Redewater Lakeside Lodges are located in West Woodburn, a small hamlet on the A68 around 12 miles from Hexham, the nearest large town.
The owners have taken the time to research what a demanding clientele want from something different in terms of self-catering accommodation, and while the term ‘luxury’ is far too often bandied about, in this case, it’s a well-deserved accolade.
The three lodges which originate from a Scandinavian manufacturer are solid homes and exceptionally well built/designed and set on one side of a privately stocked brown trout loch. The bedrooms are located on the first floor, which due to the lodges position on a slope are accessed from the private car parking space at the front door. Downstairs on the lower ground level is where you will find the main open plan living area, a well set out kitchen/dining area, and off the living room the space occupied by a pool table.
Everywhere you look there is wood, then that’s part of the attraction of a log cabin, is it not? The double French doors in the living room lead out to a decked area which curves around the building, allowing the owners to locate an outdoor experience with tables, chairs, recliners, and the pièce de résistance, the hot tub tucked away in a corner and hidden from view with an original stone wall. And not to be concerned with any chance of hypothermia in our delightful summer temperatures, as the lodges are stocked with dressing gowns and slippers.
The owners have left nothing to chance here, and no expense has been spared in the fittings and furnishings. Leather settees, solid oak dining furniture, flat screen TVs with DVD players, satellite TV, free wifi to name but a few.
The kitchen has everything you could possibly want, toaster, coffee maker, dishwasher, microwave, toasted sandwich maker, probably more utensils, pots and pans than the average hotel kitchen has, a fridge, freezer, in fact, it’s better than my own!
Upstairs are two king size bedrooms with plenty of furniture, both hanging and flat storage, another flat screen TV, access to a luxurious en-suite, with corner rain effect shower cabinet, a bath, heated towel rail and washbasin with storage. The lodges even have a selection of complimentary toiletries and more towels than you could shake a stick at. There is also a sliding door to an outside balcony with Romeo and Juliet chairs to sit and enjoy the sunsets over the loch.
On this upper level, you will also find the laundry room, which, like the kitchen, is fully equipped and, another little gem – the sauna!
If it’s the true definition of luxury you’re looking for – then look no further, you’ve just found it here at Redewater.
Fishing is free but is a fly only water, and for those that haven’t tried this fun sport, the lodges have a gillie/instructor in the guise of Allan Gray who will guide you through the delicate art of fly fishing and will provide the necessary kit. Further information is available through the lodge’s website.
I’ve been here on three occasions now with my disabled son and found the owners to be extremely friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in making sure that their guests get the best out of their experience at this location. And this is evident with the welcome pack you will find in the kitchen on arrival, consisting of, eggs, butter, bread, orange juice, milk, coffee, tea, sugar, biscuits and even a bottle of Prosecco.
It’s the small touches like this that set Redewater apart from the rest, who can only aspire to make that same grade.
On the negative front, and I hope these will be treated as constructive criticism, is the fact that the Venetian blinds in the bedrooms let in the light as soon as dawn breaks, therefore I was up at 6am. Perhaps some blackout blinds would make for a longer lie-in for guests. However, this didn’t detract from one of the best breaks you will take in the scenic surroundings of a beautiful location.
If you’re lucky you might even meet some of our visitors; the Canadian geese, swan, kingfisher, coots and moorhens.