Now it’s been some time since I’ve written a post in this series, but searching for a UK holiday home doesn’t stop in the autumn and winter months. In fact many of us go away at the autumn half term and Christmas holidays so it’s the perfect time to hunt out your next little gem.
You may remember I wrote of whole host of posts to help you find your perfect holiday home, and as they were quite popular, I wanted to show you one that’s ideal for the cooler months.
Welcome to Mount Hooley Lodge in Alston, Cumbria.
If you’ve read this series before you’ll know how much I love a rural holiday home in the UK. Living in the city I find a holiday break so much more enjoyable when there’s oodles of space and fresh air. Funnily enough the children have grown to appreciate it too (as long as they have wifi of course!)
Mount Hooley Lodge is located on a working upland hill farm, 1200 feet above sea level, on the moor above Alston, which is the highest market town in England. Honestly this sounds like my dream destination!
This region is known as England’s last wilderness with fantastic walks along unspoilt nature trails with an abundance of wildlife to observe along the way.
The inspiration for the Canadian style lodge has been taken from the farm and surrounding countryside, then implemented with love and painstaking care and attention.
This is not a standard holiday cottage. Constructed from huge 12 inch interlocking logs, the gaps in between have been carefully filled with wool gathered from the farm, creating the most amazing and natural insulation.
The roof, as you can see is covered with grass, another great insulator and coupled with hot water and heating provided but an under-ground heat pump, creates an innovative, eco-friendly building; the most unique of properties.
Mount Hooley Lodge sleeps 8 over 4 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and an open plan living area, plus bifold doors and a fabulous hot tub.
All bedrooms have either double or king sized beds, where the latter can be made into twins. The same flooring runs through the property and provides under floor heating too.
The interior is minimal yet cosy and rustic; perfectly in keeping with the style of the home.
All mod cons are covered and this open plan living area is just fabulous. Packed with comfy leather sofas, a log burning stove provides the heat for cosy winter evenings, yet in the warmer months the bifold doors open completely to reveal the most stunning of views. It really doesn’t get much better than this.
Accessories take inspiration from the surrounding countryside with tweed and feather pheasant lampshades plus a central pendant light made from deer antlers.
I particularly love how the kitchen area looks sleek and contemporary yet not out of place in this rustic style. Wooden bar stools and a dining set help tie the decor together and the neutral colours work easily on the eye with the log walls.
The kitchen comes fully equipped and even a utility area provides laundry facilities during your stay. Ideal when you travel with children.
Everyone loves a hot tub on their holidays; it’s the best treat when you’re away! The lodge has a beautiful example out on the decking where you can sit during the evenings and gaze up at the stars. The outside area also has a sofa and dining area to help you really make the most of those view.
Other facilities and services include Wifi, a fire pit, starter logs for the fire and a travel cot and high chair. You can even take your pet!
I think you’ll agree this really is a fantastic example of a unique, well-loved and beautifully designed holiday home. It seems it’s popular for weekend breaks, so at the time of writing there is opportunity for discount midweek stays if you fancy a quick getaway.
Pricing seems to fall around £1000 for low season and just under £2000 for high season.
If you want to find out more, and make a booking for Mount Hooley Lodge, click HERE
And do hunt around the Northumbria Byways website for more gorgeous properties like this one.
Happy Holidays everyone!
All images courtesy of Northumbria Byways