2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps up to 5
About Janet Wilson
I am a retired HR Manager living in Surrey. After 34 years working in the BBC I now have time to pursue my outside interests which include travelling, walking, wildlife, photography, all aspects of the arts, genealogy, gym and swimming
Janet Wilson purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why Janet Wilson chose Flookburgh
Although I was born in the south my family originally came from the North West and after my father died I decided to buy Barnacle Cottage so that I could still enjoy visiting an area I knew so well as a child. My grandparents retired to Grange-over-sands and my aunt became the local Health Visitor, visiting many of the mums and babies in the surrounding area, organising regular clinics and running health education programmes in local schools. Flookburgh was at the heart of her patch. When I was visiting on school holidays I would sometimes act as her 'voluntary helper' . Although the villagers today are too young to have known her she may well have weighed them as babies and advised their parents on childcare and anyone aged over 80 will certainly remember her!
What makes this Cottage unique
I was very keen to buy a country cottage as my second home but not having anyone around who was good at DIY I didn't want to have to undertake major renovation work. So Barnacle Cottage was the ideal purchase. Although the original stone structure dated back to 1700 it had all been extended and modernised with a pretty back garden and even the decorations were to my taste! In addition it was in the middle of a village, half and hour from the M6 and a 7 minute walk from a station making it easily accessible even in the middle of winter.
Check-in: 3:30 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
In the garden or garden room only.
3 small dogs kept downstairs
No equipment for infants but bring your own
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Parking for the cottage is right outside the door so easy for loading and unloading. The cottage is very querky and characterful, but maybe in need of a bit of tlc now. We were warm and cosy enough dispite the really wet weather. Mostly well equipped, though no loo roll or bin bag felt a little mean. Lots of nicknacks so maybe keeping everything dusted is a bit of a marathon...
The cottage is in the middle of the village, really handy for the pub, post office and shops, even a bakery and great chip shop.
Good walks from the door down to the shore, though it was a bit wet to go too far for us.
This cottage was not quite as described. The location on a busy through road with traffic passing the front lounge and bedroom at all hours, making it difficult to sleep. The double glazed windows did not soften the noise. The cleanliness left a lot to be desired. There were crisps around and under the sofas and sweet papers left between and under the cushions.
Cobwebs were hanging from the lights and on some walls and the kitchen floor was very sticky. The hot water system through an immersion heater did not seem to work very well as the tank was only hot on the top 15% making it only possible to have hot water to fill the sink and certainly not the bath ( only 2 inches of water before it ran cold ), Yes the shower was OK as it was on a seperate system. The outside garden room was also not very clean with the tablecloth having dirty stick marks all over it. Also birds droppings. As we had some rain during our stay, the garden room leaked leaving puddles on the floor and also the 2nd toilet had lot of open air space and again the rain got onto the floor.
I could not understand why food was left in cupboards some of which were open packets previously used. There were frozen goods and bread left in the small freezer. Where do we put our food ? Some left food was out of date.
Storage space for clothes in the bedrooms was limited. The back bedroom had coats and slippers in the wardrobe. Whose were these ??
I was very disappointed to read your review especially so long after your visit. I am obviously very concerned about the cleaning issues which I take very seriously and will investigate accordingly. However it would have been preferable to have been able to conduct this review earlier. I can only offer you my sincere apologies if we slipped below our usual high standards of cleanliness.
However my cottage was obviously not for you and there’s not much I can say in response to some of your other criticisms. I check the sell by dates on dried foods left by guests regularly and they were all OK in August. They are there simply for the benefit of visitors and are even mentioned in my brochure. Of course they needn’t be used at all if you prefer to bring your own. When I recently stayed in an apartment in Edinburgh it was devoid of anything homely at all - there wasn’t even a tea bag which I found equally off putting. The few garments in the far corner of the wardrobe are mine I’m afraid as the cottage is also my second home and marketed as such. Best wishes Janet
Quaint property in need of some maintenance and TLC
Everything you could want is in the property. It is situated in a quiet village - but is right next to a 'busy in the daytime' road.
