Lantern & Larks - Bleasdale, Lancashire
Child friendly glamping, Lancashire
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About Lantern & Larks - Bleasdale, Lancashire
Lanterns and Larks at Bleasdale is a magical place where memories are made. Whilst the tents provide what is undoubtedly the most luxurious camping going, the location itself is also stunning and allows you to truly escape for as long as you’re there.
Claire, Jonathan, Hattie and Phoebe visited:
The Bleasedale site is set a few miles down a private road in the Forest of Bowland. The short drive takes you away from the hustle and bustle of towns and villages and back to nature. The five luxury tents are set in their own field with no vehicular access. There is a car park form which all belongings for the weekend have to be transported via wheelbarrow to your tent – as a warning children seem to love being transported in this way too!
The tents themselves are really luxury cabins – they just happen to be canvas. There are three bedrooms (a double, a twin and one with bunkbeds) all with proper beds and very snuggly duvets. The main living area has a seating area with sofas, a dining table and then a kitchen area containing a sink and a twin hob. Through a canvas door there is a shower room and separate toilet – all fully plumbed in with wonderfully hot water – a real life saver after a day out in the open. The highlight of the tent however has to be the wood burning stove (fire in one side, oven in the other): you’ll want to use it regardless of the weather. The tents are immaculately presented and well kitted out with everything you might need from pans and plates to electric lanterns and storm lamps. You are only reminded that this is indeed camping by the lack of electric in the tents - lanterns only, and no television, it does the soul good!
When the weather gets warm one full side of the canvas living area folds up so that the indoor space becomes part of outside. There is decking, outdoor furniture and a fire pit for each tent as well as plenty of personal space to run around in without feeling overlooked by others. 5 minute walk along the road is an “honesty shop” which has various essential and tourist information. There’s also has a variety of indoor and outdoor games to borrow. The owners are also sheep farmers and their attitude towards guests is wonderfully welcoming and very inclusive – if you go at the right time of year you may get to pet their lambs.
The owners of the site have left the adjoining field empty specifically for guests to play games in and enjoy the Rover Brock which runs alongside it. The River at this point is shallow enough to paddle in and spend hours with a fishing rod trying to catch the odd stickleback. There’s a bridge which is great for pooh sticks and plenty of wooded areas for den building. No other entertainment is needed!
Although there are no villages within easy walking distance there is a variety of things within cycling distance and we were surprised at how much was within a very short car drive. There is a horse riding centre, Cobble Hey Farm with animal feeding, play areas and a great cafe, as well as the Forest of Bowland itself with has loads of beautiful parks and walks. Most areas are well set up for families and include cafes and play areas. Overall a weekend is simply too short to make the most of this area – make it a week – or better two!
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