An authentic Lancashire ‘time-capsule’ stay that pays funky homage to the 1970s, filled with warm nostalgia, vibrant décor, and seriously good vibes!
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Once a much-loved family home, The Retro Bungalow was originally built by owner Nigel’s father, back in 1973.

Expertly crafted from high-quality materials, the home was also furnished with durable pieces that made Nigel and his wife Melissa long to preserve and restore as much as they could. In doing so, they created a lively retreat that radiates with warm nostalgia and a passion for the simpler, more sustainable life of the 1970s.

The result? From the moment you step inside The Retro Bungalow, you’ll feel as though you’ve just stepped out of a time machine.

This is a place where absolutely everything is authentic, well-chosen, and guaranteed to bring on smiles. So whether you’re someone who remembers the Disco Decade first-hand, or just wants a genuine taste of life as it was lived back then, prepare yourself for plenty of delight-filled moments of reminiscence and wonder!

Such moments could well include leafing through a copy of Family Circle, breaking out a family board game, or firing up the fondue set for a cheesy tea, record player on in the background.

Sleeping up to four guests, you’ll get to choose from two bedrooms. One is furnished with heady psychedelic offerings from St. Michael (those who know, know) and the other is a vision of oranges and golds, with an actual Teasmade to wake you up in the morning and the original serving-hatch straight from the kitchen – a retro-appliance-packed kind of heaven – for breakfast in bed.

(Oh, and the statement bathroom is a thing of 1970s beauty… all we’ll say for now is: yes, there are hints of avocado!)

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At a glance

  • An authentically styled and furnished ‘time capsule’ retreat that’s straight out of the 1970s, secluded on a private site in the village of Hoghton, Lancashire.
  • The bungalow sleeps up to four guests in two bedrooms: one twin or superking and one double.
  • Facilities include a well-equipped kitchen and a statement bathroom – all with genuine 70s furnishings!
  • Relax in the conservatory, out on the patio, or in the welcoming lounge. You’ll find plenty of retro books, board games, magazines, and TV comedies to keep you company.
  • You’ll leave with a cared-for period house plant as a living reminder of your stay.
  • There are plenty of walks to be enjoyed in the local area, or jump in the car to explore wider Lancashire.


  • Disability Accessible


2 bedrooms, 1 twin or superking, 1 double, bathroom with bath, shower, sink and WC. Bedding and towels provided. Family lounge with fireplace, classic teak furniture, TV and DVD player with DVDs provided, record player with 70s LPs, supply of board games. Well-equipped kitchen with retro styling and appliances, conservatory with vintage magazines, books, and annuals. Patio with garden furniture, off-road parking on private driveway.

Local activities

Walking, cycling, picnic spots, local pubs, shops, museums, historic sites, nature reserves.

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Relax in the mid-century-style conservatory, or out on the patio if the evening sun is shining, catching up over devilled eggs and a few rounds of Babycham. You’ve also got the option of relaxing in the welcoming lounge and watching a vintage TV comedy, but be warned: some are more ‘appropriate’ than others!

What else? There’s a funky selection of clothes for you to try on, so you’ll look the part in all those holiday snaps – and you’ll even get a living souvenir to take home with you.

Just before you leave, you’ll be invited into Nigel and Melissa’s greenhouse, where you’ll choose your very own cared-for period house plant as a reminder of your stay (and a pleasure-filled reminder of the Good Life, for when modern stress takes hold).

If you’re going out, you’ll find you’re perfectly placed to explore Lancashire and its rural surrounds, with plenty of beautiful walks right from the doorstep. Grab one of Nigel and Melissa’s printed maps, or see where your feet take you.

A short drive, meanwhile, will lead you to the likes of Preston, Blackburn, or Chorley… drive for a just little longer and you can be in the Lake District within an hour.

That is, of course, if you can bear to leave the evocative confines of The Retro Bungalow. As a recent Daily Express feature summarised so well: “Thanks to this cool house it seems like time travel really IS possible and not only that, it’s good for the soul.”

Things to note

The owners live on site and can offer guidance as may be needed. Please note that the bungalow is not suitable for children under 5 years old. Pets are not permitted.

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