If you’re planning on keeping your summer vacation local, there’s only one award-winning glamping site you need to consider this year.
Stanley Villa Farm Fishing and Camping in Preston recently won a Lancashire Tourism Award and was named Camping, Glamping & Holiday Park of the Year, making it one of the best holiday accommodation sites in Lancashire.
Site owner Alex Young said staff weren’t expecting the win but were “over the moon” to be recognized.
He said: “I didn’t think we would win it and now we represent Lancashire in the Visit England Excellence Award in 2022.
“I thought we’d go together for a night out, treat the staff and it was a total shock to win…but we’re over the moon.”
The glamping site opened in 2012 and cemented its name as a community-focused family glamping site.
The camping pods themselves are basic, but the main attraction is what’s outside the pods.
Alex said: “Everyone comes with their own fire pit and guests can roast marshmallows.
“You get your own privacy but it’s a community feel and guests make friends with other guests.”
During the day, guests can even relax by the four-acre carp lake and spend a lazy day on the shore.
For clients wanting a touch of luxury, Alex and the team are currently building Bell tents which will be ready by April.
Alex said: ‘Bell tents are a bit more luxurious with more furniture and string lights
“They will have a wood burning stove inside and one will even have a wood burning stove outside, in which guests can relax while overlooking the lake.
“We already have a log of bookings coming in for these and they haven’t even finished yet.”
Currently guests and families can feed the sheep and goats on site, but Alex said there are plans to introduce even more animals to the site in the future.
Alex said the journey of the company has not been easy and they have had to overcome challenges.
He said: “We have been open for almost 10 years and we went through some tough times that year, especially during the pandemic.
“We had to close for so long, have to adapt and change. Coming out the other side and getting the tourism price support has been fantastic.
Instead of sitting around and doing nothing during the lockdown, they made planning requests to build more lodges and build a new lake.
With a ban on accommodation that requires communal facilities last April, the company thought creatively and rented porta loos for customers, meaning they could reopen.
Reviewers raved about the company, which received a 4.7/5 rating on Google Reviews.
One person wrote: “Fabulous camping pods. We booked a heated one as it was November and it was perfect.”
Another said: “We had a lovely stay and everything was perfect. The site is beautiful, clean, quiet and if you forget something the little shop sells everything you need.”
According to Alex, it is this level of detail and service that sets the company apart.
He said: “I think people mostly appreciated our service. We respond to every review we receive and really take into account their likes and dislikes.
“What people like the most is the personalized service. They like it to be family run and taken care of.
“We treat staff like customers, not just numbers.
“We are very grateful to the customers. They are our reason for being and trust us to take care of them. They come back every year and we love them.
To find out more and book your stay, go to Stanley Villa Farm fishing and camping website.