Scrubbed up nicely.

The main bathroom at Seaside Lodge

The main bathroom at Seaside Lodge

The main bathroom at Seaside Lodge is complete.

The forecast is warm, with continual showers and occasional deep baths.

Fluffy towels in abundance

Fluffy towels in abundance

Little luxe touches make all the difference

Little luxe touches make all the difference

If you’d like to stay in our newly renovated 1950s wooden lodge, on a lake and just 80m from a quiet, unspoilt beach, drop us an email at info@boltholeproperties.com

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Fair’s fair.

There’s something very English about tapping a barometer, even when it’s a French one. Every time I pass it, I tap it, but I have absolutely no idea why. Can anyone tell me?

The barometer is another 1950s touch at Seaside Lodge

The barometer is another 1950s touch at Seaside Lodge

Seaside Lodge is a 1950s wooden lakeside holiday lodge, just 80m from the glorious Anderby Creek beach – luxuriously renovated and available to let from June 2015. For more info, drop us an email at info@boltholeproperties.com

Ready for bed.

Bedroom 1 at Seaside Lodge is now officially complete!

Pictures of the en-suite shower room – and all the other rooms –  to follow over the next few days.

Available to let from 1 June 2015. For more info, drop us an email at info@boltholeproperties.com

Bedroom 1 at Seaside Lodge, has an en-suite shower room

Bedroom 1 at Seaside Lodge, has an en-suite shower room

Egyptian cotton bedding, Hypnos mattress and interior design touches

Egyptian cotton bedding, Hypnos mattress and interior design touches

Painted floorboards, Egyptian cotton bedding and a view over the lake.

Painted floorboards, Egyptian cotton bedding and a view over the lake.

This kitsch 1950s nautical lamp is just one of many original touches in Seaside Lodge

This kitsch 1950s nautical lamp is just one of many original touches in Seaside Lodge

You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off.

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.

Before pictures of Seaside Lodge

The old window over the lake, from the sales brochure

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How it looked, once the walls came down.

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Open ’til late.

A late night getting the doors fitted.

A late night getting the doors fitted.

Next morning at Anderby Creek. 50% more lake and sky.

Next morning at Anderby Creek. 50% more lake and sky.

“Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues”.

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.

Seaside Lodge, lazy Sunday morning II

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 III

Seaside Lodge, lazy Sunday morning IV

Seaside Lodge, lazy Sunday morning IV

Breakin’ Down the Walls of Heartache

Last weekend, we tootled off to Seaside Lodge again. The truck was much lighter than the previous weekend, but we did take a selection of wall-knocker-downer things, secateurs, more wine than strictly necessary for 2 for 1 night and thicker ganseys.

Here are some pics from the sales brochure of the front living room, a bedroom in the middle, and the back living room over the lake.

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Before pictures of Seaside Lodge

And here is what we (royal we – I was measuring/skiving) and Steve, who’s going to be helping us with the renovation, did. The whole of the west side is now opened up, so the 3 rooms above are now just one room. To eventually be a study area up south, kitchen/dining in the centre, log burner/lake action up north.

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The floor boards are in great condition!

Finally here’s a picture of rush hour at Anderby Creek 22/9/14.

Rush hour, Anderby Creek 22/9/14

Rush hour, Anderby Creek 22/9/14

A birthday, two airbeds, a spider and some champagne on the beach

The keys to Seaside Lodge - all 64 of them.

The keys to Seaside Lodge – all 64 of them.

We collected the keys to Seaside Lodge on Saturday morning. Back of the truck loaded to the gunnels with airbeds, chairs, tool kit and the desert island essentials – Marmite, foot file and my second best fit flops.

We unloaded the gubbins, then surveyed our new kingdom. It was the first time we’d been inside since we viewed it back in May.

Comically large spider in residence – tick. Smell approximating a fusion of boiled cabbage, wet newspapers and something I haven’t smelt since I helped mum deliver Meals on Wheels circa 1972 – tick.

Comedy spider at the lodge

Comedy spider at the lodge

So, here are the pics. Jon had started ripping things about before I got the chance to take pics of the lodge untouched. But let’s just say after 2 days we hadn’t found a screw or a piece of wood thicker than a greetings card. Thus far, it appears the lodge has been constructed of nails, balsawood and sticky back plastic. Lots of sticky back plastic.

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This original heater makes your lips stick to your teeth.

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The VIP suite with zip ‘n’ link luxury airbeds and complementary chisel.

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I’m going to miss that door when it’s gone. “Tonight, Matthew…”

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…Bit late for that isn’t it?

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Sunday was my birthday. So I sashayed around measuring things, then we went to the beach, drank champagne and dozed in the late summer sun. Daydreaming about log burners, tartan rugs and sitting on the deck by the lake. Well, I was.

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Huttoft Car terrace and a kite surfer.

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Getting going at Huttoft Car terrace

Birthday poo on the beach

Birthday poo on the beach

Footnote. People keep walking into our garden to view the lake. I found a man there at 6am. One word: fence.

Completion is just the start.

Hoorah! We completed on the purchase of the lodge today. Now to be aptly called ‘Seaside Lodge’.

We are now the proud owners of a 1959 large garden shed by a lake on the East Coast, a scant 2 minute amble from the beach. Un-modernised since Noah was a lad.

We’ll be blogging regularly, as we renovate the Vic Hallam lodge (also called an Anderby Chalet) and (hopefully) turn it into a restorative, creative bolthole for those of us who just need to get from it all from time to time. (If getting away from it all includes Malbec and a log burner).

Please follow us on our journey. Fun times and knackered manicures ahead!

Welcome to Anderby Creek

Welcome to Anderby Creek

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It’s going to look a little different in the next few months. The back of the lodge before renovation.

Seaside Lodge compass. Looking from the back garden.

Seaside Lodge compass

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The garden needs a bit of TLC

The view from the back of the lodge

The view from the back of the lodge #Nofilter

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Looking back from the beach – The Hamptons? No, Lincolnshire!

The beach at Anderby Creek

Looking over the dunes at the beach at Anderby Creek

The fields over the lake

The fields over the lake