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A 'Potted' History of Martin Lane Farm

Highly Commended in Best Self-Catering category by Lancashire Tourism 2010

How it all began .... by Alan & Elaine Stubbs

We moved here to Martin Lane Farm, Burscough, Lancashire in 1981.

During a chance conversation with a local hotel owner, we discovered that West Lancashire was desperately short of tourist accommodation. This seemed the ideal solution to make use of our large unused barn so, in 1988 we set about converting it into two self-catering holiday cottages, 'The Shippon' and 'The Granary'.

The barn conversion was completed in 1989 and officially opened on 16th March by our local MP.

The Granary and The Shippon proved to be a great success so, some years later, we converted a further outbuilding into our one bedroomed cottage 'The Dairy' which has proved particularly popular with couples.

As we gained experience in the industry, we became very much aware of the lack of self-catering accommodation suitable for guests with disabilities, especially wheelchair users so, in 2010, we made the decision to convert a disused stable block into a fully accessible holiday cottage.

'The Stable' was finally completed in 2011. It has been awarded 4 Star Gold by 'Quality in Tourism' and has been given an M2 disability rating by the National Accessible Scheme.

Since our first guests arrived in 1989, we have welcomed visitors from all over the world plus many famous personalities when they have been appearing on stage in Liverpool and Southport.

We regularly have guests from Australia and the United States of America, keen to trace their roots.


Silver award for sustainable tourism


In 1989 our holiday cottages won the 'Award for Excellence' from the NW Tourist Board and then in 1992 we were voted 'The Place to Stay' by vistors to the region.

Mersey Tourism shortlisted us in 2008 in the 'Best Self-Catering' category at their annual tourism awards and then, in 2010, we were 'Highly Commended' by Lancashire Tourism.


We are totally committed to sustainability and this was rewarded in 2010 with a silver award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. (GTBS)

Presentation of 'Best Self Catering' Award by Lancashire Tourist Board

Best in Lancashire

In 2011 we were delighted to win the award for the 'Best Self Catering in Lancashire' at Lancashire and Blackpools annual tourism awards.

As we were unable to attend the awards ceremony, our daughter Zoe and her partner Chris received the trophy on our behalf from Jodie Prenger at the glittering dinner held in Blackpool.

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MARTIN LANE FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGES, 5 Martin Lane, Burscough,Lancashire L40 8JH

Tel: 01704 893527, Mob: 07919 073158, email:

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