If ever there were to be a blueprint for an ideal self-catering development, the lodges at Brompton Lakes in Yorkshire would be as near perfection as it is possible to get.
The properties are situated on the banks of two lakes. All are well spaced and beautifully appointed. There are two designs of lodge but each is individually styled with modern and traditional touches. Bathrooms and kitchens are of a standard that any homeowner would be proud to install. Comfortable sofas as chairs and a woodstove in the corner make inclement weather a mere irritation. Each lodge has floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors onto a large deck overlooking the water (only two lodges are not on the waters edge) and for those bitten by the fishing bug, the lakes are stocked with a variety of freshwater fish and a fishing peg by each lodge makes life very easy for a 'tale of the riverbank'.
I was there with my husband and neither of us are interested in catch of the day, to stretch out on the deck with only the sounds of the resident wildfowl to disturb the silence, can only be described as pure bliss.
The lodges sleep 6 and are genuinely equipped for that number. If there are any problems, an on-site team is there to solve them.
The location is about 4 miles from the jewel of the north dales – Richmond. The market square and castle skirt a glorious plateau, from where narrow streets wind, and houses teeter higgledy-piggledy on slopes above the rushing river Swale. Ideally situated for exploration of the dales and the moors, the location could not be bettered. For city lights, York is an easy train ride from Northallerton.
We are returning in June (for our third visit). It will certainly not be our last!