Aged oak, combined with modern styling, are design keynotes of this new top-of-the-range lodge stacked with luxury features and with a feeling of modern opulence
The new 2021 Kingfisher lodge is a sophisticated creation with stunning style points. Among them is the focal point of the open-plan lounge-dining area; a stunning feature that’s a combined fire and media unit. A dark bronze mirror-framed ‘log burner’ electric fire gets centre stage in a large white-panelled unit that provides four mains sockets and four USB ports within a recess below the fire, plus television connection points above.
Another stunning design feature of the Kingfisher is the shape of the kitchen. It’s a conventional U-shaped configuration – with an angled section that softens the distinction between kitchen and lounge-dining room, so that all three functions of the living space integrate beautifully.
Aged oak surfaces are teamed with gloss cream cabinet doors to bring together a country vibe and ultra-modern kitchen styling. We love this kitchen, not just for its first-glance sophisticated appearance, but for its practicality. The amount of work surface is phenomenal, wrapping around the entire kitchen from the tower fridge-freezer cabinet to the end of the angled unit. Storage is impressive, with seven lower cabinets plus two upper cabinets, each of which has right-angle fully opening, double-doored corner areas that maximise the use of space. All of the hinges have soft-close mechanisms, adding a luxury touch.
There are eight mains sockets plus a USB port. So, wherever you want to position your toaster, kettle or coffee machine, there are sockets for them. The cooking facilities are a dream come true for culinary enthusiasts. The oven unit houses two ovens, one above the other. So, if you need to cook dishes at different temperatures, you can. The five-burner hob has three separate cast iron trivets, all easy to remove for speedy cleaning. And there’s something else to impress you: the tap. This is no ordinary tap. It’s a rinser tap, with a hose-like faucet that you can unclip from its stylish high-arched coiled mount and move around to rinse items on the draining board or swoosh water around in the sink to wash vegetables, for example. We love its appearance and we love its practicality.
A skylight ensures the kitchen always has abundant natural light even in dull weather. This was particularly noticeable on the heavy-cloud autumn day of our review at Omar’s showground in Suffolk. Natural light is in abundance in the dining and lounge areas, too, thanks to an entire front wall of windows with two French doors, plus triangular windows extending into the vaulted roof apex.
The dining suite is beautifully styled; light oak for the tabletop and darker wood for the angled legs. The Kingfisher comes with four chairs as standard. The table is amply large enough to seat six, so if you prefer additional chairs, Omar can supply these; extras and options are an integral part of the Omar service.
There’s a super spacious feel about the Kingfisher. It’s easy to envisage family conviviality here; people watching television and sipping sundowners, people cooking, and the table laid for dinner... There’s space for everyone and, the more time we spent in this lovely living area, the more we came to appreciate just how separate the lounge, dining and kitchen areas feel from one another. If you like space, you will like the Kingfisher.
It’s not just the day area that is exceptionally spacious. The main bedroom is surely one of the largest in any leisure lodge. In fact, it’s more than a bedroom. Two part-walls form a separation between the bed area and the dressing area that’s almost as large as the bed zone. Two double wardrobes and a large dressing table with six drawers amply look after your storage needs. An enormous mirror above the dressing table gives you a head-to-toe view to check your outfit before you venture outside.
Walk through the dressing area and you are in another impressively spacious area – the shower room. This has both a rainfall head and a directional rose. Opposite, the mirror above the washbasin has a frame of bright light set within the glass. A tall towel warmer and extractor fan complete the high spec of this charmingly opulent preening room.
Opposite the main bedroom is the bathroom, with an over-bath shower. Here, too, the mirror has inset
lighting and this bathroom also has a towel warmer. The twin room has the same luxury feel as everywhere else in the Kingfisher, continuing the elegant aged-oak furniture theme that impresses us in the living area.
We’d started our review at the front of the Kingfisher, stepping in through the patio doors and immersing ourselves in the wow factor of the living area, before exploring the bedroom and bathroom zone. There was one element of this top-end lodge still to discover, though. It’s a utility room (available on selected floorplans), with a sink (complete with pull-out spray facility tap identical to that in the kitchen), and a washing machine. Actually, this is the main entrance, a place to take off shoes and coats. It serves to underline the practicality that goes hand in hand with luxury in the Kingfisher.
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