In The Media
Below is a selection of media coverage regarding our growth in the ever expanding UK fishing holiday industry.
AA Awards 2019
A haven for lovers of coarse fishing and walking, this long-established leisure destination, located in the hamlet of Eye Kettleby, provides very high standards. The outdoor areas are exceptional; guests can expect to find water features, nature areas, winding paths through beautiful designated walking areas, well-maintained roads and good clear signage throughout the park.The setting and landscaping of the nine fishing lakes is stunning and the considered and colourful planting really enhances the whole Eye Kettleby Lakes Holiday Park.
Accommodation is located in lodges, smart wooden pods in a glamping forest and well laid-out touring fields. Pitches are well-spaced, immaculately maintained and very private with mature hedging between them; the majority are fully serviced. All facilities, including toilets, showers, washrooms and waste disposal areas, are of a very high standard and kept spotlessly clean.
A fine Scandinavian log building houses the stylish reception area, a well-stocked shop, a café with an inviting alfresco seating area, and a refurbished clubhouse where regular entertainment is provided. Impressive ongoing investment and refurbishment since the park joined the AA Pennant Scheme in 2018 has seen the well-deserved achievement of coveted Platinum status for 2020 and the AA Campsite of the Year award for England.
Practical Motorhome Awards 2019
Last year’s Heart of England Regional Winner has this year taken the main prize, with a huge number of you voting for this pristine adults-only touring park.
The touring park was developed in 2012, but the fisheries side, comprising 10 fishable lakes, has been running since the early 1990s.
Since our visit last year, a new touring area, Southern Meadows, has opened. All 69 of its hardstanding pitches are fully serviced, have wonderful views and sit adjacent to the 4.5-acre carp lake. This area has a pond at its centre and is served by two state-of-the-art washblocks, each with an accessible wet room and individual bathrooms.
The Northern Acre touring area has 61 pitches, 47 of which are fully serviced, served by four five-star amenities blocks, one with dedicated disabled facilities.
The site’s popular bar/tearoom now has clubhouse facilities, with free Wi-Fi and a pet-friendly area. The tearoom opens daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, while the bar opens on a seasonal basis. There’s a programme of events throughout the year.
Touring isn’t the only option here, with 12 lodges and several glamping superpods available for hire.
Dog-owners are the site’s biggest clients, says manager Craig Oldham – they come for the fantastic dog-walks around the lakes and in the surrounding countryside – and Craig reckons around half the guests visit because of the fishing. But there are also some very pretty villages nearby. Rutland Water is just a half-hour drive, with Stamford and Burghley House only 40 minutes away. Practical Motorhome Top100 Sites Winners.
Caravanners RUS Park Winner 2019
What an amazing year for CaravannersRus.com. It has been incredible to see such a fantastic level of interaction from our members across our website, social platforms and obviously our closed Facebook network that continues to grow from strength to strength with over 60,000 comments and 500 sale items listed per month.
This is the first time in our industry that we have seen such a shift in park expectations. The stats are clear, if you provide the best service that you possibly can, we are prepared to pay the extra for that experience. Our TOP 4 really have stepped the industry standard up and are leading the way for those interested in exploring this model. When you read the feedback and reviews about these parks, you will find that they excel with their customer service, simplify the booking processes and offer an outstanding level of service on park. It is a very exciting vision for where the industry is going and we salute those leading this transition.
Our overall winner Holiday Park of the Year Winner – Eye Kettleby Lakes
Melton Times April 2012
The free open event will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 6.30pm and will include a hog roast and live jazz band. Owned by Martin and Joyce Lomas with their son Joe and his wife Lizzy, Eye Kettleby Lakes has been running for over 20 years. The site is also supported by general manager Craig Oldham.
Set in 150 acres of countryside, the site has eight fishing lakes and accommodation also includes 12 luxury log cabins with private hot tubs. The brand new touring and camping site includes individual heated toilet and shower facilities, laundry and indoor washing up sinks and free wireless internet. The facility is also pet friendly and is open all year round.
Practical Caravan March 2012
Eyekettleby Lakes Touring Park is a member of the Tranquil Touring Parks network, meaning a high standard of facilities is guaranteed. Like all Tranquil Touring Park sites, it is an adult-only destination and enjoys a five-star grading courtesy of Visit Britain.
Three amenity blocks service the site. Two blocks, at opposite ends of the site, house eight private washrooms, while a third provides a large, fully equipped disabled suite and wash-up/laundry room. A log-built reception and clubhouse complete the set up.
This is Leicestershire March 2012
Melton will be given a tourism boost when a new touring caravan park opens on the outskirts of the town this week. Eye Kettleby Lakes Touring Park, which opens on Friday will have 59 luxury, adult-only touring pitches set in 150 acres of countryside. Already, about 100 visitors a week use the site’s 12 log cabins and seven fishing lakes. The park’s developers say a large number of them use the market town’s shops and restaurants and they expect that number to increase once the park is fully operational.
Out & About Live January 2012
Peter Rosenthal – Out & About Live – Reviews Eye Kettleby Lakes Touring & Camping park, which opens for business on March 30. The adults-only touring park has been awarded the maximum rating of five stars by Enjoy England and features 59 pitches surrounded by glorious rolling countryside. Set four miles to the south west of the pretty market town of Melton Mowbray, Eye Kettleby Lakes is set in 150-acres of land and was developed from farmland.
Total Coarse Fishing October 2011
Bob Nudd (Total Coarse Fishing Magazine) – Bob’s careful feeding strategy produces great results. A careful baiting strategy is needed for Bob Nudd when he visits a beautiful commercial fishery in the midlands. Available in the October issue of Total Coarse Fishing.
Daily Mail August 2009
Nicholas Roe of The Daily Mail writes about The best fishing holidays in the UK to get you hooked on the great outdoors.
Eye Kettleby Lakes appeared at the top of the review list.
This is Leicestershire August 2009
Director Joe Lomas said 60% of residents were tourists who had come to see the area’s main attractions, such as Belvoir Castle, Rutland Water and Twinlakes. He has also seen a surge in interest from honeymoon couples.
Leicester Mercury August 2008
The firm was set up by Lizzy and Joe Lomas with Joe’s parents, Joyce and Martin on a site near Melton. Their business is one of 15 from Leicestershire to make the regional finals of this year’s Enjoy England Excellence Awards.
Lizzy “We won a Silver Award” (October 2008)
Coarse Fisherman Magazine December 2007
The eight coarse lakes (including a specimen carp lake) and a 52-peg canal style match lake are a big draw for fishing holidaymakers. Lodge cabin guests have their own private lake as well as access to another seven lakes which are shared with day ticket holders. Read the Coarse Fisherman Review visit Coarse Fisherman Magazine for more discussion.