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

Wood, wood, glorious wood.

1 medium sized tree = more wood than we thought possible.

1 medium sized tree = more wood than we thought possible.

Two recurring themes at Seaside Lodge: water and wood.

Water, because the lodge is sat right on the edge of a lake and is just a lazy 80m amble from Anderby Creek beach, one of the UK’s best kept secret beaches (says AOL Travel).

Wood, because it’s everywhere.

A light-stealing Sycamore has come down (to be replaced with a bed of coastal grasses and shrubs). Leaving 4 enormous piles of timber to be chopped up and left to season for the log burner at Seaside Lodge. There’ll be no bingo wings for us this year.

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Also, on the wood theme, we put up some shelves made of scaffold boards and poles in the Lodge. And, we think they look really good.

Seaside Lodge's kitchen is simple and open plan, but with plenty of modern appliances.

Seaside Lodge’s kitchen is simple and open plan, but with plenty of modern appliances.

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Next up, is making good the original 1958 cedar cladding outside.

Definitely on countdown to launch now!

If you are interested in staying in:
a) A luxury bolthole, near a picturesque, dog-friendly beach
b) A romantic hideaway with lovely views of the lake, and plenty of luxe touches
c) A peaceful lakeside lodge, where you can finish the book/painting/commission/drink too much wine, light the log burner and stare at the lake

from June 2015, please drop us an email: info@boltholeproperties.com.

To enquire about staying in this 1950s lakeside hideaway from June 2015 (near one of Britain’s ‘best undiscovered beaches‘), drop us an email: info@boltholeproperties.com.

Before, during and (almost) after.

As we near the end of Seaside Lodge’s renovation, it’s fun to look back at some of the pictures we took when we first wielded a mallet.

We’ve nearly finished inside – another fortnight and it’ll be tip top. A perfect bolthole to relax and unwind in.

Now we’re finishing the exterior and garden. There’s painting, new cedar cladding, a dining/sitting deck over the lake, and the garden to landscape. With lots of coastal plants and grasses in soft yellows and blues.

So, although there’s still the finishes touches to complete, here are some before and (almost) after pics:

Privacy, restored.

Privacy, restored.

Both of the privies at Seaside Lodge are now a lot more private. There are two lovely bathrooms at Seaside Lodge, both with showers, one with a big, deep bath.

Let there be light

Let there be light

That pile of insulation is now in the walls, and the original 1950s window over the south is flooded with light. There’s a quiet sitting area up here, with heaps of good books, games and DVDs to while away a quiet afternoon not spent on the beach.

Goodbye, plastic accordion door.

Goodbye, plastic accordion door.

We’ll kind of miss that door. (No, we won’t)

A window to the west

A window to the west

Seaside Lodge’s kitchen is in the middle of the large open plan living space – 2 big sitting areas north and south and a dining/writing/study area to the east.

Now, a room with a view.

Now, a room with a view.

The master bedroom at Seaside Lodge now has another window, so you can wake up to the tranquil view over the lake. There’s an en-suite shower room too.

To enquire about staying in this 1950s lakeside hideaway from June 2015 (near one of Britain’s ‘best undiscovered beaches‘), 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!

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.

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.

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.

2 large skips and a broken vacuum cleaner

Most of the renovating dust and rubble is behind us – hurrah!

We’re moving into the next stage. Both bathrooms are going in, and the floor and wall tiles chosen. I’ve found a bathroom floor tile that looks just like the sand on the beach, which has made my week. Scrub that, month.

The temporary kitchen is now where the permanent one will be in the next month, albeit a little less appealing to the eye.

For a freezing mid-January, the lodge is lovely and toasty too!

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Fading light and al fresco sausages.

Fading afternoon light in the south facing what-will-be study area

Fading afternoon light in the south facing what-will-be study area

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Teatime bangers

November.

Things are really coming on. Although technically, that phrase is banned, along with “It’s coming together nicely”.

The view from the door, all plasterboarded and first fixed. Behind Jon will be a library/study area.

Clean walls, natural light.

All the rooms bar the big bathroom are now plaster boarded. The space looks much cleaner and more delineated. The picture above was taken from the front door. Behind Jon will be a small library/study area.

Looking North

Looking North over the lake.

This picture is looking north. The window at the end will be replaced with sliding glass doors, onto a deck, overlooking the lake. In the space between will be a simple kitchen and then a living area with log burner. I shall probably devote a whole future blog post to the log burner. It’s gorgeous.

The view through the soon-to-be glass doors

The view through the soon-to-be glass doors

On the picture above the lake is empty of geese, ducks or other water fowl. They are often on the lake throughout the day, congregating noisily, or just gliding along and then flying off again in unison. Watching them and figuring out their schedules is becoming a favourite pastime.

A very public convenience

A very public convenience

The blog wouldn’t be complete without a picture of the central bog. So, here it is.

Late afternoon over the lake

Late afternoon over the lake

Time to head back back West. Two pictures of the lake before we drive into the sunset.

Bird on a wire

Bird on a wire

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.

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.

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Rush hour, Anderby Creek 22/9/14