Lakeside yurts, safari tents and cabins in East Yorkshire where wildlife abounds and kayaking and wild swimming are positively encouraged.
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 lakes that are most rewarding. You can hire two-person kayaks, for a paddle on the waters. 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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Hosted by The Lee Family K.Joined in October 2016
14 Ratings · 19 reviews
July 31, 2022
Evergreen Lodge at Kingfisher Lakes
The cabin we stayed in was beautiful. It was clear no expense had been spared everything was high quality and immaculate. The view from the lodge was breathtaking. We went for a hen do with 5 guests and the hottub was the perfect size. The owners were really nice and accommodating. I cannot recommend this place enough
June 10, 2022
Hare's Hideout at Kingfisher Lakes
A lovely peaceful campsite with excellent facilities. Well equipped shared kitchen area and really clean shower and toilet blocks. We were warmly welcomed to the site by Jo and the tent was fantastic. Really toastie with the log burning stove!
April 7, 2022
Sunset Lodge at Kingfisher Lakes
Me and my partner stayed in willow lodge and were delighted with it! It was lovely and clean, super cosy and cute and the little amenities just added that extra special touch! The hot tub was awesome and super fun to heat it up yourself with access to more logs if we needed. Even before our stay staff were quick to answer any queries and always open for us to get in touch about anything during our stay too. Had a lovely guide round the campsite and given plenty of recommendations with things such as places to eat. The location is out of the way and peaceful and as long as you don't mind an hour drive there's lovely beaches to explore too!
Thank you so much for our stay!!
We would love to come back with some of our friends later on in the year :)
November 28, 2021
Sunset Lodge at Kingfisher Lakes
Just an outstanding venue and experience from start to finish…Jo (the owner) is a breath of fresh air, friendly and welcoming…she really can’t do enough to make your stay spot on.
This was our first little holiday since having our second child (he came with us) and was sorely needed…it was bliss…relaxing in the hot tub, snuggling in the cosy bed and enjoying the local restaurants and sights.
We can’t thank Jo and her family enough for an amazing stay in this tranquil hide away…until next time 😎
October 11, 2021
Willow Lodge at Kingfisher Lakes
Jo was amazing and so friendly. On our arrival she took time out to show us around the place, showing us inside the other accommodation available. The hot tub was lovely and warm for when we got there and the hut was so cosy. The bed was one of the comfiest I’d slept in and we had the most relaxing stay.
The view from willow lodge was great, getting to watch the sunset from inside the hot tub was very romantic. We will definitely be coming back again soon, 10/10. Thanks jo and family for a really great holiday, you have a really great set up!
August 1, 2021
Swallow's Snug at Kingfisher Lakes
We would highly recommend anyone a trip to Kingfisher lakes. The facilities there are spotless and we even had our own allocated toilet and shower. The kitchen area has everything you could possibly require. The two lakes are beautiful and kayaking is a must! The kids loved the freedom of being able to explore the area while I was safe in the knowledge that it was completely secure from roads etc and that they couldn't venture off to far. The little reception hut has plenty hidden toys under the counter which was a lovely wee touch aswell. The tent its self was cosey and the beds were comfy and you almost didn't feel like you were camping once you were in them.
Brilliant location for exploring nearby beaches lots of secluded beaches for more rustic feel or just an hour drive to Scarborough for your traditional British seaside with donkey rides and the arcades plus there's lots more in-between.
We would definitely love to return to Kingfisher lakes both with the family as the new family cabin looks fantastic, but also just the two of us as the smaller log cabins on the second lake look gorgeous.
Either way we will definitely be back. *****
From the host
Kingfisher Lakes Glamping & Log Cabins is the ideal getaway; nestled in between two beautiful lakes in rural East Yorkshire, you will feel a million miles away from it all in this special little haven. We can’t wait to welcome you for your Glamping or Log Cabin stay! Come and see for yourselves how Kingfisher Lakes can be the perfect place for you. Take a look to choose your ideal accommodation to suit your needs and plan your holiday to be as relaxing or jam-packed full of adventure as you wish.
This is a very small, family-run site close to our working potato farm so you can expect a friendly, one-to-one, tailored guest experience.
Reconnect with nature. Spot deer. Catch a fish. Read a book. Paddle into the sunset in a kayak. Hit the beach. Explore rockpools. Toast marshmallows. Stargaze. Enjoy one another and make memories…all from your cosy base under canvas.
If you don’t normally do camping then glamping is an easy transition to it, or perhaps you’re a seasoned camper who just fancies a load more comfort without the hassle of putting your tent up and bringing bedding. Fantastic facilities within the shared washrooms and kitchen area make this an easy place to relax. Kayaks and firepits can be hired for you to enjoy as and when you wish throughout your stay; they certainly add a bit of magic in the memory-making department!
Or perhaps you’re after some real luxury and a romantic getaway for two in a lakeside log cabin with a sublime log-fired Scandinavian-style hot tub Couples, young families, older kids or groups... Whichever best describes you, we’re sure you’ll find contentment here!
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 and 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).