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Blaithwaite Estate has announced that it is expanding its accommodation and restaurant offering by adding two new forest lodges, a hexicabin, farm shop and cafe to its Cumbria site this spring.

The new woodland and hexicabin pavilions will provide secluded retreats on the estate while the cafe and farm shop, which will open in May, will stock and serve a range of produce from nearby farms and suppliers.

The two new woodland lodges, Oakwood Lodge and Beechwood Lodge, will both accommodate up to four people, and each lodge will have a contemporary open-plan living area and kitchen with plenty of natural light, modern appliances and a dining area.

A ‘luxurious’ master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet will be accompanied by an en-suite bathroom with rain shower head. A second bedroom will have twin single beds and will benefit from natural light thanks to a large skylight. The neutral tones of each lodge will be complemented by earthy accents, including dark wood paneling, indoor plants and mustard textiles. Both lodges will open in April.

The hexacabine, named Cedar Cottage, is built from cedar combined with wood from the estate’s woodlands. The custom designed British built cabin will have a pitched shingle roof and a small patio.

Sleeping two people, the interior will be bright and spacious with a high ceiling and modern country style interiors with a heated log burner. The self-contained cabin will also have a plush double bed, free-standing bath, “comfortable” seats, shower room and modern galley. It will open at the end of May. The lodges and cabin will have their own hot tub and secluded garden.

As part of the latest expansion, a cafe and farm shop are also slated to open in the spring. The Farm Shop will support local and independent vendors in lesser-known areas of the county. It will stock a range of items including butchery, eggs, fresh milk and seasonal vegetables from surrounding farms, charcuterie from Stonehouse Smokery and cheese from Torpenhow Cheese, as well as homemade treats. It will also offer a selection of local beers and spirits.

The cafe will use local ingredients available for purchase from the farm shop to create fresh, seasonal dishes. The “casual” menu includes homemade breakfast bites, freshly baked pastries, afternoon pastries, and light lunches with seasonal soups and sandwiches.

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