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What Makes a Cottage a Cottage?

When you think of holidays in the English countryside what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a quaint village with a town green and quaint cottages? Perhaps a shoreline with smoke rising from the chimneys of a secluded stone building? Whatever you think of it probably involves the iconic British cottage. But what makes a true cottage? How do we define these inviting, homely buildings that have become an integral part of holidaying in this wonderful country? Let’s investigate.

From Early Beginnings

A cottage was originally a word to describe a small home with low ceilings. Usually found in the villages dotted around the country, these homes differed according to the area they were in. Most would make use of local stone and timber creating a unique look that often came to define parts of the country. The name cottage comes from being the ‘simple home of a medieval cotter, or agricultural labourer’.  Since the medieval period, cottages have changed from workers’ homes into holiday bolt holes where people can escape the everyday and discover the majesty of the English countryside. This shift from a traditional necessity to modern holiday making is what gives cottages their unique identity. They marry together tradition and remote locations with comfort and village charm to create the perfect place for you, the family, and even your pet to stay.

To Contemporary Holiday Destinations

By modern standards, holiday cottages have taken on a romantic quality. Cottages promise peace and quiet, a comfy bed, maybe even a log burner to curl up by if you stay in the winter months. Basically, anything you need for a relaxing family holiday. This thinking is a large part of how we compiled our very own Cottage Collection with each decorated to create a tranquil space that feels warm and inviting during your stay. 

Cove Lodge, Sleeps 4, Pet Friendly

holgates holiday cottage collectionCove Lodge is a stunning, bright and inviting cottage with a log burner, wrap-around patio, garden and plenty of room for the family. Celebrating our fantastic natural surroundings, this cottage like most in our collection features drawings of nature and wildlife into the decor. It has a main double bedroom alongside a twin bedroom. This spacious cottage also has a family bathroom and an inviting living area with a separate kitchen dining space. Add to this a 5-minute walk to the beach, The Royal Silverdale just a 15-minute stroll away and complimentary use of the nearby Holgates holiday park and you’ve found the perfect cottage getaway.

The Barn, Sleeps 6, Pet Friendly

The Barn The Barn, located on the outskirts of Silverdale, has plenty of seaside charm. Just 5 minutes from the coast, this airy, bright cottage reflects the beach atmosphere with light walls and rich wooden floors and ceiling beams that are just as inviting as the incredible vistas. The Barn is a beautiful historic stone building that sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms and is also pet-friendly. This large cottage is great for entertaining large groups with an open-plan living space, a kitchen packed with appliances (including an Aga), a games room, and a patio for al fresco dining. Like our other cottages, The Barn is just next door to Cove Lodge, ideal for accessing incredible Holgates amenities like children’s play areas and swimming pools as well as the Silverdale Village and a short drive from the Arnside AONB.

Pier & Tower Cottages, Sleep 6, Pet Friendly

  holgates cottage collectionThe Pier and Tower Cottages, located in Arnside, are situated at the heart of this charming village just a short walk from the coast. Both cottages can sleep up to 6 guests and are pet friendly, although you’ll need a pooch that likes exercise as there is no outdoor space linked with the cottages - although we think the many walking routes and coastline make up for this! Ideal as a base for adventures and hikes to Arnside Tower, Jenny Brown’s Point, or Windermere in the Lake District (30 minutes away by car), you’ll also find some great amenities on your doorstep including tea rooms, local shops, and of course the quintessential fish and chip shop. If you’re looking for sea views, you need only walk 2 minutes from your front door to take in the dramatic coastline.  The cottages themselves are also packed with everything you need to entertain a large group including an open plan kitchen and dining area, 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room with Smart TV, WiFi, and a fully equipped kitchen for making delicious family meals. All of these comforts along with the amazing natural activities and surroundings celebrate everything the modern cottage has come to represent.

