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Bella Brodie reviews the Prestige Homeseeker’s Dovecote – a lodge designed to deliver a truly relaxing holiday experience!
When choosing an investment or fleet lodge for rental, it’s important to find something with a bit of in-built wow factor. The Dovecote is a model designed for exactly that with an area within the main footprint set aside specifically for a sunken hot tub, making it particularly appealing to holidaymakers.
As perfect for lovebirds to enjoy for a weekend away, or for friends and family to enjoy a sociable holiday in, the Dovecote is a flexible model in terms of its potential target market. It would also suit those looking to purchase a lodge exclusively for their own use just as easily.
This is undoubtedly an unusual layout, but it works brilliantly. A side entrance leads to an entrance hall, then through to the main living area, which incorporates the kitchen, lounge and dining space. There are two bedrooms, both similarly equipped, so it’s hard to call one the master, as they’re both pretty equal in size too. For two couples holidaying together, that’s genius, as neither will feel hard done by!
Each leads to an en-suite shower room with large walk-in shower. Both of these have external doors leading to a hot tub deck with sunken hot-tub, so there’s a ‘Jack and Jill’ arrangement for that which allows each couple or occupant to step back indoors afterwards into their own bedroom and en-suite for a quick shower and to dry off. That’s a really practical arrangement, so there’s no need to walk into the bedrooms wet and soak the bedding and that could be a bit of an issue in a rental lodge needing a quick turnaround.
A range of cladding options is available, although we loved this cedar cladding. Paired with dark trim, the Dovecote has a thoroughly modern look and feel, yet the cladding option shown here helps it stand out a bit. There are two sets of French doors to the front, making it easy to add an outdoor dining set or sunchairs out on the decking to extend the living space on a sunny day.
The interior design used in the Dovecote carries the look and feel Prestige Homeseeker is so well known for, with elements in the feature walls feeling like the Glass House, and the sleek, glossy designer feel in the kitchen reminiscent of the class in the Grand Symphony, so the Dovecote does feel very luxurious and ultimately tasteful. The furniture and dressing have a modern contemporary vibe with a bit of rustic chic also making it feel a bit edgy.
OPEN PLAN LIVING SPACE
The entrance hall doubles up as a utility area, so it houses the boiler system behind a full height cupboard, with space to spare for other utility items such as the ironing board and vacuum. A washer dryer has a surface above, making it the perfect place to drop keys and bags. Flooring here is hardwearing carpet which will help the lodge stay clean, and as with any good entrance hall, there’s hanging space for coats.
Into the main living area and the first thing you notice is the parquet effect flooring, which has plenty of impact and feels warm underfoot straight away. A panelled feature wall in the lounge is easy on the eye, with a tall designer radiator on one side of the fireplace, and an oversized rustic clock on the other. A half-height wall separates the kitchen from the lounge, so this is a pretty open, sociable arrangement, and the TV fittings are on the wall above the fire, so wherever you are seated you’ll have a good view. An earthy, retro coffee table has been carefully chosen to be aesthetically pleasing but also with drawers to house remote controls, guest welcome books and coasters, so this has all been very practically thought through. French windows open out onto the decking, dressed with thick curtains which will keep things cosy in winter. Simple spotlights keep this space visually clean and uncluttered.
The dining area is adjacent to the lounge, but first, you pass a very handy full-length mirror and stool with additional storage built-in – handy perhaps for storing shoes without letting the lodge feel cluttered! The dining space also has French doors, so you’d dine with a view here, and there’s an additional strip window to the side of the lodge letting more light in, dressed with a slick anthracite Venetian blind. A geometric wrought iron-style feature light illuminates the dining space, which is perfect for four in the same retro dark oak style as the lounge coffee table. Plush seating adds the final rustic touch here, ensuring this space has plenty of personality. The flooring extends to this space and is continuous throughout the rest of the lodge, so again it’ll be practical to keep clean.
The Dovecote’s glossy kitchen is incredibly classy and they’ve been really clever with the space here, packing a lot of storage and equipment in. There’s an eye-level oven and microwave, four burner gas hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and wine cooler, and most of that is pretty well hidden, which is why it looks so good of course! There’s enough storage space for most short-stay requirements, and a good amount of worktop space, too, and we thought the metallic unit colour was stunning and in keeping with the rest of the lodge’s theme.
The two bedrooms both feel like masters and are almost identical – the only real difference being that one is set further back into the lodge. Feature walls with plush headboards and long strip windows either side add a symmetrical feel. Bedside tables and a dressing table add a rustic feel and practical touch, and behind two sliding doors there’s useful storage space.
EN-SUITES & HOT TUB DECK
Between those doors, you walk through into the private en-suite shower room of each bedroom. Beautifully appointed with large walk-in shower with waterfall showerhead and rustic wood shower wall, there’s a matching wall and display plinth behind the wash-handbasin. A large mirror above, heated towel rail and WC are all present in these generously sized en-suites, and they are light and bright thanks to the external door to the hot-tub deck and panelled wood walls in soft white. For privacy at night, there’s a dark blackout blind over those doors which adds additional privacy.
Particularly well designed as a fleet or investment lodge, the Dovecote is eye-catching, exciting and indulgent. The styling is beautiful, and although it’s set at a competitive price level, there’s a good level of luxury built in, both visually and practically. The way guests can access the hot-tub deck from their en-suites is incredibly practical and gives the lodge its spa feel. We think the Dovecote is a great example of a model being more than the sum of its parts – it delivers the vibe and experience many holidaymakers will be looking for in their lodge break, and it has that extra wow factor to secure bookings safely built-in!
Sunken hot tub area
Semi-vaulted ceiling throughout
Colour co-ordinated sofa and curtains
Fully fitted gloss kitchen with eye-level oven, four burner gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, dual washer/dryer and wine cooler
Dining table including four chairs and coffee table
Two double bedrooms with en-suites and fitted wardrobes
Energy efficient A Rated boiler
Built to British Standard 3632 and protected by a 10 year structural warranty
Lodges are available up to 65′ x 22′ in either 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedroom options