"A tranquil lakeside glampsite just 15 minutes from Blackpool?" you ask incredulously. No dear camper, we're not a few tent pegs short of a full set. The Lancashire Fylde is an alluvial peninsula bounded by the Bowland hills to the east, the Irish Sea to the west, Morecambe Bay to the north and the Ribble estuary to the south. Once harvested for peat by the locals, the land is incredibly nutrient rich and today, a wide variety of flora and fauna abounds. It is here that the industrious folks from Stanley Villa Farm have been busy creating their brand new Camping Bugs site.
The colourful purpose built 'bugs' are fully insulated and equipped (though you'll need to bring your own bedding). When your little ones have tired themselves out exploring the sprawling fields (the size of 4 football fields!), they'll love retiring to their den-like digs for the weekend. The communal Lakeside Lodge has everything you need for a hassle-free stay including washing and cooking facilities, plus a large common room.
The centrepiece of the site is the 5 acre man-made lake. The Flyde Trout Fishery welcomes all levels of anglers to fish the various breeds of trout. It’s also not unusual to see wild deer as well as the usual suspects (rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, and a large selection of birds including; kingfishers, hawks and owls) congregating to sup from its trout-inhabited waters.
While not as wild as the fells of neighbouring Cumbria and a touch too far inland to enjoy coastal views, this part of the north-west has its own unique charm. Moreover, it's ideally placed for a bit of rural relaxation.
The Owner SaysBeautiful rural setting with Fly Fishing lake. Located just 15mins from Blackpool. Specialise in short breaks for families and couples. Cosy Camping Pods are all insulated and come with a battery powered light. Pods also come with their own firepit / bbq and firewood is available to buy on site. Clean modern facilities available 24/7 in our beautiful lakeside lodge. Free teas, coffees, hot chocolates, and even free hot water bottle hire! Rated number 1 in our area on TripAdvisor and won the Certificate of Excellence for 3 years running.
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I stayed here with my two girls (3 and 6) at the beginning of April. The weather wasn't too kind to us, but the welcome certainly was! Alex the owner told us to ring him when we were en route so he could welcome us, which he did, with a puppy (Ruby) in tow! The pods or hobbit holes as we called them, were dotted around the small site so they didn't look regimental, and with generous spacing between your neighbours. They were spotlessly clean but very small inside. We arranged the 2 single beds in an L-shape and the girls squeezed their two kid-size airbeds onto the floor = no floor space to move around. If you have older children then I'd recommend 2 pods! The fire buckets provided were excellent - although the smoke fumes lingered inside the pod for longer than it would in a permeable tent, so pay extra attention to their positioning before lighting up.
The converted barn was great which housed a kitchen where you could fill hot water bottles, store perishables in the fridges and help yourself to free tea, coffee and hot chocolate! There were only 3 toilets/shower rooms which inevitably led to queues at peak times. The large common room had dining tables and chairs which was a great place to meet other families who were also wrestling their youngsters into the showers and getting them ready for the day.
The girls made friends in our two night stay and there was a little play pod with a small selection of outdoor toys to share, however, this family friendly site would be improved massively if there was a play area: swings, climbing frame etc - I think Alex said that this was in the planning.
You can't drive onto the field which is fine until there's unrelenting driving rain when you're trying to pack up - you can always dry off/change clothes in the barn though before you set off home.
Alex has since been in touch to find out how our stay was and to make last minute special offers which we haven't been able to take advantage of yet, but we'll definitely be back.
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