Hollins Cottage

holgates cottage collection Hollins Cottage is located at Hollins Farm, one of our 5-star holiday parks. This cottage brings together countryside and the seaside in equal measure and accommodates up to 6 people across three bedrooms. Hollins Cottage is uniquely placed on a working farm where you can watch the chickens and cows roam around the property or grab some freshly laid eggs from reception before going back to your private cottage for some much-needed relaxation.  Built over two floors, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is just a 15 minute stroll from the coast and has direct access to the Holgates holiday parks amenities. Including our swimming complex and bowling lanes! Very few self-catering holiday cottages have this much to offer. Whether you want to take in farm life or the dramatic coastline; Hollins Cottage is a wonderful place to call home any time of the year.

The Knott

cottage collection The Knott cottage located in the heart of the Silverdale village is a stunning six-person cottage with three bedrooms, a large living room, an open plan kitchen, and a private garden with outdoor seating. This cottage also sits right next door to The Royal Silverdale giving you access to a stunning pub and restaurant right on your doorstep. This central location is a great place to use as a starting point for trips to the nearby beach or further journeys into the Lake District, Arnside AONB or other rural escape. When the skies turn grey the inviting log burner is a great place to warm weary bones or read a book while your pooch naps. This cottage is styled with traditional and modern elements in mind and celebrates everything cottages have to offer. Find out more about this stunning cottage here or get in touch today to book an unforgettable holiday to the northwest.

The Pepper Pot

Holgates cottage collection This cosy cottage, located in the heart of the Silverdale Village is The Knott’s smaller sibling. This warm, inviting cottage sleeps up to four guests across two bedrooms and is packed with amenities including a log burner, cosy living space, a separate kitchen and dining area, a private garden with outdoor furniture, and a great central location.  This pet-friendly holiday cottage is ideal for a family break. Located just 5 minutes from the beach with plenty of restaurants, pubs, shops, and tea rooms on your doorstep, you’ll find convenience in every activity. Like our other cottages, guests at The Pepper Pot also have free access to all the amenities at our nearby Holgates Silverdale Holiday Park including the swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, and indoor and outdoor play areas.  This cute cottage, much like its name, packs a punch with plenty to offer the family. If you’re interested in exploring the natural beauty of Lancashire with family, friends, and the dog, there is nowhere better to call home. Find out more about this cottage’s incredible offering here or contact us now to book your stay. As you can see our cottage collection celebrates the history, comfort, and style of cottage living. Contact us today to find out more about our cottage bookings or book a truly unforgettable holiday.

Welcome back to Holgates Cottage Collection

Our holiday cottages are now open and we are excited to be welcoming back our guests, allowing you to stay in our splendid self-catered holiday cottages in Silverdale, Arnside and the surrounding areas. On this page, you will find details on what has changed to keep everybody safe and the 'new normal' we are now getting used to. We suggest checking in on this information regularly. There is nothing more important than the safety of people visiting our parks. Over the last few months we have been working hard to adapt our facilities, discovering ways to keep everyone safe with as little impact on holidays as possible.

Checking In

If staying in Hollins Cottage, please check in direct with the park. Otherwise, we ask you visit our main reception at Silverdale Holiday Park to receive your keys and learn more about what's new at Holgates.

Additional Cleaning Procedures in our Cottages

We have new cleaning procedures and precautions across our holiday cottages, learn more via the link below Additional Cleaning Procedures - Cottage Collection

Do I need to wear a mask?

It is now compulsory to wear masks in shops, as a result we will be asking all visitors using our on-site shops to wear a face covering.

When is your pool at Silverdale Holiday Park re-opening?

Following government guidance, we are allowed to re-open our pool from Saturday 25th July. Initially this will be for owners and holiday bookings only, full details on the additional safety measures are below.

