Bathing Beauties at the Creek.

‘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 Bat at Anderby Creek.

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 cloud-bar-anderby-creek-b

The Round and Round House at Anderby Creek.

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.

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This year, the annual Bathing Beauties festival is held on 5-6th September. http://www.bathingbeautiesfestival.org/bathing-beauties.html

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Plant. Eat cake. Paint. Eat cake. Repeat as necessary.

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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: info@boltholeproperties.com

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The main bathroom is nearly finished

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The master bedroom is painted

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The en suite shower room at Seaside Lodge is complete – and fab.

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Top tip: bring kite strings to Anderby Creek beach.

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Walking down to the beach from the Round and Round House – a 360 hide to watch wildlife.

Hiding in the hide.

Hiding in the hide.

A walk through the dunes to 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 Fat Seagull’s platter is yummy.

Walkies! Lincolnshire dog-friendly beaches near Seaside Lodge.

Dog-friendly beaches in Lincolnshire

There are 2 dog-friendly beaches on the doorstep at Seaside Lodge. And, with 3 Blue Flag beaches nearby (Mablethorpe, Skegness and Sutton-on Sea), it’s no surprise that Lincolnshire’s sandy beaches are rated up there with the best in the world. Miles of sandy stretches edged by a shallow tide, make Lincolnshire’s beaches perfect for walking, birdwatching, picnicing, or just relaxing.
Anderby Creek Beach
The stunning, unspoilt beach is fully open to dogs  September-March (just clean up any dog doings!). During March-September, dogs are still allowed on the beach within a specific area.
Moggs Eye Beach
Just up the road (or beach), this beach is fully open to dogs all year round. It’s popular with dog walkers, as it’s never too busy.

If you’re interested in staying at Seaside Lodge, it’s worth noting that we’re happy to accept one small dog by arrangement.

For more info, or to enquire about booking Seaside Lodge for a short break or longer holiday, please drop us a line: info@boltholeproperties.com

Busy, busy, busy…

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, that he's wearing a party hat.

Steve’s so excited the renovation’s nearly done, he’s wearing a party hat.

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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

Colour me happy.

Fun times! Mood boards and colour palettes for Seaside Lodge

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 want to be like the guy in the picture.

When I grow up I’m going to be like the guy in the picture.

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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.

Wake up to this view.

Huttoft Car Terrace

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.