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

Granny blankets, scaffold poles and sailing ships.

Some recent pictures of progress on Seaside Lodge’s renovation.

We’ve got our first 4 bookings (yay!), and are getting very excited about reaching the finishing line. We’ve had some fantastic feedback from visitors, and several people coming for a look around on spec.

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.

The open plan sitting room has large doors opening onto a deck over the fishing lake.

The open plan sitting room has large doors opening onto a deck over the fishing lake.

The open plan living area has two sitting areas, one by the lake and log burner, the other in a quiet study space

The open plan living area has two sitting areas, one by the lake and log burner, the other in a quiet study space (ignore the tree clippings, they’re toast!)

Soon-to-be-organised library and study area by the original 1958 south facing window

Soon-to-be-organised library and study area by the original 1958 south facing window

Steering into harbour. Me hearties.

Kitch + 1950s + nautical!

Kitch + 1950s + nautical.

We’re feverishly opening boxes at Seaside Lodge, unpacking all the pieces we’ve been collecting from the four corners (of the UK) to give the lodge a special lodge-y-1950s-slightly-Scandi-a-tad-nautical-English-seaside-creative feel. It’s exciting, we forgot we had stalked and hunted down some of these treasures.

A post about the finishes touches shortly – when we finally get to the bottom of all the bubble wrap.

Renovation-wise, we’re nearly done inside. Some final painting, kitchen door fronts and scaffold shelving to complete. Here are some pics from the last week. Happy to report the lodge definitely looks more like a messy home than a building site. There’s progress for you.

Now, on to the garden. The planting is underway. We start building the deck over the lake in a week or so.

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Technically, a stag isn’t a seaside animal. But this one is wooden. So it’s allowed.

The bedrooms are finished. Yay!

Lousy shot, great view at sunset. Don't let the photographer near the Rosé.

Lousy shot, great view at sunset. In future, we won’t let the photographer near the rosé.

The main living area is getting there!

Kitchen wall - bear with us, it's going to look great.

Kitchen wall – bear with, it’s going to look great.

Stop press: duck egg 1950s tiles now on kitchen wall.

Waking up to the view of the lake - bliss.

Waking up to the view of the lake – bliss.

No matter what time you open the blinds, Colin the Moorhen will be doggedly swimming across the lake. And back again.

The first picture is up.

The first print is up – Ground Swell by Edward Hopper. A present from our pal Mandy.

There are many more paintings and prints to follow.

Seaside Lodge's personalised postbox.

Seaside Lodge’s personalised postbox.

Totally unnecessary postbox, but kind of sweet.

Love chilly evenings at Seaside Lodge.

Love chilly evenings at Seaside Lodge.

You too will come to love a cold snap. It’s an excuse to light the log burner and snuggle down for the evening.

To enquire about staying in our 1950s lakeside hideaway (near one of Britain’s ‘best undiscovered beaches‘), please drop us an email: info@boltholeproperties.com

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Seaside Lodge has one of the last remaining original 1950s window at the front.

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.

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.

No more sheets across windows at Seaside Lodge.

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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: info@boltholeproperties.com

Goodbye old curtains!

Goodbye old curtains!

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

Your totally beaching holiday (retro style).

I’ve come across some lovely old images of Anderby Creek. I thought you may find it interesting if I group them together and post a batch from time to time. So, here’s no.1 – Anderby Creek’s lovely beach. Although the landscape has changed little over the last 8 decades, the amount of people on it has. I’ll start with a picture I took one sunny Sunday last September. Me and the fisherman were the only people on the beach. It’s easy to see why it has been voted one of Britain’s best undiscovered beaches. Bliss.

Voted one of Britain's best undiscovered beaches

Voted one of Britain’s best undiscovered beaches

The beach at Anderby Creek pre-1953

The beach at Anderby Creek pre-1953

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Hard to date this picture of Anderby Creek beach – any guesses?

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Anderby Creek beach, late 50s-early 60s (looking at the clothing and donkeys!)

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Anderby Creek beach…I’m guessing sometime in the 1950s

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The beach at Anderby Creek, late 40s/early 50s. At first I thought later, but those high waist trousers tell their own story. Unless it’s Simon Cowell’s dad.

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I think this is one of the earliest Anderby Creek beach pics here – probably 1930s.

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Donkeys! Tank tops! Hair grips like her off Follyfoot! This Anderby Creek beach pic is late 1960s-early 1970s, I reckon.

Seaside Lodge was built in 1959. I wonder if the first owners used their knitting machine to craft cossies like these little beauties?

1959 knitting pattern

1959 knitting pattern

2,000 screws and a lot of insulation.

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.

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There’s a lovely view on the other side of all that insulation.

Goodbye, old bathroom.

Goodbye, old bathroom.

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The old walls are down and the new ones go up

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The Presidential suite boasts en suite facilities and flat screen telly

We can't see the trees for the wood.

We can’t see the trees for the wood.

The lodge stripped out, these are our temporary facilities:

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Delightfully quirky unfitted kitchen

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Jonno’s special ‘turny tap’

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Minimalist, exhibitionist toilet

Then, something happens…

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The internet comes to Seaside Lodge

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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.

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Anderby Creek beach, late afternoon, October.