Kingfisher Lakes

UK England North East England East Riding of Yorkshire Hornsea

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Lakeside luxury in East Yorkshire where wildlife abounds

Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to point out something that’s been staring you in the face all along. Such was the case at the Lee family’s potato farm in East Yorkshire. The land here, once mined for it’s fine gravel that runs in a 10-mile seam towards Hull, is today a patchwork of rich, fertile fields, sewn together by greening hedgerows and spotted with pools of water that have flooded the old gravel pits. Yet it wasn’t until friends visited that the idea of sharing the place with fellow nature lovers was struck. And thus Kingfisher Lakes glamping site was born.

Set between two large lakes (owner's Philip and Jo's favourite walking spot), there’s no special prize for guessing how this glamping site got its name. The place is a wonder for wildlife. Resident kingfishers can be spotted by the quietest of campers and herons sometimes appear on the water's edge, if you’re lucky. The glamping accommodation is even named after some of the residents here, with the Dragon Fly Safari Tent in honour of the colourful creatures that dance around the lakes.

In terms of what’s on offer, the glamping area, located just off of a quiet country lane and surrounded by mature willow trees, is well equipped and ideal for groups and families. Comprised of a handful of safari tents and yurts, each abode comes complete with proper beds, warming wood-burning stoves and lighting inside. Each also has access to a covered cooking area and there’s a central, wooden lodge where the toilets, showers and washing-up area are found. If you'd prefer en-suite accommodation, meanwhile, there's a pair of more luxuriously equipped log cabins overlooking one of the lakes, which have kitchenettes, shower rooms and their own wood-fired hot tubs.

While the area is popular with walkers – paths lead directly from the glamping site entrance and deer are often spotted in the neighbouring fields – it’s still the lake that’s most rewarding. You can hire two-person kayaks, for a paddle on the waters, and take long swims in the sun (best enjoyed at sunset). Further afield, it's a 15-minute drive to the coast where popular beaches are matched by stunning cliff-top walking routes, notably at Bempton, Sewerby and Flamborough.

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Facilities

Each glamping unit has a wood burner, proper beds with cosy bedding; duvets and pillows provided, electrical sockets and lighting. Kayaks and firepits can be hired for your stay. Glamping hub area – a communal space in large log cabin building containing cooking facilities (gas hobs, microwave, large fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, washing up sink) as well as a large seating area. Separate male and female luxury washrooms; four toilets, four hot showers, one wheelchair-accessible toilet/shower cubicle, shaver sockets. Lakes and numerous walks around the site. Fishing available for guests who have their own equipment and rod licence during their stay.

Suitable For

Families, couples and groups – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – no.

Nearby

Many local beaches including Fraisthorpe, Bridlington and Hornsea, while the larger seaside spa town of Scarborough is 50mins away by car. Stunning coastal areas including Flamborough Headland with its many coves and caves, as well as Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve. A 30–40 min drive gets you to Hull. The UK City of Culture in 2017 boasts a bustling marina, charming Hepworth's Arcade and the recently regenerated Humber Street. The latter is now a music and arts hub on the site of the historic fruit market where your host family first started selling the farm’s potatoes many years ago!  Other attractions include the numerous museums and galleries, plus the iconic Humber bridge. En route to Hull, the town of Beverley is a lively market town full of stylish, independent shops and restaurants. Home to one of Europe's finest Gothic churches, Beverley Minster (01482 868540) and also plays host to a well known folk music festival every summer (01377 217569), while Skidby Windmill (01482 848405), half way between Hull and Beverley, is Yorkshire's last working windmill and provides tours between 10am – 5pm. Closer to home, the canal that runs through Leven and Driffield makes for lovely walking and narrow boat tours are available.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of great places around Brandesburton village to eat. Bert’s Bistro (01964 541809) is a very popular venue for everything from coffee and cake in the morning to a special evening meal – fantastic food with an Italian twist. For a good pub (with massive food portions) try The Dacre Arms (01964 542392). It's a good option for a weekend cooked breakfast too.  The New Inn Leven (01964 542223 and The Duke of York (01964 500300) offer decent pub grub. In Brandesburton there is Costcutters (7am–8pm; 01964 543480) and village store (6am–8pm). Archers Deli (01964 541544) is the local’s favourite for sausage rolls, pies, freshly made to order sandwiches and sweet treats, while In Leven (the next nearest village) there's Charter’s Butchers (01964 543480).

Opening Times

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Small, family-run site nestled in a stunning lakeside setting in a quiet corner of East Yorkshire.

Six glamping tents with luxury shared facilities available as well as two secluded en-suite Log Cabins with private log-fired hot tubs.

All accommodation has a unique and beautiful view over the lakes.

Accommodation

Yurts, safari tents and luxury en-suite cabins.

Hare's Hideout

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our cosy, yet spacious safari tent, sleeping up to 6 people can be your home from home

Swallow's Snug

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Our cosy, yet spacious safari tent, sleeping up to 6 people can be your home from home

Otter's Den

Safari tent Sleeps 6
NEW FOR 2021 - UPGRADED SAFARI TENT

Starry Skies

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
Starry Skies Yurt is beautiful inside and out, sleeping up to four people with a large bed, two single futons, and plenty of storage for a restful, hassle-free camping trip.

Lily Pad

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
Our Lily Pad Yurt is beautiful inside and out, sleeping up to four people with a large bed, one or two singles, and plenty of storage for a restful, hassle-free camping trip.

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Location

Contact Kingfisher Lakes, Corner Farm, Burshill, Brandesburton, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 8LY

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Getting There

If using Sat-Nav use this postcode: YO25 8NA

From South: From the M1, take the M18 towards Doncaster/Hull, then the M62 east to Hull/York/Goole, this road then becomes the A63 towards Hull. Take the A1034 towards Market Weighton/South Cave, then follow signs for Driffield/Bridlington. Then take the A1035 (A165) towards Hornsea/Bridlington. Turn left at the Roundabout into Leven village, going all the way through it, then take the first left (Hempholme Lane) – this is on a sharp right hand bend so is easy to miss, so if you get to Brandeburton village you have gone too far so turn back round. At the end of Hempholme Lane (this is a single track road for most of the way but there are passing places), turn left, then go straight on at the next T-junction, the entrance to Kingfisher Lakes is then 200m on your left.

From North & West (York/Leeds): From the A64 at York, take the A1079 towards Hull, continue on this for approx. 27 miles. After the village of Bishop Burton you will reach Killingwoldgraves roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A1035 (Dog Kennel Lane). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A1035, at the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A1035 towards Bridlington & Driffield. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A1035 signposted Bridlington & Hornsea. Then take the 1st exit at the next roundabout towards Bridlington & Hornsea (A1035). Turn left at the Roundabout into Leven village, going all the way through it, then take the first left (Hempholme Lane) – this is on a sharp right hand bend so is easy to miss, so if you get to Brandeburton village you have gone too far so turn back round. At the end of Hempholme Lane (this is a single track road for most of the way but there are passing places), turn left, then go straight on at the next T-junction, the entrance to Kingfisher Lakes is then 200m on your left.

From Brandesburton village (off the A165 Scarborough-Hull road) take the turning down the side of the village newsagents shop. The road veers off to the right but you take the left (straight on with the play park to your right), follow this road for 2 miles, shortly after a T junction signposted to Burshill/ Baswick (don’t take this one), Kingfisher Lakes is on your left

The nearest train station is Beverley (0845 748 4950) which is a 15-minute taxi journey away. Brandesburton is on the main bus route along the East Coast from Hull to Scarborough.

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