We love getting away from it all, pulling on our walking boots and enjoying the beautiful English countryside. However, camping has never really been our thing. I think that might have something to do with a bad experience we had a few years ago with a cheap flimsy tent from Asda. It made for a cold, damp, sleepless night and something that we never wanted to repeat again. We like a few added luxuries when we travel and some (OK, a lot of) home comforts too. Therefore, glamping ticks all the boxes for us. Having ‘glamped’ a couple of times before, we knew what to expect when we were recently invited to spend the evening glamping at Kingfisher Lakes glamping site in East Yorkshire.
The big benefits of glamping include – it still allows us to immerse ourselves in nature, yet have the added bonus of not having to put up our own tent and being able to sleep in a comfortable double bed at night, not on a cold hard floor.
Kingfisher Lakes Location
The site located in Brandesburton is actually only 20 minutes from our house making it really handy for us. You may think, what’s the point of staying somewhere only 20 minutes from home? Well, firstly we love staycations and often take breaks close to home and secondly, because of the site’s location, we felt like we were in the middle of nowhere – in a good way. The site is located perfectly if you want the feeling of getting away from it all, but still, have amenities and activities in the area. If you don’t fancy cooking, the site is located close to the village of Brandesburton. It has a Chinese takeaway, a chippy, a posh pizzeria with amazing views and a couple of pubs serving proper grub. Therefore, if you don’t like to BBQ and eat undercooked sausages (maybe that’s just my cooking), don’t worry you’re covered.
The site is also close to the beautiful East Yorkshire coast and somewhere we know very well having both grown up in the area. If our stay had been longer we definitely would have taken a trip to nearby Fraisthorpe beach or even Bridlington which is a traditional English seaside town complete with beach, fairground rides, amazing fish and chips and of course amusement arcades. We, however, opted to stay close to home and enjoyed leisurely walks around both the lakes on the site. Who says you have to travel far to escape from the stresses of daily life? From the second we arrived until the moment we left we felt relaxed. We had no distractions – it was just what the doctor ordered.
Kingfisher Lakes has a number of different types of accommodation to choose from. All of which are just as wonderful as the next. Also, the site is a great size, which means that you are not on top of each other but still close enough if you fancied visiting with friends or family and book more than one ‘tent’. Speaking with Jo, the owner, she explained that they have had families and hen parties book the entire site so they have it to themselves. Having organised a glamping hen weekend (or hen fest as we affectionately nicknamed it) for my best friend a couple of years ago, I cannot recommend it enough and Kingfisher Lakes is a perfect site for it.
We had the pleasure of staying at the Lily Pad, one of the two deceptively large, yet cosy, yurts on site. Located overlooking one of the lakes, it was perfect. With a carpeted floor, big comfortable bed and sofa bed meaning is can sleep 4 comfortably, mini-fridge, kettle and wonderful log burner, it had everything we needed for a lovely night’s stay. It also came complete with the obligatory glamping necessities – floral bunting and fairy lights.
We opted for the full package which included:
- Bedding, a full set made up for arrival, cosy duvets and pillows (£20)
- Bath and hand towels each (£5 per person)
- Crockery bundle including melamine bowls, plates, tumblers, cutlery and washing up bowl (£15)
- Firepit with logs (£10)
Everything is optional. Therefore, if you’re used to camping/glamping or are travelling on a budget and would rather take your own things – you can. I am pleased that we had everything set up and waiting for us as it added to the luxury aspect that the yurt offered us. Also, even though we are semi-seasoned glampers, we tend to always forget something. Therefore, instead of running the risk of leaving something at home and then kicking ourselves throughout our trip, the bundles that Kingfisher Lakes offer made our lives a lot easier.
We had a great time relaxing in our yurt. It was nice to leave the laptop at home and just chill out and chat. Something we very rarely get the time to do. We even got the opportunity to light the fire pit and enjoy our dinner outside. If the weather had been warmer we definitely would have made use of the yurt’s BBQ. Although Mr ESLT would have been in charge as per my inability to cook the perfect banger.
Because we are nosey and the only people on site, we also had a look around (with Jo’s permission, of course) the safari tents on the site. Of which there are 4 – Dragonfly Dreams, Hares Hideout, Swallows Snug and Otters Den. They are perfect for groups of friends and families as they can sleep up to 6 people. They have a big communal area with a sofa bed and two ‘pods’ one with a double bed in it and the other with bunk beds in.
And to cover all bases, Kingfisher Lakes also has a beautiful secluded, self-contained wooden lodge. It is absolutely dreamy and perfect if you want a romantic weekend away. With a big comfortable bed, ensuite shower room, kitchen, decking overlooking the lake and the pièce de résistance – a wood-fired fired hot tub, you really do not need to leave during the duration of your stay if you don’t want to. It is also open all year round (the only accommodation on site that is), we NEED to stay here and soon – hint hint Mr ESLT, hint hint!
The shower block is lovely and modern with men’s, women’s and disabled facilities. Having stayed on glamping sites with self-composting toilets (yuck!) I can happily confirm that at Kingfisher Lakes we found proper, flushing toilets (Hallelujah!). Together with hot (the hot water on site is heated by the lakes themselves through ground source technology), powerful showers and even a hairdryer and straighteners. Just because you’re staying in the countryside, doesn’t mean that you have to smell or look like you’ve been dragged through a bush. Just remember to pack a torch for the late night trips to the loo. Remember when we said we always forget something? Yep, on this trip, it was a torch.
If BBQing or eating out are not on your radar and instead you prefer to cook from scratch, Kingfisher Lakes has a fully functional kitchen ‘shed’. As we are on a health kick at the moment we used it to knock up some tasty meatballs. With a gas stove, microwave and loads of pots, pans and utensils, it was extremely easy.
We also had the use of a kayak for the duration of our stay (£20 per kayak) which Mr ESLT loved. As soon as we had dropped the bags in the yurt he made a beeline straight for the lake. With one big push, he was off and didn’t come back for quite a while. In reality, there wasn’t much kayaking going on. It was more an opportunity to take in the serene and tranquil lake setting and enjoy the peace and quiet the site offers. As one point it was unsure whether or not he would ever come back!
Did we enjoy our stay?
Yes, yes, yes! Glamping at Kingfisher Lakes was amazing. From the warm welcome to the perfect yurt, super facilities and breathtaking surroundings. Our trip once again proved that we do not have to travel far to have a great time. We are extremely lucky to have somewhere like Kingfisher Lakes on our doorstep. It also reaffirmed our love of glamping and the fact that switching the phone off, leaving the laptop at home and immersing ourselves in nature is good for the mind, body and soul and is something that we need to do more often. Life doesn’t have to be lived at a million miles an hour. Taking your foot off the accelerator and allowing yourself to relax every now and again is essential. Kingfisher Lakes is the ideal place to do that and we hope you get to experience it for yourself too.
- Thank you to Kingfisher Lakes for inviting us to stay the evening – we had a fantastic time. As always opinions are our own.
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