Pool Open Daily 9am - 9.30pm (last entry 9pm)

Guests are limited to a 40 minute honesty swim to ensure everyone has fair access to the facilities.
  • All users of the leisure club must be swim ready on entry to the leisure facility.
  • All pool users must gain entry to the pool facilities to the rear of the building once details are provided for track and trace, you will be allocated a cubicle to change in, clothes MUST be put in a locker (50p required). All users of the swimming pool are to use the showers on poolside prior to entering the pool.
  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible person of 16 years or above at all times whilst using the leisure facility. The responsible person must go into the water with the child/children they are accompanying remain with them at all times. No play equipment, including balls, inflatables, woggles, noodles etc. are permitted in the pool. The pool has implemented a no diving, no jumping policy at this time.
  • Buoyancy aids accepted under this policy are those that fully support the child's weight in the water & remain secure in and out of the water. E.G. Arm bands, float suits any buoyancy aids that are hand held are NOT considered appropriate.
Adult to child Ratios in the Swimming Pool 1 Adult to 2 Children - Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied into the pool at all times by a responsible adult (Over 16 years) 1 Adult to 1 Child - Children under the age of 4 years must be accompanied into the pool by a responsible adult. 1 Adult to 2 Children - However in the event any child under 4 is wearing a suitable buoyancy aid.

What facilities will be open at Silverdale Holiday Park?

✔ Bar & Restaurant (First come first served dining & takeaway) ✔ Reception ✔ Outdoor Play Areas ✔ Shop (6 people max & pre-order for collection coming soon!) ✔ Arcade Games ✔ Swimming Pool (Saturday 25th July onwards) ✔ Gym

What is still closed?

The below facilities will remain closed until further guidance on re-opening our parks is issued. ❌ Sauna & Steam Room ❌ Indoor Play Area ❌ Bowling Lanes
We have been awarded 'Good to Go' status, recognising the changes we have made across our parks & locations to keep everybody safe. Learn more about the Good to Go scheme here.

We need your help

In order to keep our parks open during current events, we ask that if you visit our parks you adhere to our guidelines and be respectful of other guests and social distancing rules.

Safety measures being introduced

We have introduced the following measures to ensure the safety of our guests: ✔ We have strict hygiene routines across our cottages in addition to the already thorough cleans we carry out daily ✔ Social distancing measures have been put in place around our parks if you are visiting. This will include all facilities operating at a lower capacity with floor markings in areas where there is likely to be a queue such as our park receptions and shops ✔ Safety screens are now in place in all areas necessary, including our main reception and bar as we look ahead to opening more and more facilities ✔ Hand sanitisers have been placed around our parks for customers to use ✔ You will also find information throughout our parks and buildings explaining the safety precautions all visitors to the parks must work towards


✔ Enjoy your cottage and their outside areas. ✔ Enjoy the villages surrounding our cottages, observing social distance at all times. ✔ Bring soap, hand sanitiser, gloves, toilet roll and disinfectant (just to be on the safe side & especially if it will make you feel more comfortable). ✔ Remember we are here! Our team are always happy to help if you have any queries or concerns. ✔ If ordering takeaway food from Silverdale Holiday Park, maintain social distance whilst collecting.

Please do not

❌ Meet or gather with friends in a social group. ❌ Invite or entertain visitors. ❌ Allow children to roam unsupervised outside the boundary of your cottage, so that they do not break social distancing rules (even if it is by accident!) Please take your own precautions when playing and spending time outdoors if visiting our holiday parks nearby, supervising children where you feel necessary.

5 Reasons Why Our Cottages are the Perfect Mother’s Day Retreat!

  It may seem like Christmas was only two minutes ago, but believe it or not, Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so you better get planning now! Whether you are the child of a wonderful mother, the partner of one or you’re a great mother yourself, this occasion is the perfect time to show that special mother in your life, just how much you appreciate them. So, if you’re hoping to plan something special for Mother’s Day, why not consider whisking her away for a much-deserved cottage break in Silverdale?  

