Who would have thought October in Lancashire could be so wet and windy – no thanks to storm Brian! And we chose to go Glamping that weekend…
Luckily, the Shepherds huts at the Hamlet are sturdy, secure and cosy warm, so we had a great time!
Reception is located next to the gift shop behind the main building of Samlesbury Hall and is signposted. We parked up and I ran with my umbrella to check-in while the kids waited in the car. Our names were down so check-in was quick and easy, I was told breakfast times and location, given our hut key, site map and a handy battery-powered lantern. As well as the hut key, there is a main gate key are the grounds are locked overnight.
We drove the car from the main car park around to the car park near the huts and quickly unloaded so as not to get drenched! Blue hut number 8 was ours – she was great! We got in and put the heating on – the kids bagsied the top bunk (of course). The double bunk beds were wooden-framed and of a very good quality. And the beds and quilts were sooo comfy! I sleep in a lot of hotels and I have to say these beds were better than many of the 4* I have stayed in!
I popped the kettle on while Elliott read the information folder and Nieve hung up the coats and played on the floor with Lego. There is plenty of space for 4 in the hut. There were 2 bistro chairs and a table (which I am sure can be used outside when the weather is nice). The complimentary tea/ coffee tray is a very welcome facility.
The en-suite shower room is compact and modern and there is shower gel and shampoo. There’s a heated towel rail (fluffy white towels for 4 people are also in the hut) and the shower is powerful ?.
Due to the weather and time of day, we decided to take the 15-minute drive to mooch around the shops at one of the indoor shopping centres in Preston. There are all the main high street brands along with a good choice of places to eat. That evening we had a lovely Italian meal at a family-run restaurant in the village of Fulwood about 10-minute drive from Samlesbury Hall. There is an Italian and an Indian restaurant within walking distance to the Hamlet, but both were fully booked (it was a Saturday night!) so I recommend reserving a table in advance.
Despite storm Brian doing his best, we all slept well and were cosy and extremely comfortable. In the morning, we headed to the restaurant for our pre-booked full English breakfast ? ? ☕. Cereal and juice was self-service and the Full English was plated and came with toast and a hot pot of tea – great start to the day!
Before checking out, we had a walk around the woodland trail and the mini farm and the kids played on the adventure playground (the rain had stopped by this point!). They had a great time, it would be fantastic in spring and summer.
Once we checked out and packed the car up, we headed to the Great Hall to join one of the weekly free tours of the Grade I listed Tudor house (held at 11am and 2pm every Sunday). Janey, The Alleged Witch, was our guide. She was so engaging! Her double-entendres had the adults in stiches and her “horrible histories” had the children squirming. Audience participation was welcomed! These tours are clearly very popular, not just with guests of The Hamlet, but also locals and tourists visiting the area. The tour lasted 1-hour and the kids stayed interested – mine are 12yrs and 8yrs old. There were younger children who also stayed tuned – we did move through various rooms of the house, so it kept things interesting for everyone.
We explored the coast a little before heading home. Lytham is a quaint, upmarket seaside town with some lovely independent boutiques, trendy bars and restaurants and of course many high street brand names. A little further up the coast is St Anne’s Pier where the kids enjoyed playing on the 2p machines and winning tokens on the various slots – coming away with some plastic tat! There’s a café serving everything from sandwiches to Sunday lunches, but I did feel it was expensive. Had it been less windy a run and play on the sweeping beach would have been great.
All in all, we had a really fun weekend. The Hamlet is definitely a place for a family to spend a few days in spring, summer or autumn – and being part of a small group will be ideal. We want to go back to be able to sit out on an evening around the camp fire with others ?
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