Bowland Escapes Iron Age Roundhouse

Take a fun-filled trip back in time, with a quirky stay in an ancient retreat set in the heart of the Forest of Bowland and Ribble Valley.
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: Open plan
  • Bathrooms: External
  • Minimum stay: 1 night

A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Bowland and Ribble Valley is characterised by serene, picture-perfect Lancashire countryside.

There is a timeless quality to those vast, rolling hills and glistening rivers… is it any wonder that the area is a well-known walkers’ paradise? But if you’re willing to take a truly authentic step back in time, just book a stay at Bowland Escapes Iron Age Roundhouse.

Nestled on a family-owned park that covers a colossal 62 acres, 2 adults and 3 children can bed down in a faithful, mesmerising replica of the circular dwellings that housed Brits who lived as far back as 800 BC.

Pet-friendly and irresistibly cosy, just lay out your mattresses and bedding for a giggle-fuelled, gently lit sleepover beneath the soaring thatched roof, as you get lost in the charms of a simpler life.

Before bed, why not indulge in supper, stargazing, and storytelling around your crackling firepit? An official Dark Sky Discovery site, you can gaze up at the same twinkling celestial scenery as the Iron Age dwellers did all those centuries ago.

Facilities-wise, you’ll have access to the on-site shower and toilet blocks – perfect for freshening up either before or after exploring the site… though there’s a picnic area and a children’s playground close by if you don’t feel like travelling too far.

Meanwhile, other on-site accommodation options range from luxury self-catered lodges to shepherd’s huts, safari tents, and camping pods. You could even bring your own tent and pitch up for a refreshing stay under canvas – your choice!

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At a glance

  • A faithful reconstruction of an Iron Age roundhouse, complete with a thatched roof, nestled on a 62-acre park in the heart of the Forest of Bowland and Ribble Valley.
  • The pet-friendly roundhouse sleeps up to 5 guests (2 adults and 3 children) on open floor space – please bring mattresses, bedding, and towels.
  • There is outdoor furniture and a barbecue/firepit for cooking and to help stargazing along.
  • You will have access to two toilets and shower blocks close by.
  • There is a range of other accommodations on site, including luxury lodges and safari tents, to sleep 2-6 guests – please see the owner’s website for details.
  • Bowland Wild Boar Park is a short walkway, and there are many other attractions within a short drive.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Off-Grid


Open floor space to sleep up to 5 guests (2 adults and 3 children), lighting, outdoor furniture, firepit and barbecue, use of on-site toilet/shower blocks, picnic area and playground.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, picnic spots, stargazing, historic sites, animal park, vintage shops, pubs, restaurants.

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Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice of unusual ways to spend your time in the local area.

Perhaps begin by continuing your time-traveling experience with a trip to the on-site Bowland Wild Boar Park, a mere stroll away and beautifully situated on the bank of the River Hodder. Home to a range of wildlife including donkeys, meerkats – and Iron Age boar – you can even get involved with hand-feeding some of the friendly resident animals, if you choose.

You could also pay a visit to Warton Crag, a surviving Lancashire Iron Age fort and settlement surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, just an hour away by car.

For something slightly more up-to-date, the bustling market town of Clitheroe is 9 miles away, boasting a 12th-century castle and vintage shops to browse your way through.

However, if you decide to while away your time at Bowland Escapes, you’re sure to want it to last a whole lot longer. In fact, you may find yourselves planning your next fun-filled visit just as soon as you arrive home!

Things to note

There is lighting in the roundhouse, but no electric sockets. Well-behaved pets are welcome to stay in the roundhouse, but not in all accommodations so please check before booking.

Where you'll be staying

Preston, Lancashire

What the guests of Bowland Escapes Iron Age Roundhouse say

“We stayed here for 2 nights in the roundhouse, we are used to camping so it was lovely to be a bit warmer and not to have to put a tent up and down with little ones. The roundhouse was a lovely experience and we got two double blow-ups in with room for bags around the edge.. the walks around were lovely and there was a hidden gem at every corner, fairy houses, dens, a park and animals. The park/petting zoo was a bonus, it had loads for kids to do and they were never bored, from tractor rides, animals. Holding and feeding, parks, pretend play, ride-on, climbing frames and all the wonderful animals you see around we were very impressed. The staff were very friendly and couldn’t do enough for you. All the facilities were very clean. Thank you very much for such a great family holiday.”

“We had an amazing weekend here staying in a safari tent. So chilled out, lots of walks through the woods and a few visits to the wild boar park. The location is so peaceful which is just what we wanted. The safari tent is great to stay in, beds, fridge, kettle, and sink all spotlessly clean. The communal shower blocks/toilets were kept very clean and tidy. We had a drive out to Edisford Bridge to play along the river, recommended by staff, and really enjoyed it, only 15 15-minute drive away. We’ll definitely be back, brilliant experience.”

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