Lodge Extension Rebuild 2019

Good Progress February 2019

After much planning  and draining of the business account we have most of the materials either on site or paid for ,barring the hot felt roof insulation and internal works. I keep nervously checking the monies with any added requirements as we push towards our target! Mike T and Alan A have effectively framed the structure in the gaps in the famously unpredictable British weather. Barry Mitchell and I have provided the muscle and also groundworks oh and tea/coffees, pies , rolls and so forth. The old extension housed the water tank generator building toilet , stores and so forth and it was falling over and half of the structure had to be removed two years ago with rot setting in.
In December during the Christmas period materials were estimated and ordered to be stored either in the container or under plastic near the lodge. January saw the first foray into the elements with the supporting piers set out for the fairly substantial floor frame to be fabricated, not an easy task with timber that as always can vary in size and shape.
Days of measuring rechecking and finally cutting meant that the work was carried out with no mistakes and only offcuts piling up and a testament  to having two professional craftsmen and a top bricklayer in his youth to help. It is hoped that the building will be a great asset to our guests where they can get changed without dodging furniture and other in the lodge and also have a new toilet with all modern  accoutrements. As ever it always seems never-ending but hope as always springs eternal that we can finish it in time for our first guests.

Frame 1 in place hooray !

Slowly but surely things started to move in the right direction as the unusually mild weather stayed.


base ring beam and connecting frame in place

As the process moved on we decided on the size and location of the doors and windows which required a lot of careful measuring and planning by Mike and Alan. By this time Barry and I were redundant clearly not required !
Neil a good friend popped up to assist in the planning of the plumbing and also explored the estate as the weather decided to really turn into a true winter and the lakes started to freeze over.

Farnley Lakes In winter

With a short break the lads gathered and spurred on by the new helpers things really progressed

Roof beam in and frames connected!

Barry and Neil planned the new water supply and plumbing so we have a plan and a parts list that I will be able to get arranged for his next visit and also a gas fitter to connect the gas cylinders and new boiler (yes the old boiler is still in the lodge but leaked like my waders and all the associated plumbing sadly). With this arranged we set about resetting the water tower foundations and meanwhile the main team were assembling the roof trusses which was not easy as the old lodge had sunk a fair few inches in the years its been on the site.

roof taking shape

Next task is to finish the other half cut to size and look at soffits and bargeboards. Pray for good weather and install the OSB onto the frame and call the holt felting boys pronto! We then have the enjoyable (hopefully !) task of cladding and getting the windows installed.

Farnley Estate Winter Works 2019

Winter 2019 


Now is the time of our winters works! I have removed the Lodge extension thanks Ratty !The cement had been signed by dear Ratty in 2006 it was a bugger to remove and must have been a strong mix of nuclear concrete! Our guests have asked for some improvements and as such the old plumbing, eco toilet , gas supply pipes , old generator , the store and old asbestos roofing just had to go. We did what we could to get things rolling two years back to try and retain at least half the extension and it was patched together after falling in. Over time and facing north just added to our problems and all this  was really taking its toll on the Lodge's north cladding. We are following the footprint of the old extension plus a little but this time following the exact roofline rather than a T Fall or Lean To design. 

Here are some pictures of progress. Andy an architect friend John T a surveyor and Kenny a groundworks engineer, Mike T , Peter and yours truly have intensively sketched drawings,  planned the layout , build sequence , materials , siting and installation of cess tank to meet latest legislation.The first part of the pads that the wooden extension will sit on has inevitably been delayed by poor weather !! 

We will keep you posted in the near future of progress !

Meanwhile demolition is over :

Time to say goodbye !



Farnley Estate Tyne Salmon Improvements 2018

Early Spring 2018

The water now in place we had some other issues that needed our attention. Firstly the loss of our lake stores with the great flood both are now basically rusting on the land and we needed to sort this out to ensure the Salmon Lodge and Trout Cabin were free of estate equipment. Secondly the road from the railway crossing to the land had become clogged with earth and drainage caused a large adjacent area to pool which only added to the problem. The carpark had also become a mudbath and was in great need of rectification. 
The Lake Store
Our existing footprint was sufficient but the supporting foundations washed away. We therefore reinstated the slabs and more hardcore which turned out to be more than originally required, the old blocks were replaced with new and instead of corrugated iron we decided on wooden frames and cladding with a like for like corrugated roof in more modern material.   Barry hard at it !
The weather meant that we would need to wait a few months until undertaking putting the frame, cladding, door and roof in place !
The Car Park 

Farnley Estate Tyne Salmon Improvements 2018

Its been a long hard winter. The gang took up many challenges which we felt as owners were needed to improve the experience for you our guests in the years ahead. So what were we up to ?

