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Uber-stylish lakeside holiday lodges open in rural Cambridgeshire

News - 23/10/19

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Luxury Norwegian Log cabins where you can relax in nature under the stars

A luxury lakeside leisure development, aimed at the booming staycation market, has opened near Gamlingay in south Cambridgeshire. Boasting three bespoke lodges built by Norwegian Log, Cambridgeshire Lakes promises a get-away-from-it-all location with 21st century comforts.

With hot tubs with gorgeous countryside views, lavish interiors in three spacious log cabins and a tranquil waterside setting with wild swimming, the new development is sure to be a big hit with visitors wanting weekends away, as well as those after a relaxing, longer break.

Owned by the Alexander family, Cambridgeshire Lakes sits on rolling farmland once held by the Downing family, famed for building Downing Street in London and the founding of Downing College in Cambridge. The seven-acre development is the farm diversification-brainchild of 30-year-old Charlie Alexander, working alongside luxury log cabin company Norwegian Log.

Charlie said: “Within two hours you can reach lots of cities by car from here, so it’s perfectly situated. We’re confident we can easily tap into the luxury staycation market and corporate events.”

Natural springs on the land were used to create the lake as the eye-catching focus for the small development. Charlie then teamed up with Norwegian Log’s design team to create a bespoke look and layout for the three new high-end lodges. Construction started on site in March and by May the build was complete. “I had done a lot of research on log cabins. Norwegian Log was competitive on price and offered the high quality product that I wanted,” Charlie said. “I also wanted to flex the building to suit the landscape, so slightly lower windows to give a better view of the lake and a larger, open-plan living and kitchen space. Norwegian Log was very happy to help me with that.”

Nick Forrester, director at Norwegian Log, said: “From the outset, Charlie wanted to create a premium holiday development and opting for our high quality log cabins, he’s achieved this. The quality of the fit-out is excellent and perfect for his target market.”

Finished to an exceptionally high standard, each lodge has two super-king bedrooms with en-suite bath and shower rooms. An open plan living area with log burner also houses a high-spec kitchen. Outside, each lodge has a private hot tub and panoramic views from the spacious decking area. Guests can also enjoy wild swimming in the clear lake, which is strikingly blue thanks to the local blue clay soil.

The lodges are open now for bookings. “The high quality wood gives that luxury look and really makes you feel like you are on holiday, like a traditional ski chalet, but with wonderful views of the rolling Cambridgeshire countryside,” said Charlie.

It's warm and it's cosy; it's solid and it's quiet. The fragrance of pine reminds you of Scandinavian forests and summer evenings. Your imagination starts to take you places. You imagine a wood burner, perhaps a desk or why not just some space to think?

Our show home is 31 years old, yet customers still say it looks and feels brand new. That's the quality of our workmanship and the materials. When you step into a Norwegian Log building you're stepping into a feeling and just like our buildings it's one that will last.

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