Off Coastal Rd
Ainsdale Nature Reserve
- Dog Friendly Property in Nature Reserve
- Woodland, Dunes, Beach, Private Estate
- Characterful self catering holiday home
- Set within 6 acres of private woodland
- Sleeps 8 in four bedrooms
- Spacious living rooom with log fire
Windy Gap- Dog Friendly Self Catering Accommodation in the Ainsdale Nature Reserve
Windy Gap a magical woodland cottage, nestled in 6 acres of private mixed woodland within
Spot red squirrels from the veranda, stroll through pine woods to dunes & sandy beach. Play tennis
Windy Gap is within Ainsdale Nature Reserve. There are eight miles of marked pathways in the reserve. Only a short walk away from the house is a picnic area with tables and benches overlooking RAF Woodvale air field - great for the younger (or older!) members of your party.
A 30-minute walk through the reserve takes you to Ainsdale sand dunes. Look out for the rare natterjack toad or one of the 33 rare plant species, including petalwort and dune hellebore.
There are two paths that are accessible by bikes, pushchairs and wheelchairs. The Fisherman's Path takes you right through the wooded reserve to Formby beach, and beyond to Freshfield Railway Station. Guests unable to bring their own bikes can hire them at Southport Train Station.
Alongside Windy Gap is the newly opened boardwalk, which takes you around a beautiful lake, with ducks, moorhens and other waterfowl.
Windy Gap is a wooden bungalow, built nearly 100 years ago, set within 6 acres of private woodland.
Accommodation is available for a maximum of eight guests.
Living room- Spacious living room, with sofas and dining table, Seating for eight, Open fire (wood provided),
Veranda- Covered veranda, with folding glass doors, Table and chairs
Large, well-equipped kitchen: Large folding dining table that can comfortably seat 8, Fridge/freezer, Dishwasher, Washer/dryer, An Oven/Grill, An Inverter/Oven/Grill
Bedrooms- 1 bedroom with kingsize zip-together bed, 3 bedrooms with twin beds, Washbasins in three of the bedrooms. Cot is available on request (please note: maximum guests is still eight)
Bathroom- Bathroom with wash basin, w.c., shower over bath and separate shower cubicle, Additional w.c., plus outside w.c.
The bungalow is reached by paths from the private road, or from the car park. Steps lead up to the front and back doors, and from the veranda to the grounds. There is level access throughout the bungalow.
Windy Gap is located in the Ainsdale Nature Reserve. Southport is 5 miles away, and Liverpool 15 miles away.
Parking is available for up to 4 cars in a private car park. Directions are provided with the booking confirmation.
Margaret and Paul Woodman will meet you at Windy Gap when you arrive. They live nearby, and will help you with any questions you have, either before you arrive or during your stay.
“My daughter, sausage dog & I have just returned from an incredible week at Windy Gap. Margaret & Paul, who look after the place (and who live close by) could not have been more helpful & friendly. From the moment we booked, we could tell that they were special people who cared about their property and the people who visited it. I am an extremely particular traveller and like my holiday accommodation 'just so', but Windy Gap didn't disappoint. The beds were incredibly comfy, the sheets & towels beautifully laundered (linen service is something you pay extra for), the place spotlessly clean. Windy Gap has an old world charm about it, so don't go expecting modern furnishings - it is exactly what the photos show, a 100-year old shooting lodge. What we found particularly fabulous was being able to walk out of the front door each day and walk the dog without having to drive anywhere, as you're in the middle of Ainsdale Nature Reserve, with miles of pine forests & sand hills on your doorstep. I think we barely did anything else all week but pootle around the Nature Reserve, spotting rabbits, red squirrels, foxes, natterjack toads & even bats! The place is so quiet & peaceful, that we all slept for hours and felt like we'd been on holiday for months, not just a week. I can't recommend Windy Gap highly enough - though part of me doesn't want to recommend it as I selfishly want to keep it all for myself!!”
- Emma Chesters