and hot tub, justifiably put it in the luxury holiday cottage category. Sleeps 16.
Take a wander along the river bank into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Ribchester and you will discover a traditional Lancashire community which time seems to have forgotten. A beautiful three-arched bridge built in 1774 crosses the river into the village. Look out for St Wilfrid’s Church, built in the 8th century at what was the heart of the Roman fort. Next door, you will find the excavated remains of the fort’s granaries. An excellent museum tells the story of Ribchester’s Roman past with a number of unique artefacts. Don’t miss the Weavers’ Cottages, a terrace on Church Street which was built as homes for local hand loom weavers. Across the road, the White Bull is a welcoming pub with a selection of local ales and good food, prepared with local, seasonal ingredients.
Self-catering holidays in Ribchester are ideal if you are looking for a base from which to explore Lancashire. A short drive northward will bring you to the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Beauty, an enchanting expanse of peat moorland and gritstone fells. West of Ribchester, Blackpool is a classic seaside resort with nostalgic amusements and entertainment.