Alaskan luxury — A fabulous, three-bedroomed, family lodge which creates the style of the hunting and fishing traditions of Alaska and combines it with top luxury comfort.
Words by Val Chapman
Let your imagination drift far away to the wide-open, remote hunting, shooting, fishing landscape of Alaska — for that’s the inspiration behind the latest luxury lodge creation from Lissett. The Alaska is like nothing seen before.
The exterior shape is stunning shape and clad in white pine, lumbered just under the Arctic circle in Canada. Interestingly, in this ultra-dry far northern region, the wood is used raw; it doesn’t need to be treated because there is so little moisture in the air. The Lissett Alaska’s wood, however, is treated.
The decor concept creates the feel that you might be in the Alaskan countryside, remote but cocooned in a wonderfully cosy leisure home. And it has three bedrooms, making it a true family holiday lodge.
One corner of the lounge houses a Morso log burner-style stove (an option) on a black plinth. Natural wood lines two of the walls; it’s horizontally aligned wood planking and it brings the idea of the outside environment inside.
The white-planked vaulted ceiling with inset lighting injects the ultra-modern design idea that runs parallel with the Alaskan feel throughout the lodge.
The décor theme is natural wood and grey. The kitchen cabinet doors are pale grey with a prominent grain; the frames are plain blue grey and so is the wall. Lighting focuses down from the undersides of the top cabinets. A wine chiller is built into the cabinet suite, along with a Bosch double oven, grill and microwave.
A slide-out, tall shelved cabinet and a dishwasher are also integrated into the cabinet arrangement. In the centre of the kitchen, a square island unit provides a breakfast area, plus drawers and cabinets.
The dining suite is a large country farmhouse style ranch table with one bench seat and four green leather upholstered chairs with stitched edging and rounded backs that create armchair comfort.
Lounge comfort is provided by two large leather-upholstered settees with green velvet seat cushions and an array of cushions; some velvet, some tartan, some with a soft geometric pattern. An enormous mirror set into the wall creates the illusion that the room is even larger than it is.
I explore the Alaska’s bedroom area and discover more of the hunting-shooting-fishing theme — this time with a twist — a French railway twist. Bedroom furniture is created from timber that previously lay under French railway tracks.
Machine-planed to tactile-smooth and displaying its fine grain, this wood looks amazing, now creating wardrobes, cabinets and dressing tables in the Alaska’s bedrooms.
The main bedroom has a window above the bedhead as well as windows on each side of the bed. The carpet pile in the bedrooms is so deep it’s noticeable even when wearing shoes.
The ensuite has a double-sized shower and two washbasins, each with a mirrored cabinet above. The towel warmer is finished in a matt pale bronze colour; stunning!
A skylight ensures the second bedroom is a lovely bright space.
Deep-buttoned, grey headboards, together with the beautiful natural wood, creates a luxury, woodland aspect.
The third bedroom, with the same deep buttoned, fine-velvet upholstered headboard and lovely, smooth wood cabinetry, is also a delightful environment.
The main bathroom has a P-shaped bath with an over-bath shower and another pale bronze finished towel warmer. One wall is entirely mirrored. Light shines down from the cabinet above the mirror.
The whole Alaska creation brims with character. You feel you could be in the remote lands of Alaska, a part of the world where the hunting, shooting, fishing traditions are about survival in a region virtually cut off for four months of the year.
The Lissett Alaska brings that feeling of big-country isolation to Britain in a super-luxury, imaginative form. We love it!
Pocklington Industrial Estate, Pocklington, York YO42 1NR
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