Before you Arrive
You will receive a booking confirmation via email please read through this and double check the details so you are happy with the booking. Any problems don’t hesitate to contact us.
THE VILLAGE OF GISBURN
Gisburn is a small pretty village. In the centre there is a lovely deli (Trip Advisor Link) where you can get some fresh basic supplies (the best fresh bread!) but I would suggest you do a proper shop at a supermarket before you arrive. On the outskirts of the village there is a cosy, very romantic Italian called La Laconda. There is a Texaco petrol station with convenience shop. Clitheroe being 15 minutes away and contains shops & supermarkets (Booths, Sainsburys and Tescos). Slightly further a field is Skipton being 20 minutes, again with a variety of shops & amenities to suit everyone.
Your accommodation will be available for you at 4.00pm on the day of arrival. Please don’t arrive early as we will be preparing your lodge and hot tub right up to 4pm. If you want to book an early check in (1pm) or a late check out (12pm) you can do so, each costs £30. Beds for the number of guests staying will be ready made (travel cot bed linen is not provided). Towels are provided (2 bath towels per person). The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery & utensils etc. In the lodge are will find some washing up liquid along with washing up cloth, a couple of dishwasher tablets & a tea towel.
Stables House is a recently renovated old stables, hay barn and house all in one building. Its at the bottom of the park (7 min walk from cafe) and 2 min walk from the heated outdoor swimming pool. This house is ideally suited for celebrations and parties as you do not have any neighbours. It does have a large garden and a 12 man hot tub. At the edge of the lawn at one end is a fence but a steep drop after it so please take care if you are bringing small children. There are a couple of old stables that haven’t been renovated that have been cleared out if you want to leave dogs or bikes in. Its not 100% dog proof so bare that in mind also. As with all our properties tremendous effort and money has been spent making it what it is so please help us keep it looking new.
If you have booked Huntsmans Cottage please be aware of a few things. This is a gorgeous old cottage which is set back from a livery yard. Its a 5 min drive from Ribblesdale Park on the edge of the estate on the road to Bolton by Bowland. There is a young family renting the cottage nearby. They also rent the farm / livery yard which Huntsmans overlooks and are particularly nice people so please respect what they do and their animals. There is a shared access with them but you are able to park outside your cottage. Regards the animals down there you are welcome to pet them at your own risk but do not feed them. Like everywhere else on the park please don’t make excessive noise after 10pm…your neighbours have young children and work hard so don’t want to be kept up all night. You may need to open a gate to drive into the farm if so please make sure you shut it. This is a working farm / livery yard which we would like you to enjoy but please respect where you are. If you want to bring a horse we can accommodate that with ease. Its a very special place but its a proper countryside experience so please take note.
GAMEKEEPERS & FISHERMANS COTTAGE
There is lots of wildlife around these two charming cottages, especially stags. Please respect your surroundings and keep dogs on a lead and don’t wander to far into the woods as this will disturb their natural environment. We don’t want them to leave. There is a stream called Stock Beck 40 yards from your door which is beautiful and romantic but obviously has its associated risks so if you have young children ensure they are supervised at all times. These cottages are a 5 min drive from Ribblesdale Park in the centre of the estate and are extremely popular so if your thinking of booking them don’t leave it too late.
Wifi is available in the cafe free of charge with no password. There is also a PC computer in there for you to surf the web if needed. There is currently no Wifi to the lodges but it is in the process of being installed.
YOUR HOT TUB
Each hot tub is prepared for you before your arrival. They are also managed everyday during your stay with us so don’t be alarmed if you see someone attending to it. Please read the health and safety information in your welcome pack in the lodge about the do and don’ts of using a hot tub to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Please don’t put bath oils, bubble bath or any foreign solutions into the hot tub as this will affect the chemicals and safety of the hot tub.
HEATED OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL
There is a newly opened outdoor heated swimming pool. Access is only for Ribblesdale Park clients. Once you have read and all your party have signed a disclaimer form you will be given the daily access code. It doesn’t have a life guard so you enter and enjoy this facility at your own risk. All the rules and regulations are on signs at the pool and on the disclaimer form so I won’t repeat them here. The depth of the pool is 1.47m in the deep end and 0.8m in the shallow end so do not dive! Its heated to 29 degrees. It opens at 9am and closes at 5:30pm. There is a small WC and a small changing room. There is CCTV in operation and WIFI on the premises. Pools are extremely dangerous venues and both adults and kids get carried away and over excited so please be extremely conscious of everyones safety at all times.
BBQ’s are available to rent from the estate office. We have recently had a few instances of people using throw away BBQ’s on the decking. This is a serious fire risk and in each instance has left a nasty burn mark on the deck. Please don’t use these throw away BBQ’s at Ribblesdale Park. You will be liable for any damage caused I am afraid and it could be a lot more serious than just a nasty burn on the deck. Thank you in advance for helping us manage this.
Dogs are very welcome at Ribblesdale Park. I have 2 working cocker spaniels (Bella and Holly) who help out in the cafe during the day so you may see them about. There is an additional charge of £40 / dog. Please keep them on a lead at all times and pick up their mess. Bins and bags are located around the park. Some lodges are dog free for those who prefer.
Bike hire can easily be arranged by contacting 3 Peaks Cycles in Settle on 01729 824232. They have supplied our customers for years now and offer a good service.
Strictly no smoking in the lodges.
RELAX NOW YOU’VE ARRIVED
You’ve arrived. Call in at reception (which is also the café) on Ribblesdale Park where we will welcome you & show you into your lodge. (Please be advised that we will take a credit card swipe upon arrival as a security deposit against any damage to our property or anti social behaviour). A little later someone will call round to make sure you are happy in your lodge and everything is working to your satisfaction. We will quickly point out a few things you may need to know e.g. hot tub, emergency telephone numbers etc. Sometimes we don’t get to see the guests and orientate them around the lodge (they might already be in the hot tub or might arrive late) so if we missed you we apologise but call 07799130188 (the 24/7 emergency number) and arrange for someone to come either later or the next day. Some people prefer to be left in peace and we totally respect that also.
EMERGENCY NUMBER 24 / 7
PLEASE BE QUIET
All we ask is that you respect the peacefulness of the area and your neighbours. Please turn the noise down on the deckings after 10pm…you can still use the hot tub and enjoy a drink as long as its not keeping others awake. Noise travels very easily at Ribblesdale at night. People have come here to relax and recharge so it’s important that it’s kept this way. The team at Ribblesdale Park and I take this very seriously. I pride myself on the fact that we can hand on heart say that this is a very peaceful place unlike a lot of our competitors. Have fun but don’t over do it and spoil other peoples precious time away. We have 2 night wardens that oversee the park after hours. If they need to attend to your noise and the problem is persistent then you will be charged £50.
OTHER USEFUL NUMBERS
NHS Direct (non-emergency) 111
Clitheroe Health Centre (BB7 2JG) 01200 413535
Burnley General Hospital (BB10 2PQ) 01282 425071
Blackburn Royal Hospital (BB2 3HH) 01254 263555
Dentist – Aspinall & Nolan, Clitheroe 01200 423381
Veterinary Practice, Clitheroe (BB7 2AL) 01200 423256
24-hour Veterinary Emergency Number 01254 814863
Taxi (Clitheroe) 01200 444 44
At the end of your stay please dispose of all rubbish from your accommodation in the communal bin area next to the service yard (indicated on your map). Glass can be disposed of in the appropriate bin; all other refuse should be disposed of in the blue bins.