Stanley Villa Farm

UK England North West England Lancashire Blackpool

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Lakeside rural tranquility and the 'kiss-me-quick' fun of the seaside – you can have the best of both worlds at Stanley Villa Farm's cute luxury camping pods

"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.

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Facilities

Campfires permitted; firewood available to buy. Each pod comes with 2 quality beds and mattresses and is fully insulated. 2 children would fit in a pod, but you would need to bring additional airbeds (or these can be hired on site). Guests have 24hr access to the Lakeside Lodge which has a kitchen including complimentary teas & coffees, a kettle, microwave, toaster, fridge/freezer, three wet rooms with toilets & showers, plus a large common room. Power sockets are also available in the lodge for hairdryers and charging phones. The beautiful 5 acre lake plays host to Carp up to 21lbs. Day tickets for fishing are reduced to £5 when staying in a Pod. There's plenty of large open fields for children to run and play.

Suitable For

Families, couples, well-behaved dogs – yes.

Nearby

The Forest of Bowland, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a beautiful stretch of rugged, unspoilt countryside covering 312 square miles of rural Lancashire and adjacent Yorkshire. Perfect for gentle walks, mountain biking, bird watching and scenic picnics.Lytham St Annes is a charming conurbation most famous for its world-renowned golf course. A beer festival is held every September and the annual Lytham Proms take place by the town's charming windmill. Morecombe Bayis not too far either.Blackpool is just a 15 minute drive away from the farm. With donkey rides, candy floss and assorted seaside tat, it's a great place to reconnect with the holidays of your childhood. Tourist favourites include the Winter Gardens, Pleasure Beach and iconic Blackpool Tower.

Food & Drink

Most guests opt to BBQ or rustle something up in the campsite kitchen. The Eagle at Weeton (01253 836230) offers a fantastic selection of modern pub food. The Ashiana (01253 836883) is a superb nearby Indian restaurant, specialising in traditional Bangladeshi dishes. Open till late every night – eat in or collection only. Or if you don’t mind a short 15 minute drive, there is a range of dining options available in Lytham. Try Bosco (01253 733799) for a variety of Italian cuisine. There’s also a range of great pubs and bars with a vibrant atmosphere including CAMRA approved tavern - The Taps.

Opening Times

Mid Feb to Mid Nov

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The Owner Says

Beautiful rural setting with Coarse Fishing lake (Carp). 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. Firewood & disposable BBQ's are available to buy on site. Clean modern facilities available 24/7 in our beautiful lakeside lodge. Free teas, coffees, hot chocolates. Rated number 1 in our area on TripAdvisor and won the Certificate of Excellence for 5 years running!

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Accommodation

24 camping pods.

Camping Pod

Pod Sleeps 4 6 Available
Stay in a colourful, purpose-built glamping Pod, fully insulated and equipped for a comfortable holiday. Sleeping up to 2 adults and 2 children.

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Location

Contact Stanley Villa Farm, Back Lane, Greenhalgh, Preston, PR4 3HN

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Getting There

From M6, Junction 32 (Blackpool Turnoff) – turn onto the M55 signposted Blackpool.

From M55, Junction 3 (Kirkham Turnoff) – turn right at the roundabout onto the A585 heading for Fleetwood.

In half a mile there is an Indian Restaurant called the Ashiana. Take the immediate next left past the speed camera turning down Greenhalgh Lane, 150 yards AFTER the Ashiana and 100 yards BEFORE a Shell Petrol Station. Go down Greenhalgh Lane until you reach a ‘T’-Junction (approximately 1 mile). Turn right and take the second left into the site entrance.

Most guests choose to arrive by car as the site's fairly rural. However 'Kirkham & Wesham' Train Station is only a 10 min taxi ride away.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews

★★★★★

Perfect short break

We had a perfect few days. Staff are friendly and helpful and we felt very comfortable. The lodge and all facilities very clean and disinfectant etc available to use in communial areas. There was a nice family community feel but we weren't on top of each other at any time. It was lovely to sit out with a camp fire, relaxing & watching the kids play knowing that it will be nice and quiet for bedtime. I relaxed into the break very quickly and certainly feel very refreshed after a short break away from it all. My kids came alive helping to feed the animals and making new friends, playing in fields and enjoying the relaxed way of life. Thanks very much for a lovely stay.
★★★★★

Wonderful stay

Such a beautiful place to visit! We arranged to meet friends their and on arrival our pod was the further away from them which didn’t really suit our plans. We asked to move and were changed instantly with no fuss at all. The outdoor grassy area between pods left plenty of room for 4 people & 2 BBQs with social distancing. Can’t wait to come back
Jul 31, 2020 by Holly Cullen Verified Review
★★★★★

A great get away to get away to...

