Former pit transformed into stunning holiday accommodation

Mayor Councillor Ann Kenyon with Rossendale Holiday Cottages director Rachel Wilson in the latest cottage to be opened at the Water site.

A FORMER colliery site has been transformed into a stunning collection of holiday cottages and glamping pods attracting hundreds of people into Rossendale.

Jonny and Rachel Wilson, from Summerseat, bought the 20 acre-site on Dean Lane, Water, in 2010 on a speculative basis. With a background in marketing promotion for prestigious hotels, Jonny has travelled the world and used that knowledge to develop Rossendale Holiday Cottages.

The first three cottages opened in 2014 and now eight have been developed with the latest two Bluebell and Buttercup being officially opened by the Mayor of Rossendale Councillor Ann Kenyon.

Councillor Kenyon said: “It is fantastic and a big asset to the Valley because we are short of holiday accommodation for families visiting their relatives. I had heard about the development but visiting it has exceeded all my expectations; I would come here for a break.”

Jonny said: “We have a unique place here in a great location, the best facilities, staff and places for people to visit in Rossendale.”

Glamping pods were added from 2016 and permission has been granted for subterranean accommodation, which will be built into the hillside with a grass roof.

Jonny said: “We will be building eight luxury guest bedrooms, a swimming pool and health spa. We will be able to offer treatments and there will also be a small bar and bistro. We will still be encouraging visitors to explore the local area and we provide all our guests with a book of places to go to and where to eat.

“All of our accommodation has been built and developed by local tradesmen to a very high specification and wherever possible we source from local businesses.”

The company currently employs 10 people but that will expand to around 18 when the next development opens in 2020.

Jules Grady from Ramsbottom has previously stayed at Rossendale Holiday Cottages on a yoga retreat. She said: “It is an idyllic location and you almost feel like you are in a part of rural England, Scotland or Wales. I would never have thought to come to Rossendale on a retreat but it really works as a venue.”

In the Spring, a children’s play area will be opening with a fort, zip wire and play equipment. Already 4,000 native deciduous trees have been planted and Rachel said they were looking to add evergreen trees and shrubs to provide all year round greenery.

As well as the popular yoga and cycling themed weekends, Jonny said the location lends itself to corporate retreats for business professionals or team building activities.

For more information visit, email or call 01706 534364.

by Catherine Smyth Media

Anacapri Italian Restaurant

Anacapri Ristorante Pizzeria

Anacapri is the perfect place to enjoy the finest Italian cuisine complemented with a worldwide choice of fine wines. Franco, born in the south of Italy, understands the importance of using the freshest of produce and finest ingredients. Where and whenever possible he sources his ingredients directly from Italy and buys the best fresh produce from local suppliers for his team of chefs to create mouth-watering and tempting dishes which leave you coming back for more.



Helmshore Road, Helmshore BB4 4LU

Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 2pm & 5pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

Helmshore Food and Drink Guide

Helmshore Food and Drink GuideThis is a growing residential area of Rossendale with almost 6,000 people now living in the picturesque surroundings.

Adjacent to the busy A56, Helmshore has a large industrial estate that boasts some of the Valley’s biggest businesses, but shops are limited with a few on Broadway Parade and Broadway Crescent and a travel agent and paper shop on Helmshore Road.

Mill shops and a café are located on Holcombe Road and dotted around the area are a number of pubs and restaurants. A working farm open to the public – Cronkshawfold is just outside the village centre and overlooking Helmshore is Musbury Tor, a key landmark.

From the Helmshore Guide

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  2. Café Pearsons

Also visit in Helmshore

  • The Mill Café Park Mill, Helmshore BB4 4NP
  • The Village Stores 414 Holcombe Road, Helmshore BB4 4LX

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Opening Hours:

Daily from 12pm

The Dearden Tea Rooms

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Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea or, if you prefer, order from our menu of hearty dishes freshly prepared using locally sourced produce of the highest quality from reputable suppliers. We pride ourselves on our food. Whether it be an afternoon tea, a locally sourced and freshly prepared breakfast, a homebaked cake, or fish and chips for lunch. Visitors can be assured of a warm welcome and a full belly!



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Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm

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Sykeside Country House Hotel Rawtenstall Road End, Haslingden BB4 6QE

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Opening Hours:

Wednesday & Friday & Sunday: 12pm – 2pm
Friday: 6pm – 8:30pm
Saturday: 7pm – 8:30pm

Spice Room

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Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 4:30pm – 10.30pm
Saturday: 3pm – 11:30pm
Sunday: 1pm – 10pm

Room D

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Room D5 Deardengate, Haslingden BB4 8QN

Opening Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 1am
Sunday: 10am – 11pm


Kismat Takeaway

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Opening Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 4pm – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 11pm

Holden Wood Tearooms

Holden Wood Tea Rooms

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Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 12am