Entire home/apt

5 Guests

2 Bedrooms

4 Beds


Entire home/apt

5 Guests

2 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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About this listing

Our unusual timber house is set in a quiet wooded estate, a short distance from Huntingdon, next to Grafham Water nature reserve with its excellent walks, cycling paths, sailing, birdwatching and fishing.

The space

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.

The house has one double bedroom, one twin bedroom and another single bed on the open landing.

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 a double bed and a brand new, comfortable memory foam 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 pocket sprung mattresses. They can be clipped together to make a super-king.

The kitchen has an electric cooker with two ovens, a touch control ceramic hob, a microwave and a large fridge freezer.

The bathroom has a generous tub, a power shower with unlimited hot water, a beautiful cork floor, heated towel rail and washer/dryer.

There are wall-mounted electric heaters throughout the house.

Guest access

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.

Other things to note

SURROUNDING AREA

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.

WATERSPORTS

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.

ANGLING

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.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

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.

WILDLIFE AT WESTWOOD LODGE

The house is surrounded by trees and nature. The living room looks out across the verandah to a beautiful mix of native trees species and the main bedroom has an uninterupted view across the treetops. You can see and hear all sorts of birds that make their home in the trees, including some rare species. Rabbits and ducks are frequent visitors, as well as the occasional deer. Being so close to nature, and being a wooden house, some smaller creatures do make their way inside, particular spiders. There is a good chance you may come across one of our eight legged friends during your stay - whether a teeny money spider or a larger daddy long legs. If the thought of that upsets you, this house may not be for you. (Personally, I'm a big fan - spiders protect the house from flies and other more annoying insects.)


The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $13 / night after 4 guests
Security Deposit: $200
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price: $147 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM

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 take your shoes off inside the house.

Check-in is after 4pm and check-out is 12 noon. If you'd like to stay a bit later, let me know. If I don't have new guests arriving the same day, it may be possible.

I 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 me know straight away though if anything gets broken or damaged so I can get it fixed for whoever is staying next.

Thanks!


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Ross User Profile
April 2017
Zoe's cottage is a brilliant spot for a quiet, peaceful retreat in the countryside. A cozy place with wooded views. We had our young children and they enjoyed walks to Grafham water and playing in the grass lawn within the cottages area. Very clear communication and easy check in with the on-site key box - just what we expected. We'd love to go back again!

Oliver User Profile
April 2017
Lovely little break in great cabin for a getaway

Chloe User Profile
March 2017
Very cute and cosy lodge. Very peaceful and excellent for couples. Fully furnished, felt like living in a real house. Wifi worked perfectly. Beds were extremely comfy.

Stephen User Profile
January 2017
Cosy retreat set in woodlands away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with a couple of lovely country pubs just a short drive away.

Ahlam User Profile
December 2016
Zoe was a great host and our stay was very pleasant. I would definitely recommend staying at Zoe's place if you're looking for a quite , relaxing stay at a comfortable lodge with everything you need for a few days away.

Chelsea User Profile
December 2016
We were a family of 5 looking for a quiet pre christmas getaway and this cabin was so well equipped and communication was great with Zoe. Really enjoyable stay although there was a strong farm/manure smell outside which I guess was unavoidable! Otherwise, perfect.

Regan User Profile
December 2016
Very good

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Zoë User Profile

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.

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