Kingfisher Lakes

UK England North East England East Riding of Yorkshire

Lakeside luxury in East Yorkshire where wildlife abounds

Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to point out something that’s been staring you in the face all along. Such was the case at the Lee family’s potato farm in East Yorkshire. The land here, once mined for it’s fine gravel that runs in a 10-mile seam towards Hull, is today a patchwork of rich, fertile fields, sewn together by greening hedgerows and spotted with pools of water that have flooded the old gravel pits. Yet it wasn’t until friends visited that the idea of sharing the place with fellow nature lovers was struck. And thus Kingfisher Lakes glamping site was born.

Set between two large lakes (owner's Philip and Jo's favourite walking spot), there’s no special prize for guessing how this glamping site got its name. The place is a wonder for wildlife. Resident kingfishers can be spotted by the quietest of campers and herons sometimes appear on the water's edge, if you’re lucky. The glamping accommodation is even named after some of the residents here, with the Dragon Fly Safari Tent in honour of the colourful creatures that dance around the lakes.

In terms of what’s on offer, the glamping area, located just off of a quiet country lane and surrounded by mature willow trees, is well equipped and ideal for groups and families. Comprised of a couple of safari tents and yurts, each abode comes complete with proper beds, warming wood-burning stoves and lighting inside. Each also has access to a covered cooking area and there’s a central, wooden lodge where the toilets, showers and washing-up area are found. Firepits are available to hire for marshmallow melting sessions in the evening, usually accompanied by beer from the local brewery, a nice addition to the Kingfisher Lakes Welcome Hampers you can buy.

While the area is popular with walkers – paths lead directly from the glamping site entrance and deer are often spotted in the neighbouring fields – it’s still the lake that’s most rewarding. You can borrow two person kayaks, for a paddle on the waters, and fishing rods are available to hire if you don’t have your own. During the school holidays, meanwhile, farmer Phil is happy to take little ones for a tour of the farm, where they can learn about the potato growing cycle and discover how they end up at fish and chip shops far and wide. In fact, you’ll find some of the country's finest chippys in nearby Hull and Scarborough – two ideal day tripping destinations, each less than an hour away. A day at the seaside and a research trip all rolled into one!

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The Owner Says

We are a family-run site and eager for others to experience the special location we have on our working potato farm. You will find us bang in between two lakes and just off a country lane, giving you endless options for walks, bike rides, kayaking, fishing or just simply watching the sunset over the fields and the moonlight shimmering on the water.

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Romantic getaway

I booked the log cabin as a birthday present for my wife. On the day of arrival I received a text message asking rough time of eta. When we arrived we were met at the gates with a warm welcome. We were then given a guided tour of the facilities and every was explained she had even already lit the log burner for the hot tub which was a nice touch. The place itself was immaculate and so peaceful a great place to just lose yourself would highly recommend it we will be looking to return later in the year
Feb 22, 2019 by Kevin howell

Fabulous family site

Family of 4, two teenage boys, kept up to date by email, instructions how to get there, greeted by Jo and shown around on arrival, she was so friendly and helpful.The Yurts/Tents and cabin are beautifully decorated with fairy lights, bunting, seating area, electricity, fridge,kettle and a place to hang your clothes etc. The toilets/showers are immaculate, nice hot water and hairdryer/straighteners also. The kitchen area is great if you want to leave your cooker and pots at home, even has microwave and toaster too.The site is quiet, relaxing and has a beautiful lake which you can fish or kayak on. The surroundings are beautiful and you can walk to the local village. We would recommend and hopefully will be back soon.
Sep 1, 2018 by Fay

A relaxing break 😁

We are a family of four, 2 children of 9 and 7 years. We stayed in a safari tent. The kids loved the bunk beds and the unlimited access to the kayaks all week. We could have stayed on site for the whole week because boating on the lake was such great fun for the kids. There was also plenty of room for rounders and frisbee! Showers and toilets were always clean and because the site is small it feels peaceful and homely. Jo is a wonderful host and we felt so welcome. Thanks for a very memorable, wonderful holiday!
Aug 22, 2018 by Beth

Luxury, tranquil, relaxing holiday

We had a fantastic weekend at Kingfisher Lakes, I'd booked three Safari tents for a group of 13. Upon arrival (which was easy due to sign posts and clear instructions) we were welcomed by Jo, who showed us our luxury safari tents, which were all immaculateley presented and clean, with lots of internal and external space. Great extra's like the fridge and kettle in the tents. The site itself is well spaced out and we as a group had lots of space for BBQ's (which are provided) and sitting around the fire pit late into the evening. We hired the Kayak's which was great fun for the kids (and adults). The toilet / shower blocks are large, warm and with loads of hot water. The service we had from the Jo and Rob the owners was fantastic, you can tell that they love the site and help you to do so as well. We've already recommneded this site to a number of friends.
May 25, 2018 by Ady Eccles
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