Our Scandinavian lodges have been extremely popular since we began building them back in 2004. Our first was Eden and the popular design was soon followed up with Heligan and Pencarrow where we copied the footprint of Eden but divided the triple room into a twin and single to make spacious 4 bedroom properties with a single room ideal for a teenager, nanny or grandparent to join the party. Trebah and Trevarno are smaller Scandinavian lodges designed to replace our old riverside buildings and offer luxury for a family of 4. The popular play den refits in Honeysuckle and Willow cottages inspired us to change the design totally in these smaller lodges giving the whole of the upstairs to a giant playroom with all the living accommodation downstairs. This was also our first venture into super king 6 foot beds and despite the problems of sourcing linen for them I was convinced this was the right move. We are now committed to supersize comfy beds and playrooms in every refit and new build we do.
Our new builds always take advantage of the latest in building and design technology which has a tendency to highlight improvements we could make to our earlier properties. Farmer Nick is not just a farmer, throughout our 13 years at Coombe Mill he has developed his interest in DIY to the extent that he felt he could take on our latest refit himself.
During our January close down following much discussion between ourselves over the design together with considerable input from those of you who follow our Facebook page we came up with a genius plan to transform the upstairs space in Heligan.
The vast king size bedroom together with locked storage room with the boiler would be transformed into a good sized king size bedroom, capable of taking a super king bed in time, together with a link through toddler bedroom and separate playroom. The space really was more than adequate to do all of this.
I felt my heart was in my mouth as Nick began to peel up the carpet, saw holes into the upstairs corridor wall to make the playroom entrance and erect the timbers for the new walls. I know he is good at DIY and makes all our stair gates, garden furniture and the odd doorway but this was all on a far grander scale and there was always the worry of “what if” something went horribly wrong and things weren’t ready for our 2015 guests to arrive.
Of course I shouldn’t have worried, he took it all in his stride and the finished result looks every bit as professional as the work of North Coast Log Cabins, the trusted local company who builds our lodges.
The toddler bedroom has a new pirate low level toddler bed and a stable style door which can be left part open for a sense of security and comfort for a little one into Mummy and Daddy’s bedroom. It is also right by the en-suite bathroom which is handy for those night time toilet calls.
Although smaller, the master bedroom actually feels spacious with the new layout and more usable space. Nick’s finish on the partition wall to the playroom looks like it has always been there.
Next door and accessed via the corridor and not through the bedroom is the playroom. It has its own open door way with a stair gate so the children can easily be heard and feel a part of life in the rest of the open plan living area while enjoying their own safe space. Filling it with toys is my job and always the fun part!
If you are looking to book with us this year and have a party size of 8 including a toddler this is a serious contender for your family holiday. Depending on the feedback we have this year we plan to make the same changes in time to Pencarrow and Eden.
My testing panel certainly gave the finished playroom a big thumbs up!
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