Ad-we were invited for a 2 night press stay
Come the weekend we are usually pretty frazzled and last weekend was no exception. Imogen was about to sit her year 6 SATS testing at school and had been revising hard (or so she said!) Alan’s training for the Blaydon race had picked up pace & work had been crazy busy! Our glamping press trip to Stanley Villa Farm could not have come at a better time.
Time to relax, unwind & experience the fun of the nearby seaside resort Blackpool. We couldn’t wait!
Where is Stanley Villa Farm?
You’ll find Stanley Villa Farm in the Lancashire countryside just a 15-minute drive away from Blackpool town centre. From our home in Gosforth, Newcastle the journey took just under 3 hours coming from the A69 & dropping down past Carlisle into Lancashire. Whether it was typical or sheer luck we didn’t hit upon any traffic & found the campsite easily by following the trusty sat nav & the coordinates given on the website.
The countryside around these parts is very tranquil & miles away from the hustle & bustle of Blackpool. The campsite is a small family owned site on a country road with a few other caravan parks, cottages & working farms. We were greeted & shown to our pod by the owner Alex who lives nearby with his young family.
What about the facilities at Stanley Villa Farm?
The campgrounds consist of 24 spaced out pods set around a large grassy area making it ideal for young kids to play out safely. The owners have provided a little pod filled with toys for the kids to play with such as balls, bats, hula hoops and frisbees. Such a great touch. As with most of our camping experiences, you find that there’s a great sense of community on a campsite and the kids found a campsite pal Tilly, a cute little 2-year-old, who followed them around all weekend! Abigail needs to read Alan’s vasectomy post as to why we had to say ‘No you can’t have a little sister!” ha ha.
There is a large gravel car park which separates the pods from the fishing lake, which is free to use if you have the correct licenses & own fishing gear. Some of the pods back onto the car park but ours was across the green (number 15) so we had a very short walk across the grass to unpack the car. We have acquired quite a bit of camping kit over the years and really haven’t mastered the art of packing lightly but we were all set up in around 15 minutes.
The Camping Pods
Each pod comes with two single beds with mattresses & a battery operated lamp.
There is no electricity but there are plenty of plugs to charge up phones/cameras in the facilities lodge. We needed to do a bit of shuffling around of the beds to be able to fit the double air mattress for the kids to sleep on but once we were in the pods were warm & cosy.
The facilities lodge is just a short walk across the car park and has everything you need for a great stay. There are 3 toilets with individual sinks & showers for privacy. From the corridor, there is a small kitchen area with kettles & microwaves, free tea/coffee & hot chocolate & a cupboard full of crockery to borrow. A stash of hot water bottles is provided to keep you warm through the night. It really wasn’t cold the nights we stayed over but the girls loved the novelty of filling them up and placing them in their bed.
In the main room of the lodge, you’ll find two large fridges (where we stashed our milk for our coffee), a couple of dining tables, & a few large comfy sofas. There was also a large bookcase with board games & some touristy pamphlets to help you plan your days. The facilities lodge is open 24 hours a day (for that 5am toilet call!) & worth noting that the path from the pods to the lodge are gravel so although wellies/walkings boots are handy you could probably manage without.
The lodge backs onto the fishing lake which was so pretty in the sunset. Another little bit of entertainment was watching Stanley Villa’s resident radgie swan who chased after every duck who dared to dip their toes in the water.
Campfires & S’mores
As a treat, we had been provided with an illumination pack in the pod which included a s’more kit, glow wands, sparklers & multi-coloured fairy lights (£14.00).
Each pod has it’s own fire pit with bags of logs available on site for £5.
Alan soon got to work building up the fire while I got the burgers we’d bought from our local favourite butchers Charlotte’s cooking away on the stove.
There’s something so satisfying about a bit of outdoor cooking & even better if the kids are off having fun in the great outdoors while they wait.
Imogen was desperate to snap those sunset shots over the lake with her phone.
Getting the marshmallow to the perfect gooey, but not burnt consistency, is a bit of an art form but I’m getting better the more practice I get! You can guarantee that Abigail will always stick the marshmallow in her hair so had the wet wipes handy which from experience knew she’d need!
With the sun starting to set, the fire pit providing a bit of warmth, a glass of red wine in hand and the only sound being sheep in the neighbouring field, we really felt like we’d managed to get away from it all.
Out & About in the Blackpool Area
Stanley Villa Farm is just 15-minute drive away from the historic seaside town of Blackpool, which for us was a massive pull to the area. The girls love Blackpool & were asking when we were coming back before we had even left.
Our Saturday was spent in the town, with Alan completing a park run in Stanley Park before I’d even made the bacon sandwiches. More fun was to be had at Coral Island amusements & the Sea Life Centre in the afternoon. We returned back to Blackpool the next day even though this wasn’t in our original plan to visit the historic piers, see the tower up close and do some star spotting at Madame Tussauds. We didn’t leave Blackpool until 4pm on the Sunday evening as we were having such a lovely time.
Stanley Villa also suggest the following things to do during your stay:
- Sandcastle Water Park: www.sandcastle-waterpark.co.uk
- Blackpool Zoo: www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk
- Stanley Park: www.blackpool.gov.uk
- Clay Pigeon Shooting: www.blackpoolsportingclays.co.uk
- Go Karting: www.traxmotorsport.co.uk
- Wake Boarding: www.blackpoolwakepark.co.uk
If you are looking to eat out in the surrounding area there is a large Indian restaurant ‘The Ashiana’ & a gastro pub ‘The Eagle & Child’ which is due to open at the end of the month after a huge refurbishment. We cooked our own dinner on Friday night & ate in Blackpool on Saturday evening but good to know there were options close by should be weather gods not be as kind.
Our Video from Glamping Near Blackpool
We enjoyed our weekend in Stanley Villa Farm’s Glamping pods. It was a good location close enough to the town centre to be able to visit. Yet far enough away to get the benefits of the tranquility of the country side. There is something very therapeutic about burning logs of wood and staring into the flames.
Our experience of the Camp site and Blackpool in general was amazing hospitality. Everyone we came into contact with couldn’t do enough for us. And Speaking to other campers on site, they also backed this up. We’d happily book up in the future for a camping holiday near Blackpool. The communal log cabin lodge we a great asset to enjoy on an evening, The mattresses in the Pods were better than an air bed (don’t tell the kids). Anything that can lighten our packing is always a great thing.
Address: Stanley Villa Farm Camping, Back Lane, Greenhalgh, Preston
- Camping pods only on site
- Prices per pod per night are from £49 (based on 2 adults sharing)
- Onsite trout lake which is FREE for guests
- Each pod has own fire pit
- Children’s toy pod & safe grassy area
- Well equipped facility lodge
- Check out 11am on day of departure