(“Hygge” is a Danish word which doesn’t translate easily. It encompasses a whole approach to living and describes a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things extraordinary. It means surrounding yourself with people and things that make you feel cosy and comfortable, and which nourish the soul. A beautiful relaxing environment, sofas you can sink into, a log fire, good food and drink all contribute to a feeling of “hygge”.)
(“By” is a Danish influenced name for “home” and can be found frequently in the place names of the Eden Valley dating from the 10th Century)
Located on the edge of the Lake District National Park in the beautiful Eden Valley in Cumbria, Hyggeby Lodge lies about 3 Miles from Ullswater, the second largest lake in England, and 2 miles from Penrith. This means that it provides for superb access to the Lake District’s quieter northern fells and the North Pennines whilst having easy access to all the facilities that Penrith has to offer.
The lodge is situated at about the highest point in a group of similar lodges at Glendowlin Valley, and has superb views across the Eden Valley to the Northern Pennines to the east, and glimpsed views of Blencathra to the west. Due to its position it is very quiet and private.
The building itself is of genuine Scandinavian construction, built by a Danish contractor in the late 1980s, and this can be seen in the high quality of the finish. The living/dining/kitchen area is open plan and features large glazed windows under an over-sailing roof, together with a wood burning stove. Furniture and fittings have been selected with the simplicity of Scandinavian design in mind and are of a high quality modern style. The lounge area features a huge “L” shaped Italian leather sofa which can seat 8 people comfortably. There is a wide screen Sony digital TV, DVD, video, stereo/radio and i-pod station, together with numerous books and board games to keep you entertained. The dining area features a bay window with a window seat and the spacious kitchen area includes a full sized dishwasher, cooker with double oven, microwave and fridge with freezer compartment . There are 3 bedrooms: a double, a twin and a small room with bunk beds. All have fitted wardrobes. There are en-suite facilities in the double bedroom and a separate shower room, both of which have large power showers. Please note that although the lodge is all on one level, there are 3 steps up to the front entrance and 2 down from the decked terrace to the garden.
Outside, the property is surrounded by lawned gardens, bounded by hedges and containing a number of small trees. There is access along the north-west side to one adjacent property, but other than that it is very private. Most of the garden is level, although there is a steeply sloping area to the northern end. To the south-east side there is an elevated decked terrace accessed directly from the living area which is a great place to relax with a morning coffee or pre dinner drink, or even al-fresco dining on those balmier days. Every effort is being made to landscape the garden with native species in order to maintain the character of the area and avoid suburban domestication. The local bird life certainly seem to appreciate this. There is also a parking area big enough for 3 cars and a shed where you can securely store bikes.
Environmental and Sustainability Stuff
Being a Scandinavian timber building, Hyggeby Lodge already comes with excellent environmental credentials and a low carbon footprint. It is very well insulated, and once warm, stays warm. There is a wood burning stove in the living area for those very cold nights, however background heating to this area is provided by storage radiators which seem to cope with most conditions, and there are individual electric heaters in each bedroom. Electricity is supplied under the National Trust Green Energy scheme which means that it is from 100% renewable resources and money is contributed to support renewable energy projects at National Trust Properties. The storage radiator and hot water systems work on economy 7 which makes sure that best use is made of energy production that frequently goes to waste during the overnight period of low demand. All light bulbs are low energy type, and appliances are being gradually upgraded to “A” rated, to reduce daytime consumption.
Recycling facilities are available at the end of the drive next to Yanwath School, and there is a bus stop opposite which provides services to Penrith, Ullswater and Askham
Hyggeby Lodge is a member of Nurture Eden – a unique, award-winning organisation, inspiring people to care for Cumbria’s natural environment through responsible tourism. Here at Hyggeby Lodge we’re working to protect our stunning landscape and to support our wonderful wildlife through charity Nurture Eden’s Visitor Giving scheme.
We hope you will have such a great time with us that you’ll feel inspired to give a little something back to help look after this wonderful place, to keep it special today, tomorrow and right into the future. Details of the 2 projects we currently support are listed below.
Red Squirrels Northern England
The red squirrel is our only native British squirrel but is at serious risk of extinction if population numbers continue to decline. The main cause of this decline is competition with the American grey squirrel, an introduced species which is larger than the red and better able to survive harsh weather and occasional food shortages. It also breeds more successfully and quickly out-competes its red cousin for food.
Cumbria is one of the few counties in the country where red squirrels can still be seen and the Red Squirrels Northern England project is working to protect and increase numbers of these iconic, fluffy creatures we all love.
This Lake District National Park led project is working to look after the many miles of footpaths and bridleways which are so popular with the many visitors who visit the stunning Ullswater valley each year. Funds help to keep the paths accessible to everyone, including in certain places, special limited mobility routes. The project will be delivering 12 interpretation boards at beautiful locations around the Lake to explain Ullswater’s wonderful landscape, wildlife and heritage.
To find out more about Nurture Eden and Nurture Lakeland visit www.nurturelakeland.org