Enjoy Spending Time Together

One of the best things about staying in one of our cosy cottages is the fact that you get to spend a private break with the family, enjoying some quality time together without being disturbed or interrupted by other guests like you may be when staying in a hotel. You can spend a night in together in one of our cottages, whether you want to pop a film on, play a board game, or just sit and have a chat with a few drinks. With plenty of privacy, it’ll feel like a home away from home.  

Give the Gift of Relaxation

If you’re taking the kids with you, going on holiday can present a whole new set of challenges and stresses. Staying in a self-catered cottage, however, offers the perfect opportunity to give Mum the chance to enjoy a stress-free break. You can even unwind and make the most of your time away with the fantastic leisure facilities at Silverdale Holiday Park, included in your stay at our cottages!  

The Perfect Mother’s Day Treat at The Royal

When you stay in one of our holiday cottages, you can take advantage of your proximity to our local bar and restaurant, The Royal. With our special menu for Mother’s Day, you can celebrate the occasion in style. Our cleverly crafted menu includes a number of tempting choices from sumptuous starters to delectable desserts as well as hearty mains such as roast lamb and salmon en croute. The restaurant itself is welcoming and cosy, making it the perfect place to enjoy a family meal. You can make a table enquiry by using the details on The Royal contact page, so make sure to get a table booked soon to avoid disappointment!

Relax in the Beautiful Countryside

Silverdale is the perfect setting for your weekend away with the family as it is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Not only will you be able to enjoy Arnside and Silverdale which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but you’ll also be perfectly situated to venture a little further north where you can take full advantage of the incredible Lake District.  

Plan a Treat Without Breaking the Bank

You may feel as though you want to treat your partner or mother to something really special but you’re concerned about how much it might set you back. Thankfully, when you plan a self-catering holiday at one of our Silverdale cottages, you can save a little money than if you chose to stay in a hotel. We offer great prices for our cottage breaks, but you’ll also be able to save money as you can prepare meals in our cottages’ fully equipped kitchens from time to time during your stay rather than eating out for every meal.   With so many excellent reasons to plan a cottage holiday for Mother’s Day this year, why not book your stay today by contacting a member of our team at 01524 701508 or book online to secure your cottage of choice. We currently have availability from Friday the 20th - Monday the 23rd* for: Cove Lodge – Sleeps 4 - £300 – Pet Friendly Option The Knott – Sleeps 6 - £325    But hurry, our cottages are booking up fast! Book today to avoid missing out. Get in touch with a member of our team if you would like to find out more about our cottage availability. If you would like to enjoy the perfect Mother’s Day meal, make sure to book your table at The Royal Silverdale by calling 01524 702608 or by enquiring about a table online and we’ll get back to you. In the meantime, make sure to take a look at our Mother’s Day menu to whet your appetite.   *Cottages available at time of publishing, please call 01524 701508 to see if our cottages are still available for these dates

Book your May Bank Holiday getaway … in our brand new Holiday Cottage on Hollins Farm!

As the Easter Bank Holiday draws to an end, you may be feeling the back-to-work blues. However, you won't be feeling down for long, as May has not one ... but two bank holiday weekends! This is the perfect time to discover our self-catered holiday cottages, including 'Hollins Cottage' the latest addition to Holgates Cottage Collection; located on Hollins Farm.

Hollins Cottage officially opens on Friday 3rd May, and is available to reserve now!

Whilst we all wish for the stunning weather we have experienced this weekend there are no guarantees, making our holiday cottages the perfect choice as you can have a fantastic time no matter the weather! Only an hour from the Lake District, our holiday cottages are perfect for a family get together, or a relaxing couples retreat. You are bound to find something that suits your taste from our variety of 2 and 3 bed cottages, all located in and around Silverdale. To find out more about our individual cottages, and book your stay throughout the year, simply explore our website.   

