The Ferrari Family
Susan and Ginio Ferrari moved to Lancashire in 1984 to open their first and highly acclaimed restaurant – Ferrari’s of Great Eccleston. Eleven years later, Susan and Gino opened Ferrari’s Country House Wedding Hotel and Restaurant in the village of Thornley near Preston in Lancashire. Together with their four children, Luisa, Annamaria, Suzy and Tino, they offer a superb family welcome.
Susan and Ginio Ferrari pride themselves on providing all of their guests with a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Whether for business, pleasure or as a wedding venue, Ferrari’s Country House Wedding Hotel and Restaurant will offer you the very best in quality, service and value for money.
You will find Ferrari’s Country House Wedding Hotel and Restaurant set amidst the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful Ribble Valley, a mile and a half outside the charming village of Longridge in Lancashire. The family acquired Ferrari’s Country House Wedding Hotel and Restaurant in July 1995 and in such a short period, they have transformed this excellent property into one of the most popular and acclaimed wedding venues in the North West of England.
The property was previously named Blackmoss House and was built by the Earl of Derby in around 1830. The house was originally used as a shooting lodge and was part of Derby Estates until the late 1970s. Set in four and a half acres of mature, award-winning, walled gardens, the hotel and restaurant have recently been extensively refurbished.
Ferrari’s Country House Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the beautiful countryside and villages of Lancashire
The Ribble Valley, located near the city of Preston, provides the perfect setting for you to unwind amidst the backdrop of its striking countryside landscape. As a large part of the Ribble Valley has been officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is a haven for outdoor activities including wildlife spotting, fishing, walking and touring. Whether you want a short walk or cycle ride, the Ribble Valley has the right route for you. Some options include the 70mile Ribble Way footpath, the Lancashire Cycleway and a wide selection of new on and off road cycle routes, which are graded for difficulty.
Just a mile from Ferrari’s is the little town of Longridge. Longridge is the Ribble Valley’s second town and offers its visitors a wide selection of independently owned shops, including its famous Lancashire Cheese Dairies, and a range of antique galleries. Set against the backdrop of Longridge Fell, on a fine day it is possible to see as far as the Welsh Hills and the Isle of Man.
A few miles to the north east of Ferrari’s Country House Wedding Hotel and Restaurant and along the Trough of Bowland lies Dunsop Bridge. This is acknowledged by the Ordnance Survey as being the closest village to the geographical centre of the British Isles. Other local villages of the Ribble Valley also offer a rich and varied history including Ribchester, which was built on the Roman site of Bremetennacum, Sawley and Whalley, which both boast abbey ruins. The whole area has numerous links with Oliver Cromwell, including the stunning architecture of Stonyhurst College and Cromwell Bridge. Further east, visitors are literally spoilt for choice with the natural beauty of rural Lancashire and the historic market town of Clitheroe, with its famous Norman castle, on the doorstep.
Perhaps one of the most famous natural landmarks in the area is Pendle Hill, infamous for the Legend of the Lancashire Witches. Today, nearly 400 years after the witches were hanged in Lancaster, you can take a drive along the “Witches’ Trail” following the route from Pendle through the Trough of Bowland to Lancaster, passing through countryside which has changed very little since that time. Pendle Hill is also famous for being the place where George Fox had his vision in 1652, which led to the foundation of the Quaker religion.
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Things To Do
Ferrari’s County House Wedding Hotel and Restaurant is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful countryside and villages of Lancashire.
The area has several golf courses and horse riding is available at several equestrian centres nearby. Gliding and paragliding are also popular activities, making use of the natural wind lift of the surrounding hills.
With the rivers Calder, Hodder and Ribble flowing through the region, water plays an important role in the life of the Valley. Subject to prior consent, fishing and canoeing is permitted on all the rivers and anglers will benefit from the numerous private well-stocked trout lakes and the region’s reservoirs. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Bowland, is the most visited area in East Lancashire, and offers the outdoor enthusiast a further playground for sporting activities, wildlife, walking and touring. Facilities for the outdoor enthusiast include the Bowland Visitor Centre and café at Beacon Fell Country Park as well as numerous welcoming cafes, restaurants and pubs in the local villages such as Chipping and Longridge.
The rolling Yorkshire Dales, just over the hills to the east, and the Lake District, a magnet to outdoor and water sports enthusiasts alike, only a short drive to the north, further enhance Ferrari’s Country House Wedding Hotel and Restaurant’s location at the heart of Lancashire’s beautiful countryside.
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