Seaside Lodge has one of the last remaining original 1950s window at the front.
There’s been a lot of window action at Seaside Lodge over the last few days.
We still have the outside to renovate and paint, and the garden to plant and fence, but inside the transformation is moving really quickly now. (Just as well, our first guests are booked in May!)
The frosted effect being fitted to the the south facing 1950s window.
First to get the treatment was the big window over the front of the lodge. It’s south facing and wonderfully warm and bright, but the etch-effect helps diffuse really stark light, and the Seaside Lodge design fits perfectly into the top left window in the pic above. Many thanks to Mark and Michelle (and Mia and Marni) from brilliant sign designers and manufacturers De-signage for coming over and fitting it. We all went for out for fish and chips afterwards too (any excuse for chips…mmm, chips).
No more sheets across windows at Seaside Lodge.
Just one more window to go, then Seaside Lodge will be officially curtained-up. There will be a ceremonial burning of the old ones!
To enquire about staying in our 1950s lakeside hideaway (near one of Britain’s ‘best undiscovered beaches‘), drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Goodbye old curtains!
‘Bathing Beauties’ was launched to promote this lovely, almost forgotten, stretch of Lincolnshire coastline with an international competition for artists, architects and designers to ‘Re-imagine the Beach Hut for the 21st Century’. 240 incredible design structures from over 15 countries were submitted. Anderby Creek is home to 2 ‘Bathing Beauties’ – the Round and Round House and the Cloud Bar.
The Cloud Bar at Anderby Creek.
The UK’s first permanent cloud watching outpost, designed by Michael Trainor. A unique larch, acrylic and concrete construction, featuring a cloud-spotting menu, specially designed cloud-viewing seating and self-operating parabolic cloud-mirrors to magic the sky down to the earth.
Recognised as the world’s first ‘Official Cloud Spotting Area’ by The Cloud Appreciation Society
The Round and Round House at Anderby Creek.
This small building was designed by Kingston and Weber of Soma Design and chosen in the Bathing Beauties competition because it’s ideal for bird-watching. Constructed from curved laminated plywood. Positioned in the dunes 350m south of the beach entrance, up a narrow wooden boardwalk and steps.
This year, the annual Bathing Beauties festival is held on 5-6th September. http://www.bathingbeautiesfestival.org/bathing-beauties.html
Blinds up in the master bedroom -lovely to open them first thing and watch the birds on the lake.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been steadily chipping away at the remaining renovation projects on Seaside Lodge, and we can see the finishing line in our sights. Visits from a 2 holiday home professionals have been informative and helpful, and both of them said the lodge is going to be at the top end of a four star property, which is lovely to hear.
We got a lot done over the last few days, and managed to have some serious beach time too.
1 lattice willow hedge planted
1 weeping willow by the lake planted
2 sea buckthorns planted
1 bay tree planted
2 garden bird boxes installed
3 blinds put up
3 door frames painted
4 cupboards fitted out and undercoated
Ensuite shower room completed
1 wall painted
10 cakes eaten (we needed the energy).
Everything is on-stream for lettings to commence in May – we’ve even got our first 4 bookings! The website is underway and should be up in three weeks. To enquire about staying in Seaside Lodge please drop us an email: email@example.com
The main bathroom is nearly finished
The master bedroom is painted
The en suite shower room at Seaside Lodge is complete – and fab.
Top tip: bring kite strings to Anderby Creek beach.
Walking down to the beach from the Round and Round House – a 360 hide to watch wildlife.
Hiding in the hide.
A walk through the dunes to the hide.
After all that fresh air we needed non-cake sustenance. The platter at The Fat Seagull up the road was delicious.
The Fat Seagull’s platter is yummy.
The pace has stepped up several notches now. Noticeable not least because we keep running out of teabags.
We’ve got a great team of people helping us with Seaside Lodge – big thanks especially to Steve, who has been with us from the off, and has braved the cold before the insulation went in!
Steve’s so excited the renovation’s nearly done, he’s wearing a party hat.
Finally, the french doors go in. At the moment the deck overlooking the lake is a makeshift construction with 3 pallets, but even so, the view is knockout.
The old window over the lake, from the sales brochure
How it looked, once the walls came down.
Open ’til late.
A late night getting the doors fitted.
Next morning at Anderby Creek. 50% more lake and sky.
Words are bit superfluous here. Pictures taken on the beach, with an iPhone, at Anderby Creek 2 days ago. Sky and light were utterly breathtaking. And, the beach was empty.
Deserted beach and a blue, blue sky.
Looking South toward the outfall on a sunny February afternoon on Anderby Creek beach
The photogenic beach houses at Anderby Creek
Susanne adding a bit of colour contrast up in the Cloud Bar.
The clouds on Anderby Creek beach can be nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Anderby Creek Cloud Bar mirror
A lot to do at Seaside Lodge this morning – painting, pruning, sanding and waxing (furniture, cheeky!), but the sky is blue and it’s very hard to believe it’s mid-February.
So, we’re going to have another coffee and stare out at the lake some more.
Like Franz Kafka said: “Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues”.
Splash of milk in my coffee please.
Seaside Lodge, lazy Sunday morning.
Seaside Lodge, lazy Sunday morning II
“We can’t sit around staring at the lake and drinking coffee all day”.
So we walked to the beach instead.
By the way, all these pics were taken on the morning of 15th February 2015 – it got cooler later, but the beach was as warm as the end of April.
We did get quite a lot done on the lodge later, I sanded and waxed an Ercol chair and Jon painted a floor, but it was one heck of a way to start the day.
Seaside Lodge, lazy Sunday morning III
Seaside Lodge, lazy Sunday morning IV
Fun times! Mood boards and colour palettes for Seaside Lodge
All the fabrics and colours are sorted. Creams, neutrals and some dusty blues. Colours chosen from the Lincolnshire skies, water and fields, with a dash of retro 1950s to boot. Undercoat is going on the new plaster, and early reports are ‘wow, this works’.
On the lake side of the lodge, the log burner sits unwrapped, just waiting for its flue, a limestone hearth and a couple of installers.
When I grow up I’m going to be like the guy in the picture.
Close Encounters. Of the lodge kind.
One of the last pictures of the lodge without the new doors, which will open onto a deck and lawn overlooking the lake.
Wake up to this view.
Huttoft Car Terrace
2 miles down the road to Sutton is another beach, Huffoft Car Terrace, it’s a great spot for eating fish and chips and watching the sky.
October disappeared under a pile of insulation boards.
All but 2 of the internal walls came down, and the new ones went up. Temporarily, the loo stays put, right in the middle of the lodge in the door way to what is now (or shortly will be) the main bedroom. This is fine for the chaps, they don’t object to public peeing, but not ideal for the rest of us. Sitting on the loo affords a near-panoramic view, with windows on 3 sides. My tea drinking habit vanishes at the seaside.
There’s a lovely view on the other side of all that insulation.
Goodbye, old bathroom.
The old walls are down and the new ones go up
The Presidential suite boasts en suite facilities and flat screen telly
We can’t see the trees for the wood.
The lodge stripped out, these are our temporary facilities:
Delightfully quirky unfitted kitchen
Jonno’s special ‘turny tap’
Minimalist, exhibitionist toilet
Then, something happens…
The internet comes to Seaside Lodge
Seaside Lodge boasts state of the art technology, as can be seen in this picture of ‘technology corner’
Finally, for October, here’s a picture on Anderby Creek beach late one afternoon. Less than 100m away, and lovely.
Anderby Creek beach, late afternoon, October.