Three new luxury log cabins complete with outdoor hot tubs have been opened at a Fenland holiday park as efforts continue to attract more visitors to the district.
They are the first phase of a bigger development planned at Field End Water in Doddington.
Last month’s official opening of the cabins, or “lodges”, was attended by members of the Fenland Tourism Board and North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay.
Field End Water is a five-star rated caravan park with 33 caravan pitches. It is particularly popular among anglers. Owner Charlie Boughton said the aim of the new, self-catering lodges was to broaden the site’s appeal.
“A lot of people don’t have their own caravans and don’t necessarily want to fish but would still like to holiday in a beautiful, peaceful place in the countryside,” he said.
“These lodges offer something different in Fenland – indeed, there’s little like them in the whole of Cambridgeshire. There’s definitely a demand.
“We’ve got planning permission for eight lodges. We’ve got three at the moment – two one bedroom ones, and one two-bed. We’ll see how popular they are and build the others when the time is right.”
The development has been part funded through a grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) through the Fens Adventurers programme.
Councillor Pop Jolley, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for leisure and tourism, said: “Providing more high-quality accommodation of all sorts is very important if we are to attract more holidaymakers and we need to do that to boost our local economy. So these kinds of development are very welcome.”
Field End Water is an adult-only site but would be willing to consider accepting keen fisher people aged 14-plus in the lodges.
For more details, visit www.fieldendlodges.co.uk. See also www.visitcambridgeshirefens.org
Picture caption (two pictures): Cabin crew: the launch party at Fields End Water, and owner Charlie Boughton (left) with Mike Carter from Fens Adventurers.