Nestled between Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland, in the rural Ribble Valley, yet within easy reach of a range of popular towns and cities, Oak Leigh Gardens gives you and your family the very best of both worlds, just like the award winning Heritage Collection homes we’re building there.
Combining classic arts and crafts architecture with modern family friendly interiors, these three and four bedroom family homes near Blackburn have so much to offer, including outstanding schools right on your doorstep. Remember, you can reserve your brand new home for just 5% deposit with Help to Buy and we could help you with our Help to Sell Scheme.
When it comes to dining, the Ribble Valley has a reputation as one of the best places to eat in England. Top of the list is the Michelin starred Northcote at Langho, followed closely by the Assheton Arms, which was named Lancashire Life Dining Pub of the Year. The Inn at Whitewell has also collected a number of awards, while Mitton Hall, The Parkers Arms, the Freemasons at Wiswell and the Millstone at Mellor are all highly recommended. Closer to home, Barrow hosts The Eagle, The Great Land Chinese, The Dao Siam and the No1 Restaurant and Bar.
When it comes to the very best for your children, you can’t ask for more than an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated village primary school and a choice of ‘outstanding’ senior schools. If you have younger children, you can leave the car at home and walk to school at the top rated Barrow Primary, with Whalley CofE Primary and St James’ CofE Primary both rated ‘good’ as alternatives. Older pupils have an even better choice, with two ‘outstanding’ rated senior schools, St Augustine’s RC High and Clitheroe Royal Grammar both within a couple of miles and the ‘good’ rated Ribblesdale High just as close. For independent education, the nearby Stonyhurst College is known as one of the finest private schools in England.
With so much beautiful countryside right on your doorstep, it will be hard to resist spending your leisure time exploring. The Forest of Bowland lies to the north west and Pendle Hill is even closer to the south east. Both Clitheroe and Whalley golf courses are close by and offer a challenging round, while more sports, including climbing lessons, can be found at Roefield Leisure Centre. For evening entertainment, Clitheroe is home to The Grand, which is a 19th Century theatre hosting cinema and stage shows in a 400 seat auditorium. You’ll also find a great choice of cinemas and theatres in the surrounding towns.
There is a small selection of local independent shops in Whalley, with a larger range available in nearby Clitheroe, including the Swan Courtyard shopping arcade. Clitheroe has held a market since 1200 and this is still a popular destination today, with over 40 stalls available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and a farmers’ market every second Thursday of the month. For a bigger shopping trip, jump the train to Blackburn, just 15 minutes away, for The Mall, home to all your favourite High Street names, or head to Preston for a choice of modern shopping centres and pedestrianised city centre shopping.
There is a Co-Op convenience store in the next village, Whalley for your day to day needs, with several major supermarkets represented in nearby Clitheroe, including Booths, Aldi and Tesco.
For GPs, the nearest surgery is Whalley Medical Centre (Sat Nav BB7 9SL, call 01254 287100), while dentists can be found at King Street Practice, also in Whalley (Sat Nav bb7 9SW, call 01254 823 221).
Oak Leigh Gardens are easily accessible from the M66 motorway but far enough into the countryside to benefit from beautiful views of open countryside and passing canal cruises.