Date of stay: 25th May 2018
Fantastic lodge. Did not want for anything.
Hot tub amazing.
Clean spotless and homely mot to mention very spacious.
Date of stay: 2nd March 2018
As stated above we loved the Straker lodge.
We didnt book any meals or activities so are unable to comment on them.
Date of stay: 30th December 2017
Would highly recommend this lodge
Date of stay: 30th October 2017
Loved it & would definitely return
Elizabeth, North Yorkshire
Date of stay: 27th October 2017
This is an amazing lodge with lots of features and gadgets. The views are lovely during the day and even better at night with clear skies.
The lodge is extremely spacious and has everything you need and more.
Lodges were well spread out and very private, we didn't hear a thing .
The only reason we haven't given 10 is there was a smell of drains in the main bedroom and the bedroom lights flickered on and off randomly during the night.
The booking form does warn you the hot tub may not be ready for use on the first night and it wasn't. This is the first time we've experienced this.
We had a take away one night and the food was lovely, plenty of it and reasonable price.
The odd negative we have put were reported so hopefully they'll be put right.
There is an activity centre a few minutes drive away that has a pub which serves lovely food and a small shop that sells essentials.
We would definitely recommend this lodge and hopefully will return in the future.
Date of stay: 9th October 2017
Fantastic retreat in the middle of nowhere. Log fired hot tub for aching legs at the end of a 20 mile hike. Local pub The Pheasant for Sunday roast, fantastic break away in the countryside.
Janet, West Yorkshire
Date of stay: 25th September 2017
Excellent lodge and facilities
Date of stay: 4th September 2017
Amazing holiday, loved every minute.
Trudy, Co Durham
Date of stay: 21st July 2017
Did not use restaurant but food smells were lovely.
Date of stay: 12th May 2017
The best stay ever! Will be returning as soon as possible. The Perfect Mini Moon break for us Newlyweds :)
Date of stay: 10th April 2017
Amazing lodge. Would definitely stay here again!
Date of stay: 10th March 2017
Great lodge, great location. Lodge was immaculate in great condition with every gadget and utensil I could want. Cant wait to visit again.
Date of stay: 30th January 2017
A fantastic place to spend a weekend . Beautiful area ,lovely scenery . The lodge itself ( we stayed in the Bradbury) was amazing boasting a jacuzzi bath ,private hot tub and its own steam roam . The lodge was tastefully decorated to a high standard with every thing we needed even a telescope to do a bit of star gazing ,which we were able to do on the Sunday night . Will definitely return
Date of stay: 16th January 2017
Very modern lodge with everything you could ever need for a break. The hot tub was great once we got it up to temperature on Saturday evening - that was the only disappointing thing - that we lost the first day's use of the hot tub.
Date of stay: 16th January 2017
Views amazing, stars incredible, hot tub so luxurious. We all loved the little added extras, the kitchen was great and had everything we needed and the ensuite bathroom with steam room was incredible. Our little one loved watching tv while in the bath. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful break away in tranquil surroundings but with all the gadgets to keep you and the kids occupied. Can't wait to go back again!
Date of stay: 14th March 2016
This is the most amazing lodge. Well worth the money. The only issue we have with this lodge is the log burning hot tub. It took most of Saturday to burn logs and heat it. I do think that the hot tub should be ready on Friday for the guests arrival. This is the only reason we have second thoughts about returning to this lodge.
Date of stay: 25th September 2015
Was amazed with the lodge upon arrival. it was well equipped couldn't have ask for anything more. only downside: few problems with underfloor heating. Also was kept awake by humming noise from ceiling in bedroom, sounded like extractor fans.
Date of stay: 17th April 2015
Brilliant and special place....well worth a visit for a plush stay in clear ster country
Date of stay: 13th February 2015
10/10 all round for this place. You will not be disappointed every little detail has been thought off and the quality and beauty of the design is breath taking. WOW WOW WOW
Date of stay: 30th December 2014
Date of stay: 1st December 2014
The Straker lodge was absolutely amazing, it exceeded all of our expectations, beautiful accommodation in beautiful surroundings. The only thing which we can comment on was that the spa bath in the bathroom didn't work but this did not spoil our fabulous weekend, we shall be back.
Date of stay: 14th November 2014
The Straker Lodge is like something from Grand Designs. Loved the lodge, every kitchen utensil you can imagine, great hot tub, fantastic mod cons. Great for children. We will be back next year!
Date of stay: 6th October 2014
Absolutely fantastic accommodation and facilities
Date of stay: 8th September 2014
Everything was at hand ,every piece of kitchen gadgetry was available.exclusive building in a beautiful setting.The telescope was very popular.would stay again.