We have had a water supply on the land for decades but digging it up and inspection of its condition meant that it was not fit for purpose to use for human consumption. There followed a long and boring series of discussions with Northumbrian Water "you can't use the culvert under the railway", Network Rail its our culvert if you want to use it you need to pay us. Trust me these vast organisations are ridiculous to deal with as a small business and will empty your funds. Anyway enough ranting about what's wrong in the UK.

So we set about reading the specifications required for a 300 metre run and thanks to the massive efforts of the estate and brilliant digger operations from Michael Tulip we got there. The conditions were absolutely bitter freezing , snow winds! Eventually with Barry Mitchell and Oscar Else we unwound the 2inch pipe sections which are total bastards being coiled and like wrestling a giant python.
Eventually thanks to Robert Charlton and his team the line could be charged with chlorinated water and pressure testing begin!

Ideally the pressure should settle to that defined say 8 BAR but things didn't work out that way and a combination of air taking ages to purge and freezing temperature meant Northumbrian water rejected the first tests but after digging up the joints more water more pumping and checking the valve we got there !!!
Roll out the pipe !

One serious trench !

We now have a supply in place and our guests and the various facilities water albeit the wrong side of the railway currently as we won't be held to ransom, as that story develops we will keep you updated.
Our new standpipe in place water now on tap ! tanks cleaned , the water tastes excellent and makes a fine cup of tea !

Summer 2017 Farnley Estate Improvments

May & June  2017




Work on many fronts


We have been very fortunate to be helped by Mike Tiffin and his friends the trout cabin is now watertight , decorated and externally completely refurbished ! The are around is being landscaped and seeded plus other developments to be completed in due course!

More pictures in due course , its now fully painted and seeding and general tidy up happening.

Lake Weeding

In June we set out to really slay a large area to the east beyond our central island. After a week of tremendous progress and many thanks to Barry Nichol and Richard Guppy (if your looking for a top class London or North based Chartered Accountant get in touch) . Testament to this we are now seeing more wildlife , better fly life and fish are moving in greater numbers with a great ripple down the lake.

Salmon Lodge Final Coats

After a very wet period in spring we had a chance to get a quality undercoat on then at last the much discussed sage final coats. Alan did a great job carefully applying the coats and everyone is commenting how splendid it all looks. We have the front room to decorate and the floor to be laid now so upward and onward.

Eco Toilet

We looked around to understand the potential solutions for provisioning a suitable toilet for our guests and missed the boat for some early guests. Not wanting a cess pit we found an excellent solution from Natsol and duly ordered the kit .After reading the instructions we set to work . The design was implemented in three stages. Firstly a pit for the container and decking built exactly to the required template thanks here to Mike Tiffin and Alan Austin . The next step a vent stack  groundworks and soil soakaway. We then built an interior surround and supplied all the materials for the operation. The system works excellently and I can testify it beats using the land with privacy and a good level of comfort ...oh and importantly is environmentally sound.




Spring 2017

Despite very challenging conditions a great deal of activity had been taking place which will improve everyone's enjoyment of the Estate. Lets start with the tidy up after the bridge and canal installation. Here a great area for wildlife had too many dangerous trees and undergrowth that were just taking over the waterways and we felt the need to reconnect the lagoon to the main lake in another location. The testament now are the lovely fish swimming through the new opening and light flooding in which will improve fly life , bird life and native water plants will return.

John and Alan got stuck in and the area is looking most pristine. Fifey has stacked chopped and stored the wood and the bridge is very securely in place in case the Tyne breaches the lakes again.

Ian S and Alan installed a lovely gate and fence next to the right of way which will help the privacy for ourselves and our paying guests. Barry N has been working on improvements also.

The lodge was in great need of some serious TLC and a plan was hatched to do the job as professionally as possible to a budget.