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- Glamping in the grounds of a 14th-century stately home
- Preston, Blackburn and Brockholes nature reserve within 15 minutes
- Restaurant, dessert café, mini farm and large playground on site
Smart shepherd’s huts in the grounds of a stately home – how splendid. If you’ve ever fancied having the run of a huge country estate, take a look at these posh pads in a peaceful corner of the gardens at Samlesbury Hall, a gorgeous half-timbered medieval hall in the Lancashire countryside halfway between Preston and Blackburn.
As befits such stately surrounds, these hand-crafted huts have all mod cons for a comfy stay: memory foam mattresses on the beds, a kettle for your morning cuppa and low-wattage plug sockets and USB ports to keep the gadgets charged. Huts are heated to keep you cosy on chilly nights, and you’ll be supplied with lanterns and a firepit for those alfresco evenings. Each one also has an ensuite bathroom with a hot shower and towels provided.
You’ll pretty much have the run of the grounds here, so there’s plenty of space for the kids to roam about and play games; there’s also an excellent Mayflower-themed wooden playground and a mini farm where they can meet the friendly animals. The restaurant serves up top-notch breakfasts and daytime meals, and there are sweet treats galore to be had at Dottie’s Wafflery. More restaurants and pubs are a short walk or drive away.
When you fancy heading out, it’ll take you 15 minutes or so to drive to Preston or Blackburn, or you can lurk at the bus stop outside the site and await to be whisked into town.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Check availability at Samlesbury Hall…
Party: 2 adults
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
|Max. persons||4 x|
|Year of manufacture||2016|
(1 x shower, 1 x toilet)
Open space (1 x bunk bed)
|Bed linen||2 included, 2 max.|
|Car||1 included, 1 max.|
|Duvets and pillows||2 included, 2 max.|
|Car parking by pitch/unit||yes|
|Gas and electricity included||yes|
|Dog (2 max)||£10/€11.46/A$18.26/US$14.17/CA$18.27/CHF13.42/kr115.78/kr85.34/kr108.73/kr1,406/$287.15/$8,562/PEN46.16/NZ$19.58/R167.64/zł48.42/R$46.40/Kč291.05/RSD1,357/Ft3,568.42/₽806.66/CN¥89.57 per item|
Includes kindling, newspaper, firelighters and logs
|£5/€5.73/A$9.13/US$7.08/CA$9.13/CHF6.71/kr57.89/kr42.67/kr54.37/kr703/$143.57/$4,281/PEN23.08/NZ$9.79/R83.82/zł24.21/R$23.20/Kč145.52/RSD679/Ft1,784.21/₽403.33/CN¥44.79 per item|
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Blackburn: Boulevard Bus Station — 3.9 miles
3.9 miles Preston Bus Station — 5.3 miles
5.3 miles Darwen Bus Station — 6.6 miles
- Train stations
Pleasington Rail Station — 2.9 miles
2.9 miles Cherry Tree Rail Station — 3.3 miles
3.3 miles Mill Hill (Lancs) Rail Station — 3.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Knott End-On-Sea Ferry Landing — 20.7 miles
20.7 miles Fleetwood for Knott End Ferry Landing — 21.0 miles
21.0 miles Heysham Ferry Terminal — 23.0 miles
Manchester Airport Terminal 2 — 30.3 miles
The obvious place to start is right there on site – the hall and grounds are open most of the week for poking around in (although do check for weddings or other functions taking place before you wander in). Free tours can be had on Sundays, when you can learn about the hall’s history, its witching links and some of its ghostly goings-on.
For a bit more history, Elizabethan Hoghton Tower and the Ribchester Roman Museum are both within a 15-minute drive. Should the nippers be tiring of cultural pursuits, Preston is 15 minutes away for shopping and various entertainments, or you can get to Blackpool’s beach in around half an hour.
If you’d rather take in a bit more nature, there are plenty of walking trails three miles away at Brockholes nature reserve, which is also a starting point for the 21-mile Preston Guild Wheel cycle route.
- Forest of Bowland (5.9 miles)
- Oswaldtwistle Mills (7.4 miles)
- Beacon Fell Country Park (8.5 miles)
- Gawthorpe Hall (11.3 miles)
- Rufford Old Hall (13.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
Samlesbury Hall cancellation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkAmerican Express