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Rutland-based A Little Bit of Rough features on Channel 4 show George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

Reclaimed grain silos and shepherd huts transformed into a five-star getaway caught the attention of a renowned TV presenter.

George Clarke, architect and presenter, visited Rutland-based A Little Bit of Rough as part of his show George Clarke's Amazing Spaces.

He described the luxury glamping site as 'unique' and 'beautiful' and took viewers on a tour of the biggest accommodation on site, the Rocket Lodge.

The Rocket Lodge
The Rocket Lodge

Built from three reclaimed grain silos and four shepherds huts and connected by oak framed glazed links, the lodge sleeps six people and features a wood-fired hot tub, pizza oven and barbecue area.

George remarked that the 'masterpiece' is in the final silo, which has a copper bathtub in the centre of the room with a mirror ball hanging from the ceiling and a carved country house fireplace.

"With a little imagination even the most run-of-the-mill structures can be re-imagined as a five-star getaway," George told viewers.

George Clarke filming at A Little Bit of Rough in Rutland
George Clarke filming at A Little Bit of Rough in Rutland

Nick Jackson created the woodland retreat with his wife Sarah in a bid to encourage a simpler way of living and allow tourists to enjoy the county of Rutland.

When they heard 'inspirational builds' were needed to feature on the show, they nervously took the chance.

"It is so surreal to have it put on a TV programme in such high regards," said Nick, 48.

"We would never feel so confident to describe it like that."

George Clarke said the bathroom was a 'masterpiece'
George Clarke said the bathroom was a 'masterpiece'

He added: "George Clarke is just how you would expect - he is really friendly.

"It was quite surreal meeting him as he's quite high profile.

"They were there for a few days for filming for what was only a few minutes on the episode which is quite amazing."

Inside the Rocket Lodge
Inside the Rocket Lodge

The Rocket Lodge is located in a 20-acre woodland site near Uppingham but the exact location is only revealed to people once they have booked a stay in a bid to keep it as exclusive as possible.

There are four other lodges on site but Rocket Lodge is the biggest.

Despite posting extensively to their 18,000 Instagram followers and showing pictures on their website, Nick and Sarah know that booking without knowing the location can be daunting.

"We have had people arrive and cry happy tears," said Nick.

George Clarke was at the location for a few days
George Clarke was at the location for a few days

"We also have repeat customers.

"This reminds us what we have done.

"The reception has been more than we hoped."

Much of the Rocket Lodge was built by Nick and Sarah due to the country being thrown into lockdown as work started.

Although it was a case of 'learn as you go along' the pair believes this is what has given it such a unique feel to it.

The episode which features the Rocket Lodge - series 11 episode three - will be shown tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm and can be watched on catch up on All 4.

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