About this listing
Our unusual timber house is set in a quiet wooded estate, a short distance from Huntingdon, next to Grafham Water with its excellent walks, cycling paths, sailing, birdwatching and fishing.
The two story house is one of twenty modern wooden cabins set within trees and landscaping on a private estate near the village of Grafham, next to Grafham Water.
It has one double bedroom, one twin bedroom and another single bed on the open landing. There is also a spare futon mattress to sleep one more, but by arrangement only.
The main living space is on the ground-floor: an open-plan sitting room, kitchen and dining room, with south-facing glass doors that open out onto a large raised verandah.
The sunny main bedroom, with double bed and mattress, is on the first floor. It's reached through the open landing, where there is another sleeping area.
The stairs are fairly narrow, so not suitable for the less mobile.
The second bedroom has two single beds with new mattresses. They can be clipped together to make s super-king.
The kitchen has an electric cooker, touch control ceramic hob, microwave and large fridge freezer.
The bathroom has a generous tub, power shower, beautiful cork floor, heated towel rail and washer/dryer.
There are wall-mounted electric heaters throughout the house.
Guests will have sole use of the cabin.
There is one parking space directly behind the house, and further guest parking at the entrance to the site.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
To get the most out of your stay, it's advisable to have a car.
The closest villages are Grafham, Ellington (for the local pub) and Perry, for sailing and other activities at Grafham Water Center and for Anglian's fishing lodge. The nearest large town is Huntingdon, a fifteen to twenty minute drive away.
Cambridge is about a forty five minute drive away.
Grafham is a one and half to two hour drive from London along the A1, and about an hour from both Luton and Stansted airports.
There is a large cycle hire shop at the Grafham Water Visitors' Centre, within walking distance of the house.
The nearest railway station is Huntingdon. Trains run frequently from London's Kings Cross.
Other Things to Note
From Westwood Lodge it's a short walk down the lane or across fields to Grafham Water. You can walk right round the reservoir, though be aware it can get busy with cyclists and dog walkers at the weekend.
Turn right outside Westwood Lodge and you soon reach woods, thick with bluebells in the spring.
Grafham Water is one of the best birding sites in the country and the first of a series of bird hides is about a half hour walk from the house. Serious hikers may want to keep walking round the water to reach the hides on the other side close to Perry. For a less strenuous option, you can drive and park in the pay and display car park.
A designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, Grafham Water is a wetland habitat, where over 120 species are recorded each year, including rare birds such as the Grey Phalarope and the occasional Great Northern Diver. It's home to flocks of wintering water birds, significant numbers of Coot, Tufted Duck and Great Crested Grebe, and other winter visitors such as Pochard, Goldeneye, Goosander, Smew and Widgeon. There are five bird hides around the reservoir.
Several ponds are home to dragonflies and Great Crested Newts. Two ancient woods, Littless and Savages Spinney have Bluebells, Nuthatches, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Glow Worms. The grasslands contain orchids and several species of butterfly.
Grafham Water is also one of the country's best inland sailing facilities and the Grafham Water Centre offers courses in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and power-boating. Archery and climbing is also on offer, as well as occasional jazz and quilting weekends.
Anglian Water issues permits for fishing and offers boat rental on Grafham Water. Trout fishing begins March 8th. Fly fishing courses run from March through to October. There are also Pike and Zander in Grafham Water.
For more things to do in the area, including historic sites, restaurants and children's activities take a look at our guidebook - link top right.
Please no smoking in the house. And please no candles.
No more than five people staying, except by arrangement.
No pets, except by arrangement.
Please leave wet and muddy boots and clothes outside.
Check-in is after 3pm and check-out is 12 noon. If you'd like to stay a bit later, let me know. If we don't have new guests arriving the same day, it may be possible.
We ask for a deposit against major damage but promise to take a fair and reasonable approach to any minor damage, wear and tear or other understandable issue. Do please let us know straight away though if anything gets broken or damaged so we can get it fixed for whoever is staying next.
About the Host, Zoë
Hi, I'm Zoe, I've lived around this part of North London most of my life, apart from three recent years in New York where I was a serial subletter. I understand about staying in other people's homes and what makes for a good experience. Since I've been back, I've fallen in love again with my home town and will happily pass on tips about London and its treasures.