You know how sometimes life just gets a little too much? Well that’s when you want to head to Pumpkin Lodge!
Pumpkin Lodge is situated on a “close” of 8 lodges on the island of Anglesey which is perfectly safe for children. It’s possible to run right around the lodge and the flat garden makes it perfect for badminton and football. It is located a couple of miles outside of Menai Bridge (which has the famous Waitrose where the Duchess of Cambridge was seen shopping just after her wedding!) Menai Bridge also has some lovely places to eat, great walks under the bridge – which is an incredible feat of engineering – and several shops and boutiques to take a look in. It is also about 5 miles from the small town of Beaumaris (think Balamorey style houses as you approach it) which has the best ice cream shop, the gorgeous Janet Bell gallery, great places to eat and wonderful crabbing from the pier. There’s also a castle, a small beach and a couple of play areas.
Not too far away you can also find stunning beaches, mountains to climb, forests to wander through, not to mention water sports, rib rides, lighthouses to discover, windmills to walk around, along with many visitor attractions.
We bought our wooden lodge off plan nearly 12 years ago now. It’s a tranquil retreat from the world – well unless you head there with your girlfriends that is and then it’s an absolute riot (just add fizz and gin!) Beach walks, trips to Beaumaris and an evening fire with chats and magazines is THE perfect way to unwind.
The lodge is very “wooden” hence the blue kitchen which I chose in a moment of “well it can’t be a wooden kitchen can it?” I love the pale blue kitchen sooo much. It’s really well equipped with everything that you could ever need for a holiday.
When we first bought the lodge we didn’t rent it out, so we made it into a home that we wanted to spend time in. You will find not only a dishwasher and washing machine, as well as a retro style fridge freezer, but also a microwave, a toaster and kettle, baking things, plenty of cutlery, huge amounts of crockery, a toastie maker, skewers for roasting marshmallows, delicate cake plates, flasks for taking hot chocolate to the beach and also a bread maker. I think that there may also be some spare birthday candles there too – just in case you forget!
As I mentioned, we bought the lodge off plan but we tweaked the internal layout. The dining area was meant to have a wall separating it from the kitchen area but with 3 young children, I wanted it to be open plan. Hence the large RSJ running the entire length of the living room. It makes it feel so much more spacious though.
There’s a large cupboard full of toys and games, as well as a “sword basket”, books, a table football and a selection of dvds. We know how difficult it can be to entertain young children and so we’ve provided everything that you could need.
The furniture and rugs have changed slightly from this shot. After Flo left for University I went and blitzed the lodge, replacing rugs, adding in coffee tables and new lamps, along with a new stand for the television. Most of the furniture is from Habitat, Laura Ashley or else it’s handmade. I love the sparkly stone that the wood burner sits on and which I chose with Flo when she was 9!
The master bedroom has a balcony which has a view over mount Snowdon in the distance. There’s lots of lovely wildlife around and it’s a fabulous place to sit with a cup of tea in the morning. There’s a built in wardrobe (with new white wooden hangers….very important!) which houses chairs for sitting in outside and a travel cot. There is also two chests of drawers (his “n” hers)!
We re-designed this bedroom too. Originally there was a wall separating the bathroom from the bedroom, making an en-suite. It felt a little cramped though and after a holiday in Jersey where the bath was in the bedroom, we decided to do the same. It’s lovely to lounge in a huge bubble bath with a glass of fizz!
The twin room, which is upstairs directly opposite the main bedroom, has a lovely feel to it. Sloping ceilings mean that there’s not enough height for a wardrobe but the beds come with their own storage. This room looks out over fields of sheep and cows. Our kids love it here!
As well as the bath and basin in the double bedroom, there is also a loo on the landing between the two bedrooms. Downstairs there is a bathroom (well actually there’s no bath in it because we chose to have a super large shower in it instead!) You just can’t beat a good shower can you and we didn’t want to compromise on having a stand alone shower.
Pumpkin Lodge can be booked for short or long stays by following this link. I should point out that the one thing that we don’t have is Wi-Fi. Our three have managed fine without it, using 4G or hotspots instead but to be honest, I’m happy to encourage everyone to step away from their phones.
I’d love for as many groups of girls as possible to head there for a weekend away. It truly is like stepping off the world for a while!