Caravans have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, with high-end models more akin to state-of-the art apartments than the brown-curtained mobile wardrobes of old. Holiday lodges have upped their game too, some now boasting interiors to make the proudest, most trend-aware home owner green with envy.

Lodge Twenty-One, the newest addition to the Brompton Lakes park near Richmond, illustrates this with luxuriant aplomb for it certainly has more in common with a five-star hotel than a draughty cabin in the woods.

Created from the park’s former reception building, it's a sprawling lodge that can comfortably accommodate a dozen people in its stylish embrace. Boasting high-end, bespoke fixtures and fittings and original artwork by muralist and interior designer Rosie Mennem, it is a fine example of the very best that lodge accommodation can offer.

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The huge open-plan lounge and dining area is bright and airy, thanks to its high ceiling and the sliding glass doors that run along its length. But the clever placement of lamps, snug armchairs, sofas and artwork prevents it from feeling clinical and lends a real air of lodge cosiness to this most social of spaces.

Teal is the dominant colour in the main living area, and Rosie, who has designed the interiors of all the lodges at Brompton Lakes, says she enjoyed the freedom that the large spaces in Twenty-One offered.

"I used much stronger colours in that lodge," she says. "The living area is such a big space and I wanted it to look rich and vibrant, but keep it contemporary-looking as well. I think a lot of people are afraid to use strong colours, but when I am decorating a holiday lodge I quite like to use colours that people might not necessarily use at home because they can enjoy it for a short time without worrying about living with it."

The living area also boasts a fully-equipped kitchen and the dining and lounge areas are defined by the sociably-sized dining table and sumptuous Chesterfield sofa, velvet armchairs and wall-mounted smart television.

The sleeping quarters are divided into two areas – or two ‘wings’ as we affectionately referred to them during our stay – each with three double bedrooms, two of which boast their own en-suites.

Five of the six bedrooms feature super king-size beds which can be set up either as twins or a double so there should be no fighting over who gets the ‘best’ room as they are all as comfortable as each other.

Each bedroom has its own unique theme and feel and Rosie says choosing the right headboard fabric was the starting point when designing each room. "Some of them have the most wonderful aspect and I thought in the winter it would feel a lot more cosy in the strong colours with the strong fabrics on the headboards."

As if the interiors weren't impressive enough, the outdoor space helps cement Twenty-One's place in the upper echelons of lodge accommodation. To the rear of the property the outdoor area boasts a fully-equipped Scandinavian barbecue hut, an eco-friendly hot-tub and an outdoor drinks cabinet.

We decided to put all these facilities to the test, having nipped into Richmond town centre some two-miles away to stock up on fresh, locally-sourced meat from the fantastically accommodating Angus Morton Butchers. The barbecue pit was easily fired up and had a transformative effect, with the aroma of sizzling steak filling the hut and giving the impression that we truly could be out in the wilds roasting our hunt. The helpfully-provided animal skins over our knees added to the illusion.

Brompton Lakes prides itself on sustainability and on using eco-friendly materials, and despite being so high-spec, Twenty-One is no different. Its roof is a green, or "living roof'" with vegetation planted over a waterproof membrane; the natural wood hot tub is entirely powered by a wood burner. This means it has no jazzy disco lights or jacuzzi jets, but the absence of such gimmicks only added to a real feeling of authenticity and calmness.

And to top it all off, despite the luxuriousness of Twenty-One, it isn't just for humans to enjoy as the lodge - along with 15 others on the site - is dog-friendly. Which means no-one in the family has to miss out on the experience. Bliss!

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Brompton Lakes is situated just two miles from the historic market town of Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales and is set in 26 acres with two lakes surrounded by open countryside and woodland.

Brompton Lakes is open year-round, including the Christmas period.