Bank Holiday Availability:

May Day Bank Holiday (3rd - 6th May)
  • NEW! Hollins Cottage - Our newest cottage, sleeping up-to 6 people in the heart of our working farm. Hollins Cottage is pet friendly!
  • Cove Lodge - The perfect country escape, sleeping up-to 4 people. Cove Lodge is pet friendly!
Spring Bank Holiday (24th - 27th May)
  • NEW! Hollins Cottage - Our newest cottage, sleeping up-to 6 people in the heart of our working farm. Hollins Cottage is pet friendly!
  • The Pepper Pot - Located in the heart of Silverdale village, sleeping up-to 4 people.
All of our holiday cottages are open 12 months of the year, find a break that works around you with our availability checker!

Silverdale: Gateway to the Lake District

Recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2017, the Lake District is an incredible destination that is gaining in popularity. Currently welcoming over 15 million visitors each year, it makes you wonder if the Lake District is the best choice when seeking a relaxing break? Read more to discover how Silverdale is the perfect location if you are looking to explore the English countryside, including the Lake District, whilst also returning from your break away feeling relaxed and refreshed.

The Lake District (60 minutes from Silverdale)

The Lake District is England’s largest National Park, home to some truly stunning wildlife, extraordinary mountains, beautiful lakes and quaint towns and villages; all contained within an area that covers 2,362 square kilometres. There is so much to see and do in the Lakes, meaning you definitely won't run out of steam if you visit more than once throughout your break away! Find out more about Silverdale and the surrounding areas, located roughly 15 miles from the Lake District, this could be the perfect place for you to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life!


Located just off the Lancashire/Cumbria border, providing many coastal and country walks, Silverdale makes the perfect base for those wanting to be close to the Lake District, whilst eliminating the hassle and cost of staying there. Silverdale is just a stone’s throw away from the Lakes, meaning at has many of the same landscape features: rolling country hills, rich country fields as well as the added bonus of the north-western shore line wrapping around the village. Silverdale is one of the smallest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a rich mixture of contrasting countryside, from salt marsh and mixed broadleaf woodlands to limestone cliffs and lush grasslands. Famous for its amazing wildlife and stunning scenery, Silverdale is ideal for quiet walks, where you can enjoy nature at its best.

RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve (5 minutes from Silverdale)

Nearby Silverdale village is Leighton Moss nature reserve, made up of many diverse habitats including reeds, woodland and limestone grassland. It is proudly home to the largest reed bed in the North West and provides plentiful opportunities to discover the wildlife that lives here. Leighton Moss has facilities such as: a Visitor Centre, Shop, Cafe, Toilets and is also pushchair friendly; meaning all the family can enjoy a day out in the countryside.

Arnside Knott (3 minutes from Silverdale)

Providing exceptional views, Arnside Knott is attracts many birds and wildlife. With a summit of 159 metres, the views from Arnside Knott are breath-taking. Woodland encloses many of the slopes which were previously grazing land and the National Trust now takes care of the land, maintaining the patchwork of habitats. The hill is the perfect spot for a stroll, and also sits right next to Silverdale, just a ten-minute drive away, meaning you can round off a day of exploring with some food and drink from local businesses.

Carnforth (15 minutes from Silverdale)

Just a fifteen-minute drive from Silverdale, Carnforth is a town full of history. Home to the railway station where the most iconic scenes from Sir Davis Lean’s 1945 classic, Brief Encounter, were filmed. Here you can take your picture under the famous clock which featured so prominently in the film and enjoy a taste of days gone by in the faithfully replicated Refreshment Room. Also celebrating the towns historic roots, is the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre. Carnforth has plenty of small businesses such as Carnforth Bookshop, which stocks more than 100,000 second-hand books. You can also explore the great outdoors even more, with a visit to Warton Crag, which overlooks Carnforth and is ideal for hiking, climbing and abseiling.

