Dolphinholme House Farm

Dolphinholme, Lancashire LA2 9DJ
33 11 23 501 27

Ready-made, comfortable ‘camping’ in a beautiful, rural location with good old-fashioned fun a-plenty.

Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District. Seven spacious, and very comfortable ‘tents’ – they have raised wooden floors and beds with mattresses, pillows and even duvets – are set out on the edge of 35 acres of woodland, overlooking a 10-acre field. The River Wyre, fringed by a line of trees at the bottom of the field, seems to be the only thing rushing by in this peaceful spot. The emphasis here is on good old-fashioned fun, and the site offers plenty of opportunities for this – swimming, paddling and pottering around with fishing nets in the river, or just picnicking on its banks, climbing trees, running about in the fields and climbing on bales of hay. And in the evening, you can take your pick from the simple pleasures of stories around the campfire, reading together or playing games by candlelight. Children can also learn about life on a farm and where their food comes from by helping with the milking (the farm makes its own goat’s cheese), gathering eggs from the henhouse or helping to make pizza or bread in the traditional wood-fired oven.
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★★★★★

Dolphinholme House Farm

From the moment we stepped out of the car and started loading our worldly goods into wheelbarrows to take to the ’tents’ our children had disappeared - either into the play barn, onto the football pitch, or down to the river to mess about making dams and causing general mayhem. We came to Dolphinhome House Farm for my birthday (one of those significant round number ones). We are regular campers, but we took over 4 of the tents with friends, and most of the others were more than a little reluctant and anxious about spending time under canvas. They needn’t have been. The tents at Dolphinholme House, just like at the other Featherdown Farm we stayed at, bare little resemblance to normal camping. The wooden floor boards, wood burning stove, flushing loos, beds (that’s with mattresses and everything) kind of give the game away. While the luxury of the tents soothed the nerves of those not used to camping, the view of the open fields down to the river, the peace, tranquillity, wildlife and eating al fresco reassured those of us wanting to get away from the indoor life. And we had 4 days of sun. In Lancashire. In April. Farmer John’s tour of the farm was excellent - though he might need to check that the kids (of the goat variety) are still all in situe..... We were encouraged to get involved - helping at milking time was a great hit. Collecting the fresh eggs every morning from the free range chickens quickly became an early morning hit en route from the showers. The showers were clean and hot, camping utopia, and the honest shop next door was stocked with most things - the marshmallows over the campfire became a hit at the closing end of the day. One of the downsides listed for this site was that it gets rather quiet when everyone’s out doing stuff during the day. For me this was a huge bonus - sitting by the river when everyone else was out was a personal, if rather anti-social, highlight. I loved this place, but the real test of it’s success was a message I got on the way home from one of the camping-reluctant crew that came with us "we’re booking for the summer". After I’d picked my jaw up off the floor I realised that’s about the best review any campsite can get - a convert to the sport. Brilliant.

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Stay in a 1920’s farmhouse-style tent on a complete working goat dairy farm and let your kids meet the real Billy Goats Gruff, without the big ugly Troll of course.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Stay in a 1920’s farmhouse-style tent on a complete working goat dairy farm and let your kids meet the real Billy Goats Gruff, without the big ugly Troll of course.

Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Stay in a 1920’s farmhouse-style tent on a complete working goat dairy farm and let your kids meet the real Billy Goats Gruff, without the big ugly Troll of course.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Stay in a 1920’s farmhouse-style tent on a complete working goat dairy farm and let your kids meet the real Billy Goats Gruff, without the big ugly Troll of course.

Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

Dolphinholme House Farm: Dolphinholme House Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s, sitting at the western edge of the Trough of Bowland, a truly beautiful part of the world, just south of the Lake District.

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