Kingfisher Lakes

UK England North East England East Riding of Yorkshire

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

Each glamping unit has a wood burner, proper beds, electrical sockets and lighting. Bedding/duvet options available. Kayaks and firepits can be hired for your stay. Glamping hub area – a communal space in large log cabin building containing cooking facilities (gas hobs, microwave, large fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, washing up sink) as well as a large seating area. Separate male and female luxury washrooms; 4 toilets, 4 hot showers, 1 disabled-friendly toilet/shower cubicle, hairdryers and straighteners provided, shaver sockets. Lakes and numerous walks around the site. Fishing available for guests who have their own equipment during their stay.

Suitable For

Glamping & Log Cabin accommodation. Families, couples and groups – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – no.

Nearby

Many local beaches including Fraisthorpe, Bridlington and Hornsea, while the larger seaside spa town of Scarborough is 50mins away by car. Stunning coastal areas including Flamborough Headland with its many coves and caves, as well as Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve. A 30–40 min drive gets you to Hull. The UK City of Culture in 2017 boasts a bustling marina, charming Hepworth's Arcade and the recently regenerated Humber Street. The latter is now a music and arts hub on the site of the historic fruit market where your host family first started selling the farm’s potatoes many years ago!  Other attractions include the numerous museums and galleries, plus the iconic Humber bridge. En route to Hull, the town of Beverley is a lively market town full of stylish, independent shops and restaurants. Home to one of Europe's finest Gothic churches, Beverley Minster (01482 868540) and also plays host to a well known folk music festival every summer (01377 217569), while Skidby Windmill (01482 848405), half way between Hull and Beverley, is Yorkshire's last working windmill and provides tours between 10am – 5pm. Closer to home, the canal that runs through Leven and Driffield makes for lovely walking and narrow boat tours are available.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of great places around Brandesburton village to eat. Bert’s Bistro (01964 541809) is a very popular venue for everything from coffee and cake in the morning to a special evening meal – fantastic food with an Italian twist. For a good pub (with massive food portions) try The Dacre Arms (01964 542392). It's a good option for a weekend cooked breakfast too.  The New Inn Leven (01964 542223 and The Duke of York (01964 500300) offer decent pub grub. In Brandesburton there is Costcutters (7am–8pm; 01964 543480) and village store (6am–8pm). Archers Deli (01964 541544) is the local’s favourite for sausage rolls, pies, freshly made to order sandwiches and sweet treats, while In Leven (the next nearest village) there's Charter’s Butchers (01964 543480).

Opening Times

April–October.

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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 nestled 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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Accommodation

Safari tents (sleeping 5 or 6) and yurts (sleeping up to 4).

Dragonfly Dreams

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our cosy, yet spacious safari tent, sleeping up to six people can be your home from home.

Hares Hideout

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our cosy, yet spacious safari tent, sleeping up to 6 people can be your home from home

Swallow's Snug

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our cosy, yet spacious safari tent, sleeping up to 6 people can be your home from home

Otters Den

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our cosy, yet spacious safari tent, sleeping up to six people can be your home from home.

Starry Skies

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
Starry Skies Yurt is beautiful inside and out, sleeping up to four people with a large bed, two single futons, and plenty of storage for a restful, hassle-free camping trip.

Lily Pad

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
Our Lily Pad Yurt is beautiful inside and out, sleeping up to four people with a large bed, one or two singles, and plenty of storage for a restful, hassle-free camping trip.

Log Cabin with Private Hot Tub

Cabin Sleeps 2
Lakeside private hot tub; stunning sunset views over surrounding fields. The perfect spot for treating that special someone!

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Location

Contact Kingfisher Lakes, Corner Farm, Burshill, Brandesburton, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 8LY

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Getting There

If using Sat-Nav use this postcode: YO25 8NA

From South: From the M1, take the M18 towards Doncaster/Hull, then the M62 east to Hull/York/Goole, this road then becomes the A63 towards Hull. Take the A1034 towards Market Weighton/South Cave, then follow signs for Driffield/Bridlington. Then take the A1035 (A165) towards Hornsea/Bridlington. Turn left at the Roundabout into Leven village, going all the way through it, then take the first left (Hempholme Lane) – this is on a sharp right hand bend so is easy to miss, so if you get to Brandeburton village you have gone too far so turn back round. At the end of Hempholme Lane (this is a single track road for most of the way but there are passing places), turn left, then go straight on at the next T-junction, the entrance to Kingfisher Lakes is then 200m on your left.

From North & West (York/Leeds): From the A64 at York, take the A1079 towards Hull, continue on this for approx. 27 miles. After the village of Bishop Burton you will reach Killingwoldgraves roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A1035 (Dog Kennel Lane). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A1035, at the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A1035 towards Bridlington & Driffield. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A1035 signposted Bridlington & Hornsea. Then take the 1st exit at the next roundabout towards Bridlington & Hornsea (A1035). Turn left at the Roundabout into Leven village, going all the way through it, then take the first left (Hempholme Lane) – this is on a sharp right hand bend so is easy to miss, so if you get to Brandeburton village you have gone too far so turn back round. At the end of Hempholme Lane (this is a single track road for most of the way but there are passing places), turn left, then go straight on at the next T-junction, the entrance to Kingfisher Lakes is then 200m on your left.

From Brandesburton village (off the A165 Scarborough-Hull road) take the turning down the side of the village newsagents shop. The road veers off to the right but you take the left (straight on with the play park to your right), follow this road for 2 miles, shortly after a T junction signposted to Burshill/ Baswick (don’t take this one), Kingfisher Lakes is on your left

The nearest train station is Beverley (0845 748 4950) which is a 15-minute taxi journey away. Brandesburton is on the main bus route along the East Coast from Hull to Scarborough.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

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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