A world a part from the world we are all facing today...so to get back to a simpler place and time is a god send...it's great friendly staff who cannot do enough for you, the breathtaking views around the lake and grounds...what more could you ask for.
★★★★★

Family orientated and very welcoming

Very organised and staff were helpful, although the weather was awful the children loved it had a great time
Jul 25, 2020 by scott battle Verified Review
★★★★★

absolutly brilliant is how i'd describe stanley villa farm,,if you've never been get booking now ,,heaven

stanley villa fam is an absolute treasure what more can i say about this lovely little place is just a world on its own it just can't get any better than what it already is althou now whith the arrival of the lambs and the chickens i do stand to be corrected ,the owners are absolutly brilliant nothing is to much for these lovely peaple they just can't do enough for you and the kids what more do you want where you can just chill in front of the camp fire and the kids just run them selves out for a good night sleep we have now been stanley villa farm 4 times and we are already in the process of booking our next trip forget going abroad ,,if you've never been glamping before just try a couple of days at this little jem and you will never look back ,,you will Defintely be hooked for life,,what more do you want from a glamping holiday than fishing in the fully stocked lake ,,lazing in front of your very camp fireletting the kids play as they do feeding the sheep and the chickens or just chilling in the log cabin where you get free tea coffee and chocolate an don't forget the first class showers and toilets second to none,,,,booked now you won't regret it
Jul 24, 2020 by colin jones Verified Review
★★★★★

Amazing experience throughout

What a hidden gem! The staff were amazing, nothing was a problem at all. The sheep, chickens and the freedom the children had was fabulous. At one point they all were sat in a social distanced circle with their new found friends. They made bike jumps and went to get wood for the fire. So many extra touches, even put pink balloons in my daughters pod as it was her birthday. Had breakfast at the whitmore fisheries a beautiful scenic and nice full English, only two minutes down the road with was lovely. One night we had tea at the Miller, also great, only 5 minutes away. The children even had a swim in the sea, great clean beach at lythum, 20 minutes away. I will definitely be back again, no surprise though when I hear they get booked up so earlier. Alot of the other capers we spoke to had been there before. Absolute perfection, thank you and see you soon.
Jul 13, 2020 by Emma Knowles
★★★★★

A perfect weekend

From start to finish this was a fantastic camping experience with some luxury add ons and home comforts such as a kitchen with kettle / microwave etc that created a thoroughly enjoyable weekend for me and my partner. Warm welcome from Alex and easy transportation of our stuff to the hut made settling in to two nights of relaxed drinks and food by the fire easy. Our neighbours were lovely, everyone was very respectful of noise limits but still created a relaxed environment for those, like ourselves, who are night owls. Saturday night we walked a beautiful country walk over to a lovely outdoor dinner at The Eagle at Weeton which I would highly recommend doing aswell. All in all, a perfect weekend for couples and families looking for a change of scenery in a Covid safe environment.
Jul 13, 2020 by Ella Kennedy Verified Review
★★★★★

A great get away to get away to...

Only stayed the one night with my partner to try out the experience as it was our fist experience of glamping... very friendly staff and very clean pods ensuring a tranquil and relaxing stay...I will be definitely booking again soon and telling all I meet about the experience.
★★★★★

Great for the grandkids

Stayed for a night over the Easter holidays with our grandsons. Our friends had the pod next to ours with their grandchildren. The children had a brilliant time with lots of room for playing. The weather was very cold at night but the sun shone in the day. Perfect for a short break.
Apr 13, 2019 by Celia Verified Review
★★★★★

Super wonderful holiday

We had an amazing time with friends escaping the real world for giggles and laughter in the great outdoors. We were warm inside our pod at the end of October and loved sitting round the fire at night. Will definitely return
Oct 28, 2018 by Sonia
★★★★★

Friendly campsite

My husband, myself (8 months pregnant) and our 4 year old son stayed here over the bank holiday weekend. This was our first camping/ glampimg experience and we were pleasantly surprised at our stress free and enjoyable the whole experience was. We were late arriving, however Alex, site owner, (contacted us (as he had to nip away from camp) to let us know our pod and all our extras were ready and waiting for us. While we were unpacking Alex arrived and was extremely helpful in ensuring we were settled in he even offered to move the pod we were in so it was closer to the communal lodge with me being pregnant. The lake on site was the perfect place for us to go on a little stroll before heading out to the eagle and child for our tea. When we arrived back to camp we lit our camp fire (like the majority of other guests onsite) and roasted marshmallows. The whole site was peaceful and quite and everyone was friendly. The site always has a strict noise cut off at half past which is the perfect time for families. The beds in the pod were extremely comfy and easily fit all three of us in when push together to make a double. The communal lodge was clean and tidy and offered free tea and coffee, electricity, toilets, showers and board games if you aren't lucky enough to get the weather. There is also a small shed in the middle of the campsite full off sports equipment for truly to use freely. Would definitely go back!
May 8, 2018 by Loran
★★★★☆

Customers as friends

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.

Sep 7, 2015 by Louise

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