What our guests think… (by Lottie, aged 13)

Castle View is the Crème de la Crème of Lancaster Holiday Cottages – and don’t just take our word for it!

Just a year ago, Castle View first opened its doors to guests after fourteen months of rigorous planning, designing and building in the hopes of becoming a modern and homely holiday cottage. And, judging by the wave of many good reviews and five star ratings the cottage boasts on Airbnb, along with many bookings from countries all over the world (America, Australia, China and Malaysia to name just a few), it is safe to say that the effort put into the making of it has certainly paid off!

The spot where Castle View now stands 14 months before building started!

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How Castle View came about… (by Lottie, aged 13)

When you see Castle View, it is hard to imagine it any other way than the contemporary and unique cottage it is today. However, the original design plans for this place were far from a holiday let. At first, this place was to be converted into a bike shed, then later an art studio; which of course would need a sink and a chair and maybe a sofa bed to accommodate guests. Before long, the prospect of a studio was abandoned and the idea of converting the space into an Airbnb arose, and so the plans were made to build a cottage amongst the already hectic building site around the (now completed) Marshrange.


With help from Harrison Pitt Architects and JT Constructs, a floor plan was drawn up and construction was soon underway. They all did a fantastic job on Castle View, and even managed to bring my idea of “bed in a cupboard” to life which worked perfectly on limited space and achieved a minimalistic yet bold look to the place.


They all did a fantastic job on Castle View, and even managed to bring my idea of “bed in a cupboard” to life


We also found that the shortage of space could be used to our advantage in order to give Castle Views’ signature cosy feel and innovative layout, complete with an authentic fireplace and sheepskin rugs. However these traditional touches in Castle View also mix with more modern features, such as a flat screen TV, Loaf furniture and remote control blackout blinds.


And the cottage’s quirks do not stop at that. Upcycled scaffolding planks have been used as floorboards, and the sawdust from the scaffolding wood was mixed with PVA glue to fill the gaps. Stone from our old garden porch was even used to build the very walls of the house along with bricks from a recently demolished church in Rossendale. The cottage also takes pride in sporting locally sourced furniture and upholstery such as the window seat tweed fabric from Pendle Hill.


As you can see, Castle View is well worth a visit and I hope you will love staying there as much as we loved designing and building it.


Lottie Natusch. Age 13.

Lancaster, Heritage City

Lancaster Castle Grounds

Lancaster is one of a small number of locations in England which are designated as a “Heritage City“, which means it has national recognition as a destination in the premier league in terms of history and culture.

Other places on the list include York, Chester and Bath, all of which it is fair to say have to date been better known than Lancaster as a visitor destination. Lancaster is very much the Tortoise of a Group of Heritage Cities which includes many Hares; and in that sense Lancaster is the one to watch. Continue reading “Lancaster, Heritage City”

Castle View’s first guests arrive!

Castle Vew - Unique Contemporary Cottage

In the last year, we have designed, created and built Castle View from scratch. It’s taken an enormous amount of love, attention, patience and creative thought – and finally we’ve just opened the doors! It’s exciting. We had various friends over to try out the accommodation before we launched it on Airbnb and the feed back was great. But the ‘real’ public is the big test! We want our guests to LOVE it. We want them to feel ‘wowed’ but also ‘rested’ when they visit; we want it to be a sanctuary, a retreat, a base, and we want people to come from far and wide!

Our first set of ‘real’ overseas guests arrived yesterday. 3 nurses from Australia.  Continue reading “Castle View’s first guests arrive!”