When Fred and Margaret Robinson saw Claylands Farm - now a caravan and holiday home park destination off the A6 at Cabus, they fell in love all over again...this time with the magnificently located farm which boasts riverside views of the local Bowland fells.
They thought - rightly - they could make their home here. But they were not, at that stage planning to share this prime spot with thousands of paying visitors.
But the visitors soon arrived. It turned out the farm was a popular pitch for discerning visitors. Fred and Margaret, now, 80 and 75, created a successful business, turning Claylands into a holiday destination. They opened a clubhouse in the ground floor of their home and raised their family of five. But in 1990 it was time for change again - they decided to build a conservatory extension with panoramic views of Nicky Nook and moved their living quarters upstairs, where new accommodation was created. Fred explained: “We had to give up our house and turn our home into the lounge bar.”
This week they celebrated a significant anniversary - a quarter of a century of service at their popular eatery, the Stepping Stones Riverside Bar and Restaurant, adjacent to the Weavers Lane park, which is now open to the general public too.
Fred recalled: “We fell in love with it (the farm) and decided to get married and come and live here. We could only afford four days of honeymoon. When we came back there was a car and a tent on the front lawn. They had stayed years before, then one caravan and another arrived and another ....”
They applied for a site license in 1960 and developed Claylands Park. Fred added: ”We decided to give a lot of people a lot of pleasure and share Claylands with them. We have shared it with our customers - it’s a lovely spot.”
A special party, complete with hog roast and bouncy castle for customers, was held last Saturday to mark the milestone moment.
The business is still family run, with son Alan and son in law Andrew at the helm.