Luxury Lodge Review: Wessex Classic

Space is a keynote of the Classic’s design. Huge windows and a white panelled ceiling set the scene. The lounge and dining areas are at the front of the lodge, with plenty of space around all of the furniture. Two sofas and an armchair are arranged around a coffee table and facing the television wall. At the other side of the wide-open space of this 40ft by 20ft lodge is a four-seater dining suite; the table can be extended when you need more space.

A star feature of the Classic is the wide work surface that divides the U-shaped kitchen from the dining area; an excellent amount of workspace here augments that in the rest of the kitchen – and it doubles as a breakfast bar. Integrated appliances are a washing machine, fridge/freezer and extractor fan over the four-burner hob.

The Classic is available in four standard sizes, all 20ft wide; lengths range from 36ft to 45ft. All have two bedrooms. The 40ft Classic that we review here has a utility room. Usefully, you can enter the lodge through this room; ideal for taking off footwear – and also for cleaning dogs’ paws after a walk! In this version the bathroom is alongside the utility room, with the twin room a little further down the bedroom corridor.

The main bedroom very much aligns with the spacious and relaxing theme of the Classic. Wessex named this lodge the Classic for a reason; it is indeed a classic luxury holiday lodge. That probably goes some way to explain its popularity. And there’s a Classic that takes the luxury lodge lifestyle to a new level – literally. The Classic Vue has a roof terrace; the one pictured here is at Aria Resorts’ St Helens Coastal Resort on the Isle of Wight.