Facilities at Holgates Silverdale

When you enjoy a stay in one of our cottages, you can expect nothing but the best from your well-deserved holiday. Whether you’re out and about enjoying the wonderous things to see and do around Silverdale, or if you choose to stay and enjoy some time in your chosen cottage, you can rest assured that everybody will be enjoying their holiday, as their is so much to see and do during your time here. All of our cottage breaks include use of the 5* facilities at our Silverdale holiday park – enjoy a swim in the pool or relax in the sauna, head to our fully fitted gym or go down to the bowling alley for a game with the whole family, additional charges apply for use of the bowling facilities. There’s no need to worry about the kids, either. Children are safe to roam with amenities on-site such as our games room, soft play area and two outdoor adventure playgrounds. With so much to see and do, in and out of the Lake District, Silverdale really is the perfect location for any type of holiday! Our cottages are available for weekend breaks, mini-breaks and for whole weeks if you prefer. Learn more about our self-catered cottages, providing to a range of needs including pet-friendly accommodation, free wifi and free off-road parking.

Introducing … Holgates Cottage Collection

Welcome to our brand new website, Holgates Cottage Collection, showcasing our range of self-catered holiday cottages that we have available for short breaks and extended holidays. We currently have three cottages in and around Silverdale, meaning you will be in holiday accommodation near the Lake District. Bookable Monday-Friday, Friday-Monday and by the week; our holiday cottages are perfect whether you seek a relaxing mini-break or an adventurous family-holiday. To celebrate the launch of Holgates Cottage Collection, we are giving away a FREE* mini-break in one of our cottages! All you need to do is 'like' and 'share' our Facebook post as well as 'like' our Facebook page (Holgates Caravan Parks). Terms and conditions apply, read more for further details. Terms and Conditions 1. The competition will run from 31st Jan to midnight 1st March 2019. Winner announced on 5th March on our Facebook page. 2. To enter, you must like and share the competition post on our Facebook page (Holgates Caravan Parks) See the original post here:  3. The promoter of this competition is Holgates Holiday Park (Registered in England No. 570598). 4. The competition is open to registered users of Facebook, aged 18 or over. Entrants using multiple Facebook accounts will not be counted. 5. Entries must comply with the terms and conditions of Facebook. 6. Each entrant agrees that they have independently developed and/or have the relevant authority/consent(s) to submit the entry and will not infringe the intellectual property or any other rights of any person. 7. Entries will not be accepted if deemed inappropriate or offensive. 8. There will be one winner. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection of the winning entries. 9. Holgates will notify the winner via a private Facebook message after the competition closing. The winner will be drawn at random by a member of the Holgates team. 10. The winners must provide their name, address, email address and contact telephone number and confirm that they are available to accept the prize. The winner has 7 days of being contacted to confirm they accept the prize, and agree the dates of their prize.  Holgates reserves the right to select another winner from the remaining entries. 11. By entering, entrants understand that they are providing their information to Holgates and not to Facebook. This competition is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.  Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Holgates, not Facebook. 12. The winners consent to Holgates announcing their name publicly as a prize winner, making copies of or publishing the whole or any part of the entry and otherwise exploiting the entry and any rights in relation to the entry for any purpose and without compensation. 13. Holgates reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time or offer a reasonable equivalent to the prize described. 14. Entries are excluded by employees of Holgates and its affiliates and any other persons or employees of companies associated with this Competition and members of the families and households of any such persons, are not eligible to enter this Competition. Any such entries will be invalid. 15. The winner may not exchange the prize for cash or other cash alternative. 16. Any additional extras requested must be paid for, excluding the £35.00 fee for bringing a pet to Cove Lodge. This is the only extra that will be honoured as part of the prize. 17. In accepting the prize, the prize winner accepts our visitor terms and conditions. 18. No cash alternative or change of dates, once agreed, are allowed. The prize on offer is a mini-break in one of our cottages, for 3 or 4 nights. All standard booking regulations apply, including check-in/check-out dates. The prize is only applicable to dates outside of school holidays. 19. Swimming passes must be used during the holiday stay only and includes entrance for max of 6 people. No cash alternative or refund for unused use.