We spent four nights from 9th June at Stanley Villa Farm Camping for a birthday surprise.We had Pod 2 which was assessible for the car & also for the toilet block at night time which saved us walking to lodge in the dark.The pod had two single beds and they were very comfortable.When we arrived I called Alex who came to the site to meet us.He told us all the information regarding the site & then left us to get settled in.
Our first night we went for dinner at the local pub 2 mins away at the Eagle & Child which was delicious and great value.We returned and got our fire going.We paid 5 pounds for firewood and we had brought our own firelighters/kindling but Alex kindly brought us some more
.Our stay was very peaceful & relaxed.The lake is beautiful during sunset and lovely to sit beside.The gentleman fishing on the lake were all friendly too.
The lodge its self is a short walk from the pod.It has a kitchen & three wet rooms and also a large communal livingroom area with tables/chairs and also two sofas.There are various plug sockets in the floor which I found difficult to access due to arthritis but my friend was able to access for me.The kitchen had two microwaves,a kettle and two fridges with one small freezer compartment used mainly for ice.There was tea,sugar,coffee & hot choc provided which is a really nice touch by Alex.The taller fridge has a wonky door which needs fixing as doesnt close properly unless u lift up the door.A problem that is easy to fix in few mins if someone can take the time.
Now for the bad bits :( Unfortunatly the kitchen wasnt very clean when we arrived.There was mouldy bread and biscuits lying about & the fridge was full of out of date food.The teatowels were disgusting.Im not sure if they had been left by previous users or what but non the less they needed throwing out or washing.I spent Monday late at night cleaning the worksurfaces and doing the dishes.I asked the other family staying if the mouldy bread was theres but they said it had been there since their arrival.And since there was no one else there I put this in the bin as well as curdled milk in the fridge.The fridge could also have done with a good clean out & wipe down.The 3 toilet/wetrooms in lodge were also dirty.The floors and actual toilets/sinks needed cleaning & the towels left in them were stained.Bins didnt have liners in them in any toilet & two out of the three locks on the doors dont work which is embarrassing as people walk in on you on the toilet or in the shower.
We didnt see anyone cleaning the toilets or kitchen during our stay.There was ample toilet roll stocked above on shelfs and handwashing gel in each toilet which is good.The toilet block beside the pods are also dirty & quite smelly.They could do with an airfreshner and a good bleach but again had toilet roll/handwash but nothing to dry hands on.
We did see someone taking out the rubbish from kitchen on Thurs/Fri and sweeping up the communal area and cleaning the pods that had been used however that was it.Kitchen/toilets were not touched.
On our last night we had also bought some nibbles and a few cans of beer and a bottle of wine to enjoy by the pod.Unfortunatly the next day when we went to collect these the cans & nibbles they had been taken by someone and we knew by whom.Unfortunatly you have to rely on peoples honesty /trust.This had not been an issue all week so we were very dissapointed that this was the end to our otherwise enjoyable week.
I think it would be an idea for each pod to have a compartment numbered or some sort of storage tub to put there items into the fridge so its then clear which pods food is which & what can be thrown out after someone leaves.Or perhaps bring some labels if your staying.I would also recommend that a cleaner comes to clean the kitchen area at least every two days.Obvioudly having to rely on other people staying doesnt work.Some antibacterial spray and perhaps some kitchen roll in a dispenser would help.Theres a somewhat stale smell in the kitchen
.I think the bathrooms could be bleached esp the floors which left my feet brown even after a shower and the toilets needed bleaching/scrubbed.Also some paper towels would be handy in the toilets rather than leaving dirty towels in bathrooms that smelt stale/wet dog.Bin liners in the bathroom bins and regulary changed would help too.
The pods themselves could do with a little table of somesort just to store stuff off the floor and a small dustpan and brush as the stones get kicked in and end up everywhere.
I think the site is beautiful and we enjoyed our stay, there is just a few improvments that could even better the place.We are experiended Glampers & Campers and can " rough it " but the kitchen/bathrooms need a good clean with the amount of people using them everyday.
We like to see/stay at new places & hope this site continues to do well.Alex certainly goes out of his way to make you feel at ease.I hope you take this review as honest feedback for our time at Stanley Villa and is in no way to offend anyone.We had a good stay with a few disappointments along the way but we do hope that the honest feedback helps with the business.You have a beautiful place Alex.We hope we can return in the future to see the improvements made. :)
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- Think about 'Where Do You Want To Be'? If the answer is: Relaxed, listening to the BBQ sizzle away in the background you've come to the right place... This quiet and peaceful location is the perfect place to relax and unwind. With a beautiful lakeside setting and a warm friendly atmosphere. We have firepits and BBQ's and allow campfires. We don't think camping would be the same without them! Our Glamping guests love our cute and cosy Camping Pods! And all of this, just 15 minutes from Blackpool. ... more less
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