Date of stay: 2nd August 2014
The Straker Lodge was absolutely fantastic and stunning! Every conceivable accessory was included in the Kitchen, including a picnic hamper and mats, ice machine, scales and more utensils than we have at home!
The standard of decor, styling and equipment was fantastic.
We would not hesitate to go back. All of the staff were fantastically helpfull.
Fantastic lodge, fantastic place and fantastic staff
The Straker Lodge is the only one of its kind on the site. It is hugely comfortable, impressively equipped and has uninterrupted and panoramic views over the valley, awesome when it snows. There is good walking right from your door, you couldnâ€™t ask for a better location.
The hot tub is wood fired and takes several hours to heat, I would recommend paying for it to be pre-heated, especially if you are there for a short stay. We made the mistake of banking it up to stop it going out overnight and it was too hot the next day, be warned!
The staff at the Calvert Trust were first class, excellent customer service.
There are numerous activities which can be booked and meals can be taken in the centre if required.
All in all we had a wonderful time and would love to return in the future.
One small negative, the broadband is very slow and there is no phone signal, you may of course consider that a bonus.
Amazing lodge! Everything was fantastic and we loved every minute of our stay. Only minor complaint would be the hot tub was told would take 4-8hours to heat up but took a day and half and was cold again by the next morning.
Excellent lodge with fabulous facilities, hot tub was great in the snow.
Staff couldn't have been more helpful and were a credit to the Calvert Trust.
Fantastic lodge, the best one we've ever stayed in. A really relaxing break.
We had a brilliant time - just relaxing and enjoying the stars from our hot tub!
Fabulous holiday and a great location. Would defiantly visit here again.
Amazing stay! Wonderful staff! Couldn't of asked for more. Thank you Calvert trust kielder.
Absolutely fabulous lodge and surrounding area. The lodge was emaculate and to a very high standard.
Fantastic stay only problem was the hot tub member of staff came on the Friday night and said it would be ready for 8 oâ€™clock Friday night which wasnâ€™t phoned up and whoever we spoke to said we would have to wait till the next day said goodnight and hung up very rude but apart from that we really enjoyed our weekend
Amazing accommodation everything was just great.
Will be back next year.
Fantastic break and countryside in abundance. The lodge had everything you could ask for and more. Very well laid out and secluded, walking through the forest which is right on the doorstep. Lovely furnishings, a complete rest and enjoyed every moment. Tranquil and serene.
Fun Days Out near Straker Lodges
about 1 Mile
Housing the most fascinating collection of Birds of Prey in the North East this centre is definitely worth a visit if you are staying in the Kielder Water area. Located in Falstone it's easy to get to and makes a great day out for both families and couples. As well as seeing the amazing birds you can learn all about the captive breeding programme and the excellent work being done there. Some of the highlights of the day might include watching a Falcon stoop down from the skies at over 100mph and admiring the grace of the Eagles, Kites and Hawks.
about 24 Miles
This is a museum and art gallery in one and will suit those looking for an educational and cultural day out. You can explore the fantastic art collection including Fine Art, Decorative Art and Textiles. If you love nature then this aspect of Tullie House will appeal. The museum holds large and important collections of zoological, botanical and geological material. And for lovers of history there is plenty to wet your appetite here. Tullie House collects a wide range of historic materials including objects, ephemera (printed material), photographs and associated information files. We think this museum and art gallery are excellent value for money as well.
about 24 Miles
Go Ape! has really taken off and become one of the most popular attractions in the UK. The Northumberland course is set in the stunning grounds of Matfin Hall. Described as a high wire forest adventure this really is one for the more daring as the course takes place right up in the tree tops. Giant tree top obstacle courses include ladders, bridges, tunnels and some of the country's best zip lines. You will be provided with all safety equipment and training on site.
about 27 Miles
Cragside House and Gardens (National Trust) are a popular Northumberland attraction with a beautiful stately home and gorgeous grounds to explore. The rhododendron labyrinth is a unique and fun addition to the grounds and there is also an adventure playground where children can let of steam. It is the stunning scenery that attracts most of the visitors though with many bringing a picnic for a relaxing family day out. The house itself hosts exhibits which change regularly. World of the Water Wizard is currently on display.
about 36 Miles
Alnwick Castle and Gardens today are perhaps best known for their roles as Hogwarts in Harry Potter movies but have for many years been a family favourite attraction in Northumberland. The beautiful medieval castle is open to the public and during school holidays and at Christmas and Halloween a range of activities can be enjoyed including Santa's Workshop, a Pumpkin Parade, Spell Making Lessons and Owl and Bird of Prey Flying.