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Green lodge living at lake

PUBLISHED: 14:04 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:20 05 July 2010

One of the eco-friendly cabins at Fritton Lake.

One of the eco-friendly cabins at Fritton Lake.

A country holiday park is hoping to become one of the greenest venues in Norfolk by building 60 eco-friendly cabins

Fritton Lake holiday park, between Lowestoft and Yarmouth, is going to be one of the first in the area to replace some of its existing wooden lodges with environmentally-friendly eco cabins.

A country holiday park is hoping to become one of the greenest venues in Norfolk by building 60 eco-friendly cabins

Fritton Lake holiday park, between Lowestoft and Yarmouth, is going to be one of the first in the area to replace some of its existing wooden lodges with environmentally-friendly eco cabins.

The two and three-bedroom wooden houses, designed by Cornwall-based sustainable housing provider Cloud Nine, have a low carbon output and a heating system which costs only £26 a year to run.

Each lodge has an air source heat pump, which uses heat from the air outside to warm the house, rooftop solar panels and an in-wall heating system.

The holiday park is part of the Somerleyton Estate, where there are already 45 timber lodges around the banks of Fritton Lake and a nine-bedroom luxury hotel.

Estate owner Hugh Crossley said: “The estate undertook a 'greening your business' audit this year and our am is to make Fritton Lake into the region's most eco-friendly holiday park with a focus on long term sustainability, power conservation, recycling and enhancing the natural environment.

“While our current lodges are reasonably sustainable, we have spent a lot of time searching for the ultimate green cabin and believe we have found it.”

Chris Chapman, chairman of Cloud Nine, said that the houses combine high-spec living accommodation with a low-carbon lifestyle. He said: “We are delighted that the Somerleyton Estate has chosen to invest in our homes and we are looking forward to seeing the finished project.”

A spokesman for the Somerleyton estate said that some luxury lodges could also be used to provide more capacity for guests staying at the Fritton house boutique hotel.

She said that final details of the new Cloud Nine lodges are still being drawn up and that the first lodges will be in place at the holiday park by next summer.

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