The cottage is quite dark and draughty at the front but the garden is quaint - and if you don't mind next doors barking dogs and a visiting cat, it can be a pleasant and relaxing recluse. There is also an outside toilet and wash basin situated in the old out-house should the need arise.
The kitchen is clean, well equipped and spacious.
The bedrooms are adequate - but the wardrobes had someone else's clothes in them. The main light switch for the double bedroom wall lights is outside the door and the wall light switch above the bed does not work - it is permanently on.
The bathroom is well equipped but the wooden toilet seat is ageing badly and needs replacing. The vinyl floor was extremely sticky and unpleasant to walk on - so I cleaned it! It may have been too much of the cleaning product used which made it sticky but I wasn't going to risk it...
The mirrors in the property may have been cleaned with the same cloth as the bathroom floor. They were very smeary.
Overall the cottage is welcoming but needs a little attention to fixtures and fittings. Cleanliness needs to be addressed too - but not drastically.
Hi David - I am sorry you found some issues with Barnacle Cottage. The front part of the cottage dates back to 1700 so yes there is the occasional draft around the wooden front door but there is a sausage shaped draught excluder provided and a curtain to stop it. As the windows are double glazed and there is plenty of heating this is not normally a problem. We take cleaning very seriously and it is a pity you did not mention this to me when you were staying. The bathroom floor is always washed so I can only think it may have been cleaning fluid as you suggest but I will look into this. The 2 or 3 spare jackets in the back bedroom are for general use should anyone forget to bring walking essentials and they are laundered frequently. The lighting is explained in the brochure. I have not had any other complaints about the dog barking so I think you may just have been unlucky. Best wishes Janet
Lovely place to stay. Everyone who like nice and peaceful will enjoy.
Good property with everything you need. Local shop just 2 min walk open till 7pm.
We had a wonderful stay at Barnacle Cottage. The cottage is in a fantastic location with all facilities you could need just a few metres away - from the lovely pub with an outdoor garden, to the fish and chip shop, grocery store and local pie shop, to a community play area just down the road in Moor Lane. It is in a quaint village and a wonderful place to stay to explore beautiful Cartmel Village and the Lake District. We specifically stayed in Flookburgh to be close to Greenbank Farm where my daughter spent a day doing a Friesian experience with Tracey Alexander - well worth it for any horse loving individuals.
The cottage is very well maintained and beautifully clean and fresh. I am always a bit concerned when a holiday rental is pet-friendly as I wonder if remnants of animal hair etc. will be present in the house. However, this is not the case for Barnacle Cottage as one would never be able to tell that there have ever been animals in the cottage - it is really pristine and fresh.
The cottage is homely and welcoming, and has everything you need for a self catering holiday. Check-in was easy, the house is quiet and peaceful, and Janet was great at communicating and providing information to make sure our stay was hassle free.
Our family of 4 had a wonderful time and we would recommend Barnacle Cottage to anyone wanting to explore the area and enjoy a restful holiday.
Fantastic little cottage
I loved this little cottage. So easy to get to by public transport from Glasgow. Cottage has everything you need for a weekend away. Close to all the walks, accepts 🐕� as does the pub across the road. Locals really friendly. Lovely garden and garden room. Excellent break. Could have stayed longer, quite happily. Very informative instructions for various equipment in the cottage, very helpful.😉�😉�😉�
The cottage is in the centre of the popular fishing village of Flookburgh which lies just off the shores of Morecambe Bay famous for its potted shrimps. It is close to many places of interest such as Holker Hall and Cartmel Priory and is about 40 minutes drive from Windermere and Coniston, thus offering the best of Lakeland and coastal scenery with a stretch of the Cumbrian Coastal path being accessible from the front door.