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Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, PR3


  • Extremely high-quality self-catering apartment lifestyle business
  • 9 superbly converted self-catering apartments
  • Tranquil location with beautiful views over adjoining lake
  • Outstanding lifestyle business with proven track record and profits
  • Located in the popular Ribble Valley close to local amenities.

A SUPERB LIFESTYLE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. Wolfen Mill Country Retreats is a highly successful and very high quality self catering property consisting of 9 self contained apartments set in idyllic surroundings in the Ribble Valley in rural Lancashire. The business has won numerous awards and has a proven track record. Recently subject to comprehensive refurbishment this property is unique in the area and has further scope for development (subject to planning consent).

A true lifestyle opportunity Wolfen Mill is a profitable established business with an impressive track record. Located on the outskirts of Chipping Near Clitheroe around 9 miles north east of junction 1 of the M55 the property is set in a beautiful valley with stunning scenery in the Forest of Bowland, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The main property is an impressive detached mill Dating back to the 1700s, which has in the past been converted in to a residential dwelling and latterly in to the superb holiday accommodation available today. Set mainly over 2 storeys with stone elevations beneath a pitched slate roof, rising to 3 storeys in part. At present there is no full time residential accommodation for an owner occupier however we believe there is a possibility to convert some of the letting units in to a owners dwelling (subject to planning consent).


All the apartments have been fitted out to a high specification including high quality fixtures
and fittings; fully fitted kitchen; flat screen television, DVD player and phone.

Four of the properties are designated as pet friendly.

The four properties that are arranged entirely on the ground floor are able to facilitate less able guests.

Courtyard Cottage:
Located in a separate building at the entrance to the Courtyard.
On the ground floor is the living room and kitchen with a spiral staircase to the first floor with a bedroom and en suite shower.

Main Building Ground Floor:

The Saddlery (sleeps 2)
Living room/dining room and galley style kitchen, double bedroom, shower room.

Miller's Den (sleeps 2)
Living room and kitchenette/diner, double bedroom with en suite shower.

Tweedy (sleeps 2)
Studio room with double bed, separate kitchen, shower room.

Bowland Bower (sleeps 2)
Living/dining room with separate kitchen, double bedroom, shower wet room.

Main Building First Floor:

Leagram (sleeps 6)
Open plan living room and kitchenette/dining area, double bedroom with en suite shower,
twin bedroom and bunk room, additional shower room.

Curlew's Nest (sleeps 2)
Living room with kitchenette and dining area, double bedroom, shower room.

Bluebell Studio (sleeps 2)
Attractive studio style property with open plan living room and kitchenette. Shower room.

Suttons Loft (sleeps 2)
Living room with kitchen/dining area, bathroom and shower, double bedroom.

Externally the property extends to around 6 acres and is provided with a pretty Courtyard and lawned garden area with a hot tub and guest summer house; as well as a gravelled car park for up to 12 vehicles and storage shed with woodland to the rear. To the rear of the property is a pretty lake which provides a beautiful backdrop and water feature for the apartments; particularly as the property is built into the hillside so the lake sits at 1st floor level.

The sale includes a separate field which may be able to be developed for lodges or glamping or for an owners dwelling (subject to planning consent)


On the ground floor of the main building accessed directly from the courtyard patio and gardens is a well-appointed communal dining area catering for up to 50 people. This has a small kitchen to the side which is stainless steel equipped and is for the use of guests. There is also a utility room with laundry facilities available and W/Cs.

On the second floor there is a striking lounge with open pitched roof and patio doors leading on to a decked area overlooking the picturesque Lake.


Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017.
9.0 on
Superhost on AirBnB.
Finalist 2018 Lancashire Tourism Awards.


Under the same ownership for approximately 18 years and run as lifestyle businesses alongside a similar business in Cumbria (also for sale) the current owners spend at least half the year based abroad. Bookings for weddings / group events are received often involving full bookings for all apartments which are popular given the tranquil location, common areas and beautiful surroundings.

The current owners have run the business since 2002 winning numerous awards up to 2018 when they undertook a comprehensive refurbishment of, the entire property and are now looking to retire.

The nearby market town of Clitheroe is well place for commuting offering excellent communication links with all East Lancashire business centres and the rest of the country by road and rail. Clitheroe offers a varied range of amenities including an excellent range of shops, bars, café's and salons as well as supermarkets and the impressive Bowland Brewery leisure complex. The area is a renowned "Foodie Heaven" with excellent pubs and restaurants many set within the ANOB area of the Trough Of Bowland. The Ribble valley is an affluent area with a café culture and rural heritage and is a desirable and aspirational place to live and visit.

Good road links provide an easy access to many of the amenities in the area with Blackpool & Lytham on the Fylde coast, Preston, Clitheroe and the Lake District National Park within easy reach. Also close by are the Pennines and the estern fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Wyre Valley. This is in a rural setting in the tranquil part of the Ribble Valley with a number of villages close by with pubs and restaurants for customers to use.

ALSO AVAILABLE BY SEPARATE NEGOTIATION - is a substantial dwelling and additional holiday cottage located close by. The property would make ideal owners's accommodation. Further information is available upon request.

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