Tingdene’s Warreners lodge has the ingredients of a superb country retreat, with the character and warmth to match.
A firm favourite in the Tingdene range already, the Warreners now has an interior in a barn style, with exposed beams and rafters, double glazed windows to ceiling height, and a luxury open plan living area. The model reviewed here has two bedrooms and two en-suites.
The interior design is based on natural earthy colours to complement the barn look. As a result the lodge feels rustic in a cosy and traditional National Geographic style. However, on closer inspection this lodge reveals a pretty high specification, the latest in kitchen designs and gadgetry, and lots of clever little characterful quirks and design touches.
So whilst full of charm and character, this lodge is also bang up to date.
The Warreners’ external features cut a lovely dash, with Thermowood exterior finish, a high pitched, tiled roof with large overhang and double glazed oak windows. The entrance is to one side with an apex above. The glazed triple panel front door has a strip to one side and a window above, letting plenty of light into the entrance hall. The front elevation is fully glazed and opens the lodge up – a major advantage for a park location with a great view.
Warreners hallways, lobby and WC
Upon entering you immediately sense that the lodge is special. The entrance lobby has a pitched ceiling and lantern style drop light, wood panelling and fully tiled walls. This leads to a galley style utility lobby with a pitched ceiling inset with spotlights.
The room comes with a washing machine, stainless steel sink and drainer. Full height oak units house the boiler and can accommodate a hoover or ironing board. A clever seating area means that this can also act as a boot room.
Further into the lodge the hallway opens up to the large living area on the left. A further corridor leads off to the right towards the sleeping and bathing areas. Pitched ceilings throughout make a big difference here, making the lodge feel large and lofty.
The Warreners kitchen
This is an aesthetically-pleasing space, spacious, light and airy. The design theme is ‘warm and cosy’, with oak beams and ceiling in various hues of wood, all peppered with black stainless steel and deep crimson touches.
The lodge feels huge, and the clever use of light is anchored by solid materials. There are full-length windows to the front and sides of the lodge. Velux windows in the kitchen and dining areas ensure that gloomy days will never happen in this space.
The beautiful oak kitchen area is defined by the wooden-strip-style flooring, and it’s well equipped with five burner hob, oven and extractor hood in brushed stainless steel. There’s also an integrated microwave, integrated dishwasher and large American style fridge//freezer.
The room has good storage, and the kitchen island feature works well here, with bar stools in black leather, and storage underneath. Overhead are two pendulum drop lights accompanied elsewhere in the room by inset spotlights.
A modern stainless steel vertical feature radiator sits to the left of the fridge freezer, with two more either side of a display alcove to the left of the seating area. This lodge will always be cosy. The alcoves also illustrate the subtle design features that add interest and visual appeal to this well-designed lodge.
Lounge and diner
Full height windows let light flood in either side of the chimney breast, emphasizing the size of the floor plan. Two huge double sofas and a single armchair are arranged for socialising, with the TV and fireplace acting as a focal point.
Feature shelving sits either side of the chimney breast feature, and to the front, there’s an inset spot for entertainments and audio visual gadgetry. The wood burner-style fire and coffee table finish the room off.
The dining area suits family living, with four chairs and a bench accomodating up to seven people. The front of the lodge is fully glazed, with two sets of French doors and windows above. With decking this lodge will feel even larger, maximising outdoor space and making the most of any available park views.
Warreners master bedroom with en-suite bath and shower room .
The rustic country feel continues in the bedrooms, where beautiful soft furnishings make everyone feel at home. Three quarter height wood panelling sits along the bedhead wall, serving as a headboard. Full height windows and a vaulted ceiling add to the feeling of space.
There is a walk-through wardrobe with rails, under-shelf lighting and storage space on either side. Keep walking and you’ll find yourself in a pretty en-suite shower room, with spacious double waterfall shower. This room is fully tiled in a slate tile finish and cleverly lit.
Overhead lighting is sited above the sink and vanity unit, and light also floods in through a double window. A traditional half-height radiator sits on the wall, with a warming rail above for drying towels – all extremely practical but also rather swish.
Second bedroom with en-suite shower room
The second bedroom is as spacious as the first and they could easily switch. The storage in this room comes from built-in wardrobes, and there are two stable-style headboards for single beds.
There’s a large en-suite shower room here with a curved corner shower and waterfall fitment, with mosaic tiling. A full height modern radiator adds a further touch of luxury, so all mod cons are to hand.
Where twin beds are installed I always check out if there’s room for a hoover to get round safely. I’m pleased to report that this room came up trumps in the accessibility stakes, also useful for bed-making!
This is a beautiful lodge, based on a tried and tested formula but with a new twist that buyers are bound to love. This country retreat would grace any park, and is the sort of lodge that buyers fall in love with on the spot.
It’s easy to feel at home in such a relaxed yet luxurious vibe. Its solid feel with light flooding in makes it a cheery environment. We think Tingdene have got it right with this one. In an age where there’s so much movement towards the contemporary, this plays to more traditional tastes.
Yet there’s plenty packed in to get excited about. Tingdene have thought hard about what lodge owners will really enjoy with the Warreners, and that’s bound to pay off.
Size: The layout shown here is 45 x 20, although there’s a 48 x 20 layout available to view on the website, along with a video tour. The layouts are quite different, although they incorporate many of the same elements, and the plan can be adapted to other dimensions.
- Barn styling with exposed beams and rafters
- Vaulted ceiling to lounge/kitchen/diner
- Oak style kitchen
- Kitchen Island feature with bar stools
- American style fridge/freezer
- Practical and pretty utility room near entrance
For more information:
Tingdene Homes Ltd
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